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Home : Patterns : Catnip Mouse: Knit

Free Knitting Pattern: Catnip Mouse: Knit

Lion Brand® Fun Fur®
Pattern #: BK4K-0506003-K
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 5 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size
5 inches [approximately 10 cm] exclusive of tail

PUBLISHED IN:  By Kids, For Kids

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Fun Fur®

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Fun Fur®
Ivory White Soft Pink Flamingo Sapphire Red Tigers Eye Chocolate
Taupe Neon Orange Magenta Grape Onyx Black Neon Lemon Amber
Aquamarine Violet Lava Sandstone Confetti Tropical Mango Ginger
Café Cotton Candy Stripes South Beach Stripes Mexicana Stripes Copacabana Stripes Deep Sea Stripes
*Fun Fur (Article #320). 100% Polyester; package size: Solids: 1.75 oz/50g; 64 yd/58m balls
Prints: 1.5 oz/40g; 57 yd/52m balls
Exotics: 1.75 oz/50g; 55 yd/50m balls (Note: Exotics shades are lay flat to dry)

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•  320-195 Fun Fur Yarn: Hot Pink
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•  320-204 Fun Fur Yarn: Lava
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Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]   $ 3.60  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size F-5 (3.75 mm)   $ 2.30  
Additional Materials
Scrap yarn for tail, approximately 24 inches [approximately 70 cm]
Scrap yarn for eyes, approximately 4 inches [10 cm] black and white
Sewing needle and matching thread
1 package dried catnip

Catnip Mouse: Knit

Lion Brand® Fun Fur®


24 stitches x 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

Make 2 -- one in pink and one in grey
Cast on 20 stitches.
Work 20 rows in Garter stitch (all knit). The piece will be square.
Bind off all stitches. Leave a trailing end of about 4 inches of yarn when cutting the extra yarn.

Fold square in half and stitch as shown

Tie the yarn 'tail' onto the trailing end of the yarn. Knot it well -- your cat will be pulling on it and the knot needs to be strong!

Please note that this toy is designed for you and your kitty to enjoy together. If you plan to allow your cat to play with this toy unsupervised, you should leave the tail off so you can be sure that it does not get eaten. Yarn is not good for a cat's tummy!

Turn the fabric and open it -- it will be a cone. Put the catnip into it and pack it down.

Fold down the flap at the top of the cone, tucking the ends of the yarn inside the mouse and leaving the tail hanging out. Sew the open edges closed.
To put eyes on the mouse, pull the crochet hook all the way through the mouse's 'head' and use it to pull the black and white yarn through together. Tie it off securely on one end (use several knots). Pull it tight and tie off on the other end (use several knots). Trim closely.

If you plan to allow your cat to play with this toy unsupervised, you should probably omit this detail, lest the yarn for the eye get ripped out and eaten without your knowledge.

For extra fun, tie a tuft of fun fur at the end of the mouse's tail.

This item was rigorously tested by our expert!

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k = knit RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 5 reviews)
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Catnip Mouse: Knit Reviewed by Stella Lacey on 2014-11-18 *****
Fantastic pattern THANKS! I use toy stuffing, chop a pair of nylon tights and make a lining to keep stuffing in also just add whiskers -knotted each side so they cannot pull out - no cat or dog has complained of blind mice!!! Cheers Stella

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