Knit Wool and the Gang’s Stuffed Mouse for National Cat Day

by , 10/29/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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The jig is up: We’re just a bunch of crazy cat ladies here at Ecouterre HQ. So of all the made-up holidays to embrace, it’ll have to be National Cat Day. Our friends at Wool and the Gang feel the same way. The London-based knitwear firm recently teamed up with Puss Puss to raise awareness of Battersea Dogs and Cats’ lifesaving work. Wool and the Gang even drafted a pattern for a knitted critter, adorably named “Mr. Jingles,” for the animal rescue, which kicks off its new, cat-centric knitting club this month. Don’t have a mouser for your mouse? The label suggests making a bunch for your local cat shelter.

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • 1 ball of Wool and the Gang’s Sheepaca or Sugar Baby Alpaca yarn
  • 1 pair of size 4 (3.5mm) knitting needles
  • 1 pair of size 8 (5mm) knitting needles
  • 1 knitter’s sewing needle
  • Some wool or toy stuffing
  • Scrap yarn or thread for the eyes

GLOSSARY

K: knit
K2TOG: knit 2 stitches together
K3TOG: knit 3 stitches together
K1F&B: knit into front and back of same stitch
M1: make one (increase)
P: purl
P3TOG: purl 3 stitches together

Note: The body of your mouse is knitted in one piece, from tail to nose. Ears and tail are knitted separately and then sewn on.

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BODY

1. With two strands of yarn held together and size 8 needles, cast on 3 stitches using the cable cast-on technique. Leave a 12-inch yarn tail for sewing up your mouse later.

2. K1F&B into each of the 3 stitches. You now have 6 stitches.

3. Purl 1 row.

4. K1, *M1, K* Repeat the section inside the
stars to the end of the row. (11 stitches.)

5. Purl 1 row.

6. K2 *M1, K*, repeat the section inside the stars until you have 2 stitches left of your row, M1, then knit the last 2 stitches. (19 stitches.)

7. Purl 1 row.

8. Knit 2 stitches, *increase 1 stitch, knit 3 stitches*, repeat the section inside the stars until you have 2 stitches left, increase 1 stitch, then knit the last 2 stitches. (25 stitches.)

9. Work 13 rows in stockinette stitch.

10. *K2, K2TOG*. Repeat the section inside the stars until you have 1 stitch left, knit the last stitch. (19 stitches.)

11. Purl 1 row.

12. *K2, K2TOG*. Repeat the section inside the stars until you have 1 stitch left, knit the last stitch. (13 stitches.)

13. Purl 1 row.

14. *K2TOG*. Repeat the section inside the stars until you have 1 stitch left of your row, knit the last stitch. (7 stitches.)

15. Purl 1 row.

16. K1, *K2TOG*. Repeat the section inside the stars once more, knit 2 stitches. (5 stitches.)

17. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch yarn tail. Thread your sewing needle with the yarn tail, and insert needle and thread through each of the final 5 stitches.

18. Remove the knitting needle, and pull gently on the yarn tail to close up the nose of your mouse.

EARS

1. With a single strand of yarn and size 4 needles, cast on 7 stitches using the cable cast-on technique. (Leave an 8-inch yarn tail for sewing on the ears later.)

2. Slip the first stitch, *K1, P1*. Repeat the section inside the stars to the end of the row.

3. Repeat step 2 another 5 times.

4. Slip 1 stitch, P2TOG, K1, P2TOG, purl the last stitch. (5 stitches.)

5. Slip 1 stitch, P3TOG, purl the last stitch.

6. K3TOG. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch yarn tail.

7. Pull on the last stitch until the end pops through; you’ve now secured the last stitch.

TAIL

1. With 2 strands of yarn held together and size 8 needles, cast on 3 stitches.

2. Knit the 3 stitches, then slip them back onto the left-handle needle one by one.

3. Repeat step 2 until the tail measures 5 inches.

4. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.

5. Thread your sewing needle with the yarn tail and thread it through your last row of stitches. Remove the knitting needle and pull gently on the yarn tail to close up the point of your knitted mouse tail.

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ASSEMBLY AND FINISHING

ATTACHING THE EARS

Using the tail from your cast on, sew each ear to the body of the mouse, approximately 1 inch from the nose.

STUFFING YOUR MOUSE

With the right side of the fabric facing out, fold your body piece in half so the side edges meet. Thread your sewing needle with the tail from your cast on, and use the vertical invisible seam technique to sew the edges together.

When you’ve sewn half the seam, stuff your mouse with some toy filling or some fluffy yarn, then complete the rest of the seam.

ATTACHING THE TAIL

Thread your sewing needle with the yarn from your cast-on and sew the tail to your mouse.

FINISHING

Weave in the loose ends. Use your contrast yarn to embroider on the eyes.

+ Wool and the Gang

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One Response to “Knit Wool and the Gang’s Stuffed Mouse for National Cat Day”

  1. zyxomma says:

    Alpaca yarn for the cat? No, I’ll keep that to myself!

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