I have been wanting to design a mouse amigurumi for quite some time! With the Chinese New Year coming up on January 25th and it being the Year of the Rat, I was inspired to design this little cutie.
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. This amigurumi has 12 separate pieces.
This pattern incorporates the tapestry (or intarsia) crochet technique and has a little bit of colour-work involved so please be sure to read the “Reading this Pattern” section!
The finished measurements are approximately 19cm/7.5″ from top to bottom.
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- 3.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Loops & Threads Impeccable in Pale Gray for main (less than 100g);
- Caron Cotton Cakes in Coral for ears, tail and tips of paws (this is a very thin worsted weight so I doubled up the yarn. If you are using a regular worsted weight, you do not need to double up) (less than 50g);
- Bernat Super Value in Black for nose;
- Black Crochet thread for mouth;
- 12mm Safety Eye;
- Tapestry needle.
Reading this Pattern and Colour Changes:
Everything is worked in single crochet stitches, unless otherwise specified. So, in order to indicate the colour-changes, I have omitted the usual “sc” in front of the stitch counts in lines with colour-changes and I’ve used the associated colour letter instead. Here are some examples:
- “Ginc” means to work a sc increase in grey yarn.
- “G3, P4” means to work the next 3 sc in grey and the next 4 sc in pink.
- “Gdec, P8, Gdec” means to work a regular sc decrease in grey, then work the next 8 stitches in pink, then work another sc decrease in grey.
Due to the colour-changes, you will have two balls of yarn attached to your project at once at some points (one grey and one pink). Simply carry your yarn across the back of the panel when you need to switch colours (do not carry it inside the stitch).
When changing colours, you will insert your hook into the stitch for the last stitch of Colour X and pull up a loop. Then, with Colour Y, yarn over and complete the stitch by pulling through both loops with Colour Y. Drop your working yarn in Colour X and continue with Colour Y. You will pick your Colour X working yarn back up again on the way back in the next row when you need it.
Make sure to always drop your yarn on the WRONG side of your panel! This will be different depending on whether you’re working an odd or even row. So, for the front panel, whenever you are working an odd-numbered row (row 1, 3, 5, etc), the right side of your panel will be facing you. When you’re working an even-numbered row, the wrong side will be facing you.
G – Grey
P – Pink
Terms and Stitches:
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip stitch
Sc – Single Crochet (again, in rows with colour changes, sc stitches will be indicated with the Colour Legend letter instead of “sc”)
Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase
Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease
Hdc – Half double crochet
Dc – Double crochet
You will make 2 panels using a 3.25mm hook, using pink yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row unless specified otherwise.
Row 1: Ch 3, starting in second ch from hook, sc 2 (2 sts)
Row 2: Dec, work a sc in the same st that you finished your dec in (2 sts)
Row 3: Sc, work a dec starting in the same st that you just worked your sc into (2 sts)
Rows 4-9: Repeat rows 2 and 3
Row 10: Sc 2 (2 sts)
Row 11: Dec, work a sc into the same st that you finished your dec in (2 sts)
Row 12: Sc, work a dec starting in the same st that you just worked you sc into (2 sts)
Rows 13-17: Repeat rows 11 and 12
Row 18: Dec (1 st)
Row 19: Sc (1 st)
Tie off and weave in ends. Repeat rows 1 to 19 for the second panel. Place both panels together and sc around the entire piece to join. I did not stuff the tail. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off and weave in tail. Set aside for assembly later.
Using 3.25mm hook and starting in grey yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row unless specified otherwise.
Row 1: Ch 3, starting in second ch from hook, sc 2 (2 sts)
Rows 2-5: Sc across (2 sts)
Switch to Pink yarn.
