Crochet Kits

A Little Bit Foxy…

Good morning all! It has been quite some time since I have given this little blog and indeed my crochet projects the attention they deserve. So, I thought it was best I rectified this as soon as possible. So here we go…

A while back I purchased a cute crochet kit from Aldi. I had seen in their little special buy magazine that they were going to have crochet kits in the shape of unicorns, foxes, reindeer and pugs. As you can imagine, my sights and heart were set on the unicorn. (The clear choice really!) However, Aldi, and indeed all the Aldi’s in the area, had other plans for me. I couldn’t find a unicorn kit anywhere. Even every member of my family had a look in the Aldi that was closest to them, in the hope that the change in location would provide me with the adorable unicorn. But alas, all to no avail. Feeling defeated, but still determined to take advantage of the ridiculously cheap crochet kit, I decided to settle for the next best thing. Which, in my books would have been the pug, but of course that would be too easy! Thus, I had to settle with the fox.

I must confess, that Fox crochet kit stayed in my craft corner for many few months. I think I was secretly angry with it as it wasn’t the unicorn. But…then the time came…and I decided to unpack and begin crocheting him.

I am so glad I did! The kit was really enjoyable and it even gave me the opportunity to learn and practice a new stitch. I don’t know how familiar you are with the Afghan Stitch. It is the stitch that was used to create the little orange detail on his snout. It was a stitch that took me quite some time to get anywhere with and I found that this was because it was almost against crochet nature. In crochet it is all about hooking and pulling through the loops until you’re left with one loop on the hook. Fairly standard crochet, however the Afghan Stitch was all about crocheting but leaving all the loops on the hook until the end of the round. I found it quite tricky at first but after a few failed rounds I prevailed! I think this particular stitch would be very useful for creating additional details to amigurumi projects and I’m quite excited about incorporating it into a few projects that I am working on at present.

Furthermore, I received some light up crochet hooks for Christmas and I used one of the hooks from the set for this project. Initially, I had only shown an interest in the light up crochet hooks for the novelty and I wanted to see what the appeal was, however, after using the hook for the little fox I have to admit that they are among the comfiest hooks I own. I’m not sure if it’s the transparent hook, the lightweight structure or the shape of the grip, but collectively these elements make the hooks especially easy to work with. I will also admit that I have not used any other hook since! I’d definitely recommend giving them a whirl, they aren’t very expensive and if anything you can pretend you’re in a Harry Potter movie and utter ‘Lumos‘ as you point and switch your hook on! (They are however, rather difficult to photograph well! Exhibit A, as seen below!)

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Jasmin

at The Little Crochet Caddy

12 thoughts on “A Little Bit Foxy…”

    1. Hi Lou, I think I know the bit you are talking about, for the orange detail on his face. Have you got to grips with the Afghan Stitch? (YouTube has lots of good tutorials of the stitch) The 1 x 2AStog is essentially the Afghan Stitch decrease. I hope that’s helpful to you.

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  1. hello Lou, thank you for the encouragement. I am having trouble understanding the start of the body section of the Aldi fox. Can you help?

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  2. Hi, you’ve given me hope that is pattern is doable! Can you explain in beginner’s terms what it means on the nose section by e.g. Round 3: 2×2 AS2tog, 16 AS, 2×2 AS2tog (18 AS)? I understand that there needs to be a decrease but is that the 2tog or the 2×2 or does it mean double AS and decrease and how do I end up with more stitches in the second part of the round? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Hannah, that’s so nice to hear! It took me some time to get to grips with the pattern, but it was definitely worth it in the end! Unfortunately I have misplaced my pattern for it, otherwise I could have another look at it, but I have a feeling there was a bit in the pattern that was a misprint. (Or at least didn’t work for me) How many stitches were in Round 2 and Round 4?

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      1. Hi, haha the instructions are confusing enough without a misprint, google couldn’t even understand them. Thanks.
        Round 2: 1×2 AS2tog, 16 AS, 1×2 AS2tog (18AS)
        Round 3: 2×2 AS2tog, 10 AS, 2×2 AS2tog (14 AS)
        Round 4: 2×2 AS2tog, 6 AS, 2×2 AS2tog (10 AS)

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      2. I know! This little bit for the foxes face is harder than the rest of the whole pattern. I remember making everything else first just because it was so confusing. But yes, I think I know what to do. So when it says 1 x 2AS2tog it means one decrease. So stitch two Afghan stitches together. Round 2: 1 decrease, 16 stitches, 1 decrease. (18) Round 3: 2 decreases (so stitch two together, then another two together) 10 stitches and then 2 decreases (14) Round 4: 2 decreases, 10 stitches, 2 decreases (10). I don’t think it needs to say 2 x 2AS2tog, it just needs to say 2 x AS2tog. I hope that is helpful to you and will help you finish the little guy! Let me know if you need anymore help 😇

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  3. That makes much more sense, thank you ever so much! I think I’ll follow your suggestion and start with the rest of the fox first. Thanks :D.

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  4. Hi.
    I’m just trying to make a start on this little fox but can’t for the life of me get to grips with AS in the round without a double ended crochet hook and 3 balls of yarn and don’t seem to be able to find a YouTube video of AS with a normal hook and single ball of yarn. Can you help? Thanks

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    1. Hi Becky, The AS portion of this Fox is by far the hardest part of the whole pattern. I started with everything else and did the AS last. I found a Bella Coco tutorial on YouTube for Tunisian Crochet (which I’m almost sure is the same thing) and hopefully it will help. https://youtu.be/a8LJDHD-fK0 I think usually you need a long hook for this particular crochet stitch but as the patch you are making for the fox’s face is so small, you can get away with using a normal hook as long as it is one without a grip. I hope this is helpful to you. Let me know how you get on! 🙂

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