A Mouse

A Mouse

What can I say? I told my husband yesterday after making this that it was an odd talent I thought: to be able to make really adorable little creatures out of yarn. It doesn’t seem to be particularly useful and I tend to be a pretty practical person. But you know what? It is fun and I do seem to have a knack for it. My gift recipients never complain either so I’ll be sure to keep it up.

My kitties needed some new toys and I wanted to make a catnip mouse. Suddenly yesterday it came to me what he should look like. So this is a very itty bitty little mouse that my cats have loved batting, attacking, and carrying around. And if you’d like to try to make one yourself the free pattern is below.  If you’d like to buy one they are in my store here.

The cat loved his new toy so much that he interrupted my picture taking attempt.

I think he likes it. And he’s watching me to make sure I don’t take it for pictures again…
Pattern

Mouse

Size G crochet hook
Caron simply soft yarn Grey Heather
Finished size: about 3 inches by 2 3/4 inches

Head
Row 1: 5sc in a loop, tighten loop
Row 2: 2sc around (10 total)
Row 3: sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc (14 total)
Row 4: sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc (18 total)
Row 5: sc in each x8, 3 sc, sc in each x9 (20 total)
Row 6: sc in each x8, sc3tog, sc in each x 9 (18 total)
Row 7: *sc, sc, sc2tog* repeat between *s around (13 total)
Row 8: *sc, 2sc* repeat between *s around, end with a sc (9 total)
stuff with stuffing, or catnip if making it for a feline friend…
Row 9: sc2tog x5
Embroider eyes and nose on. I embroidered the nose right on top of the sc3tog (which makes a convenient triangle shape) on row 6.

Ears (2)
Row 1: 6sc in a loop, tighten loop
Row 2: 2sc in each around (12 total)
Row 3: sc even (12 total)
Row 4: sc2tog around (6 total)
Flatten, sew up. Sew a couple times through the ears to make them stay flat.

Body
Row 1: 6 sc in a loop, tighten loop
Row 2: 2sc around (12 total)
Row 3: sc even around
Row 4: *sc, sc, sc2tog* repeat around (9 total)
Row 5: *sc, sc2tog* repeat around (6 total) sl st to round off
stuff

Arms (2)
join yarn with a sl st to body where you want the arm to be, ch 4, in the 2nd loop from the hook 2sc, sl st in next, sl st in next, sew in loose ends

Legs (2)
Row 1: 6sc in a loop, tighten loop
Row 2: sc blo even around (6 total)
Row 3: sc, sc2tog, sc, sc, sc (5 total)
Row 4: sc even around (5 total) sl st to round off

Sew the pieces together and I hope you enjoy your new mouse.

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