Row 6: Sc across (2 sts)
Row 7: Dec (1 sts)
Tie off and weave in ends. Repeat rows 1-7 for second panel. Place both panels together and, starting in grey, sc around the arm to join the panels. (Sc, ch 1, sc) in each bottom corner. Switch to pink where appropriate. Stuff lightly (use the back of your hook or a chopstick to help stuff!) Switch back to grey, slst to first st and tie off. Weave in end. Repeat all of the above for the second paw. Set aside for assembly later.
In grey yarn using a 3.25mm hook. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row unless specified otherwise.
Row 1: Ch 8, starting in second ch from hook, sc across (7 sts)
Row 2: Inc twice, sc 3, inc twice (11 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 9, inc (13 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc 11, inc (15 sts)
Row 5: Inc, sc 13, inc (17 sts)
Rows 6-12: Sc across (17 sts)
Row 13: Dec, sc 13, dec (15 sts)
Rows 14-15: Sc across (15 sts)
Row 16: Dec, sc 11, dec (13 sts)
Row 17: Sc across (13 sts)
Row 18: Dec, sc 9, dec (11 sts)
Row 19: Dec, sc 7, dec (9 sts)
Row 20: Dec, sc 5, dec (7 sts)
Tie off and weave in ends.
Now we will assemble the body, tail and paws.
Before you start, cut off three lengths of grey yarn about 30cm/12″ long and put them aside for now.
Starting on the top of the body, on the left side, place the two body panels together and begin single crocheting along the edge to join the two panels. Stop when you get near the bottom of the panel.
Insert the tail between the two panels at the bottom and sew in place using your tapestry needle and a piece of yarn that you set aside earlier. Sew through all three pieces; the bottom panel, the tail and the top panel. Tie a knot in the yarn tails when finished to secure and hide the tails between the body panels.
Continue crocheting around the body panels. When you get to the tail, sc in the stitches of the front panel only; since this portion is already sewn shut, it’s for aesthetics only!
Stop crocheting about halfway across the bottom of the body. Insert the first paw at the bottom of the panels (the opposite side from where you attached the tail) and sew in place. Don’t be afraid to insert the paw into the body panels as much as you need to get the desired look! You can see from the photos that, for mine, I inserted the paw so that only about 1 row of grey is visible on the top of the paw. You can see about 4 rows of of the grey on the bottom of the paw due to the curve of the body.
Continue crocheting around. Remember to crochet in the stitches of the front panel only when you get to the paw. Continue crocheting both panels together as normal once past the paw.
Crochet about halfway up the other side of the body. Stop here and insert the second paw the same way you did for the first.
Stuff the body firmly now.
Continue crocheting around, topping up stuffing as you go. Slst to first st and tie off. Set aside the entire body for assembly later.
Using 3.25mm hook and grey yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row unless specified otherwise.
Row 1: Ch 8, starting in second ch from hook, sc across (7 sts)
Row 2: Inc, sc 5, inc (9 sts)
Row 3: Sc across (9 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc 7, inc (11 sts)
Rows 5-6: Sc across (11 sts)
Row 7: Sc 9, dec (10 sts)
Row 8: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts)
Row 9: Dec twice, sc 2, dec (5 sts)
Row 10: Dec, sc 1, dec (3 sts)
Tie off and weave in ends. Repeat rows 1-10 for second panel. Place both panels together (since each panel is not perfectly symmetrical, make sure they are matching exactly such that the yarn tails line up) and single crochet around the outside of the panels to join them. (Sc, ch 1, sc) in each of the bottom corners.
Stuff lightly once you have crocheted about two-thirds of the way around. Continue crocheting around, topping up stuffing as you go. Slst to first st and tie off. Weave in end.
Set aside for assembly later.
Front Ear and Head:
Using 3.25mm hook and starting with grey yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row unless specified otherwise.
Row 1: Ch 5, starting in second ch from hook, sc across (4 sts)
Row 2: Inc in each st (8 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)
Now we will start the colour work for the inside of the ear.
