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Animal Heads
Textured yarns in earthy shades are used 
to make the hare, and the small amount 
of golden brown adds warmth to the eyes. 
Tweed yarn is ideal for the eyes as the flecks 
of colour give an illusion of catching the light.

Size
Approximately 63⁄8in (16cm) from the top of the head to the lower edge of
the base (excluding ears)

Tension
22 sts and 24 rows to 4in (10cm) over double crochet using 2.5mm hook

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© 2019 Vanessa Mooncie / GMC Publications · Reproduced with permission. · Animal Heads by Vanessa Mooncie, published by GMC (£14.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)
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  • Step 1

    Method
    The back of the head and the shoulders are crocheted separately. These are then all crocheted together, working in rounds and shaping the chest, neck and face by increasing and decreasing stitches. An edging is worked around the opening at the lower edges of the shoulders to attach the base. The base is made in two pieces, crocheted in rounds. A circular piece of mount board is inserted between the two pieces to complete the base. This is attached
    to the hare by crocheting into the stitches of the base and the edging around the opening at the same time. The nose and mouth are worked in rounds and stitched on after stuffing the main piece. The ears are worked in rows and crocheted together, with folded mount board, cut to size, inserted to shape them. The eyeball and socket are crocheted in one piece, worked in rounds. The sockets are shaped by increasing stitches to produce the contouring around the eyes. The front loops of a number of stitches in the sockets are crocheted into, creating
    a ridge to form the brow. The whiskers are lengths of nylon that are folded into loops and attached by threading them through stitches in the top lip.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 2
    Step 2

    Back of head
    Starting at the back of the head, with 2.5mm hook and A, wind yarn around finger a couple of times to form a ring, insert hook into ring, catch yarn and draw through.
    Round 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), work 6 dc into ring (6 sts).
    Round 2 (inc): (Dc2inc) 6 times
    (12 sts). Pull tight on the short end of the yarn to close the ring.
    Round 3 (inc): (Dc2inc, 1 dc) 6 times
    (18 sts).
    Round 4 (inc): (Dc2inc), 2 dc) 6 times (24 sts).
    Round 5 (inc): (Dc2inc), 3 dc) 6 times (30 sts).
    Round 6 (inc): (Dc2inc), 4 dc) 6 times (36 sts).
    Round 7: Work 1 dc in each dc.
    Fasten off.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 3
    Step 3

    Shoulders (make 2)
    With 2.5mm hook and B, make 2 ch.
    Row 1: Work 3 dc into the second ch from hook, turn (3 sts).
    Row 2 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as
    a stitch), (dc2inc) 3 times, turn (6 sts).
    Row 3: 1 ch (does not count as a stitch), 1 dc in each dc.
    Row 4 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as
    a stitch), (dc2inc) 6 times, turn (12 sts).
    Row 5: As Row 3.
    Row 6 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as
    a stitch), (dc2inc, 1 dc) 6 times, turn
    (18 sts).
    Row 7: As Row 3.
    Row 8 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as
    a stitch), (dc2inc, 2 dc) 6 times, turn
    (24 sts).
    Row 9: As Row 3.
    Row 10 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as
    a stitch), (dc2inc, 3 dc) 6 times, turn
    (30 sts).
    Row 11: As Row 3.
    Row 12 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as
    a stitch), 1 dc in first 3 dc, dc2inc, 1 dc
    in the next 2 dc, turn (31 sts).
    Row 13: 1 ch (does not count as a st),
    1 dc in front of the first dc, 1 dc in next
    7 dc, turn.
    Row 14: 1 ch (does not count as a st),
    1 dc in first 4 dc, dc2inc, 1 dc in the next 4 dc, turn (32 sts).
    Row 15: 1 ch (does not count as a st),
    1 dc in the dc in front of the first dc, 1 dc in next 10 dc, turn.
    Row 16: As Row 3. Fasten off.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 4
    Step 4

    Chest, neck and head
    Join shoulders
    With 2.5mm hook and A, join yarn to the last dc of row 16 of one shoulder piece with a sl st.
    Round 1 (RS): Work 1 dc into the same dc as the sl st, work 1 dc into each of the next 31 dc, make 4 ch to go across the chest, work 1 dc into the first dc of row 16
    of the other shoulder piece, work 1 dc into the next 31 dc, sl st into the same st as the first dc worked, to join the shoulders at the centre back (68 sts).
    Round 2 (dec): Dc2dec, 1 dc in next
    30 dc, miss first ch, 1 dc into the next
    2 ch, miss the last ch, 1 dc in next 30 dc, dc2dec (64 sts).
    Round 3 (dec): Dc2dec, 1 dc in next 28 dc, (dc2dec) twice, 1 dc in next 28 dc, dc2dec (60 sts).
    Round 4 (dec): Dc2dec, 1 dc in next
    26 dc, (dc2dec) twice, 1 dc in next 26 dc, dc2dec (56 sts).

