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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

FREE Crochet Pattern - Mousie (with Catnip)


Size: Approximately 3 inches long, excluding tail.


Materials: 
Crochet hook (size 2.5mm)
Acrylic fine/laceweight yarn (18 wpi) - color of your choice
Acrylic yarn in black/brown color (for the eyes)
Stitch marker (a scrap piece of contrasting color yarn will do)
Polyfill
Premium catnip (optional)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Abbreviations:
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sc2tog – single crochet next two single crochets together (=decrease)
Rnd - round

Instructions:
Body 

When working in rounds, do not join rounds. Place stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.

Rnd 1: Ch 2. Work 4 sc in second ch from hook. (4 sc)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around. (8 sc)
Rnd 3: (Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times around. (12 sc)
Rnd 4:  Sc even around. (12 sc)
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times around. (15 sc)
Rnd 6 and 7: Sc even around. (15 sc)
Rnd 8: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times around. (18 sc)
Rnd 9: Work 2 sc in each of the next 6 sc (12 sc) and then sc in each of the next 12 sc (12 sc), totalling 24 sc in this rnd.  This is the start of the 'hump' of the body.
Rnd 10 to 20: Sc even around. (24 sc)

Stuff polyfill and catnip.
Rnd 21: Decrease -  (Sc in next sc, sc2tog)8 times around. (16 sc)

Stuff more polyfill if necessary.

Rnd 22: (Sc2tog) 8 times around. (8 sc)

Rnd 23: Sc2tog around and pull to close hole.  Do not cut off yarn yet.  Continue to ch 26 for the tail.  Slip stitch back into the entire chain. Now cut the yarn leaving about 6 inches for sewing.  Thread this tail yarn onto a tapestry needle and weave in end, securing the tail in place.

EARS (make 2)

Row 1: Ch 2. Work 3 sc in second ch from hook. (3 sc) Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. (4 sc)  Chain 1 and turn.
Row 3: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in last sc. (6 sc) 

Fasten off yarn and cut, leaving about 8 inches of yarn for sewing. 


ASSEMBLY:

Please note: The 'hump' of the mousie body should be facing up.

Thread tail yarn of one ear onto a tapestry needle and sew it onto the top of the head, somewhere on rnd 7 or 8 of the body.  Do the same for the other ear. Fasten off yarn and weave in all ends.

Thread a 8 inch length of black/brown yarn onto a tapestry need.   Make a knot at one end of the yarn.  Pinch the face of the mousie to estimate the positions for the eyes.  Form the eyes using french knots.  Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

That's all to it!  
I hope you really enjoy this tutorial and have lots of fun making these cuties! :)

Please do not redistribute/sell this pattern or post it anywhere online.  You may link to this blog post if interested :)  Thank you!

** An original design by Amy Lim (Copyright © 2012 MelbaShoppe) **  

 

 

 





30 comments:

  1. I saw these on Ravelry and so love them. I can't wait to see what other patterns you come up with.

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    1. Thank you so much, Paula :) So happy that you are in love with these mousies! I too hope to create more crochet patterns whenever I have the time. Thanks again for your encouraging words!

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  2. Just love them and I'm sure that my kitties will also. Thanks for the pattern.

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    1. It's my pleasure to share :) Thanks!

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  3. I love the happy colors of these mouses :)

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    1. Yes, so do I, Hanni :) Cheers up everything around, don't they? Thanks so much for writing :)

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  4. Love your little mouseys so cute :)

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    1. Linda, thank you very much! I appreciate your comment :)

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  5. Thanks for this pattern!
    We have two cats who will love playing with them.
    When I made them I will put a photo and a link on my blog.
    See you, Mirjam.

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    1. Yes, do crochet these mousies for your kitties, Mirjam. I made a few for my three kitties too :) And I would love to see your creations. I am sure they will turn out super cute! Thank you!

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    2. Hello Amy Lim,
      It may take a little while as I'm making three crochet projects at a time... Although these mice are always nice to
      do "inbetween":).

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  6. Hi! I came across this free crochet pattern and just love it! I am the editor of AllFreeCrochet.com and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I know my readers would just love it and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It's really that simple. Please let me know if it's okay for me to link to your site. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
    Thanks,
    Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny, thank you so much for loving this pattern :) You may go ahead and link to this pattern while I go and visit your wonderful website now :)

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  7. Thanks for the free pattern. Very kind of you -- hard to come by anything "free" these days. Cheers!

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    1. You're most welcome! So glad that you like this pattern :)Happy crafting!

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  8. thank you for sharing this adorable pattern my babies love them i have made them several and now making some for the neighbors kitties lol ty again vicki

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    1. Vicki, thank you so much for your comments :) I am sure your neighbour kitties are waiting eagerly for their gifts! You are very generous :)

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  9. thanks for the free pattern my babies love them so much they share with the neighbors kitties and now i have to make more as they neighbhors kitties took it home with him lol

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    1. Lol! I love that your kitties are sharing their toys with their neighbours :) :) Glad that they are having lots of fun with these mousies!

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  10. Love the little mousies!!! We are raising funds to build an animal shelter in our town. My cat, Midnight, was the feline mascot this year. He just passed away at the end of May. We would like to do catnip mousies, and ask for donations in memory of Midnight. In return, the donor would get a "Midnight Mousie." Would you consent to let us use your mousie pattern for the mousies. We would give you full credit for the pattern. All money raised would go to the shelter. Thanks for your consideration! >^..^<

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    1. Hi Sharon, I am so sorry about Midnight's demise :( He must had been a fantastic companion and mascot for u and yr family!
      I am more than delighted that you choose to use my catnip mousie pattern for this fund-raising project! Go ahead and make as many mousies as possible and I sincerely wish you much success in building the animal shelter :) Let me know if you need help with the pattern instructions.

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    2. Thank you so much!! I will let you know how they do for the shelter!! Yes, Midnight was very special, and he is missed very much. :)

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  11. Thank you so much for this pattern! I can't wait to make these for my cats and their friends!

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    1. You're most welcome, Heather :) Do make more! My tabby feline, Bambi, went crazy with these! lol!

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  12. Such yummy colours! I am wondering though if I'm allowed to sell the finished mousies made from your pattern? All credits will go to you as the pattern writer of course and I'll provide a link to your pattern here on the internet as well =^_^=

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    1. Hi Carol,
      Yes, you may sell the finished mousies you make :) And of course, a link to this blog will be much appreciated! Have fun!!

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  13. Just finished one but it won't be the last! Made it for my sister's cat's who keep carrying my nephew's crocheted item around this is just for them.My kid's love anything that look's like a toy so I will be making colorful mice for my house-should be starting some Easter thing's :)
    Sherry W.

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    1. Thank you Sherry for your comment :) Glad that you will be making more of these cuties! Enjoy!

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  14. beautiful!! Could i translate it into Spanish ADN publish it in my blog including a link to your original post?

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    1. Sure :) Go ahead and share! Thank you for letting me know and for liking this pattern :)

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