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My tiny mouse (Free Pattern)

Pattern by Cheryx
Pattern by Cheryx

A tiny knitted mouse for keychain / keyring. It takes an hour to complete. It's a knitting pattern easy for the beginner.

NEEDLES

A pair of 2.25mm straight  knitting needles

MATERIALS

Toy filling (less than 10g) 

Tapestry needle

Sewing pins

2 beads - for the eyes (4 mm)

YARN

Wishful bird baby of Ruyi Bird  (the same as scheepjes stone washed yarn): Gray (02), Pink (04) - Less than 10g in each colour.

NOTES

Finished size: The length of finished mouse is 12cm (included long tail 7 cm), the height is 3.5cm

Gauge:  26 sts and 34 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stockinette stitch. Don’t  worry too much about tension for this pattern.

Work flat: All pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight knitting needles.

Casting on: Unless otherwise specified, I prefer  to use the long tail cast on for all pieces. 

Sewing seams: Use mattress stitch and Whip Stitch to sew the seams.

Safety: If you are making these toys to give to a child, please consider your choice of toy eyes carefully, and ensure you have no loose parts (loose threads, buttons, etc) which can be potential.

ABBREVIATIONS

K: Knit

P: Purl

KFB: (Increase) Knit into the front and back of the next stitch 

K2tog: (Decrease) Knit two stitches together

SSK: (Decrease) Slip a stitch (as if to knit it) to the right-hand  needle,  slip a second stitch in  the same way, slip  both  stitches  together  back  to  the  left-hand  needle  and knit  together  through the back loops.

st(s): Stich(es)

Stocking Stich (St st): Knit all stitches on right side rows, purl all stitches on wrong side rows.

(...sts): The number in round brackets at the end of the instruction indicates the number of stitches after working the row.

[...] : Repeat the sequence between the square brackets by the number indicated.

KNITTING PATTERN 

HEAD AND BODY (Make 1)

Cast on 8 stitches in Gray.

Row 1: KFB x8                                                (16 sts)

Row 2: P16                                                    (16 sts)

Row 3: KFB x 16                                             (32 sts)

Row 4: P32                                                   (32 sts)

Row 5 – Row 14: St st                                    (32 sts)

Row 15: SSK, K8, SSK, K8, K2tog, K8, K2tog     (28 sts)

Row 16: P28                                                  (28 sts) 

Row 17: SSK, K7, SSK, K6, K2tog, K7, K2tog      (24 sts) 

Row 18:  P24                                                 (24 sts)

Row  19: SSK, K6, SSK, K4, K2tog, K6, K2tog    (20 sts) 

Row 20: P20                                                 (20 sts) 

Row 21: SSK, K4, SSK, K4, K2tog, K4, K2tog      (16 sts) 

Row 22: P16                                                   (16 sts)

Row 23: SSK, K3 , SSK, K2, K2tog, K3, K2tog     (12 sts) 

Row 24: P12                                                   (12 sts)

Row 25: SSK, K2, SSK, K2tog, K2, K2tog           (8 sts)

Leaving a long tail for sewing and cut off the yarn. Then thread this long tail through the remaining stitches and pull up tightly. ̣(fig.1 - fig.3)

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EARS  (Make 2)

Cast on 12 stitches in Pink.

Row 1: (K1, K2tog) x4  (8 sts)

Row 2: P8 (8 sts)

Leaving a long tail for sewing and cut off the yarn. Then thread this long tail through the remaining stitches and pull up tightly. Tie off 2 ends together. (fig.4)

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ARMS AND LEGS (Make 4 -  2 for arms and 2 for legs)

Cast on 4 stitches in Gray.

Row 1: K4  (4 sts)

Row 2: P4  (4 sts)

Row 3: K4  (4 sts)

Row 4: P4  (4 sts)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, cut off the  yarn. Then  thread this long tail through the  remaining stitches  and pull up tightly.  (fig. 5)

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THE TAIL OF THE MOUSE (Make 1)

Cast on 3 stitches in Pink.

Row 1: K3                        (3 sts)

Row 2: P3                       (3 sts)

Row 3 – Row 30: St St     (3 sts)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, cut off the  yarn. Then  thread  this  long  tail through  the   remaining stitches  and  pull up tightly.

SEWING AND MAKING UP

SEWING THE HEAD AND BODY

We’ll use the long tail which through remaining stitches and start sewing the side edges together. Adding stuffing as you sew, stuff them so they are fairly firm but not straining  the seams. (Fig.6)

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Once  you are happy with the shape continue sewing the seams right up to the cast -on edge. Then, we’ll  thread the tapestry needle with this long tail through the loops of the  cast -on stitches and pull up tightly (8 sts), I've used red to illustrate. (fig. 7 - fig.8) 

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ATTACT THE EYES  TO THE HEAD

Mark the spots for the eyes. (fig. 9)

Using the needle with the yarn which just has sewed the seams of body to poke inside the body,  and get the needle out in the spot of one of the eyes (fig. 10), hook one stitch and go  inside  and out again in the spot of other eye (fig. 11 - fig.12), then we hook one stitch again, go inside (fig. 13 ) and out at the place we started. (fig. 14 )

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We’ll pull up the yarn a bit to make the groove for the eyes (fig. 15), tie off all ends together  (fig. 16) and poke them inside body to hide.

Attach the beads that you planned to use as eyes. (fig. 17)

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ATTACT THE EARS  TO THE HEAD

Fix the ears to the head with the help of sewing pins. We’ll use a long tail to sew the ears to the head, then poke them inside body to hide. (fig.18 - fig.19)

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ATTACT THE TAIL TO THE BODY

Using the cast-off tail to sew the seams with help of Whip Stitch, don’t add stuffing (fig.20). We’ll adjust the tail with sewing pins to the body and sew in the round. (fig.21)

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SEWING THE ARMS AND LEGS 

Using the Whip stitch to sew the seams, don’t  add stuffing. (fig.22)

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ATTACT THE ARMS AND LEGS TO THE BODY.

Fix the arms and legs with sewing pins to the body.  Using the tapestry needle with the long tail to sew the arms and legs into the body.  Once it is attached, we’ll tie off all tails together and poke them inside  body to hide. (fig.23 - fig.24)

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