In Issue 10 of Simply Crochet, there’s a foxy purse that I designed on p.85. I love doing fun things like this, and given my poor record at finishing projects, it’s nice to be able to do something that doesn’t take very long! If you’d like to see how to make him, you can buy an issue at My Favourite Magazines – this link is for the subscriptions page, but there is also a link top right of the central column for buying a single issue – or search the digital magazines page for Simply Crochet in your format of choice.
You will need the pattern from Simply Crochet to make the basic semi-circle shape, but instead of making 2 semi-circles for the purse pocket and 1 triangle for the flap, you will need to make 3 semi-circles in grey in total; 2 for the pocket and 1 for the flap. You will then need 2 ‘patches’ for the eyes, and 2 ears:
UK crochet terms used throughout.
Eye Patches (make 2)
With black DK yarn and a 3.5mm (US E/4) hook, ch5.
Row 1 Dc in second ch from hook, dc in each of next 2 ch, 3dc in next ch, dc in each of next 3 ch, turn. [9 sts]
Row 2 Ch1 (doesn’t count as st), 4dc, 3dc in next dc, 4dc, turn. [11 sts]
Row 3 Ch1 (doesn’t count as st), 5dc, 3dc in next dc, 2dc, 3htr, fasten off black, turn. [13 sts]
Row 4 Join white DK in first st, ch1 (doesn’t count as st), 6dc, 3dc in next dc, 6dc, turn. [15 sts]
Row 5 Ch1 (doesn’t count as st), 6dc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st, 6dc. [17 sts]
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing, and weave in starting end.
For the eyes, you can either embroider a circle using small chain stitches and white yarn with a black French knot in the centre, or use 2 small circles of white felt and a French knot in black. I cheated a bit in the photo because I couldn’t lay my hands on my scraps of white felt, so I used a bit of craft foam and made a dot in pen for the eyes.
When you sew the two patches to the flap, turn one over so that they will be symmetrical.
Ears (make 2)
With grey DK yarn and a 3.5mm (US E/4) hook, ch2.
Row 1 (RS) 3dc in the second ch from the hook, turn. [3 sts]
Row 2 Ch1 (doesn’t count as st), 2dc in each dc, turn. [6 sts]
Row 3 Ch1 (doesn’t count as st), (1dc, 2dc in next st) 3 times. [9 sts]
Fasten off, leaving a long tail, and weave in starting end.
Use the long tail to sew each ear to the top of the flap. With white DK yarn, ss around the outside edge of each ear, fasten off and weave in all ends.
Sew a black button centre bottom for the nose.
That’s him sorted! There may even be a Mr.Hedgehog to bring up the rear. I’ll keep you posted.