Saturday, 28 April 2012

Black Cat/Ginger Cat

Finally. I’ve finished the cat patterns. My black cat turned into a bit of a scoundrel. He has one eye and a torn ear and a glint in his eye which suggests he's up to no good. His name is Jack. His counterpart, Abi (named after my wonderful niece), is much more genteel. It’s a bit of a Lady and the Tramp affair.

Let me know if you need help or if I’ve made any mistakes.

Happy hooking!


Jack the Black Cat/Abi the Ginger Cat

Size
15cm/6in tall, 14cm/5 ½in wide

Skill Level
Moderate. This gets a moderate difficulty because of the tail. The tail requires doing a single crochet over another single crochet to make it curve– instructions and pictures are included under the tail section of the pattern.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
For Jack the Black Cat
Yarn
Black (approx. 100metres/109yards)
Pink (small amount)
White (small amount)
Grey (small amount)

White, black and grey felt

For Abi the Ginger Cat
Yarn
Orange (approx.. 100metres/109yards)
Pink (small amount)
White (small amount)
Yellow (small amount)

White, black and green felt

For both
Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Plastic pellets/dried beans and stocking
Tapestry needle
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
ch-3 sp- Chain 3 space. A gap created by chaining 3 and skipping stitches.
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring
– The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Head (in Black or Orange)

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 7: sc in each st around
Rnd 8: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around
Rnd 10: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around
Rnd 14: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 15-20: sc in each st around
Rnd 21: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 22: sc in each st around
Rnd 23: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 24: sc in each st around
Rnd 25: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 26: sc in each st around
Start stuffing.
Rnd 27: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 28: sc in each st around
Rnd 29: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 30: sc in each st around
Rnd 31: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 32: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 33: sc2tog around (6)
Close up hole and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Body (in Black or Orange)

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (54)
Rnd 10-11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 7 st, sc2tog*  around (48)
Rnd 13-15: sc in each st around
Rnd 16: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 17: sc in each st around
Rnd 18: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Tie some plastic pellets/dried beans in some stocking material and place in the bottom of the body. This will help the cat stand up.
Rnd 19: sc in each st around
Rnd 20: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 21: sc in each st around
Rnd 22: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Start stuffing and continue stuffing as you go.
Rnd 23: sc in each st around
Rnd 24: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 25-27: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to use for joining.

Ears (in Black or Orange)

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (10)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (12)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (16)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (20)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around
Fasten off, leaving a tail to use for joining. Leave unstuffed. Make one for Jack. Make two for Abi.

Torn Ear (in Black)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 3: sc in next 3 st, chain 3, skip next 3 st, sc in next 2 st (8)
Rnd 4: sc in next 3 st, 4 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (10)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (12)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (16)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (20)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around
Fasten off, leaving long tail to use for joining. Flatten the ear so that the hole appears like a tear in the edge of the ear. Thread the tail of yarn through the ear, pulling out at the top of the hole. Stitch the edges of the hole together. Thread the tail of yarn back down to the opening.




Arms (in Black or Orange)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (9)
Rnd 3-10: sc in each st around
Rnd 11: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (6)
Rnd 12: sc in each st around
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to use for joining. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Tail (in Black or Orange)
The tail is a tube 8 stitches in circumference that is curved at three points. There are several methods to curve a crocheted tube. Basically, you want to make one side of the tube higher than the other to curve it before returning to crocheting evenly. You can do this by using stitches of different height, for example, single crocheting on one side and then half-double crocheting on the other. Or you can increase on one side and decrease on the other. For me, the neatest and easiest way was to single crochet over the single crochets in the previous round on one side (this will be the side that curves in) then single crochet as normal on the other. Photos and further instructions can be found below. If you can’t be bothered doing this, you can always crochet a straight tube 8 stiches in circumference and about 18cm/7in long, stick a pipe cleaner in it, stuff it firmly and shape it as you wish.

Sc over sc
The hardest part is recognising where to put your hook. You want to place your hook under the single crochet made in the previous round. Instead of inserting your hook where the black crosses are, you insert it in the hole marked by the blue crosses, making a single crochet just as you would normally.

Let’s get started. Remember to stuff the tail as you go.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 3-4: sc in each st around
Rnd 5: sc over next 4 sc, sc in next 4 st (8)
Rnd 6: sc in each st around
Rnd 7: sc over next 4 sc, sc in next 4 st (8)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: sc over next 4 sc, sc in next 4 st (8)
Rnd 10: sc in each st around
Rnd 11: sc over next 4 sc, sc in next 4 st (8)
Rnd 12: sc in each st around
Rnd 13: sc over next 4 sc, sc in next 4 st (8)
Rnd 14: sc in each st around
Rnd 15: sc over next 4 sc, sc in next 4 st (8)
Rnd 16-23: sc in each st around
Rnd 24: sc over next 2 sc, sc in next 4 st, sc over next 2 sc (8)
Rnd 25-26: sc in each st around
Rnd 27: sc over next 2 sc, sc in next 4 st, sc over next 2 sc (8)
Rnd 28-37: sc in each st around
Rnd 38: sc over next sc, sc in next 4 st, sc over next 3 sc (8)
Rnd 39-40: sc in each st around
Rnd 41: sc over next sc, sc in next 4 st, sc over next 3 sc (8)
Rnd 42-47: sc in each st around
Fasten off, leaving a tail to use for joining. Don’t stuff all the way to the end so that the end can be easily flattened.

Abi’s collar (in Pink)
Make a foundation chain long enough to go around the cat’s neck. Starting from the second chain from the end, place a slip stitch in each chain till the end. Leave a tail of yarn to use for joining.

Abi’s Tag (in Yellow)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring
Fasten off, leaving a tail. Join it to the centre of the collar.


Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the head to the body.
It should be centred on the neck.

Join the arms to the body. They sit just below where the body starts to narrow to form the neck. 

Join the ears to the head. They sit close to the points of the head and should be slightly curved or cupped. Pin them on before joining 

Join the tail to the body. Flatten the base of the tail and join to the bottom back of the body. To help the tail stand up, put another couple of stitches between the tail and the body further up the tail.
Stitch the nose and mouth on the face. Using pink yarn stitch nose onto the face. Using white yarn stitch on a mouth.



Make and attach the eyes. Cut an almond shape from white felt for the base of the eye, an oval from black or green (depending on the cat you’re making) for the iris and little circles of white for the highlights.

Join these together with needle and thread or glue. Attach to the face. Cut a strip of black felt for the eyebrows and attach to face above the eyes. For Jack’s patch, cut an almond shape from grey felt. Attach to face then thread some grey yarn under the patch to make a strap, tying it around the head. To hold it in place, stitch the grey yarn down at the back, top and bottom of the head.
Put on Abi’s collar. Wrap the collar around the neck and join the ends together.

Now you have your cats. Don’t let them get too close to the oddball mice or you’ll end up getting haunted by a whole lot of ghost mice.


Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

Sunday, 22 April 2012

The Materialistics


I read about this group The Materialistics the other day. They are a knitting group based in South Shields, North East UK., who got together in 2009 to make this –



Amazing, isn’t it? They actually took this out onto the water! Every year they pick a new theme and create incredible pieces of craftwork which they exhibit. Here are just a few of the works their members have produced:







 You begin to question the limits of your own craft when you see things like this. Here is their website: http://www.wix.com/susan_mcbride/materialistics/home. It is definitely worth a good peruse.


Pattern update: The cat pattern is taking me a little longer than I hoped. I had a few false starts but I’m almost done now. I should have it up by the end of next week.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Ghost Mouse


It’s Friday the 13th and I suddenly had an urge to put up a spooky themed pattern. So here is the Ghost Mouse.

He was made in a bit of a hurry, so let me know if there are any mistakes or if anything is unclear. He’s a funny little thing. Without his tail, nose and ears he looks a lot like a bird, so you may see some of his parts reused for another pattern. He was going to be paired with a black cat, but unfortunately I couldn't finish the cat in time. I’ll try to finish it by the end of next week.

Have fun with this one, guys! I’m off to watch some scary movies.

Edit: I just realised this is my 13th post! How appropriate.
Edit: Added note under Terminology section that the pattern is written using US terminology.




Ghost Mouse

Size
11cm/4 1/3 in tall, 12cm/4 1/2 in wide (including arms)

Skill Level
Easy to moderate. You will need to do a half double crochet and a half double crochet 2tog for this pattern. Apart from that, it is not too complicated.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
White
Light Grey

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
White felt
Light Grey felt
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern is written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
hdc – Half double crochet. Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, pull a loop through stitch, yarn over and pull yarn through all three loops on hook.
sc – Single crochet
hdc2tog – Half double crochet two stitches together. Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, pull loop through stitch, yarn over, insert hook in next stich, pull loop through, yarn over and pull yarn through all five loops on hook.
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body or should that be Disembody (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (28)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (32)
Rnd 7: sc in each st around
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (28)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 10: sc in each st around
Rnd 11: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 12-13: sc in each st around
Rnd 14: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 15: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 18-19: sc in next 18 st, hdc in next 18 st (36)
Rnd 20: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog* three times, *hdc in next 4 st, hdc2tog* three times (30)
Rnd 21: sc in next 15 st, hdc in next 15 st (30)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 23: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 24-25: sc in each st around
Rnd 26: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 27-29: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 30: sc2tog around (6)
Close up hole and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Arms (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (6)
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (8)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (10)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (12)
Rnd 6: sc in each st around
Rnd 7: dc in next 6 st, slst in next st
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. To prepare the arms for joining to the body, weave the tail through the last three single crochets, drawing it through the fourth. This will be the top of the arm. Leave unstuffed. Make two.










Snout (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (6)
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (8)
Rnd 4: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (12)
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. The snout will need a little bit of stuffing.

