Monday, April 7, 2014

Amigurumi Mouse Free Pattern and Video


Oh, I'm in love with these mice!

An easy little mouse you can stuff with catnip and gift to your kitty cat! Keep scrolling down the page for this mouse pattern and also pick up the video tutorial link





Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved



Read me  ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join. I used Red Heart Super Saver and also Red Heart Comfort yarn with a 3.75mm hook. I also used thread with a 1.25mm steel hook and also sport weight yarn with a 2.5mm hook so this pattern can be worked with different sizes of hooks with different kinds of yarns depending on what size of  mouse or what kind of coat you want the mouse to have, Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.
Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  It's a good idea to add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row.

Eyes, Nose:
I order all my safety eyes from Lisa & Ed's Eyes and More. Great prices and s/h cost are the best I've found online. I do not receive any money or reward for directing anyone to their site. I just like them :)  I glued 4.5mm eyes in after the ears were sewed in place, I find that easier. But if you want to use the washers of the safety eyes then make sure to put them in before closing up the head. You don't need to use safety eyes you could also paint them on. Use a pointed object like a pencil or a pin to dot the eyes in and once the paint is dry dot on another coat and repeat until you are happy with the look. Once done and paint is dry clip any stray strands away. You could also use felt, buttons, beads or yarn. I have a tutorial that shows how to install buttons after the doll has been closed up and this method would also work if you use beads. View that video here

Whip stitch in a nose with thread or embroidery thread or yarn. I also think they are just as cute without a face but the choice is yours and there's many things you could do with the face.
Bring one thread tail up from under the head and leave the other thread tail hanging where you went in. Whip stitch the nose in. Once done then bring both thread tails out a stitch hole away from the face, knot the tails off and hide them inside the body. View the video for tips on sewing in the nose.


This pattern uses basic stitches

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
2tog = 2 stitches together
sl st = slip stitch
f/o = finish off


Click here for the full video tutorial ~ Video was filmed in this order

  • Make the body
  • Stuff the body
  • Close up the head
  • Bring the yarn tail though the back and crochet a tail
  • Make and sew on the ears
  • Add in the nose
  • Glue in the eyes
  • Extra tutorial ~ How to paint in the miniature mouse's eyes

Mouse: with color of your choice
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5-6) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
7) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
8-9) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
10) 1sc in next 7st then 2tog (16)
11) 1sc in next 6st then 2tog (14)
12) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (12) *start stuffing the body. Stuff it firm, pushing the stuffing into the sides near the back end to give the body a more triangular shape. View video for tips on stuffing.
13) 1sc the 2tog (8) *stuff more as needed. Make sure you are going to be happy with how the head looks before finishing off this row.
14) 2tog twice then f/o leaving a long tail for sewing, you will also be using this yarn tail to crochet a chain for the tail. Using a yarn needle, neatly weave in and out of the remaining stitches, pull tight to close the gap and neatly knot off then pull  the yarn tail inside the body and right out the back through the magic circle you started the body with.

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Chain any length you want the tail then f/o and weave the yarn tail in and out along the chain and knot it off once you reach the body. Hide the remaining yarn tail inside the body



Ears:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) ch1 and turn, 1sc in each

f/o and leave long tail for sewing. Sew the ears in between the 10th and 11th row. Pin them in place before sewing them in. When all done, bring the yarn tails out through one hole in the body, knot off then hide inside the body.

*View the video for tips on sewing in the ears. It's fairly easy to show on film but difficult to explain in written form

And now you're done. I hope you enjoyed the pattern Post pictures on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely. Or post them on instagram with the hashtag Sharon_Ojala.

  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!


Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved 
 You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern. If you'd like to share this pattern please link back to it. 



23 comments:

  1. Sweet little mouse :) My cats'd love it :D

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  2. Very lovely! I like that mouse, too <3

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  3. they are soooo sweet...and so easy..thank's a lot for yr. great amigurumi :)

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  4. THANK YOU...for making a beautiful five year old granddaughter happy this Christmas (if I can come anywhere close to your renditions!!). The tinier, the better in her book!!

