Basic knitting skills are all you need to create this 9-inch mouse. It's part of a collection of knitted and crocheted creatures called amigurumi, after the Japanese art of crocheting small animals. For more animal patterns, go to lionbrand.com.
Tools and Materials
1 skein Vanna's Choice yarn, in Taupe (No. 860-125) or another color (A), from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
1 skein Vanna's Choice Baby, in Goldfish (No. 840-132) or another color (B), from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
Double-pointed knitting needles, (No. 0008-05), size 5, from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
Stitch markers (No. 400-3002), from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com.
Large-eye blunt needles (No. 400-5002), from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com.
Fiberfill stuffing, by Mountain Mist Fiber Loft, from Lion Brand Yarn, 800-258-9276 or lionbrand.com
Small amounts of black and white yarn
Exact gauge is not essential for this project.
beg = begin(ning)(s)
inc = increase
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
St st = Stockinette stitch
tog = together
WS = wrong side
Mouse Body How-To
With A, cast on 54 sts. Divide sts onto 3 needles and join, being careful not to twist. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: K into front and then back of next st (inc made), k25, inc in next st, place marker, inc in next st, k25, inc in next st - 58 sts.
Rnd 3: Inc in first st, k to 1 st before marker, inc in next st, slip marker, inc in next st, k to 1 st before end of rnd marker, inc in this st - 62 sts.
Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 3 - 66 sts.
Rnds 5-9: Knit.
Rnd 10: *K2tog, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker, k2tog, k to 2 sts before end of rnd marker, k2tog - 62 sts.
Rnds 11-13: Knit.
Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 10 - 58 sts.
Rnds 15-17: Knit.
Rnd 18: Rep Rnd 10 - 54 sts.
Rnds 19-20: Knit.
Rnds 21-32: Rep Rnds 18-20 - 38 sts at end of Rnd 32.
Rnd 33: Rep Rnd 10-34 sts.
Rnd 34: Knit.
Rnds 35-42: Rep Rnds 33-34 - 18 sts at end of Rnd 42.
Rnd 43: * K2tog, k5, k2tog, rep from * around - 14 sts.
Rnd 44: * K2tog, k3, k2tog, rep from * around - 10 sts.
Rnd 45: * K2tog, k1, k2tog, rep from * around - 6 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Pull end through remaining sts, gather tightly tog, and end off.
With A, cast on 3 sts. Work back and forth in rows on 2 needles.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: Inc in first st, k to last st, inc in last st - 5 sts.
Work in St st (k 1 row, p 1 row) until piece measures 5 1/2 inches from beg, end with a purl row.
Next Row: K2tog, k1, k2tog.
Next Row: Purl.
Ears (Make 2)
With B, cast on 7 sts.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K, inc 1 st at each end of row.
Rep last 2 rows 3 times - 15 sts.
Work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 5 rows.
Next Row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 3 times. Bind off.
Border: With A, and RS facing, pick up and k about 34 sts along rounded edge of ear. Work 4 rows in St st. Bind off. Fold border over edge of ear, and sew in place.
With A, cast on 3 sts.
Knit 1 row; do not turn work. Slide stitches to other end of needle, pull yarn gently, and knit all sts again. Continue in this manner until cord is 6 inches long. Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Thread tail into large-eyed blunt needle, and sew tail to side base of mouse.
Stuff body firmly, then sew base into place. Sew ears to top of body. With black yarn, embroider French knot eyes. With blunt needle, pull strands of white yarn through body just below eyes, for whiskers. Knot ends of whiskers and trim. Weave in ends.
Pattern courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn, lionbrand.com.