Autumn comes with pumpkins, changing colors of nature, colder weather and walks in the forest for mushroom hunting! Forest critters like foxes, squirrels and fawns are not easily spotted but they are definitely hiding in there! Inspired by the woodland, I crocheted some the Mr. Fox fingerless mitts to keep me warm and to be able to wander in the forest without scaring little foxes away!:) Of course if I am lucky (!) enough to spot any little fox wandering around I'll definitely try to capture it with my camera!
The wrists were crocheted using the Fair Isle technique. It is traditionally perceived as a knitting technique but it can be a crochet technique as well. This crafty lady has made a series of tutorials as an introduction to fair isle crochet and I definitely recommend watch them all before starting out! Basically the fox was made using 3 strands of yarn plus the basic grey strand. At first it seemed rather difficult but as my work progressed, it became easier and easier! The wrist body was crocheted through back loops to add some texture to the whole pattern. I used worsted weight yarn in grey, brown, white and black. The finished measurements are 17cm (6.5 in) length and 19cm wide (7.5 in) - circumference.
Mr Fox Fingerless Mitts Pattern
With grey and 4.00mm (G) crochet hook.
You are crocheting through back loops only the entire pattern. It is very easy to adjust the width of the mitts to fit your hands, just increase the number of the beg fsc.
For the right mitt:
Fsc 30. Join with a sl st at bottom of first fsc, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: Sc tbl in first fsc, sc to end of round, sl st to beg ch (30).
Round 2: With grey sc tbl in first st, with brown sc tbl in next st, continue up to the end alternating colors in each st, sl st to beg ch (30).
R3-6: With grey sc tbl around, sl st to beg ch (30).
R7: With grey sc tbl (mine was 16sts), start making the fox following the fox image (scrool down), sc tbl around, sl st to beg ch (30)
R8-16: Continue working on your fox, by alternating with grey when necessary.
R17: With grey, sc tbl around, ch 7, leaving the last five sts unworked, sl st to beg ch.
R18-20: With grey, sc tbl around, sl st to beg ch.
R21:With brown, sc tbl around, sl st to beg ch.
R22:With grey, sc tbl around, sl st to beg ch.
For the left mitt:
Follow exactly the above pattern bearing in mind to reverse the position of your fox; i.e. after the sl st whereas for the right the fox is placed before the sl st.
I hope you like my new mitts as much as I do! Have you made anything inspired by the woods or this seasons colors?