    Round 5: Dc2inc, 1 dc in next 25 dc, (dc2dec) twice, 1 dc in next 25 dc, dc2inc.
    Round 6 (dec): 1 dc in next 26 dc, (dc2dec) twice, 1 dc in next 26 dc (54 sts).

    Shape back of neck
    Round 7 (inc): (Dc2inc, 2 dc)
    3 times, 1 dc in the next 16 dc,
    (dc2dec) twice, 1 dc in the next
    16 dc, (2 dc, dc2inc) 3 times (58 sts).

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 5
    Step 5

    Join centre front of chest
    Round 8: 1 dc in next 29 dc; with RS together, join the centre front by working 1 ch (does not count as a st),
    1 dc into each of the next 12 dc of each side at the same time, turn the work so the RS is facing, 1 dc in the next 17 dc, finishing at the centre back of the neck (34 sts). Do not fasten off.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 6
    Step 6

    Join back of head to neck
    The following is worked in rows:
    Row 1 (RS): With RS facing work 1 dc in the first dc of the back of the head to join to the neck, 1 dc into the next 35 dc of the back of the head, sl st into the first dc to prevent a hole appearing in the work; with RS facing, work 1 dc into
    the next 2 dc of the neck, turn.

    Shape sides of head and neck
    Row 2 (WS): Miss the first 2 dc, work
    1 dc into each of the 36 dc of the back of the head, miss the first dc of the neck, work 1 dc into the next 2 dc of the back of the neck, turn.
    Row 3 (RS): Miss the first 2 dc, work
    1 dc into each of the 36 dc of the back
    of the head, 1 dc into the next 2 dc of the back of the neck, turn.
    Rows 4–11: As Row 3.
    Row 12: Miss the first 2 dc, work 1 dc into each of the 36 dc of the back of the head, 1 dc into the next dc of the back
    of the neck, turn.
    Row 13: Miss the first dc, 1 dc into each of the 36 dc of the head, 1 dc into the 5 dc down the left front of the neck, finishing at the centre front.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 7
    Step 7

    Shape front of neck and face
    The following is worked in rounds:
    Round 1 (RS): Dc2dec, 1 dc into the next 3 dc up the right front of the neck, 1 dc into each of the 36 dc of the head, 1 dc into the 3 dc down the left front of the neck, dc2dec (44 sts).
    Round 2 (dec): Dc2dec, 1 dc into the next 2 dc up the right front of the neck, 1 dc into each of the 36 dc of the head, 1 dc into the 2 dc down the left front of the neck, dc2dec (42 sts).
    Round 3 (dec): Dc2dec, 1 dc into the next dc of the neck, 1 dc into each of the 36 dc of the head, 1 dc into the next dc of the neck, dc2dec (40 sts).
    Round 4 (dec): Dc2dec, 1 dc in the next 36 dc, dc2dec (38 sts).
    Round 5 (dec): (Dc2dec) twice, 1 dc into each of the 30 dc, (dc2dec) twice (34 sts).
    Round 6 (dec): (Dc2dec) twice, 1 dc
    into each of the 26 dc, (dc2dec) twice
    (30 sts).
    Round 7 (dec): (Dc2dec) twice, 1 dc
    into each of the 22 dc, (dc2dec) twice (26 sts). Place a marker in the middle
    of Round 7.
    Round 8 (dec): (Dc2dec) twice, 1 dc
    into each of the 18 dc, (dc2dec) twice (22 sts).
    Rounds 9–11: 1 dc in each dc.
    Round 12 (dec): (Dc2dec) 11 times
    (11 sts).
    Sl st to the next st and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn at the end. Thread the length of yarn onto a tapestry needle and weave through the last round of stitches. Pull tight on the yarn to close the opening and fasten off.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 8
    Step 8

    Edging
    With RS facing, 2.5mm hook and B, starting at the centre back, join yarn to the first st at the edge of the right shoulder with a sl st.
    Next: Work 1 dc into the same st
    as the sl st, work 27 dc evenly across the lower edge of the right shoulder, work 4 dc evenly across the front
    of the chest, work 28 dc evenly across the lower edge of the left shoulder, sl st into the same st as the first dc to join (60 sts). Fasten off. This forms the edging to attach the base.
    Stuff the head, keeping the front
    of the face flat and stuffing firmly up
    to the neck. Take care not to overstuff the head. Fill the shoulders and neck with stuffing, filling close to the edging. More stuffing will be added when the base is attached.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 9
    Step 9

