catnip mouse pattern   knitting blog

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Mouse-along gallery here.

Other mouse patterns: here, here, here, and here.

Materials: small amount worsted weight wool, needles a couple of sizes smaller than you usually use for worsted wool, a cable needle, a tapestry needle, catnip for stuffing.

Cast on 30 stitches.

Row 1: (k1, p1) 5 times, p2, k6, p2, (p1, k1) 5 times.

Row 2: (k1, p1) 5 times, k2, p6, k2, (p1, k1) 5 times.

Row 3: (k1, p1) 5 times, p2, (Slip the next three stitches onto cable needle and hold behind work. Knit the next three stitches from the left-hand needle, then knit the three stitches from the cable needle), p2, (p1, k1) 5 times.

Row 4: as Row 2

Row 5: p2 tog (k1, p1) 4 times, p2, k6, p2, (p1, k1) 5 times.

Row 6: p2 tog (k1, p1) 4 times, k2, p6, k2, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1.

Continue in this manner, repeating the 6 rows for the cable pattern, and at the same time decreasing one stitch at the beginning of each row (as is shown for rows 5 and 6), and doing the cable twist on the third row of the pattern until you have the last 10 stitches remaining, ready to work a right side row.

Next row: p2 tog, k6, p2.

Next row: k2 tog, p6, k1.

On the following row, bind off all stitches and decrease two stitches over the cable as you bind off (k2 tog twice over the cable as you are binding off). Leave a long tail of yarn for sewing up.

Fold the mouse in half lengthwise with the right side inside and sew the long seam along the bottom, leaving the back (the cast on edge) open.

Turn right-side out and stuff firmly with catnip (your cat will probably enjoy helping you with this). From the right side, neatly sew the back cast-on edge together to close up the mouse.

You can attach a couple more strands of yarn and braid them to make a tail, or you could make an i-cord tail if you're feeling intrepid!

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