Sunday, January 1, 2017

Small Dress Up Mouse


 Small Dress Up Mouse,

These little ones are about 6 inches tall to top of ears. The main part of this pattern was taken from my Lil' Trouble Teddy series.  I just made the legs longer for this mouse and made clothes for them as well.
The head and body are the same as the Lil' Trouble Teddy so if you need help with the written pattern I have a video showing how to crochet the head/body and how to stuff and shape it as well. The video links are given below in the pattern.
The outfits will be posted next. I'll update this page once the link is ready. UPDATE: Patterns posted for the clothes here



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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 ~>  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. Work in continuous rounds, do not join. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.

Supplies:
Red Heart Comfort yarn in  any color
(use a different brand if you want, just use the appropriate hook size for the yarn you choose. I prefer comfort yarn for making amigurumis)
4.00mm hook 
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors

polyester stuffing
yarn for eyes and mouth


Abbreviations:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

FLO = front loops only
ch = chain
f/o = finish off
Starting at the top of the head:
There is a full video tutorial for the head and body here
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-7) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
8) 1sc then 2tog (12)
9) 1sc then 2tog (8)
 
*if you start to see gaps in your stitches try the inv dec by crocheting the FLO when crocheting 2tog.
10) 2sc in each st (16)
11) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (20)
12) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (25)

*stuff head firmly and full. Shape as you stuff.

13) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (20)
14) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (16)
15) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (12)
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail long enough to sew up the gap. (You can use this yarn tail to make the mouse's tail, just make sure it's got a good length to it). Weave in and out of the FLO of the  remaining st, stuff the rest of the body firmly and full, shape as you stuff.
If it's too hard to stuff while the gap is open wide just pull on the yarn tail to close up the gap a bit, then stuff some more. Make sure to shape as you stuff. Use a stuffing stick or the back end of a pencil to push the stuffing into the right spots. If unsure how to shape please view part one of the video tutorial Pull the yarn tail to close up the gap. Pull the yarn tail through the back of the body and just leave it hanging for now. We'll come back to it later.



*If you have any troubles with the arms of the pattern please view part two of this video tutorial.  For this mouse I've made the arms longer than the ones shown in the video but other than that they are the same, sewn up the same way, and sewn onto the body the same way.


Arms
1) ch 13

2) starting with 2nd ch, 1sc in each ch (12)
f/o. Fold chain and sew the edges closed, going through one visible loop only of each side. Hide the starting yarn tail inside limb and use the finishing yarn tail to sew the limbs to the body.


Legs:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2-7) 1sc in each st for 6 rows

sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing.
you can stuff the legs very lightly so they hold their shape. Use the back end of a pencil to push the stuffing in. Just a little tiny bit of stuffing does the trick.


Ears: 
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12) *work starting yarn tail into this row
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)

sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing.

Tail:

see assembly section below.


ASSEMBLY:


1) Sew the arms just under the neck. Hide the yarn tails inside the body.
2) Sew the legs on. Some people will find these smaller amigurumis hard to sew together. I used to as well, I used to dread sewing things together! The trick is to relax, don't hold things so tight. Let the yarn needle do the work.  Pin the legs on first to make sure you have room for both legs. Take one leg off and gently sew the first leg on. Once that's done, sew the 2nd leg on. Cut the remaining yarn tails up shorter then hide them  inside the body.


3) Sew the ears on. I sewed my mice ears up high. Pin them on first. You can sew around the pins. Once the bottom edge is sewn to the head you can shape the ear with a stitch or two. Just pull the yarn through the edge a bit high up then bring the yarn through the head and pull, play around with it until you're happy with the shape. Knot off and hide the yarn tail inside the head.


4) TAIL: if you have enough of that yarn tail left when you f/o the body, now you can make the tail with it. Pull it through a lower, center stitch hole of the body. Insert your hook and ch20. f/o and pull tight. If you don't have enough length to make a tail then just make a chain of 20 and sew it to the doll that way.
At the finishing
end you can add just a little dab of glue to the knot if you're worried the chain will unravel. I've not noticed it unraveling at all so I didn't add any glue to my mice. Just be sure to pull that knot tight. Don't cut the excess yarn tail too close to the knot, leave about 1/4 inch.




FACE:
The eyes are yarn wrapped in between the 5th and 6th row. Using a pin, I dotted on white paint to add a bit of life to the eyes.
Just below the eyes I whip stitched a nose in with pink yarn.
 I just kept it simple. You can even leave them faceless. Play around with different things, use buttons or felt. It's up to you!


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.


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Many Blessings to you!


Copyright 2017 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved 
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5 comments:

  1. Thank you as always a fun and sweet pattern

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  2. Yay! You're back!!! Oh how I've missed you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I absolutely love your patterns. I have learned how to read patterns and make cute little animals and their clothing because of you. I'm in the hospital a lot and it gives me something fun to do. Thank you so much!

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    1. thank you so much! I'm thrilled to be back. I'm getting back to the swing of things now :D

      So sorry you're in the hospital a lot. But I'm glad you've got yourself something to do while you're there. I love making stuff too, it brings me joy.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

      Happy crafting 2017!
      Sharon

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  3. I just noticed that you were back and I am so happy! Your patterns are my favorite of anyone, paid or free! Thank you so much for all you do! I am excited to make some mice and a room for them!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. God bless you.

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