I’m overwhelmed by so much mouse love! Thank you!
Here’s a little Christmas hat and scarf for your wee mousie… complete with holes to let those ears through!
Round 1: Ch 16 join with ss to form a ring
Round 2: Sc in each st around, continue to work in rounds do not join. 16
Round 3: Change color. Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 7, sc 2tog. 14
Round 4: Sc in next 4, ch3 sk 3, sc in next 2, ch3 sk3, sc in next 2. 14
Round 5: Change color. Sc in each st around.14
Round 6: Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 6, sc 2tog, sc in next 2. 12
Round 7: Change color. Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 5, sc 2tog, sc in next 2. 10
Round 8: Sc in each st around. 10
Round 9: Change color. Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 4, sc 2tog, sc in next 2. 8
Round 10: Sc in each st around. 8
Round 11: Change color. Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 3, sc 2tog, sc in next 2. 6
Round 12: Sc in each st around. 6
Round 13: Change color. Sc in each st around. 6
Round 14: Sc in each st around. Ss in next st. 6. Fasten off, tie ends and weave into hat, leaving long strand of white to sew Pom Pom in place.
Using 2 strands of 4ply held together and 2.5mm hook. Chain 30. Fasten off, sew short section of white throughout each end, leave short tassels.
Have a happy day Janette xox
How to make your own tiny, adorable crochet mouse… just in time for Christmas!
I found the best results with these mousies using 4ply sock yarn and a 2.5mm hook. I also made some with 3ply and a 2mm hook. I’ve yet to try this pattern with any heavier weight yarn, and I must admit I’m reluctant to, as I like the small size that the lighter weight yarn and small hook gives… I may well yet try one an even smaller mouse (squeakness… baby mice!)
These mice are about 6-7cm tall (2.5 inches) and are perfect for small hands. Holding….and loving♥…or even adventuring…These cuties are made in four pieces- the body, with arms, legs and tail are crocheted all as one piece. Head and ears are crocheted separately and then sewn together. A clever little stitch called a 3 dc pop (or popcorn stitch) is used for hands and feet. It goes like this: Work 3 dc into third ch from hook, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through. Hopefully the photos below will help this make sense!
Other stitches/abbreviations (all US crochet terms):
- ss = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- st = stitch
- ch = chain
- Sc2tog = single crochet two together (decrease)
One other note, please use a marker to mark your rounds and keep track of where you are up to. And count your stitches at the end of each round. If you don’t, the arms and legs are less likely to match up.
I know some of you are going to go ahead and not use a marker. If you lose your place or end up a stitch or two out you can always eyeball it – just remember to make sure your legs are in the same stitch on the round as your arms (so they line up)!Lets begin….
First up we are going to make the body:
Round 1: Make a magic circle ch 1 and work 6 sc;
Round 6 – 11: Sc in each st around – 18 st.Round 12: Sc in next 8 st. [leg: ss into next st, ch 8, 3dc pop into 3rd ch from hook, ss into next 5, ss back into original st], sc in next 6 st, [leg], sc in next 2 st (18)Round 13: Sc2tog, sc in next st, ss into next st, [tail: ch 22, ss into second ch from hook and each st, back into original st] sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog (12) At this point you are going to stuff your wee mousie… Round 14: Once you have stuffed it, sc 2tog until hole is closed. Fasten off leaving long end, sew in ends and securely close hole.
Round 1: Make a magic circle ch 1 and work 6 sc into mc – 6 st.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 st.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] repeat around – 18 st.
Round 4-5: Sc in each st around – 18 st.
Round 6: Sc2tog, sc in next 2x 4, Scin last 2 – 14 st.
Round 7: Sc2tog, sc in next st x4, Sc2tog – 9st. Stuff as much as possible.
Round 1: Magic circle, ch1 and 8 sc in circle. Pull tight, do not join. 2sc in each st around, ss into next st. Fasten off and leave long end… Sew in ends, then sew ears to head.Sew face in place… no real instructions here, just use your imagination. I like mousies with a pink nose and black 8ply yarn for the eyes and a tiny mouth. I tried a french knot for eyes but actually just like eyes which are a tiny stitch or two in the right spot. The face gives each one an individual personality Enjoy your new wee friend!
But be careful… they’re addictive and before you know it they multiply… like… well… mice!I hope you enjoy making these mousies as much as I do! If you do give them a try, Id love to see how they turn out so send me a pic. If you notice any errors in the pattern, please let me know!
Edit to add: Find a Christmas hat and scarf for your mousie here.
