Crochet mouse tutorial and free pattern

Squeakers!

Crochet mouse free pattern 110Its finally here!!

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….Crochet mouse free pattern 24and loving♥…crochet mouseor even adventuring…Crochet mouse free pattern tutorialThese 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)!Crochet mouse free pattern tutorialLets begin….

First up we are going to make the body:
Round 1: Make a magic circle ch 1 and work 6 sc;

Crochet mouse free patternPull tight – 6 st.

Crochet mouse free pattern Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 st.

Crochet mouse free patternRound 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] repeat around – 18 st.

Crochet mouse free patternRound 4: Sc in each st around – 18 st.

Crochet mouse free patternRound 5: Sc in next 6 st, [arm: ss into next st, ch 6, Crochet mouse free pattern…3dc pop into 3rd ch from hook, Crochet mouse free pattern…ss into next 3 ch, ss back into original st], Crochet mouse free pattern…sc in next 6 st, [arm], sc in next 4 st – 18 st.

Crochet mouse free patternRound 6 – 11: Sc in each st around – 18 st.Crochet mouse free patternRound 12:  Sc in next 8 st. [leg: ss into next st, ch 8, Crochet mouse free pattern3dc pop into 3rd ch from hook, ss into next 5, ss back into original st],Crochet mouse free pattern sc in next 6 st, [leg], sc in next 2 st (18)Crochet mouse free patternRound 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] Crochet mouse free patternsc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog (12) Crochet mouse free patternAt this point you are going to stuff your wee mousie… Crochet mouse free patternRound 14: Once you have stuffed it, sc 2tog until hole is closed. Fasten off leaving long end, sew in ends and securely close hole.

Head:
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.

Crochet mouse free pattern 18Round 8: Sc2tog, sc in next st x4, ss into next st and FO leaving a long end.Crochet mouse free patternSew head onto body…Crochet mouse free pattern 20

Ears:
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… Crochet mouse free pattern 17Sew in ends, then sew ears to head.Crochet mouse free pattern 21Sew 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 🙂Crochet mouse free pattern Crochet mouse free pattern 232Enjoy your new wee friend!

Crochet mouse and MaiaBut be careful… they’re addictive and before you know it they multiply… like… well… mice!Crochet mouse free pattern 25I 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.

And you can find out how to make a cute mouse bed, here.

 

60 thoughts on “Crochet mouse tutorial and free pattern

  1. gentlestitches says:

    I am the first of many to “like” these adorable mousies!! I love them! I may not be the first to make one first but I will be the first to get the pattern and put them in first place on my “to make” list.
    Your children obviously did a first rate job helping and make sure you tell them that this pattern will spread a lot of Christmas magic and so have they! Well done getting the pattern out at such a busy time of year. Very generous of your family! 🙂

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  2. Crochet Missy says:

    They are so cute. The first thought I had when I heard sock yarn, is that I would like to hide these throughout my sock (and other) draws so that I would come across them when rummaging through. I imagine it would give me a laugh when I came across them.

    Wonderful tutorial.

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  3. Joyful Mama Designs says:

    Oh my goodness!!! My kids are going to love these little guys! Hopefully I’ll have time to make some as stocking stuffers this year. I’ll send pictures for sure if I do! Thank you for this amazing tutorial 🙂 Love your blog!

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  4. Yvonne, London says:

    How totally gorgeous! And what a genius way of creating the arms, legs and tail! Thank you for another great tutorial. Yvonne x

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  5. Brenda says:

    You are so kind to share this adorable idea with us. Thank-you and may the blessings return to you multiplied, pressed down, shaken together and running over! 🙂

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  6. Christine says:

    I have been searching and searching for the perfect mouse pattern and have been anxiously waiting for this! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!! And as Brenda said, may the blessings return to you multiplied, pressed down, shaken together and running over!

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  7. Lisa says:

    I just made this little mouse! It’s so cute and easy. I just have to put the eyes on it and I think I will use some large seed beads for them. Thanks for posting this pattern!

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  8. jwoj says:

    Hello! The mouse is absolutely lovely, thank you so much for sharing from Germany :)!

    I could use some help though with the head part: i don’t understand the head pattern starting in round 6. sc2tog, sc. in next 2x 4, sc. in last 2 – 14 st. It never get’s me there… Can you help me out?

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    • Janette says:

      Hi so it goes like this;
      Round 6: single crochet two together and then single crochet in the next two… Repeat this four times. When you have done the four times you will have two stitches in the round left… So then single crochet in the last two stitches. You should have 14 stitches. Hope that helps! Janette xx
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  9. unadevine says:

    I love your mice, but am having problems getting the shape of the head right. Mine always come out looking very round, not elongated with a pointy snout. I have tried everything – to no avail! Can you advise. This is also the best pattern I have come across for crochet mice as you don’t have to crochet the limbs separately. Thanks for making the pattern available. In the meantime, help !!

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  10. Misty McMillen says:

    I love this pattern and it’s my first time reading one and doing it because it seemed easy enough after learning through video tutorials. Only I keep coming up wrong with the mouse head. I’m assuming I am reading something wrong because the head does not close the way I’m doing it and doesn’t look right. If I could have just a little clarification of the Head instructions I’d appreciate it! ❤ This is how I'm reading the last line for example:
    It says:
    Sc2tog, sc in next st x4, ss into next st and FO leaving a long end.

    That to me means go into stitch; pull a loop, go into next stitch and pull a loop through all 3. Single stitch in the next stitch 4 times? Then slip stitch in the next stitch and fasten off….

    Right? Or is that single stitch…in 4 stitches. Thank you!

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  11. Janette says:

    Hi, almost right… It’s sc 2 together then sc in next stitch and repeat these two things four times, then SS in the last stitch. Your hole should be pretty much closed when you are finished. Hope that helps!

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  12. Jo says:

    Hi janette,
    Love your tutorial on these cute little fellas! However, could you please explain how to stitch around the arms ? I am not a seasoned crocheter so don’t quite understand. Thankful to people like you who write such lovely tutorials that one can self teach this age old technique of making beautiful things with a yarn and needle!
    Many thanks once again!
    Best,
    Jo

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  13. dreamspinr says:

    Loved the pattern with the pics. (That helped a lot.) I made a couple in different yarns and the one was varigated. He ended up looking like he was related to a sock monkey in color except for the red. I finished him before I got to that color in the yarn. So crocheted the red into a little scarf for him. Gave them a couple whiskers too…lol. Thanks again for the cute pattern.

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