Remember the story of Chicken Little, who thought the sky was falling? Foxy Loxy tried to convince her that the den was the safest place to stay until it was all over. Foxes have long been characterized as duplicitous, tricky, and mischievous, but in reality they are small predators who raise their kits to hunt and play. They’re beautiful animals, and if you’re ever lucky enough to see one, take some time to appreciate the color of their fur, their beautiful eyes, and their sure-footed trot.
If you have a person in your life that loves foxes, this crocheted security blanket might be the perfect gift for a holiday or birthday. Whether they’re a toddler or someone older who collects fox paraphanelia, you’ll want to introduce them to this little guy.
To make one of these security blankets, you’ll need to gather the following materials:
- Chunky yarn, 8 balls total (one white, one black, and six orange/red/grey) – the pattern we found suggests using something like Bernat Softee Baby Chunky
- Crochet hooks in two sizes – “H” and “L”, or whichever you need to obtain the correct gauge (will depend on the yarn you use)
- Tapestry needle & embroidery needle
- Safety eyes
- Thread (black)
You’ll also need to know or at least be familiar with the following crochet stitches:
- Chain (ch)
- Skip (sk)
- Single crochet (sc)
- Slip stitch (sl st)
- Single crochet two stitches together (sc2tog)
Nearly all of these stitches should be familiar to even beginner crocheters, so don’t be afraid to dive in and try it out. Some of the pieces will be crocheted separately, such as the eyes, nose, and ears, and then added to the blanket once they’re complete. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this pattern – you could easily make it a cat or a wolf, in any color of the rainbow. If the recipient of your gift loves Lisa Frank, you may want to consider making a pink cat blanket. If your friend is having a baby shower and the nursery theme is “Forest”, then the fox is a perfect addition.