    Base
    With 2.5mm hook and B, wind yarn around finger a couple of times to form
    a ring, insert hook into ring, catch yarn and draw through.
    Rounds 1–6: Work Rounds 1–6 of back of head.
    Round 7 (inc): (Dc2inc, 5 dc) 6 times (42 sts).
    Round 8 (inc): (Dc2inc, 6 dc) 6 times
    (48 sts).
    Round 9 (inc): (Dc2inc, 7 dc) 6 times (54 sts).
    Round 10 (inc): (Dc2inc, 8 dc) 6 times
    (60 sts).
    Rounds 11–12: 1 dc in each dc. Fasten off.
    Make one more piece to match the first. Do not fasten off at the end.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 10
    Step 10

    Join base pieces
    Place the two base pieces with WS together. Work 1 dc in each of the next 40 dc of both pieces at the same time to join. Slip the circular board in between the pieces and continue to join the two, stretching the work over the board and crocheting into the remaining 20 dc of both pieces at the same time to close. Do not fasten off.

  • Step 11

    Join base to edging
    With the base facing up, work 1 dc in the first dc of the base and, at the same time, into the first dc of the edging at the back of the shoulders to join. Continue to work 1 dc into each of the next 29 dc, inserting the hook first into the base and then into the edging around the shoulders and chest. Add more stuffing before continuing, filling the neck and shoulders firmly, taking care not to overstuff. Work 1 dc into the remaining 30 dc of each piece as before, adding extra stuffing, if necessary, before closing. Sl st to the next st and fasten off.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 12
    Step 12

    Eyes (make 2)
    Pupil
    With 2.5mm hook and C, wind yarn around finger a couple of times to form a ring, insert hook into ring, catch yarn and draw through.
    Round 1 (WS): 1 ch (does not count as
    a stitch), 8 dc into ring, sl st to the first dc, turn (8 sts). Pull on the short end of yarn to close the ring.
    Join in D.
    Iris
    Round 2 (inc) (RS): With D, work 1 dc into the back loop only (the loop furthest away from you) of each dc.
    The remaining front loops will produce
    a neater outline around the pupil.
    Round 3: With D, (dc2inc) 8 times (16 sts).
    Join in B.
    Round 4: With B, work 1 dc in each dc.
    Join in A and keep yarn B at the front of the work.

    Eye socket
    Round 5 (inc): With A, (dc2inc, 1 dc)
    8 times into the back loops only (24 sts).
    Round 6: With A, work 1 dc in the back loops only of the next 12 dc, sl st into the back loops only of the next 12 dc.
    Round 7: With A, work 1 dc in the remaining front loop only of each of the next 12 dc of round 5, sl st to the next st.
    Fasten off, leaving a long length of A at the end.

    Finish eye
    Next: With B, sl st into the front loop only of each dc of round 4. Sl st to the first st and fasten off.
    Nose
    With 2.5mm hook and B, wind yarn around finger a couple of times to form a ring, insert hook into ring, catch yarn and draw through.
    Round 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), work 6 dc into ring (6 sts).
    Round 2: 1 dc in each dc.
    Round 3 (inc): (Dc2inc, 1 dc) 3 times (9 sts).
    Round 4 (inc): (Dc2inc, 2 dc) 3 times
    (12 sts).
    Round 5 (inc): (Dc2inc, 1 dc) 6 times
    (18 sts).

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 13
    Step 13

    Join top of nose
    Flatten the piece to form a triangular shape and sl st together the back loop only of the 9 dc from each side to join.
    Fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn at the end.

  • Step 14

    Top lip (make 2)
    With 2.5mm hook and A, wind yarn around finger a couple of times to form a ring, insert hook into ring, catch yarn and draw through.
    Rounds 1–4: Work Rounds 1–4 of back of head.
    Sl st to next st and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn at the end. This makes one side of the top lip.
    Bottom lip
    With 2.5mm hook and B, make 5 ch.
    Round 1: 1 dc in the second ch from hook, 1 dc in the next 2 ch, 2 dc in the end ch, 1 dc in the reverse side of the next 3 ch (8 sts).
    Round 2 (inc): Dc2inc, 1 dc in the next
    2 dc, (dc2inc) twice, 1 dc in the next
    2 dc, dc2inc (12 sts).
    Round 3: Dc2inc, 1 dc in the next 4 dc, (dc2inc) twice, 1 dc in the next 4 dc, dc2inc (16 sts). Sl st to the first st and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn at the end.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 15
    Step 15

