Saturday, December 9, 2017

Amigurumi Pocket Mouse


About this pattern:

The Pocket Mouse  evolved from a micro mouse that I designed in 2011. I had the pattern sitting in my notes all these years waiting for the right time to be published. That time is now! The 3 mice you see in the photo are all the exact same pattern. If you plan to make a micro mouse, follow the written pattern below, make the ears, head, and body,  then  go here to assemble it.

Yarn, Thread and Hooks:
here's what I used for the mice you see pictured, largest to smallest:
Red Heart Comfort yarn
with a 4.25mm hook
(Pocket Mouse)
Embroidery floss with a 2mm hook (Micro Mouse)
Punch embroidery thread with a .75mm steel hook (Super Micro Mouse) I used punch thread because I had it on hand. This thread breaks easily so I would suggest a different type of thread.



Video Tutorial:
To make it easy for everyone, I put together a full video tutorial. In that video I used regular ww yarn and a bigger hook so that you could see the stitches better which is how we get the Pocket Mouse (the largest one in the green dress, it is just under 3 inches tall.)  I also thought that many people would rather have a
pocket size than a micro size anyway.


 
There is a print friendly option at the bottom of this page along with the option to donate. I hope you enjoy!


Copyright 2017 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.


Supplies:  feel free to play around with yarn weights and hook sizes.

blunt end yarn needle for sewing mouse made with yarn
sharper end needle for sewing mouse made with thread
smaller pointed ended needle for adding the nose
thread for nose and mouth
scissors
stuffing. You can use regular toy stuffing or stuff  mouse with the same color yarn
EYES: tiny beads, thread, paint or 4.5mm safety eye
Scroll down this page for written pattern.
PLAYLIST for video series that covers each part, plus outfits, is here

Abbreviations:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch
FLO = front loops only
f/o = finish off


IMPORTANT:
The pattern is written in the order it should be made and assembled. The video series follows the same order. I have included the video part number that goes with what section in the written pattern. You can view the entire playlist of videos here.
 
Ears: video part 1 of series, starts after intro
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6) Pull the center hole tight then work the starting yarn tail into the next row. Hold it along the edge and crochet around it.
2) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in the next st, repeat  (8)
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing.

Head: 

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 5st (5)
2) 2sc in each st  for 1 row (10)
3) 1sc in each st for 1 row (10)
4) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog, repeat (8)
5) 1sc in each st for 1 row (8)

6) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog, repeat (6)
f/o leaving a tail for closing up the gap. Weave in and out of the FLO of the remaining stitches. Stuff head then pull yarn tail tight to close gap. Hide yarn tail inside head when done. 
 
Before you make the body, sew ears and head together:  

Embroider the nose on the furthest tip.
Sew the ears in between the 2nd and 3rd row
You can add the eyes now, if you choose. I add them at the very end once the doll is done, that's just a matter of preference. Play around with placements for the eyes. You can sew them, add beads, or paint them. The eyes are in videos 6 and 7 of the series.  





Body: 
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st for 1 row (12)
3) 1sc in each st for 1 row
4) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog, repeat (10)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog, repeat (8)
6) 1sc in each st for 1 row
f/o leaving an extra long yarn tail for sewing. You will use this yarn tail to sew the head and body together and to add the chain tail.
Weave in and out of the remaining stitches. Add stuffing as needed then pull yarn tail to narrow the neck just a bit, do not close the neck completely.


Sew Body and Head together: 
Place head on neck, once you have it situated how you want it, sew head to the neck. Once the head and neck are sewn together you can wrap the yarn tail around the neck and pull slightly, this is optional. This will  clean up the stitches and will also narrow the neck a bit. Then carry the yarn tail down and out where the tail will go. Insert crochet hook under the yarn tail, pull yarn through and ch12.
f/o and trim the remaining yarn tail to about 1/4in. If you are afraid the knot at the end of the tail might come undone, rub a bit of glue on it
Tail Option 2: no video for this
1) ch12
f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Sew tail to body. Trim
remaining yarn tail to about 1/4in.




Arms:
 
pull a long strand of yarn through the body where the arms will go. Knot off one yarn tail with the body, this will keep it from being pulled through when you crochet the arms. Insert crochet hook  through where the first arm is coming through and ch4. f/o without breaking free. Wrap yarn tail at the end of the chain  3 times then weave the yarn tail in and out through the chain to the top of the arm. Bring the yarn tail out through the body, knot off, bring it through the body one more time and cut free. 





Legs:
video 6 of series, starts at 7min
pull long strand of yarn through the front of the body where the first leg will go. Wrap yarn around the 2nd row of the body 5 times, in the front. Move over a stitch hole or 2 and do it again to make the 2nd leg. Knot off and hide yarn tail inside body.  They will hardly be visible but will help the mouse stand up on its own. Please view the video if there's any questions about this part. 




To add eyes:
Use stick pins as markers and to play around with placements. I have detailed videos to go over this part if you need help.

Beads for eyes, see video 7 of series
Sew eyes in with thread or split yarn, see video 8 of series


Outfits for the mouse:
Hat and Scarf here.
Dress here



  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.


 

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2 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear how ill you are/were but I totally understand as the same thing happened to me 11 years ago! My IBD (Crohn's Disease) is now in remission but I still have all the meds to take although I stopped the infusions just over a year ago. I would recommend that you take a very good probiotic every day as I believe that this is what helped me the most. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your patterns and the time it takes to prepare them and the videos as I know how exhausting doing simple tasks is. I wish you all the best and health, love and happiness, Sharon xx

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  2. Just know that you can do it! The strength you have already shown will continue you on your way. Prayers for you.

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