Saturday, May 5, 2007

Cat & Mouse :)


To make the cat and the mouse you will need:
Odds and ends of worsted weight yarn
6 and 9 mm plastic eyes with safety backings (optional)
Embroidery floss, tapestry needle
Size F/5 (4 mm) and size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook
Fiberfill or stuffing of your choice


Finished measurements:
Cat’s height is approx. 7.5 inches if standing and approx. 6 inches (without counting ears) if sitting. Depending on your tension and the yarn you use, she might end up being a little bit taller or a little bit shorter :)


Use the F hook to crochet the cat J

Muzzle:
R1- Ch 2, 5 sc in second chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each sc around (10 sts)
R3- *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 5 times (15 sts)
R4- Sc 15, sl st in next sc, bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.
Embroider nose and mouth, set aside.

Eye “roundies”:
The “roundies” (no clue how to call them) are the little roundy pieces I back up the plastic eyes with, and as you can see they are optional. I made the rabbit without them because I thought she looked cuter like that, so it’s your call J

R-Ch 2, 8 sc in second chain from hook, sl st in first sc, bind off and weave in loose end, put eye through hole if you’re using plastic eyes with safety backings, set aside.

Head:
R1– Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
R3- *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18 sts)
R4- *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (24 sts)
R5- *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (30 sts)
R6- *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (36 sts)
R7- *Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (42 sts)
R8-19: Sc 42
R20- *Sc 5, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (36 sts)
R21- *Sc 4, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (30 sts)
R22- *Sc 4, dec 1*, repeat 5 times (25 sts)
Sew muzzle on head and position/embroider eyes.
R23- *Sc 3, dec 1*, repeat 5 times (20 sts)
Stuff head
R24- *Sc 2, dec 1*, repeat 5 times (15 sts), sl st in next sc, bind off and weave in loose end.


Body:
-When picking colors to start the body, keep in mind that we start crocheting the body at the bottom and finish at the neck –so if you’re going to change colors to make a sweater, you should start with “skin” color and later change to the sweater color.

With skin color yarn:
R1– Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
R3- *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18 sts)
R4- *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (24 sts)
R5- *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (30 sts)
R6-8: Sc 30
Change to sweater color yarn
R9- Sc 30 through back loops only (through both loops if you’re not changing colors for a sweater)
R10-16: Sc 30
R17- *Sc 3, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (24 sts)
R18- *Sc 2, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (18 sts)
R19- Sc 18, sl st in next sc, bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.
Stuff body and sew to head.

Arms:
-Starting with skin color
R1– Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
R3-4: Sc 12
Change to sweater color
R5- Sc 12 through back loops only (though both loops if not making “sleeves”)
R6-9: Sc 12
Sl st in next sc, bind off leaving long tail for sewing, sew to body.

Legs:
R1– Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
R3-9: Sc 12
Sl st in next sc, bind off leaving long tail for sewing, decide if you want your doll to be “standing” or sitting and sew to body.


Ears:
R1- Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook
R2- Sc 6
R3- *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 3 times (9 sts)
R4- *2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 3 times (12 sts)
R5- *3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 3 times (15 sts)
R6- Sc 15
Sl st, bind off leaving long tail for sewing, sew to head

Tail:
Using E hook
R1- Ch 2, 3 sc in second chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each sc around (6 sts)
R3- Sc 6
Repeat R3 until tail is approx. 3 inches long, sew to body.

MOUSE
Body:
R1- Ch 2, 5 sc in second chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each of the 5 sc from R1 (10 sts) –ignore the rest of the chain, that’s the mouse’s tail!
R3- *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 5 times (15 sts)
R4- *2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 5 times (20 sts)
R5- Sc 20
R6- Sc 20 through back loops only
R7-12: Sc 20
R13- *2 sc, dec 1*, repeat 5 times (15 sts)
R14-15: Sc 15
Stuff a little
R16- *1 sc, dec 1*, repeat 5 times (10 sts)
Position eyes if using plastic ones with safety backings (you can work on them later if you’re embroidering them).
R17- *Sk1 sc, sc 1*, repeat 5 times (5 sts)
Bind off, weave in loose end

Ears:
-Make 2! :)
With E hook
R1- Ch 2, 5 sc in second chain from hook
R2- 2 sc in each sc around (10 sts)
Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing, sew to body
Embroider mouse’s little nose.