Nose (in Light Grey)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: sc2tog around (4)
Fasten off, leaving a tail. The nose is going to be squashed. To do this, using a needle, thread the yarn through the nose to the top, out through the starting ring. Bring the yarn back down through the nose and pull gently to squash it. Fasten off, leaving tail to join to the snout. (For photos, refer to the nose section of the Oddball Mice pattern)

Ears (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 6: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Tail (Pink or Black)
Chain 17
Row 1: Slst in 2nd chain from the end, slst in next 16 chains.
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body.


Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the arms to the body. Attach them just below the neck.










Join the snout to the body. The bottom of the snout sits just on the neck.
Join the nose to the snout. Stitch it to the very tip of the snout.










Join the ears to the body. Ears are attached to the side of the head, a little above the neck, in line with the arms.










Join the Tail to the body. Lie the tail so that it goes up the centre of the back of the mouse. Join one end to the bottom.










Make felt eyes and join to body. Cut out two oval shapes from white felt. Attach two small circles of grey felt to the bottom of the ovals with thread or glue. Attach to the body with thread or glue.

I hope you liked that one. Have a not-too-spooky Friday the 13th.

Kim Lapsley © 2012




The Oddball Mice

Spanish version of pattern

Here is the pattern for the Oddball Mice. It's the same pattern I followed for the Tiny Mouse - my first attempt at micro-crocheting. If you have any problems, let me know.


Oddball Mice


Size
8cm/3in tall, 7cm/2 ¾ in wide

Skill Level
Easy. The single crochet and the slip stitch are the only stitches used in this pattern. There is some joining but it is pretty straightforward.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Main colour – Grey, cream or brown (57 metres/62 yards)
Nose and Tail – Pink or Black (small amount)
Eyes – White (small amount)

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Plastic pellets or dried beans and stocking (optional)
Tapestry needle
White felt
Black felt
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern is written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd - Round of a continuous spiral.
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring
– The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.





Instructions

Body (in Grey, Cream or Brown)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (30)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (36)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (42)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (48)
Rnd 9-10: sc in each sc  around
Rnd 11: *sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 12: *sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 13-14: sc in each sc  around
Rnd 15: *sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 16: *sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 17: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (28)
Can start lightly stuffing now. Plastic pellets or dried beans tied in a stocking can be placed at the bottom of the body to give it a bit of weight.
Rnd 18: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (32)
Rnd 19: *sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (36)
Rnd 20: sc in each sc around
Rnd 21: *sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog*  around (32)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog*  around (28)
Rnd 23: *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog*  around (21)
Rnd 24: *sc in next sc, sc2tog*  around (14)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 25: sc2tog  around (7)
Close up hole, fasten off and weave in ends.

Arms (in Grey, Cream or Brown)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2-6: sc in each sc around
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Snout (in Grey, Cream or Brown)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (7)
Rnd 3: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc (9)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (12)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (15)
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. The snout will need a little bit of stuffing.

Nose (in Pink or Black)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (8)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (12)
Rnd 4: *sc in next sc, sc2tog*  around (8)
Rnd 5: sc2tog around (4)
Fasten off, leaving a tail. The nose is going to be squashed. To do this, using a needle, thread the yarn through the nose to the top, out through the starting ring. Bring the yarn back down through the nose and pull gently to squash it. Fasten off, leaving tail to join to the snout.


Ears (Grey, Cream or Brown)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (30)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog*  around  (18)
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Big Eye ( in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Sl st in next sc and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next sc and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

You can now attach a small circle of black felt to each eye to make the pupils, using needle and thread or glue. They should sit off-centre, close to the edge of the eye.


Tail (Pink or Black)
Chain 21
Row 1: Slst in 2nd chain from the end, slst in next 19 sc.
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body.


Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the arms to the body. Attach them just below the neck (the narrowest part of the body).

Join the snout to the body. The bottom of the snout sits just on the neck.

Join the nose to the snout. Stitch it to the very tip of the snout.


Join the eyes to the body. The eyes sit close together just above the snout. Position the eyes so that the pupils are close together.

Join the ears to the body. Ears are attached to the side of the head, a little above the neck, in line with the arms.


Join the Tail to the body. Lie the tail so that it goes up the centre of the back of the mouse. Join one end to the bottom.



Want to try something a little more spooky? Check out the Ghost Mouse.


Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012


Saturday, 7 April 2012

More Googy-eggs

I made a few more Googy-eggs to give as Easter gifts. The blue one is a little angel egg with a halo and wings.



Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Little Mouse and Tiny Mouse


I finished my first micro-crochet project! What have I learnt? I still have a long way to go when it comes to micro-crochet. Still, it’s a thrill to have finished my first teeny-tiny guy. It will be a while before I try my next one - I need to give my eyes a break. While I was crocheting, I kept thinking I need those magnifying goggles Sigourney Weaver has in Ghostbusters II. Anyway, here is my tiny little mouse with his larger predecessor:




The pattern is a simple one. If you haven’t spotted it yet, the body and the arms are the same as the Easter Bunny’s and the eyes match the googy-eggs’. I like this pear-shaped body and I’ve made a few critters based around it. I’ll post the complete pattern for the mouse next week.

Have a great weekend everybody, and for those who celebrate, Happy Easter!
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