Free Knitting Pattern

Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern- women & child sizes

March 24, 2015

Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern

Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele

 This fox scarf knitting pattern is a fun take on the fox stoles that were considered the height of glamour in the 1920’s and 30’s. I always found the original ones kind of creepy and sad, so I decided to do my own cruelty free take on it! This scarf may look complicated but it’s actually pretty easy to knit. It’s a combination of garter stitch mixed in with some ribbing. A hidden loop under the fox head holds the tail in place while you’re wearing it. I think this little guy turned out pretty cute and best of all, no foxes were harmed in the making of this scarf! Happy knitting!

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For sizes adult & child
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Charcoal Grey (1 skein) and in Linen (1 Skein)
Needles: Size US 5 straight
Also needed: Needle & thread and 2 beads for the eyes

Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern

Cast on 2 stitches (linen)
Knit in Garter Stitch increasing 1 stitch at every other end until you have 32 stitches
Switch color to charcoal grey
Knit in Garter Stitch until piece measures 9 inches from the beginning point.
Knit 2 stitches together 3 times, work across row to last 6 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together 3 times (26 stitches)
Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 6 1/2 inches
Switch to Garter Stitch and work for 20 inches for adult size (for child’s size knit until 16 1/2 inches)

Switch color to linen
Knit 4 rows in Garter Stitch
Knit 2 stitches together at the beginning of each row until you are left with 5 stitches.
Knit the 5 stitches in Garter Stitch for 4 inches. Bind off

Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
[The scarf is worked from the bottom of the tail to the head]
Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
[This is the face end with the Garter Stitch tab]
Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
[To finish: fold the tab under and sew in place. The end of the tail goes through this loop, holding it in place]
Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
[To make the ears: Cast on 14 stitches. Knit 1 row. Knit 2 stitches together at the beginning of each row until 1 stitch remains. Bind off]
Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
[Sew the ears on]
Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
[Sew the eyes on]
Free Fox Scarf Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
  • Anonymous
    April 24, 2015 at 12:08 am

    This scarf is adorable can't wait to make

  • Anna Di Marzio
    April 25, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Me too looks like it's easy. Have the yarn and ready to go.

  • yulia madjid
    May 14, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Can't wait to make this cute scarf . Thankyou for sharing

  • Yuleima Malone
    July 14, 2015 at 3:34 am

    very cute I gonna try make today

  • Yuleima Malone
    July 14, 2015 at 3:35 am

    very cute I try gonna make today

  • Rae Marie
    July 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    So cute! thanks for sharing this!

  • Suzetta
    July 22, 2015 at 1:18 am

    When you complete the ribbed portion do you increase back to 32 stitches for the head? So far it is looking good. Thank you.

  • Suzetta
    July 22, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I quit knitting for tonight, will be sure to check for your answer to my question before I go forward. The part I've knit so far is so cute. Thanks a bushel.

  • Gina Michele
    July 22, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Hi- after the ribbed portion, do not increase back to 32 stitches.

    • Suzetta
      July 23, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Gina. I was away from home a couple days, ready to get back to knittin'.

  • Isla DeJoseph
    August 16, 2015 at 1:25 am

    i am brand new to knitting so i thought I'd give this a try. I'm doing awesome on it, and I'm following the pattern with no problems…but I made the mistake when I started it and used 5mm needles…not SIZE 5. I think I'm too far into it to start it over, so I'm going to continue. I hope it doesn't make it too big

    • Annette
      August 16, 2015 at 2:03 am

      Oh dear, I used the wrong needles and yarn size too (American sizes always fox me. 😛 ). The tail width 19 cm (7 1/2 in) but it's nice and warm!

  • sheryw0
    October 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Looks easy! I love it! I would love to try this using orange and white yard 🙂

  • Shortyshorty
    January 3, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Finished my second scarf. Recipients love the fox scarves!!

  • AmyTaracido
    February 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I would LOVE a crochet version of this to make.

  • luvmyadopted1
    February 24, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    After the ribbing do we continue another 20 inches or continue until the scarf is 20 inches long? I a. New to knitting and this is super easy…except I too read the needle size wrong….oh well. It's still going to be cute.

  • Unknown
    February 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I can not seem to get the tail right, it gets uneven and driving me mad! How on earth can yours be that wonderfully even? Mine looks like half a triangle.. Straight on one side and a staircase on the other! Could anyone please share the sweet knowledge on how to knit a triangle.. I seem unable to wrap my mind around "every other". Thank you!

    • Catelynn
      March 10, 2016 at 5:14 am

      basically the "every other side" means to add your increase on alternating sides, so if you increase on the front, the next increase should be on the back. Are you doing a bar increase?

    • Lin Jiawei
      June 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      You have to increase stitches at both ends

    • Charlotte Kozlowski
      July 23, 2016 at 6:02 am

      I had the same issue. I started over and have been adding 1 stitch at the beginning of every row and it seems to be coming out correctly.

  • sabine wehrkamp
    October 26, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Hallo, Iam a germen Knitter, but my english is very bad. but this scarf are soooo beautiful. I do it! and I hope, it will good

  • Love to Lou
    July 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Came across this pattern bout 3yrs ago. Both the Knitted and crochet versions. Did the crochet version using same colours but different yarn. and it is gorgeous, looks just like the picture.Can now knit basics and hope to have a knit version before next Winter. Love your work Gina. Very Cool.
    P.S Is the crochet pattern still available on your site as I don't have the instructions any more. Cheers

  • MoPi
    October 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Wow, dieser Schal ist ein Traum

  • Anonymous
    November 14, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Thanks so very much for the pattern, I have just completed one for my great nephew, it's cream flecked aran with bright orange head and tail. I love it! Thanks again ☺

  • Pat
    July 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Hello from Indonesia! Thank you for sharing the pattern. I can’t knit, but after reading the pattern, I think I can make one by crocheting. The first one (in reddish brown and beige) was okay but I wasn’t satisfied with the finished scarf. Then I make another one (in light grey and white) and it’s a success! Once more, thank you!

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