Ralph the Fox Crochet Pattern

Looking for a small crochet fox amigurumi pattern? Check this one out!

Did you know that foxes can have nannies for their young? Seriously! I don’t think most people would consider foxes to be on that level socially (I know I sure didn’t before learning this!), but their family structures are actually kind of similar to our societal structures, which is pretty cool.

I also found it very interesting that they use growls to get their young to eat or head straight for the adult’s location (source). I’m sure we all wish we could use something so simple to get our kids to listen!

When I began developing the Woodland Animals Crochet Series, one of the first animals I thought of was the fox. You can’t think of woodland animals without including them, they’re so ubiquitous.

And we always think of the fox as presented here- red or orange body with white extremities. But did you know that there’s another type of fox that has a black-tipped tail? It’s called the swift fox (so it also has a cool name!- source).

So if you don’t have any white yarn, or maybe you’re concerned that it will get really dirty if your little guy is carrying it around, you can replace all of the white yarn sections with black yarn.

It will give a new look, but will still be cute! Maybe make both!

Ralph the Fox Crochet Pattern

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Yarn and Hook

For this fox, I used about 40 yards of I Love This Yarn in Burnt Pumpkin and about 20 yards of I Love This Yarn in White. 

I also used less than a yard of pink embroidery floss (like this Coats and Clark embroidery floss) for the nose.

I used two different crochet hooks: a 4.5 mm crochet hook for the main parts (legs/body/head, arms, ears, muzzle, tail) and a 2.0 mm crochet hook for the nose.

Other Notions

Some other things that you will need will be:

Measurements

When finished, Ralph measures 5.25 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches back to front. Gauge is not super important for this amigurumi fox, but my gauge measures 4 stitches and 5 rows in 1 inch.

Abbreviations

ch        chain

dec        decrease

inc         increase

Rd        round

rep        repeat

sc        single crochet

Additional pattern notes:

 [] denote a group of stitches that repeats as many times as directed

Pattern Instructions

Ralph is worked in the spiral round. First you will work his two legs, but DO NOT fasten off the second leg! You will join the first leg and continue to work the body without fastening off (which means less sewing!). The body will then go to the head, also without seaming. This is your first major piece.

Legs/Body/Head

Using your white worsted weight yarn, you will start with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 6.

Continue working in a spiral as follows, being sure to mark your first stitch of each new round with your stitch marker:

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rds 3-4: sc 12 (12)

Change to your orange color and continue:

Rds 5-6: sc 12 (12)

At this point, fasten off the first leg and weave in ends. Repeat Rds 1-6 for the second leg, but 

DO NOT fasten off the second leg.

Weave in starting end for both legs. The ending end of the first leg can either be woven in or crocheted over in the next round.

Continue as follows using your orange yarn:

Rd 7: sc 6 on first leg, beginning in first stitch of the last round of the first leg, sc 12, sc 6 on second leg (24)

Rds 8-10: sc 24 (24)

Rd 11: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rds 12-13: sc 18 (18)

At this point, you will need to stuff your legs with fiber fill, being sure to stuff them firmly, but not over stuff to where the stitches are pulled too tightly and the fiber fill is spilling out.

Rd 14: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Rd 15: sc 12 (12)

Now is the time to stuff the rest of the body with fiber fill

Rd 16: dec 6 (6)

Rd 17: sc 6 (6)

Rd 18: inc 6 (12)

Rd 19: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 20: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 21: [sc 3, inc], rep [] five more times (30)

Rds 22-23: sc 30 (30)

If you will be using safety eyes, add them in row 23 in stitches 15 and 18.

Rd 24: [sc 3, dec], rep [] five more times (24)

Rds 25-26: sc 24 (24)

Rd 27: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 28: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Stuff the head with fiber fill, making sure to add some extra fiber fill and stuff it firmly into the neck space. I often use the end of my crochet hook, but a stuffing tool or the eraser end of a pencil would also work here.

Rd 29: dec 6 (6)

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail. Sew the tail through the front loop on all 6 scs and pull tight. Weave in the remaining end.

Arms

The next pieces to work are the arms. Be sure to make 2!

Begin again using your white worsted weight yarn, starting with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 6.

Continue working in a spiral as follows, being sure to mark your first stitch of each new round with your stitch marker:

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: sc 12 (12)

Rd 4: [sc 2, dec], rep [] twice more (9)

Change to your orange color and continue:

Rds 5-6: sc 9 (9)

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto the body. Stuff each arm firmly with fiber fill.

Muzzle

Again using your white worsted weight yarn, you will start with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 5. Please note that this is different from how most other pieces start!!

Continue working in a spiral and work an increase into each single crochet from round 1 for a total of 10 single crochets in round 2.

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto the body.

Ears (make 2)

Using your orange worsted weight yarn, you will start again with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 6.

Continue working in a spiral and work an increase into each single crochet from round 1 for a total of 12 single crochets in round 2.

Fasten off, weave in beginning end as much as possible and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto head. 

Tail

Using your white worsted weight yarn, you will start again with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 5.

Continue working in a spiral as follows, being sure to mark your first stitch of each new round with your stitch marker:

Rd 2: inc 5 (10)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] four more times (15)

Change to your orange yarn and continue:

Rds 4-14: sc 15 (15)

Rd 15: [sc, dec], rep [] four more times (10) 

At this point, you should stuff your tail with fiber fill.

Rd 16: dec 5 (5)

Fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto the body.

Belly Patch 

Using your white worsted weight yarn, you will start again with a magic ring and chain 1, then single crochet 5.

Continue working in a spiral as follows, being sure to mark your first stitch of each new round with your stitch marker:

Rd 2: sc 3, (sc 3), sc 2, (sc 2) (10)

Rd 3: sc 4, (sc 3), sc 4, (sc 3) (14)

Rd 4: sc 5, (sc 3, sc 5 (13) NOT A FULL ROUND

Fasten off and leave an 8 to 10 inch tail to sew onto the body.

Nose

Using a pink embroidery thread, you will now make the nose to go onto the muzzle.

Start with a magic ring, and chain 3, then double crochet 3.

Fasten off and pull the magic ring as tight as possible, putting a knot in the thread to keep it tight. Leave a 6 inch tail to sew onto the muzzle.

Eyes

If you are using safety eyes, be sure you insert them where noted in the Legs/Body/Head section above. 

If you need another eye solution, check out my Crochet Eyes for Amigurumi post– that’s where I explain in detail, with photos, how I embroidered the closed eyes on Donnie.

Assembly

Sew the arms onto the body from row 11 to row 14, straight on the side of the body.

Press the ears flat and sew them onto the head. I start in the second row from the end and work my way down the head, keeping the ears running to the sides.

Stuff the muzzle with a small amount of fiber fill and sew onto the head, in the middle of the face from row 18 to row 22 (if you used safety eyes, center the muzzle between them, then sew from rows indicated).

If applicable, sew eyes onto the head, from row 22 to row 24, centered around the muzzle with two stitches between the eyes when eyes are sewn on.

Sew the nose onto the muzzle with the bottom tip of the nose in the center of the magic ring of the muzzle.

Sew the tail onto the body, centered on the back from row 8 to row 11.

Sew the belly patch onto the front of the body, centered between the arms.

If only Ralph could use those fox growls on your little one to get them to do what you need them to, he/she would be the perfect project!

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