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Crochet - Mouse Pattern
Mice in a Tub - A Small Project
I've been very easily distracted this last week and have started several projects but over the weekend I was inspired by this post from Teen Granny and an article in Country Living Magazine featuring some mini felt match-box mice from 'The Homemade Home For Children' by Sania Pell; so I thought i'd have a go at some crochet mice...
...I know there are lots of crochet mice patterns about but I wanted mine to be small so I set about creating my own pattern, I'm actually very happy with the way they turned out. I added some fabric pieces to their ears and used some cotton yarn to stitch on their noses and knot some eyes; I didn't have any black so they both have startling blue eyes (fairly unheard of on a mouse I believe). The only problem was they were a bit too big (podgy) for the match box I had decorated so I started to explore other suitable homes for them.
I landed on a hot chocolate tub, promptly decanted the remaining contents and gave it a good clean. I then covered the outside and lid with some floral fabric and added a very simple embroidered label (my embroidery skills leave much to be desired I'm afraid!)
Lulu thinks they are great and I made her a little crochet blanket and some cheese slices to go with them. They make an ideal portable toy as both mice (plus blankets) fit into the tub which can be taken with her in the car - happy journeys!
If you fancy having a go I have written out the pattern below.
Yes no matter how you lie you're not getting that lid on!
A little before...
I noticed that once a little someone got her hands on them their accomodation was promplty upgraded!
I'm sure he's winking at me!
I'm thinking there is a certain tabby cat that would love to get her hands on these...
Crochet Mouse Pattern:
To make a mouse aprox 8cm long 4 cm podgy
pattern written in UK terms
Pattern is worked continously from bottom to nose so there is no need to join after each round (you may want to use a stitch marker)
Yarn: Rowan handknit cotton
Filling: Anything you have
Foundation: 6dc into a magic ring
Round 1, 2dc in each stitch around (12)
Round 2, *1dc, 2dc* repeat from *to * x6 (18)
Round 3, *1dc, 1dc, 2dc* repeat from *to* x6 (24)
Round 4, 1 dc in each stitch (24)
Rounds 5-10, repeat R4
Round 11, *1dc, 1dc, dc2tog* repeat from *to* x6 (18)
(if you prefer you can decrease by skipping a stitch ie *1dc, 1dc, 1dc, skip next stitch* x6)
Round 12, 1dc in each stitch (18)
Round 13, repeat Round 12
Round 14, *1dc, dc2tog* repeat from *to* x6 (12)
Stuff your mouse
Round 15, 1dc in each stitch (12)
Round 16, repeat R15
Round 17, *dc2tog* repeat x6 and finish off, leave a thread long enough to sew up (6)
(again if you find it's too fiddly just do, 1dc skip next stitch, until you have 6 stitches left)
Top up stuffing (you may need to use the flat end of your crochet hook to push it in)
Attach a darning needle and sew through the final 6 stitches and pull close.
Foundation, 5dc into magic ring
Round 1, 2dc in each stitch around - finish off and leave long tail for sewing to mouse body
I stitched a small circle of fabric to the inside of the ears.
Attach the ears to the body (just over half way from the tail end of your mouse)
Using some pink cotton stitch on his nose
For the eyes you can do a simple french knot (or just a normal knot then hide the thread inside the mouse)
To attach a tail I simply cut a length of pink cotton and folded it in half to desired tail length, I then put my crochet hook through the intial magic ring caught hold of the folded thread, pulled it through and tucked the ends through the loop.
*A quick note: Please do not copy or redistribute this pattern, although you may, if you'd like, link to this page. I am happy for items made from this pattern to be sold. Thank you for your support.
So there we have it, a simple teeny tiny mouse pattern.
Have a lovely week.
Bye for now. Em xx