Pronto!

23 comments:

  1. Love your amigurumi ... so cute. Must try this one... Thanks for the invite to take part of your group.

    Besos,

    Monica

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  2. hola monica :)
    muchas gracias! write if you have questions, & no te olvides de sacar fotos!
    otro beso,
    ana paula

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  3. Aw, I love this blog! I don't usually use patterns for little things because i'm too impatient but some of your little dudes are so cute i may just have to try... :)

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  4. i know the feeling, i have no patience either :)
    i'm usually good with little things, but following patterns for big projects drive me crazy! :p

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  5. Ana Paula,

    SO CUTE!! I love the little pink nose on the mouse. I am so excited to try my Chicks. I have one questions. I have never crocheted in the round. Do you literally just keep crocheting in the same spot for the first round? I don't have any hook or yarn at work (note to self, small project is perfect to hide in my desk drawer) and I just can't visualize it.

    Thanks,
    Rean Day

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  6. hi rean :)
    yup, you just keep going around and around. i usually put a little piece of yarn through the "fabric" to mark the beginning/end of a row in case i forget to count.
    just like when you're crocheting a circle -which is basically what amis are, a whole bunch of circles that turn into cylinders that we turn into heads and bodies and arms :)

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  7. Yea! I love your work so much! I can't wait to try these new patterns!

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  8. Parabéns, tens coisinhas muito lindas!
    Kisses from Portugal

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  9. Your stuff is adorable!

    Thank you so much for sharing these patterns.

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  10. brigado, thank you guys for being so nice :)

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  11. I love your animals!!!! I'm so excited that I discovered your site by accident! I've never crocheted before (I'm a knitter) and am totally inspired to take it up so I can make your toys!! I'm definitely putting in a pre-order for your book! I plan to make the toys for my little girl.

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  12. DMAYORCA@GMAIL.COMOctober 24, 2007 at 9:36 PM

    TE FELICITO!! ERES UNA ARTISTA. QUISIERA SABER SI TIENES ALGUN PATRON EN ESPAÑOL O SI LOS VENDES, SOY NUEVA EN ESTO Y ME CUESTA MUCHO HACERLOS EN INGLES. BESOS Y GRACIAS. DIANA DMAYORCA@GMAIL.COM

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  13. Great! I've been looking for a little pattern for a mouse to stuff catnip in for my kitties!!

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  15. Ana, just wanna let you know you just got a "you make my day" award! Coz you always make me smile! :+) To pass on the award, check my blog for details!

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  16. I can't get over how adorable your works are! I ordered your book- I am a knitter too, but I just crocheted my first toy (guinea pig : ) so I am on my way. I'll put the CD with all the patterns on my wishlist!!!

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  17. I love your patterns! All my friends want me to make them little happy eggs and chicks. This pattern is so cute! I love how you put a shirt on the cat. Adorable!

    I have one question though: Usually when I make your patterns, the head ends up kind of longish. Do you know why that happens?

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  18. SOOOOO cute!
    Thanks for sharing the patterns ^____^

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  19. I made this kitty and my head turned out longish too. So cute though.

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  20. Love the mouse pattern. I bought a copy of Amigurumi World, which is wonderful.

    Question on mouse pattern: I can't figure out what chain stitches are left for the tail (Rnd 2). Also, on final round, I prefer to make only dec stitches, because the skip sometimes lets the stuffing out later.

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  21. te felicito!!! sos una artista maravllosa!!! te envio toda mi admiracion y un beso enooorme!!

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  22. @MadHatter

    I'm wondering the same thing (about the chain stitches left for the tail)...
    I mean, there are only two stitches, right?

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  23. Such a cute bunch of patterns, well done..and thanks for posting. Does anyone else have problem with the mouse though?

    R3 says repeat the * * instructions five times. If so you are increasing an extra 5 stitches on each round. So end up with 35 stitches. How does that work when you go on to R4 which is (20) stitches.
    thanks for any clarification.

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