FREE ~ Knitted ~ Catnip Mouse ~ Pattern
Good Kids Project ~ 6 years and up with adult supervision for the younger ones.
These make excellent Gifts to friends and relations with Cats.
The Catnip is edible, so if a dog chews it up, Oh well. It is large enough that a Dog could not choke on itSupplies:
Wool Yarn ~ average size or DK weight. (not fingering or lace weight) It must be wool, cats prefer the wool and need that to felt it.
2, #3 or #4 size DPN needles, or one circular. You can knit back and forth on a circular just like a straight one.
Small amount of Yarn 6 to 7 yards perhaps.
Yarn Needle with large eye to use to sew project together, or a Crochet hook.
Loose Catnip, purchased in bulk packages at the Doggies and Cat store, or Health Food store.
Cast on 30 Stitches.
Round 1 Knit to the end.
Round 2 Knit to the end.
Round 3 Start decreasing by K 2 TOG of each new row, up until you have only 4 stitches remaining. Bind/cast off - Stop - do not cut the yarn just yet. Leave a very long 3 foot tail strand that you will use for sewing the mouse together with.
Starting at the small end, with that long tail you saved (where there were only 4 stitches), Fold the two sides together and sew those sides together. To sew the two sides together, use a "whip" stitch with your yarn needle. You could also use a crochet hook to pull the yarn strand through each time, poking it through the edge stitches. Through, the two edge stitches, then up over and through again. So Whip it Over and over until both edges are sewn together. Again save that left over long tail of yarn if any still remains.
The Mouse is now cone shaped. Where there was only the 4 stitches that will be the small pointed end or Nose.
Stuff the Catnip as firmly as you can, down into your knitted cone shape. I use a spoon to stuff it very hard into that cone shape. Pile it up a bit on top. Pull the top down over the stuffed cone and sew that shut from one side end to the other. You will wind up with a fat triangle shaped mouse.
Make a small knitted I-Cord tail.
Cast on 4 stitches onto a double point needle, knit the I-Cord for several inches 3” to 4” long. Sew that to the wide end of the mouse. I don't bother with making face and ears for the small pointed end. It would not be good for the cat to eat those off. The cat does not care that there is no face or ears. I chord instructions below.
Making one mouse for each cat in the home is really important. They mark their mouse with scent. It is a very private thing to them. They lick it, play with it and then do a lot of sleeping afterwards. They actually felt the mouse by licking it each time. In time, it will be all fuzzy and no catnip will leak out. Hers has lasted for several years now and just as important to her as ever.
K2 TOG = Knit to stitches together.
Very old cast on method Called Knitting On = make a loop on the left needle, insert right needle into it as if to K, pull the yarn up through – do not slip the stitch off the Left needle. Slip the end of the left needle tip – through the stitch on the right needle – you have just made a second stitch on that left needle. Always slip the L tip down along the right needle from slipping it in from the back of that stitch sitting there. Slipping it onto the Left needle. It is as loose a cast on as the Long Tail cast on.
I-Cord = Cast on 4 stitches on DPN Needles. Row 1, Knit 4 stitches. Row 2, Your working yarn is now on the very Left end of your Left needle. Pull it tight around to the Right - behind the knitted stitches. Holding it tight as possible, start to Knit again - Knitting from Right to Left. Repeat second row over and over again. You will soon see it start to wrap around into a chord after about 4 rows.
This pattern is Free, you may share it with friends. There are other Free patterns on this web site as well. Some could be kids projects as well with adult help.
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