Felted Fox Bag

crochet bag fox felted felting

I have this thing about foxes: I find them awfully cute and have been contemplating about how I could make a fox inspired bag. So this is the result of hours drawing cute fox pictures and finding photos on Google.  This is another free pattern for a felted crochet bag, – again with Plötulopi  yarn from Istex, which felts really great.

Materials

Yarn Istex Plötulopi, 100% wool unspun, 100 g-3,53 ounces/300 m-328 yards. 2 skeins in heather (brown), 1 skein in white and 1 skein in dark brown. You can also use leftover yarn from your stash that felts well for the white and dark brown color.

Hook  8 mm US: L

Tapestry needle and sewing needle

Sewing thread in heather

1 Snap Button

2 Enamel Beads in black

Glue

Finished size

Width 27 cm/10½ inches, height 18 cm/7 inches after felting.

Skill Level  

Beginner

Gauge    10 cm x 10 cm, 4 inches x 4 inches  = 8,5 stitches x 5 rows

 Free Crochet Pattern

The bag is worked with 2 strands of yarn held together.

It is made of 3 pieces: A front piece, a back piece that ends with the fox’s head and a long thin rectangle, which is both bottom panel, side panel and handle.

Front Panel

Chain 20 with heather colored yarn.

Row 1    Chain 3, 20 dc across.

Row 2    (Increase with 3 dc on each side in this row.)

Chain 6, start crocheting 3 chains from hook: 23 dc across, now increase with 3 dc by inserting the hook through the lower part of the last stitch made – 3 times.

Row 3    (Increase 1 dc on each side.)

Chain 4, start crocheting 3 chains from hook: 27 dc,  increase with 1 dc by inserting the hook through the lower part of the last stitch made.

Row 4    (Increase with 1 dc on each side.)

Chain 4, start crocheting 3 chains from hook: 29 dc across, increase with 1 dc by inserting the hook through the lower part of the last stitch made.

Row 5    Chain 3, 30 dc across.

Row 6    Chain 3, decrease next 2 dc together, 26 dc, decrease next 2 dc together.

Row 7    Chain 3, 28 dc across.

Row 8    Chain 3, decrease next 2 dc together, 24 dc, decrease next 2 dc together.

Row 9    Chain 3, decrease next 2 dc together, 22 dc, decrease next 2 dc together.

Row 10   Chain 3, decrease next 2 dc together, 20 dc, decrease next 2 dc together.

Row 11    Chain 3, decrease next 2 dc together, 18 dc, decrease next 2 dc together.

Weave in ends with tapestry needle.

Back Panel

Work as front panel with heather coloured yarn and continue crocheting as follows:

Row 12    Chain 3, 20 dc across.

Row 13- 17 Work as row 12.

Row 18    Chain 3, decrease next 3 dc together, 14 dc, decrease next 3 dc  together.

Row 19    Chain 3, decrease next 3 dc together, 10 dc, decrease next 3 dc together.

Row 20    Chain 3, decrease next 2 dc together, 8 dc, decrease next 2 c  together.

Row 21   Chain 3, decrease next 3 dc together, 4 dc, decrease next 3 dc together.

Row 22   Chain 3, *decrease next 2 dc together*, repeat twice between **.

Row 23   Chain 3, 3 dc.

Row 24   As row 23.

Row 25-26 Change to dark brown yarn and crochet as row 23.

Weave in all ends with tapestry needle.

Ears

Work 1 ear on each side of head. They are placed between row 13 and 14.

Start crocheting with white yarn and pulling yarn through fabric by skipping 1 stitch from edge. This way you have space to make the dark outer part of the ear and the ears will be placed exactly at the edges of the bag.

Row 1    Chain 2, 3 sc.

Row 2    As row 1.

Row 3    Chain 3, decrease next 3 dc together.

Cut yarn and darn in ends.

Switch to heather colored yarn to make the outer brown edge of the ears:

Start at the lower part of the ear.  Chain 3, work 5 dc to the top of the ear, 1 treble crochet, work 6 dc to the lower part of the ear.

Cut yarn and sew the ears close to the head, so ear and main body fabric will felt together in a smooth way.

Repeat this for the other ear.

Bottom and Handle Piece

Chain 10

Row 1   Chain 3, 10 dc across .

Row 2-38  As row 1.

Row 39   Chain 3, decrease next 2 dc together, 6 dc, decrease next 2 dc together.

Row 40   Chain 3, 8 dc across.

Row 41-65   As row 40.

Put the 3 pieces into the washing machine at 60 Celcius/140 Fahrenheit. The  fabric will felt quite a bit with this process.

Sew the bottom/side panel together with the front and back panel using sewing thread. The wider part is used as bottom and side panel and the narrower part as handle. The seam will be slightly visible from the outside. Don’t turn the bag inside out after sewing, because the bag will look bulky this way.

Sew the handles together.

Detail of the handles:

Sew the enamel eyes onto the face and also glue them onto the fabric.

Sew the snap button.

Note: This pattern is written with US crochet terms.

If you are not familiar with these, see my tutorial Crochet Terms in US, UK, German and Danish.

Abbreviations

dc   =   double crochets

sc   = single crochets

Isn’t he just cute:-)))

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