Frivolous Foxes by Noël Margaret

Frivolous Foxes

March 2015
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
6 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch
in St st
US 1 - 2.25 mm
20 - 30 yards (18 - 27 m)
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There are a host of names used to identify foxes, but my favorites are reynard and vixen. Reynard refers to a male fox; this name is commonly used in fables to identify a trickster fox whose adventures benefit himself. Vixen refers to a female fox; in the folklore of many cultures around the world, vixens are characterized as shapeshifters. From malevolent to benevolent and lucky to cursed, these supernatural creatures hold different meanings in different mythologies, each offering its own lesson. Let’s not forget the Silver Fox Lust! Although “lust” isn’t used to describe foxes in fairytales or other stories (as far I know), I thought it the perfect name to give the dashing Silver Fox - who wouldn’t lust after this darling little catch after all?

Reynard, the Red Fox, is a clever fellow who likes to play tricks on his unsuspecting admirers. Simple little stitches down this wee fellow’s chin and neck add a lovely detail.

Vixen, the Arctic Fox, is a wee wonder who quite easily hides in plain sight. She is playful, though, and when placed in front of a bright background, Vixen cannot be ignored!

Lust, the Silver Fox, will keep you tracking him into the deepest, darkest forest. His dark mask and distinguished coloring make Lust one of the most coveted foxes to spy in the wild… or on your wall.

Inspired by trophy-style taxidermy mounts one might find in museums and private natural history collections, Wall Beasts are charming and beautiful knit sculptures. Miniature versions of their namesakes, these tailored creatures can easily be scaled up or down depending on the yarn used.

This is an intermediate level knitting pattern that utilizes techniques like knitting in the round, short row shaping, light colorwork and picking up stitches.

Instructions are given for making Red, Arctic and Silver Foxes.