Hello Little Mouse!
I make no apologies for my current obsession with tiny cute things – making them is a joy – and being able to make something so quickly is definitely a bonus!
These little mice started life as a sample for a Learn to Crochet Class, I quickly realised that others might fall in love with them too. They’re much cuter than the real thing, which we occasionally spy scuttling across the patio!
Of course, I had to make three (in honour of the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice).
Each mouse is made in a different shade of King Cole Baby Alpaca (I had oddments left over from some other projects, which you’ll see in print soon) and is stuffed with wool stuffing. You can use any yarn you like and as mice come in many shapes, sizes and colours, you can dive into your stash and come up with a unique little mouse.
I’ve used beads for the eyes, but you could use embroidery if you prefer. The trickiest part is the whiskers; it was so hard to come up with a colour and texture that looked attractive. In the end I went for a combination of cotton yarn and sewing thread.
I’ve listed this as a free pattern, which means it hasn’t been tech edited. It has been tested by some of my pupils and proof read, but mistakes can still sneak through. If you spot an error please let me know and I can fix it. You’ll find a full list of crochet terms and abbreviations here.
I always like to start working in the round with a crochet ring, if you prefer an adjustable or “magic” ring, feel free to start that way instead. Remember, the only rule in crochet is there are no rules!
To make your mouse you will need:
2.5mm crochet hook, oddments of dk yarn (about 18m) and approximately 6g of toy stuffing or wool scraps. Two beads or black embroidery floss for eyes.
Pattern starts here: (written in UK crochet terms)
Round 1: 4dc into 2nd ch from hk. 4dc
Round 2: (1dc, 2dc in next st) twice. 6dc
Round 3: (2dc, 2dc in next st) twice. 8dc
Round 4: (3dc, 2dc in next st) twice. 10dc
Round 5: (4dc, 2dc in next st) twice. 12dc
Round 6: 1dc in each st around.
Round 7: (3dc, 2dc in next st) 3 times. 15dc
Round 8: (4dc, 2dc in next st) 3 times. 18dc.
Rounds 9 – 18: 1dc in each dc around.
Stuff head and body.
Round 19: (4dc, dc2tog) 3 times. 15dc
Round 20: (3dc, dc2tog) 3 times. 12dc
Round 21: (dc2tog) 6 times. 6dc.
Row 1: 1sl st into next dc, ch16, 1sl st in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across, 1 sl st in same place as first sl st. fasten off yarn.
Add more stuffing to body if required and close hole using long yarn tail.
Ears: (make two)
Row 1: 3ch, 4tr in 4th ch from hk, sl st in same ch. Fasten off yarn.
Sew ears to top of head (use photo as a guide).
Sew eyes, nose and whiskers using photo as a guide to placement.
I hope you enjoy making these teeny mice – you can share your makes on my Facebook page, or on Instagram (just tag your photos #grannycoolcrochet). I do love to see your photos.