We have another new addition to the Moji-Moji family today. This time it’s a wily old fox called Fergus.
Typical of all foxes, he’s bright eyed and bushy tailed and rather bushy around the cheeks too. This is the fox’s version of the recent trend in hipster beards and I think he carries it off very well!
Fergus loves the outdoors and can often be found running wild over open fields or through the woods. He’s also just as comfortable roaming the urban and suburban streets, being sure to wake you from your slumber every now and again as he knocks over a dustbin or two searching for a tasty treat.
It’s a new obsession of mine to make my amigurumi in different sizes during the pattern testing phase. There’s not much much room for shaking things up with the colour choices here as there are in some other patterns so I thought it would be fun to play around with sizing instead. As a result, it wasn’t long until Fergus happened to meet Fiona on one of his forays onto the local farm.
It seems that it was love at first sight for Fergus and he spent all of the next week mooning about the place, sighing and pining and whittling love hearts from fallen branches, all the while daydreaming about the beautiful Fiona.
With a pawful of wild flowers and his handmade wooden tokens of esteem he set off to track down and woo his fine foxy lady. Fergus used all his natural charm and Fiona was soon head over heels in love too.
Suffice it to say that one thing led to another, as they so often do, and soon Fergus and Fiona had a little cub on the way.
After a bit of a wait, as is perfectly normal for these sorts of occasions, a bouncing baby boy was born.
They called him Finlay, and Fergus and Fiona agreed that he really was the cutest little fluff ball they had ever seen.
Now they are the epitome of a happy family and have much fun and many adventures together.
Foraging for food is their favorite pastime. This fluffy faced threesome often spend their nights gathering mushrooms and moss to add a tasty twist to Fergus’s famous sparrow soup.
For those of you who are interested in the technicalities of the pattern Fergus was made with worsted weight (aran/10 ply) yarn, a 3.5 mm hook and 12 mm safety eyes. Fiona was made with light worsted weight (double knit/8 ply) yarn, a 3 mm hook and 10 mm safety eyes and, last but not least, baby Finlay was made with sport weight (sock/4 ply) yarn, a 2 mm hook and 8 mm safety eyes.
The fluffy patches are crocheted in loop stitch (fully explained in the pattern with text and photos) and then trimmed afterwards to make a pompom shape.
Here’s Fergus before a trip to the barbers…(and before he got his body and extremities attached).
…and after his trip… with nice neat whiskers and a full complement of limbs.
The same loop stitch technique is used for the tail.
A bit of snipping here and there and you’ll soon have a beautifully coiffured tail that any fox would be proud to call his or her own.
It’s nearly time for another night of hunting for food and annoying the farmer so Fergus the Fox and his family bid you all goodbye for now!
Fergus the Fox’s pattern is available on: