Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Woodland Hand Puppets - Fox, Raccoon and a Beaver!!!

How cute are these Woodland Hand Puppets - a Fox, a Raccoon and a Beaver?  Ive had a lot of fun designing these cute little critters.

Now, in all honesty, the fox that's been roaming my property (and getting into my garden) and the raccoon that got into my garage and tore into a garbage bag are not exactly cute little critters...lol!!!

But, these were fun to make and I'm sure my grandchildren are going to enjoy playing with them.  I hope you will enjoy making them, too!!!

Woodland Animals Hand Puppets - Fox, Raccoon and Beaver

Fox Hand Puppet
Fox Hand Puppet Free Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Materials:
--4.5mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in Terra Cotta ("I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby; 80-100 yds), black (1 yd) and white (2-3 yds)
--3 buttons (2 for the eyes -3/4"; 1 for nose tip - 1/2") 
--tapestry needle for weaving

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
St:  stitch(es)
Sl st:  slip stitch
Sk:  skip
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together
FO:  fasten off
 
Directions:
-- The Fox Hand Puppet is made in 2 pieces - front and back. --

Front Piece:
1.  With terra cotta yarn and 4.5mm hook, Ch21.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (20)
2-10.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (20)
11.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 18 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (22)
12.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (22)
13.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 20 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
14.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
15.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 22 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (26)
16.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (26)
17.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 24 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (28)
18.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (28)
19.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 26 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
20.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (30)
21.  With white yarn, sk the first 6 st.  1 SC in each of the next 18 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
22-25.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of row 25, FO white yarn and re-join Terra Cotta yarn.  (18)
26-27.  In Terra Cotta, 1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
28.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 14 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
29.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
30.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 12 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
31.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
32.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 10 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
33.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
34.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 8 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
35.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
36.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 6 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
37.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching front and back together.  (8)

Back Piece:
Make the back piece exactly the same as the front, except, do not make any color change.  All of it is made in Terra Cotta.  

Nose:
1.  In Terra Cotta, Ch9.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
3.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 4 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
4.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
5.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
6.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
7.  SC2tog, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
8.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
9.  SC2tog.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.  (1)

Attach the 1/2" button to the nose tip.  Then see pics for nose placement.  I just aligned/centered and whipstitched it to the front.

Eyes:  attach buttons on each side; see pics for eye placement.

Ears (make 2):
1.  In black yarn, Ch2.  1 SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  2 SC in first st and 1 SC in next st.  Before completing final step, FO black yarn and join Terra Cotta yarn.  (3)
4.  In Terra Cotta, 1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
6.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
7.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
8.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (7)
9.  Join white yarn with sl st and Ch1 into any st.  SC in same st and around.  FO, leaving a long enough tail to attach to each side on top.  See pics on ear placement.  

And, that's it for the Fox Hand Puppet!!!!

 Raccoon Hand Puppet 
Raccoon Hand Puppet Free Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Materials:
--4.5mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in dark gray (80-100 yds), light gray (3-5 yds), black (2 yds) and white (1-2 yds)
--tapestry needle for weaving
--optional:  you can use buttons for the nose tip and the eyes; I chose to crochet mine for the Raccoon

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
St:  stitch(es)
Sl st:  slip stitch
Sk:  skip
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together
FO:  fasten off
 
Directions:
-- The Raccoon Hand Puppet is made in 2 pieces - front and back --

The Front and Back Pieces follow the same pattern as above for the Fox, except for the colors. You will use dark gray throughout the back piece.  In the front, you will use light gray in Rows 21-25 and the rest is in dark gray.  

Now, I did make the nose and ears slightly different.

Nose:  
1.  In dark gray, Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
3.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
5.  SC3tog.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.  (1)

Nose Tip:
1.  In black yarn, 5 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO, leaving a long enough tail to attach.  

See pics for nose and tip placement.

Eyebrows (make 2):
1.  In white yarn, Ch7.  SC in 2nd ch and across.  FO, leaving a long enough tail to attach.  (6)
  
Eyes (make 2):  
1.  In black yarn, Ch4.  1 SC in 2nd ch and next ch.  3 SC in last ch.  Rotate (to work on opposite side of base).  1 SC in next ch and 2 SC in last ch.  Sl st to first st and Ch1.  (8)
2.  1 SC in first 3 st, 3 SC in next st, 1 SC in the next 3 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Sl st to first st and FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.  (11)

For the white portion of the eyes:
1.  In white yarn, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.  I used black yarn and embroidered into the center.  (see pics)

Attach the white of the eye to the black portion before attaching the eyes to the front piece. 

See pics for eye and eyebrow placement.

Ears (make 2):
1.  In dark gray yarn, Ch2.  2 SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
2.  2 SC in first st and 1 SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
3.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st and 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
5.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
6.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 3 st and 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
7.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.
8.  Join light gray in any st and Ch1.  SC in same st and around.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching.  
(Note:  the only stitch difference between the raccoon and the fox ears is that I started with 2 SC in the base chain)  

And, that's it for the Raccoon Hand Puppet!!!!   

 Beaver Hand Puppet

Beaver Hand Puppet Free Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Materials:
--4.5mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in light beige (80-100 yds), brown tweed (1 1/2 yds), black (1 yd) and white (1-2 yds)
--tapestry needle for weaving

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
St:  stitch(es)
Sl st:  slip stitch
Sk:  skip
SC:  single crochet
ESC:  extended single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
DC:  double crochet
FPDC:  front post double crochet
BPDC:  back post double crochet
FO:  fasten off
 
Directions:
Special Note:  the Beaver Hand Puppet is made in 2 pieces - front and back - like the Fox and the Raccoon, however, just a small tweak (change up). Now, if you don't want to do the DC and the FPDC/BPDC rows, you can opt out, and just follow the above Fox pattern!!!

I am going to provide the altered version that I did with the DC and the FPDC/BPDC stitches.  The Beaver is worked entirely in light beige yarn.

Front and Back Piece (make 2):
1.  With light beige yarn and 4.5mm hook, Ch21.  2 SC in 2nd ch from hook, 1 SC in next 18 ch and 2 SC in the last ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (22)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (22)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 20 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
4.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (24)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 22 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (26)
6.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (26)
7.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 24 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (28)
8.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (28)
9.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 26 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
10.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (30)
21.  Sk the first 6 st.  1 SC in each of the next 18 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
22-27.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
28.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 14 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
29.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
30.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 12 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
31.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
32.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 10 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
33.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
34.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 8 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
35.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
36.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 6 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
37.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching front and back together.  (8)

Now, you will go back to Row 1 and work on the opposite side of the base chain.  
1-2.  Join yarn and complete 2 rows of DC st across.  Ch1 and turn.  
3-4.  Work 2 rows of FPDC/BPDC stitches across.  Ch1 and turn.  FO and weave ends after row 4.   

Eyes (make 2)
1.  With black yarn, 3 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave long enough tail to attach.

Nose:  
First part -
1.  In brown tweed, 8 HDC into MR. Sl st to join and Ch1.  (8)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave long tail for attaching.  (16)
Second part -
1.  In black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st to join and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st to join and FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching.  (9)

Attach black part to brown tweed part before whipstitching to face.  (see pics)

Teeth (make 2):
1.  In white yarn, Ch3.  HDC in 2nd ch and last ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
2.  1 HDC in each st.  FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching.  (2)

I attached the top part of the teeth under the nose (brown tweed).  See pics.

Bowtie:
1.  In white yarn, Ch9.  SC in 2nd ch and next 2 ch, sl st into the next 2 ch, and 1 SC in the next 3 ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (6 SC and 2 sl st)
2.  1 ESC in the first 3 st, sl st into the next 2 (previous row sl st), and 1 ESC in the last 3 st.
3.  1 HDC into the first 3 st, sl st into the next 2, and 1 HDC into the last 3 st.  FO.  Leave a long enough tail for attaching.

See pics for bowtie placement.  

Ears (make 2):
1.  In light beige, 6 SC into MR.  Pull to tighten but do not join.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
3-4.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of row 4, FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (12)

See pics for ear placement.  

And, that's it for the Beaver Hand Puppet.  And, again, if you'd prefer to make it the same way as the Fox and Raccoon that is fine.  I was just really playing around and changing it up some to see how it would look and I liked the end result. 

 If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or email me.  I would be glad to answer/help in any way I can!!!

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Happy Crocheting...

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