    Ears (make 2)
    Inner ear
    With 2.5mm hook and B, make 25 ch.
    Row 1 (WS): 1 dc into second ch from hook, 1 dc into next 22 ch, 3 dc into next ch, 1 dc down reverse side of the next 23 ch, turn (49 sts).
    Row 2 (inc) (RS): 1 ch (does not count
    as a st), 1 dc in the first 24 dc, dc3inc,
    1 dc in the next 24 dc, turn (51 sts).
    Row 3 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as
    a st), dc2inc, 1 dc in the first 24 dc, dc3inc, 1 dc in the next 24 dc, dc2inc, turn (55 sts).
    Row 4 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as a st), 1 dc in the first 27 dc, dc3inc, 1 dc in the next 27 dc, turn (57 sts).
    Row 5: 1 ch (does not count as a st), 1 dc in the first 28 dc, dc3inc, 1 dc in the next 28 dc, turn (59 sts).
    Row 6: 1 ch (does not count as a st),
    1 dc in the first 29 dc, dc3inc, 1 dc in
    the next 29 dc (61 sts). Fasten off.
    Place the inner ear onto the mount board and draw around it twice. Cut the ear shapes out carefully using a craft knife on a cutting mat. Round off the corners so they don’t poke through the crocheted fabric. Lightly score a line down the centre of each ear shape and fold to shape the board.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 16
    Step 16

    Outer ear
    With 2.5mm hook and A, make 24 ch.
    Row 1 (RS): 1 dc into second ch from hook, 1 dc into next 21 ch, 3 dc into next ch, 1 dc down reverse side of the next 22 ch, turn (47 sts).
    Row 2 (inc) (WS): 1 ch (does not count as a st), 1 dc in the first 23 dc, dc3inc,
    1 dc in the next 23 dc, turn (49 sts).
    Row 3 (inc): As Row 2 of inner ear.
    Row 4 (inc): As Row 3 of inner ear.
    Row 5 (inc): As Row 4 of inner ear.
    Row 6 (inc): 2 ch (to count as first htr), miss first dc, 1 htr in the next 15 dc, 1 dc in the next 12 dc, dc3inc, 1 dc in the next 12 dc, 1 htr in the next 16 dc, turn (59 sts).
    Row 7 (inc): 1 ch (does not count as a st), 1 dc in the first 16 htr, 1 dc in the next 13 dc, dc3inc, 1 dc in the next 13 dc,
    1 dc in the next 15 htr, 1 dc in the second of 2 ch (61 sts). Do not fasten off.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 17
    Step 17

    Join ear pieces
    Place wrong sides of inner and outer ear together, with the inner ear facing up.
    Next: 1 ch (does not count as a st), inserting the hook under both loops of each stitch of the inner ear first, then the outer ear to join, work 1 dc in each of the next 30 dc, dc3inc, 1 dc into each
    of the next 30 dc (63 sts). Fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn at the end.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 18
    Step 18

    Making up
    Mouth
    Thread the length of yarn, left after fastening off the oval-shaped bottom lip, onto a blunt-ended tapestry needle. Sew it to the lower part of the front
    of the face, positioning it vertically, with the top end of the bottom lip meeting the gathered, last round of stitches
    of the face. With the fastened-off length of yarn threaded onto a tapestry needle, attach the top lip pieces, placing them centrally on each side of the gathered front of the face, over the top of the bottom lip and sewing neatly around the edges.

    Nose
    Thread the long length left after fastening off onto a tapestry needle
    and sew the straight, top edge along
    the round of stitches with the marker. Stitch the lower, pointed end in place between the two top lip pieces, leaving the sides open to indicate the hare’s nostrils. Remove the marker.

    Eyes
    Stitch an eye to each side of the face, so that the first of the raised line of stitches near the back of the head is at the lower edge of the eye. With the length of yarn left after fastening
    off, sew all around the outer edges of the eyes, inserting a small amount
    of stuffing into the eyeballs before closing the openings.

    Ears
    Insert a folded, ear-shaped board into each crocheted ear, so the fold is at the back of the ears and the edges face towards the front. With the length of yarn left after fastening off, sew together the lower edges. Bring the lower corners together to meet in the middle of the inner ear and stitch 5⁄8in (1.5cm) of each side together to shape. Sew each ear neatly to the head, behind the eyes, stitching all around the edges to attach them securely in place.

    Hanging loop
    With 2.5mm hook and B, work 25 dc around the brass ring. Sl st to the first dc and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn. Thread the length of yarn onto a needle and sew the lower edge of the ring securely to the top of the base. Weave in all the ends of yarn.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Hare Animal Head - Step 19
    Step 19

    Whiskers
    Fold a length of nylon in half to form
    a loop. Insert the crochet hook behind a stitch in one of the top lip pieces and back out through to the front, and catch the looped yarn.
    Pull the loop a little way through, remove the hook and then thread
    the ends of the nylon back through the loop, pulling them tight.
    Repeat to attach two more lengths of nylon to the same top lip and the remaining three lengths to the other top lip. Trim the ends to neaten.

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FrolleinKram
FrolleinKram · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 132 projects
Uhmmmmmm I will do this and I will fail and despair and start over BUT I HAVE TO DO IT!
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