Row 4: Ginc, G3, P4, G2 (11 sts)
Row 5: Ginc, P6, G3, Ginc (13 sts)
Row 6: G4, P8, G1, do not turn yet, ch 7, turn (13 sts + 7 chs)
Row 7: Starting in second ch from hook, Ginc in first two chs, G4, continue working across previous row, G1, P8, G4 (21 sts)
Row 8: G4, P8, G8, Ginc (22 sts)
Row 9: Ginc, G9, P8, G4 (23 sts)
Row 10: Gdec, G3, P6, G11, Ginc (23 sts)
Row 11: Ginc, G13, P4, G5 (24 sts)
The remaining rows are worked entirely in grey.
Row 12: Dec, sc 22 (23 sts)
Row 13: Inc, sc 18, dec twice (22 sts)
Row 14: Dec twice, sc 18 (20 sts)
In the next row you will be crocheting only part way across the row before chaining 1 and turning.
Row 15: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rows 16-17: Sc across (15 sts)
Row 18: Dec, sc 13 (14 sts)
Row 19: Sc 10, dec twice (12 sts)
Row 20: Dec twice, sc 8 (10 sts)
In the next row you will be crocheting only part way across the row.
Row 21: Sc 3, slst, do not ch 1, turn
Row 22: Slst 3, hdc (4 sts)
Tie off and weave in ends. Repeat rows 1-22 for the back panel EXCEPT the back panel is worked entirely in grey yarn.
Move on to final assembly below!
Step 1: Face
First, we need to attach and stitch on our facial features to the front panel.
Insert a 12mm safety eye onto the front panel about 5 stitches in from the left. The eye will line up with the top of the ear.
Next, stitch some pink yarn around a stitch underneath the eye for the cheek.
Stitch on a little mouth using black crochet thread about two rows down from the eye and three to four stitches to the right.
Step 2: Body, Ear and Head
Here are the pieces you should now have at this step.
Cut off two lengths of grey yarn approximately 30cm/12″ long each and set them aside for later.
Place the two head panels together, matching up all sides.
Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around the outside.
Starting on the left side, in the middle of the ear (Do not start higher! This is very important so that you have enough space at the end to stuff), begin attaching the panels together by single crocheting around the outside of the panels in grey.
Be sure to crochet loosely around so that the edge keeps a nice curve!
Crochet down and about halfway across the bottom of the ear and stop.
Now we will attach the head to the body. Insert the body between the panels of the head. Make sure the head is positioned at an angle so that the nose is pointing up. You will be sewing only the left half of the stitches of the body panel between the head panels.
With a length of yarn that you set aside earlier and your tapestry needle, sew the body in place between the head panels. When finished, tie a knot to secure and hide the yarn tails between the panels of the head.
Continue crocheting around the head. When you get to the body, sc in the stitches of the front panel only (since this section is already sewn shut). Continue crocheting both panels together as normal once past the body.
When you reach the top of the panels, switch to black. Work the following stitches all into the same stitch (i.e. work them into the hdc of row 22 of the head):
Nose: [Sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc] all into same st in black.
Switch back to grey. Sc about 10 more stitches across the top of the head and stop. Stuff the head/front ear as much as you can.
Next, insert the back ear between the panels and sew in place using a piece of yarn that you set aside earlier and your tapestry needle. The back ear should be positioned so that it is approximately in the middle of the natural dip between the head and the front ear.
Again, stitch in place by stitching through all three pieces, the back panel, the ear and the front panel. Once in place, tie a knot in the yarn tails and hide them between the panels.
Continue crocheting around. When you get to the ear, sc in the stitches of the front panel only since this section is already sewn shut.
There should now only be a small hole left to be closed between the back ear and where you started. Finish stuffing the head now. Use the back of your crochet hook to push stuffing into the nose and to even it all out.
When you are satisfied with the stuffing, close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
Finish the piece with some needle sculpting for the eye.
If you would like to add a balloon to your mouse amigurumi like I have in the photos, you can find the pattern in the post for the Elephant Amigurumi where I first made this sweet balloon as a little prop!
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