Catnip mouse

2mm hook Noro Sock yarn Polyester or other filling Black thread for eyes Yarn for whiskers N.B. This pattern is in BRITISH English Abbreviations. Htr Half treble ss Slip stitch dc double crochet Dec1htr: work one stitch over two from previous row, by pulling yarn through first and then second sts and then completing the htr by pulling the yarn through all the loops on the hook

Method
BODY 1. Make a ring with the yarn and work 12htr into it. (Start with 2 ch to get to the height of the first stitch). Ss to first htr to join. 2. 1htr into 1st htr, 2 htr into next st. Work in this way to end, ss to join (18 sts). Work 6 rows straight. 1

Rep. End off. EARS (make 2) Make 6 ch. Turn and work along ch as follows: Into 2nd ch work 1 dc. 1 htr into 5th ch. 22. Adding the whiskers Using a heavier yarn such as 4 ply or cotton.) Work 12 rows straight. finally adding a little polyester filling to hold the catnip in place). sew a couple of straight stitches in front of each of the ears to represent the eyes. End off. (At this stage fill the head of the mouse with polyester stuffing or other appropriate filling. (Do not fill and sew up until tail is completed). either side of the nose. 1 htr into 3rd ch. Insert the tail into the open end and pull up the yarn. to hold the whiskers in place. TAIL Make 40 ch. Make sure the whiskers are secure. Decrease as follows: Work *1 htr into 1st st. Sewing the eyes Using black embroidery thread or wool. Take a couple of sts through the tail to hold it in place before securing the yarn and cutting off the excess. leaving a length of yarn for sewing up. FINISHING Fill the body of the mouse with catnip and ram it down so that the mouse is quite firm. insert three long lengths into the nose of the mouse. Tie a knot using all three lengths.9. Work 1 row dc along the ch. 1 dc into last ch. 2 . you might like to economise by filling part of the mouse with polyester stuffing – but the cat may not like it as much! Thread the end of yarn that you have left through the final round of stitches. as shown on the picture. or your cat may swallow them! Trim to a suitable length. 1 tr into 4th ch. Ss to join (14 sts) (At this stage fill the body of the mouse with catnip. Attaching the ears Sew the ears to the body at the 9th row (where the nose enlarges into the body). If you have bought your catnip and not dried your own. End off. row 2 (27 sts). (The ends do not need sewing in as they will be inside the body of the mouse). Rep from * to end. (dec 1htr over next 2 st) 6 times. leaving a long length for sewing on.

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