Finally a cute crochet mouse…I’m so happy with how these mice have turned out! The first few attempts were not quite cute enough, or quite mousy enough… but, squeak-squeak, these ones tick all the right boxes!Best of all, they come Maia approved.I can’t wait to share them with you, so I’ll be back with a crochet mouse tutorial soon. Have a lovely weekend! Janette xx
Now, I’m not sure what it’s like in your house, but in ours once these fatal words are uttered; “I could make you a…” there is no going back.
They can’t be unsaid people.
My children become obsessed – questioning progress, reminding of promises, creating grandiose plans, proposals and plays all centered around the procurement of said item which I am going to produce. When Mummy? Have you started it Mummy? When will it be finished Mummy?
Doll making, it turns out, is SO not my thing.
Maybe it’s just fiddly sewing I’m no good at? I confess there was so much teeth gnashing and cursing before these two were finished I’m surprised they didn’t both end up with curly hair. Or toes.
Anyway they were finished, and while they are not perfect, they are quite fun… and now that the memory of me sitting up till the wee small hours unpicking and re-sewing has faded, I can look at them and smile. Well, ok, I can look at these two playing with them and smile
Maia requested red hair and plaits, Carter wanted a super hero – hence the mask and cape. I’ve promised I’ll make some more clothes for them (and a mermaid tail for Maia’s (!))… Maybe next week! MAYBE!
If you are looking for a free pattern/ doll making tutorial check out these dolls made by the amazingly talented Lier. That’s how a professional does it.
Have you ever sewn dolls? What do you think… Doll making: frustrating or fun? Hope your week is going well!
Just quickly stopping by while I have a cake in the oven (In case you’re interested I’m baking one of these, if you fancy a healthy cake this is it – YUM YUM!) and right now the children are outside occupied with Dad (I have no idea what they are doing, but all is quiet so I’m not about to run out and ask). Sorry its been a bit quiet on the blog… I am working on, not one, but two, dolls (I have tireless taskmasters) and a new crochet cardigan (for me!). I promise to share some photos soon!
In the mean time, today’s episode is brought to you by the color pink
To everyone who drops by the green dragonfly over the weekend, hello and welcome, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! If you came looking for some crochet inspiration you might like to check out my crochetlicious pinterest board… it’s been getting a lot of action lately. So many things to make, so little time! Love Janette xo
I had seen these rubber band creations on the internet quite a bit recently, and just last week found some for sale at our local video store (I know, random). When I questioned the guy behind the counter about how you turn the little rubber bands into bracelets he informed me everything I needed was in the bag.
Except it wasn’t. In the bag were little rubber bands, and some catches to hold the completed bracelets together. That’s all. No tools. No instructions. No loom. Nada.
Anyhoo, Not to let that small problem get in the way, we used a little kiwi ingenuity and created a simple tool to make these very cool bracelets:
Maia has been happily creating these bracelets for everyone she knows… they are crafty, creative, and simple enough for a six year old to manage! Love ♥ If you’ve seen these tiny bright colored bands around and want to give these bracelets a try, without spending loads of cash, here’s what you do:
Put two drawing pins into an eraser or other small object (like a block of wood maybe?). Twist the first band:Then add two more bands on top (only the first band is twisted, none of the others need to be):Pull the bottom band over the top two (on both sides, one side first, then the other), add another band and repeat…Its easier to pull the bottom band over the top two if you use tweezers.Keep going (add a band to the top, pull each side of the bottom band over the top two) until the bracelet is the right length, then pull the last bands over each other one at a time:Our bands come with these nifty little joiners which act as a catch. So there was something useful in the bag Fit the catch into the open ends, and you’re all done. If you don’t have a catch, you could just tie two bands together. Easy huh! Hope you are having a happy weekend, it’s been very warm here – almost like summer. We’ve had a nice quiet weekend at home, I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden, which is starting to look lovely now Im getting on top of the weeds. What have you been up to? Have you (or your children) been making these bracelets? xo J
It seems like life to have picked up the pace a notch or three recently… here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to the past week or so.
Enjoying being outside:Making lots of these: Watching the bees hard at work:Crocheting (starting a lot, finishing a little): Loving the ripe juicy sweetness of spring strawberries: Enjoying foxgloves in my vege garden: Waiting patiently for my potatoes to be ready:Smelling this gorgeous geranium every time I brush past:Eating lots of lovely light meals now the weather is warmer:Marveling at the eggs that fell when a blackbird nest blew out of the tree in our yard:More crocheting (I must confess that while I’m quite fond of these wee mice, my children inform me they look like goblin mice. Thanks guys, tell me what you really think why don’t ya):Loving self seeded aquilegias:Planting (well need to get planting) these verbena:Feeling more than a little bit tired, and glad tomorrow is Friday! How is your week going? x Janette