Crochet Mouse Cat Toy
This slightly more advance than my but still very easy. Gauge and tension is not important. The pattern is worked in continuous rounds, there is no joining or turning unless specified.
This pattern doesn't use a whole lot of yarn. You should be able to get by with scraps left over from larger projects. It about 60 minutes to complete - I'm a more experienced, thus faster, crocheter so it only takes me about 30 minutes.
You will need
Crochet Hook - Size F (3.5 - 4MM)
Worsted Weight Yarn
Contrasting scraps of yarn for eyes and nose.
Note: you can substitute dryer lint for fiberfill as a stuffer.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first stitch for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: (2dc in first dc, dc in next dc) repeat all around - 9dc
Rnd 3: (2dc in first dc, dc in next 2 dc’s) repeat all around - 12dc
Rnd 4: dc in each dc all around
Rnd 5: (2dc in first dc, dc in next 3 dc’s) repeat all around - 16dc
Rnd 6: dc in each dc all around
Rnd 7: (2dc in first dc, dc in next 4dc’s) repeat all around - 18dc
Rnd 8: (2dc in first dc, dc in next 5 dc’s) repeat all around - 21dc
Rnd 9: dc in each dc all around
Rnd 10: (2dc in first dc, dc in nect 6dc’s) repeat all around - 24dc
Rnd 11: dc in each dc all around
Rnd 12: (dc dec, dc in next 4dc’s) repeat all around - 20dc
Rnd 13: (dc dec, dc in nect 3dc’s) repeat all around - 16dc
Rnd 14: (dc dec, dc in next 2dc’s) repeat all around - 12dc
Begin stuffing firmly with dried catnip and fiberfill.
Rnd 15: (dc dec, dc in next dc) repeat all around - 8dc
Rnd 16: dc dec all around - 4dc
Decreasing a double crochet stitch (dc dec) – insert hook, yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
In the center of the mouse butt - the wider end - insert the crochet hook, loop and pull through yarn. Crochet a chain to whatever length you like. Fasten off.
Attach a bell to the end if you're feeling fancy.
Ears (Make 2)
Ch 2 leaving a 3 inch tail
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Fasten off leaving a 3 inch tail.
Pull the center tail through a stitch or two from the outer tail. Pulling to tighten the center.
Select a spot on the head to place the ears. Insert the crochet hook through a stitch near the top and pull a tail through. Then insert the crochet hook through a stitch near the top along the side and pull the other tail through. Note that there is a front and back to the ears so make sure they're facing the right direction. Tie the tails into a sturdy knot behind the ear and pull loose threads through.
There's your mouse!
I was using psychodelic yarn so I skipped the eyes and nose. But you can do them using the same technique I used in my Chubby Mouse Cat Toy (pictured right). Select a location for the eyes and nose. Insert the crochet hook through a stitch, loop the scrap of yarn and pull through. Fasten off and pull loose ends through either side of the eyes and nose.
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
beg = begin(s)(ning)
ch(s) = chain(s)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Dc = double crochet
Dc Dec = double crochet decrease stitch