A tiny knitted mouse for keychain / keyring. It takes an hour to complete. It's a knitting pattern easy for the beginner.
A pair of 2.25mm straight knitting needles
Toy ﬁlling (less than 10g)
2 beads - for the eyes (4 mm)
Wishful bird baby of Ruyi Bird (the same as scheepjes stone washed yarn): Gray (02), Pink (04) - Less than 10g in each colour.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 )
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)
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)
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)
SEWING THE ARMS AND LEGS
Using the Whip stitch to sew the seams, don’t add stuffing. (fig.22)
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)