wtorek, 24 marca 2020

Hans-Fritz von Rosenblatt the Fox (pattern by LittleOwlsHut)

Hello :) I'm happy to show you the toy Hans-Fritz von Rosenblatt the Fox by LittleOwlsHut I made recently. I translated the pattern into Polish, so it was an opportunity to make Amigurumi Workshop #18 on my YouTube channel. In the post I attached lots of photos I took while working on the project. Thank you for subscribing my channel and blog :)

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Amigurumi Workshop #18 video is below:





Designer: Svetlana Pertseva
Skill level: Experienced

I translated the pattern into Polish – available in LittleOwlsHutPolski Etsy shop. Pattern is also in other languages, so I recommend you to visit LOH website.

MATERIALS AND TOOL (the first page of the pattern):


✓ Main yarn – I used approximately 100 g of orange “Mohair Delicate” by Nako (40% mohair, 60% acrylic, 500m/100g) for the main parts, 30 g of black for the nose and the limbs, 300 cm/118 inches of white for the tip of the tail.
✓ Small amount of white smooth yarn for the whites of the eyes – I used 200 cm/78.7 inches. Make sure this yarn crochet to the same gauge as your main yarn or it can be slightly thinner than your main yarn (800-900m in a 100g skein).
✓ Matching crochet hook. I used 1.75 mm steel crochet hook.
✓ A pair of ready-made eyes – I used 10 mm in diameter. You can use black half beads, beads or buttons instead.
✓ Single core copper PVC electrical wire – I used wire approximately 400 cm / 157.5 inches long 1 mm in diameter.
✓ Transparent glue, stuffing
✓ Adhesive fabric tape approximately 1 cm wide to work up the wire ends (optional)
✓ Fishing line for the whiskers
✓ Any material for tinting (optional) – oil pastels, oil paints, pencils, etc.
For the vest and the Alpine hat (optional)
✓ Black yarn that crochets to the same gauge as your main yarn – I used approximately 30 m for the vest and slightly more for the hat.
✓ Crochet hook – I used 1.75 mm
✓ Feather for the hat (optional)

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I used YarnArt ANGORA RAM (40% mohair, 60% acrylic, 500m/100g): orange no 8273, black and beige.
The same crochet hook as the designer: 1.75 mm;

There is also smooth yarn for the whites of the eyes – I used white YarnArt Jeans.
For the eyes I used safety eyes 10 mm in diameter. You may also use beads / half beads / buttons - sew or glue the eyes.

There is a wire frame inside the toy - I strictly followed the instructions and used core copper PVC electrical wire 1 mm in diameter. The ends of the wire are wrapped around with electrical tape to secure them.

For face details: fishing line for the whiskers, pastels for tinting.
For clothes: hat and vest - I used yarn ANGORA ACTIVE by YarnArt no 849.
Feather for the hat.

FINISHED SIZE (the designer's toy):

Approx. 36 cm/14.2 inches tall using the materials stated in the pattern.

My toy is a bit larger - 44 cm tall. Perhaps I crocheted more loosely or it depends on the yarn I used.

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I started crocheting eight FINGERS (4 for each hand) with black yarn.
Then I joined fingers into a HAND. Hand marker goes along the back of the hand, so there is need to add shift stitches (it means additional sc in the end of definite rounds to align the marker - follow the instructions). I also marked left and right hand to avoid further mistakes while assembling the arms to the body.
I shaped wire frame inside the hand (every finger) – the designer wrote about the length of the wire. I wrapped electrical tape around the wire. The designer wrapped the tape around the arm but I wrapped it also around every finger.


Then I started crocheting THE ARM. It was really uncomfortable to crochet around the wire because the arm is really thin but the effect is great and worth it :)
After crocheting rnd 33 I changed the yarn from black to orange.
I started THE LEGS with black, then changed to orange after crocheting rnd 31st. There's no need to add shift stitches in the leg.
THE TAIL is crocheting with beige, then changed colors between beige and orange - you see irregular zig-zag.

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After finishing the tail, I started THE BODY and joined the legs, hooking through the stitches of the legs and body. Marker goes along the belly (front centre part). You have to make shift sts to keep the marker straight. In rnd 32 I joined the tail in similar way.
Inside the legs and tail I shaped wire frame - the way of shaping is explained in the pattern, so follow the instruction. I wrapped the tape around the wire ends to secure them. Don't forget to stuff the body as you go through next rounds.

Crocheting around the wire as well as stuffing the toy is difficult but workable.
Finally I joined THE ARMS. Before joining the arms make sure if they are placed in the right way (thumbs point forward).

THE HEAD - marker goes along the centre front (from the tip of the nose to the back of the head) - shift sts are needed.
I started crocheting from the black nose, then changed to orange. You see the folds - the technique of making the folds is really interesting. Folds are not stuffed. You have to be really concentrated while making the folds and counting the stitches in the rounds. It was difficult part of the head. I'm impressed by the technique solutions applied in the project.
From rnd 73 the designer give instructions where to add three EAR markers. So you have to check if head marker goes straight along the centre front. Otherwise ear markers won't be symmetrically placed.



Shaping the head at the back is also clever solution (just look at the pattern to get the idea what I mean).
You may crochet THE EARS separately and then sew.
Designer mentioned that you may crochet the ears before stuffing the head. I choose to crochet the ears after stuffing the head, inserting the hook in the stitches of the head.
I worked the first round for both ears to check if they are symmetrically placed. I crocheted slip stitches, not single crochets in the first round to keep the ears firm. The designer gave detailed instruction and pictures how to crochet the ears.

So I crocheted the first rnd for both ears and I continue to crochet the right ear. Marker goes along the edge of the ear, where you see fold (you have to make shift sts). It is not comfortable to crochet the ears after stuffing the head, so perhaps the way of crocheting the ears before stuffing the head could be better but I didn't feel confident to crochet in that way. It's up to you :)

For THE EYES (whites) I used white YarnArt Jeans (4 ply yarn) - but I removed 1 ply to make it thinner adjusted to crochet hook 1.75 mm (I crocheted with 3-ply yarn). The first eye is smaller than the second one. I added safety eyes before closing the opening. Then I crocheted an eyelid. Whites are closed to each other and sewed.
Eyes without eyelids

I crocheted hat and vest:



Below you see all the parts:

Finally I assembled head and body - inserted the wire sticking out of the body to the head (throught the opening. Then sew the neck to the head.
Next thing - I needle sculpted the bottom and belly button.
I sewed the eyes above folds as it was stated in the pattern.
I attached whiskers, put on clothes - hat with red feather and vest.
The last thing was tinting the fox - tips of the ears and area behind the eyes. I used soft pastels. Tinting is not my strong point, so I did it lightly.

To sum up - I was crocheting the fox during a month but not regularly every day. It was time-consuming and difficult project but worth it and I learned a lot. I had to be really concentrated on the pattern, on counting the stitches to avoid mistakes. It was a challenge to crochet the fox but you need a bit of determination and everything is possible also for intermediate crocheters :)
Thank you Svetlana Pertseva for great pattern :) I like your patterns very much!

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What do you think of the fox? 
My fox likes sweets - and most lollipops :)





 
Happy crocheting!

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