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  5. so cute, thank for the tutorial.

    gr. meggi

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  6. just I finished this .I also did a bear an elephant and monkeythanksalot can youpost how to shape the arm and shoulder for a swetter
    rukmani

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  7. does it matter if I use a 3.5mm hook as opposed to a 3.75mm???

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    1. no, you'll just get a slightly smaller mouse

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    2. I went out and bought the 3.75mm....it didn't matter though. I made two, kinda, and they turned out awful. I'm really new to this and you make it look so easy...
      My biggest issue is that I cannot figure out a good way to hold the yarn. It either cause too much tension or is just a mess.

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    3. when I first started I had a hard time holding the yarn too. It takes practice and each one will get easier. Hang in there.. never give up, just take breaks.

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  8. Loving these little mice. Going to give it a try today hope they turn out. I've been watching videos for about a week now. I make bandanas for the shelter puppies and would really like to be able to do these for kitties. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  9. I made ond mouse with music box in it, but it was too small. I want the same hook and the same cotton, but how can I adjust the pattern to make the mouse a little bigger?

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  10. Thank you for the pattern and the tutorial. I made 3 for my cats and I added bells on their tails.

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  11. I crochet cat toys for Rescues. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful patterns you've designed! Love making the mouse/mice in cotton yarns and filling with catnip & fiberfill. So happy to find amigurumitogo...I will follow you anywhere, donate when I can. It's not often a designer makes no demands on their patterns use. I've seen 'threats to prosecute" on some blogs....no thank you! Tomorrow 11/26/15 is Thanksgiving....Happy Thanksgiving to you and family, and to the wonderful community of crocheters!

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    1. That is an awesome thing you're doing! Please, don't feel obligated to donate, you doing what you do for animals is payment enough for me. I'm just so happy you've chosen one of my patterns to pay it forward, that's an honor for me!

      Wow, when my eyes fell upon 'threats to prosecute' I actually laughed out loud then took a moment to think about that, how awful, not a laughing matter really.

      Actually, you are legally allowed to do with whatever you please with any item you make with your own hands, unless you sell something using a licensed character's name like "Mickey Mouse" or "Pokemon" since those names are not ours to sell. But you can sell a mouse or any other thing you make. You can give it away, throw it away or sell it. A designer's only legal claim is to the written instructions and that's where their (our) rights end. A designer can not reach into your life and control what you do with your crafty items, that's just crazy and way out of legal bounds.

      Thank you so much for the kind words, for the giving you do and for the Thanksgiving wishes. All the best to you and yours this holiday and beyond :)

      Sharon Ojala

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  12. I've got 12 foster kitties that I want to make catnip mices/meeses for, we'll see whether or not I succeed. Your video makes it look so simple, but I'm sure it will take until Christmas for me to get the hang of it! Wish me luck!

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  13. Thank you so much for this pattern and video. It was sooo easy to follow, and I used it to make my first ever crocheted item! I, too, rescue and foster kitties, and tonight, three of mine gave my their paws up! I don't know how to attach pictures, but it's really cute.

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  14. I am new to crochet and thanks for sharing the tutorial. In the video, you said you are using redheart super saver yarn which is Medium weight 4. Can I use light weight 3 with hook size 3.75 or 3.5? Thanks, Helen

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    1. try it with a 3.5. Lighter weight yarn calls for a smaller hook. It will work it will just be smaller when you're done. Have fun!

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  15. I made one of these and before I could finish it my cats took off with it. Guess I have to make another one. Lol.

    I absolutely love your patterns and have almost made everyone of them.

    SB

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  16. The link to where you buy the safety eyes is not a working link. Can you check on that and see what the problem is please? Thank you so much ando thank you for these easy to follow tutorials!!

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    1. where is the link that doesn't work? I just tried the one on my FAQ page and it worked fine for me.

      You're welcome and thanks so much for the kind words :)

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