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Extract from Crochet Taxidermy • By Taylor Hart • Published by Storey

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3h00

Crochet Taxidermy
Finished Measurements
5" wide × 5" long × 4" deep

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© 2020 Taylor Hart / Storey · Reproduced with permission. · Excerpted from Crochet Taxidermy, © by Taylor Hart, photography by Mars Vilaubi, used with permission from Storey Publishing.
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  • Step 1

    Crocheting the Ears
    (make 2)
    Setup: Using the white yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. (Place a split-ring stitch marker to mark beginning of each round in the pattern, and move this marker up as you work each round.)
    Rnd 1: 2 sc in each ch around. Pull tail tight to close hole. (12 sc)
    Rnds 2 and 3: Sc in each st around. (12 sc)
    Following the instructions for Changing the Yarn Color on page 82, switch to the burnt--orange yarn.
    Rnd 4: Sc in each st around. (12 sc)

    Rnd 5: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sc)
    Rnds 6–9: Sc in each st around. (18 sc)
    Rnd 10: *Sc in next st, sc2tog; repeat from * around. (12 sc)
    Slipstitch in first stitch of round, cut yarn, leaving a 12"-long tail for later use, and draw the tail through the loop on the hook to fasten off. Flatten the tube and use the long tail to sew the opening closed. (See tube ear in A Variety of Ears, page 86, for an illustration of how to do this.)
    Crocheting the Nose and Head
    Setup: Using the white yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Do not pull the tail tight; leave a small hole where you can later insert the nose.
    Rnd 1: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
    Rnd 2: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
    Rnds 3 and 4: Sc 1 in each sc around. (18 sts)
    Rnd 5: *Sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around. (16 sc)
    Rnds 6 and 7: Sc in each st around. (16 sc)

  • Step 2

    Attaching the Nose
    Position the nose as shown below, and follow the instructions under Creating Faces on pages 84–85 to attach securely. Stuff firmly to the top with fiberfill.
    Switch to the burnt--orange yarn and pull a loop through the back to the front and ch 2. (This counts as your first sc. After several rounds, securely weave in the beginning tail of the burnt-orange yarn.)
    Rnd 1: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (24 sc)
    Rnd 2: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (32 sc)

    Rnd 3: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (40 sc)
    Rnd 4: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (48 sc)
    Rnd 5: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around. (56 sc)

  • Step 3

    Attaching the Eyes
    Position the eyes right above the base of the nose/snout as shown on page 101, and follow the directions under Creating Faces on pages 84–85 to attach them securely.
    Rnd 6: Sc in each st around. (56 sc)
    Rnd 7: *Sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around. (49 sc)
    Rnd 8: *Sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around. (42 sc)
    Rnds 9 and 10: Sc in each st around. (42 sc)
    Rnd 11: *Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around. (35 sc)
    Rnd 12: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; repeat from * around. (28 sc)
    Stuff with fiberfill about halfway to the top.
    Rnd 13: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog. (21 sc)
    Stuff firmly to the top with fiberfill. Pop in the precut, predrilled dowel with the screw hole facing out (see pages 88–89). Add more stuffing around the dowel, if necessary, to hold it firmly in place. Now let’s close up this fox!
    Rnd 14: *Sc in next st, sc2tog; repeat from * around. (14 sc)
    Rnd 15: *Sc in next st, skip next st; repeat from * around. (7 sc)
    Slipstitch in first stitch of round, cut yarn, leaving a 6"-long tail, draw the tail through the loop on the hook to fasten off, and weave it in on the wrong side.

  • Step 4

    Attaching the Ears
    For a perky look, position the ears about 7 rounds back from the base of the nose as shown on page 101. Use matching yarn to whipstitch the ears securely to the head, draw yarn through last stitch to fasten off. Weave in any loose tails on the wrong side.

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