Crochet Fox Rattle

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Squeeeee!  I am SOOO excited to share this pattern with you today! I can’t wait!  Do you love him?  I mean do you really, really love him?!  Sigh.  This crochet fox rattle just makes me smile.  And it’s sure to make a little one smile too.Crochet Fox RattleI have to tell you.  Orange is my least favorite color.  Long before I knew my favorite color, I knew my least favorite color and that would be orange.  I own no orange clothing.  Not a stripe.  Not a speck of orange in a print.  But for some reason when I saw this yarn yelling at me from the yarn shelf at the craft store, I knew it would be mine.

And then. Then, I saw the NAME of this deliciously wonderful orange yarn.  It’s called “Tiger Lily”.  And suddenly it all made sense.  And I realized I love Tiger Lilies.  Even though they happen to be my least favorite color, that really isn’t their fault.  And truly they are lovely, don’t you think?

Crochet Fox Rattle

And right then and there I decided I would make a fox.  A crochet fox rattle!

This little fox.  He was tricky little guy.  At first I thought he would have a flat triangle shaped nose.  And, unfortunately that wouldn’t do at all.  When I asked my husband what he thought of it and he mistakenly called it a pig, I knew I’d missed the mark!

Side note:  Please imagine, if you will, my husband feeling quite proud of himself identifying my crochet object as an ANIMAL and me thinking why in the world would a pig be orange and white striped.

I really didn’t want to re-do my little fox.  So I took a sneak peek photo and sent a message to one of my favorite crochet bloggers, Jessica over at Stitching-Together.com.   I love Jessica because she always finds something nice and complimentary to say but also lets you know in a nice, carefully worded way, that something is not quite perfect.  She’s very sweet.  And I’m pretty sure she knew my fox was a fox.  Because let’s be real.  Good friends GET you, right?

When I got up the next morning and I found myself squinting at my fox, wishing his nose was different, I sighed a big sigh and ripped out my work and re-did the nose.  But I am oh so happy I did.  Because now I think he is perfect.  This crochet fox rattle.  I think he even looks like he’s scowling a bit and that just makes me smile all the more.

Crochet fox baby rattle

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Crochet Fox Rattle

Here is what you will need:

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsUS to UK Crochet Conversion Chart.  Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.  I really like to use the invisible seamless join when finishing pieces that get sewn together.

Size

5” tall (excluding the ears) by 4.5” across.  NOTE: thickness of yarn will determine size of finished rattle.  Don’t be concerned if yours turns out slightly bigger or smaller than mine.

Head:

With orange yarn, make a magic ring

R1:  6 sc into ring (6 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2:  2 sc in ea st around (12 st)

R3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (18 st)

R4:  *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (24 st)

R5:  *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (30 st)

R6:  sc in next 2, 2sc in next st *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around until last 2 st, sc in last 2 st. (36 st)

R7:  *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (42 st)

R8-10:  sc around, change to white in last stitch. (42 st)

R11-16: Using white, sc around (42 st).  Change to orange in last st. Continue on to handle.

Handle:

Continuing with orange yarn

crochet fox baby rattle

R1:  Sc in next 12 st (12 st).  Leave remaining stitches of row unworked.

Fold over work and starting round 2 by working in the first stitch of round 1.  Continue to work handle in spiral rounds.

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R2-20: sc around. Stuff handle every 8-10 st or so. Change to white in last stitch of 20throw.

Crochet Fox Rattle

R21-24: with white, sc around (12 st).  Change to black in last stitch

R25-28:  with black, sc around (12 st).

Fasten off leaving a long strand for sewing.  If desired, finish row 28 with an invisible join.  Or, simply fasten off in the usual way.  Make sure handle is stuffed and head of rattle is folded roughly in half. Then carefully bring open end to slip into the folded area on the opposite side of the start of the handle. Carefully sew in place with overhand stitches.

photo of a digital crochet amigurumi ebook

Nose:

With orange yarn, make a magic ring

R1:  6 sc into ring (6 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2:  2 sc in ea st around (12 st)

R3:  sc around (12 st)

R4:  *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (15 st)

R5:  sc around (15 st) Fasten off.  I like to use an invisible join to finish off, but you can also fasten off the usual way.

Leave a long strand for sewing.  Lightly stuff head, but do not sew shut yet.  Stuff nose and sew on to head between rows 10 and 16.  Carefully form nose so that it completely meets the orange section for about 4 stitches.  Insert safety eyes on either side of nose on white portion of face.  You may need to remove some stuffing to get the eyes in properly.

Crochet fox rattle

Stuff head the rest of the way and insert a rattle in between the stuffing (Photo above shows a different rattle with the noise making rattles purchased off Amazon).

Sew head shut, making sure fox head is stuffed nice and firm as you work along.

Crochet fox baby rattle

Ears:

With black yarn, make a magic ring

R1:  6 sc into ring (6 sts).  (Do not join, worked in rounds)

R2:  2 sc in ea st around, changing to orange yarn in the last stitch (12 st).

R3:  With orange, sc around (12 st)

R4:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (18 st)

R5-7:  sc around (18 st).  Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing.

Fold ears in half and sew on to top of the fox’s head.  The inside edge of the ears start between row 2 and 3 on the head and extend on the outside edge to between rows 9 and 10.

Using black yarn embroider the tip of the nose with satin stitches.

And there you go!  An adorable crochet fox rattle of your very own!

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Crochet Fox Rattle

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12 Comments

  1. Just ordered the rattle pieces to go inside looking for y next! one question – what does it mean, “Fold over work and starting round 2 by working in the first stitch of round 1. Continue to work handle in spiral rounds.” It will probably make sense when I start but not sure right now 🙂

    1. I tried to show what I meant in the photos. Hopefully it makes more sense when you start working it. The handle continues on from the main rattle piece, but in a smaller circle. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Cheryl, i absolutly love your fox baby rattle. Thank you for this new very nice Accessoires. You are so great.

  3. He’s Adorable!! I was planning to make a fox hat and booties for a friend’s baby boy who’s on the way. I wasn’t sure yet what else I would make. This little guy is perfect!! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work with those of us who love to crochet but haven’t got as much creativity!

  4. Oh my goodness this is beautiful! I have a friend who is having a little boy soon and this has made my (long) list of things to make for him!

    1. I would double check with the manufacturer of the inserts to be sure, but I think that they will as they are being used for their intended purpose inside a child’s toy.