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Sunday, 2 August 2009

Nibbles the Mouse - Free Knitting Pattern

Today I decided to make a mouse, for no other reason than I just wanted one!!
He's started off with an i-chord for a tail with the most amazingly pink wool I have ever seen; knitting with it nearly made my eyes bleed!
Inc Increase
K Knit
P Purl
St-st Stocking stitch
K2tog Knit 2 together
B&T tightly Break off yarn leaving a long end for sewing up later, thread it through the stitches on the needle, pull to gather tightly and fasten off.

Materials required:
3mm [no 11, USA 2] knitting needles, stuffing, 2 shades of pink and one white DK, [ 8 ply]
3mm DPNs for knitting the i-chord.
1 Pair of 7.5mm eyes.
Knit an I-chord for the length of tail you’d like; mine is 5 inches long.

Change to white and knit 1 row, increasing at the beginning and end. - 5
Next Row: inc1 K1 inc1 K1 inc1 - 8
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: inc all sts - 16
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: inc all sts - 32
Next Row: St-st 9 rows
Next Row: K7, K2tog, K14, K2tog, K7 - 30
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K7, K2 tog, K12, K2tog, K7 -28
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K7, K2tog, K10, K2tog, K7 - 26
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K7, K2tog, K8, K2tog, K7 - 24
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K7 K2tog, K6, K2tog, K7 - 22
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K3, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K3 - 18
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K2, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2 - 14
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K2, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2 - 11
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: (K2tog) twice, K3, (K2tog) twice - 7
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1 - 5
B&T Tightly.
Using mattress stitch, start at the tail end and begin sewing up your mousey. The seam runs along the top of the mouse, hence using mattress stitch to hide it. Leave a gap for the filling, see below:

At this point, you'll need to decide where you'd like your eyes. Place these before adding your remaining stuffing:

Once you are happy, add your remaining stuffing and close up mousey.

Next, he'll need to be able to hear.....

How he survived this one I'll never know!!
Make two alike:

Cast on 10 stitches with pink
Next Row: Knit
Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread this end through the stitches on needle, draw up tightly and fasten off.
Place the ears where you'd like them on the mouse, mine are placed 3 rows behind the eyes, but it's up to you; move them about until you get the face you like :-) Once you are happy, sew them down.

Super! - All he needs now is a little nose so he can find the cheese, I used a lighter pink wool than the ears and just sewed up and down to create a little nose.

And there you have it! One super-sweet, super-cute mousey!
Bring on the mices!!!!
Kat x