23Apr

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.

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Yes no matter how you lie you're not getting that lid on!

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A little before...

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...and after!

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I noticed that once a little someone got her hands on them their accomodation was promplty upgraded!

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I'm sure he's winking at me!

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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)

Hook: 4mm

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.

Ears

Make 2

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.

Assembly

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

Posted in Crochet & Crafts, Crochet Patterns

Comments (30)

  • Tickled Pink

    Tickled Pink

    23 April 2012 at 12:13 |
    They are adorable! Fancy having to empty a hot chocolate tin to find them a home - if you need any help with that next time.............!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      23 April 2012 at 12:19 |
      Lol definitely - it was hot chocolate all round saturday and sunday! xx
  • Free Spirit Designs

    Free Spirit Designs

    23 April 2012 at 13:36 |
    those little mice are the cutest! i love the way you've used a bit of fabric in their ears - they really are adorable :)
  • Wendy

    Wendy

    23 April 2012 at 13:41 |
    How adorable are they? I'm not surprised they got an accommodation upgrade, really. They look like they deserve only the best!!
  • mcrafts

    mcrafts

    23 April 2012 at 19:41 |
    Really so cute! Thanks too for posting up the pattern that is really kind of you. Mich x
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      24 April 2012 at 07:34 |
      Thank you & you are very welcome x
  • Emma

    Emma

    23 April 2012 at 20:55 |
    I may have to give this a go, it is so cute!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      24 April 2012 at 07:33 |
      Please do - let me know how you get on with the pattern xx
  • Carioline

    Carioline

    24 April 2012 at 05:13 |
    They are so sweet and thank you for the pattern
  • knitnrun4sanity

    knitnrun4sanity

    24 April 2012 at 10:17 |
    These are really cute. I love the way you put fabric into the ears - a great detail. I think the eyes are fine, they add to the character. Brilliant :)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      24 April 2012 at 18:58 |
      Thank you - I definitely need to work on my embroidery skills but I think you're right, they certainly have character! xx
  • Stephen @ Soy of the North

    Stephen @ Soy of the North

    24 April 2012 at 17:56 |
    Those are fantastic. Love how the fabric on the ears matches the fabric of the mouse house.
  • Susie

    Susie

    24 April 2012 at 19:38 |
    WEll, these little guys are just too cute! And that's a cute idea I hadn't thought of for a sweater creature, a mouse! :)
  • Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto

    Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto

    24 April 2012 at 21:11 |
    Super cute. A great mouse house too and a great way to carry the little critter around.

    Jan x
  • nicola ellen

    nicola ellen

    25 April 2012 at 18:57 |
    Aww these mice are so cute! Lovely fabric too :) xx
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      25 April 2012 at 20:58 |
      Thank you xx
  • Ana

    Ana

    27 April 2012 at 10:10 |
    I think I'm going to make mice's this weekend :)) Tks you very much for sharing this pattern! I'm new fan from Portugal!! Kiss kiss
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      28 April 2012 at 08:28 |
      Lovely! Thanks for visiting & commenting - let me know how you get on. xx
      • Ana

        Ana

        30 April 2012 at 19:12 |
        Oh Emma! Take a look in my blog! This is the size of my smile :))))))) xx
        • Lululoves

          Lululoves

          01 May 2012 at 18:34 |
          Ana I looked and your mouse was lovely! - Loved the colours too, will make a sweet gift. xx
  • Casey

    Casey

    25 June 2012 at 16:32 |
    oh my! another cute pattern and another one I'm going to HAVE to make! My cat will love this if my kids don't steal it first :)
  • Lorna

    Lorna

    03 November 2012 at 14:26 |
    oh, lovely! I'll make this for my little girl at Christmas. Thank you! Do you mind if I Pin? I always like to check, just in case..
    thanks again
    Lx
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      04 November 2012 at 12:21 |
      Of course not, please do - I hope your little girl likes them. Em xx
  • Suzanne

    Suzanne

    16 November 2012 at 11:26 |
    I just made a little mouse this evening and its the cutest little thing. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I am sure there are a few more mice still to make, once the children see it, all three will want one if not more.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      16 November 2012 at 13:43 |
      Thank you, I'm glad you liked them - lulu still loves playing with hers...I find them all over the house! Em xx
  • Violette

    Violette

    17 February 2013 at 21:58 |
    They are so cute! I love those little mice. Thanks for sharing the pattern!
  • Rachel

    Rachel

    14 March 2013 at 22:28 |
    these are so cute..i have been trying to find a toy my kids dont have..this would be perfect :)...now to learn UK terms vs US terms.
    Thanks again xx
  • PixieMidori

    PixieMidori

    30 March 2013 at 17:40 |
    Looks like I found my next project! I'll probably scale it down with smaller needle & thinner yarn as I'm looking for a palm-of-the-hand sized mousey, but the design looks perfect!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      02 April 2013 at 12:56 |
      Sounds perfect! I hope it works up well. Em xx
  • Ellie

    Ellie

    26 June 2013 at 20:48 |
    I love these little mices :)I'm only sorry that I don't have any spare material lying around to complete the ears; they will have to be simply woollen for now. Thankyou for sharing your creations with us

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