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Monday, April 19, 2010

Little Mouse Crochet Pattern


I've been working on a series of tiny amigurumi for a project my daughter and I are doing together. The basic body will be the same on all of them with different ears and such to make animals of them, and I'll do an e-book when I'm done making them. The elephant and bunny are about 3 inches tall.
The mouse was just for fun. It works up very fast and it's about 6 inches long from the tip of it's nose to the end of it's tail. More than half that length is tail.
In these patterns, the rounds are joined, not worked in a spiral.

Here's the pattern for the mouse!
Using worsted weight cotton yarn and a size F hook
Decreases are worked by slipping a hook into one stitch, yarn over and pull the loop through just the stitch you're working in, leaving 2 loops on the hook instead of finishing the sc, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull through the stitch, yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook.
Magic loop or chain 2
Round 1: 4 sc in first ch or loop, slip stitch to join
Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st. Slip stitch to join (6 sts)
Round 3: ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in each st around, sl st to join
Round 4: ch 1 (does not count as first stitch) 2 sc in first st,  sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sl st to join (8 sts)
Round 5: ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in each st around, sl st to join
Put safety eyes in round 4
Round 6: ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in each st around, sl st to join
Round 7: ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in each st around, sl st to join
Stuff firmly
Round 8: ch 1 (does not count as first stitch) work a decrease in each stitch around (4 sts), sl st to join
chain 20 then sl st back up the chain. Break yarn off and weave end through the last round of 4 stitches.

Ears-
Ch 2 or magic loop
6 sc in first ch or loop, sl st to join, break off yarn and sew them on the mouse behind the eyes.

This is the background I used for the photo. I used my paper cutter to slice off the margins and taped them together. The trees are just cut out with the bottoms folded at a 90° angle. Click on the images for the 100 ppi printable versions.



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