Cute little knitted mice with a colourful Fair Isle band. A great way to use up your oddments of yarn.
PDF version here.
A Dutch translation of this pattern has kindly been made by Kim De Vry and can be downloaded from the Ravelry pattern page, here.
To make your own mice, you will need-
Oddments of double knitting weight yarn in main colour and 5 contrasting colours
A pair of 3.75 needles
k = knit
p = purl
sts = stitches
inc = increase
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
k2togtbl = knit 2 sts together through the back of the loops
Finished size – 3 inches long (excluding tail)
(Starting at tail end of mouse)
With main shade and 3.75mm needles cast on 9 sts, leaving a long end to make tail.
Row 1: k 1, inc knitwise in every st to end. (17 sts)
Row 2: p
Row 3: k 1, inc knitwise in every st to end. (33 sts)
Row 4: p
Row 5: k
Row 6: p
Row 6: p
Rows 7 – 13: work Fair Isle pattern from chart.
Row 14: p
Row 15: K2tog, k 8, k2tog, k 9, k2togtbl, k 8, k2togtbl. (29 sts)
Row 16: p
Row 17: K2tog, k 7, k2tog, k 7, k2togtbl, k 7, k2togtbl. (25 sts)
Row 18: p
Row 19: K2tog, k 6, k2tog, k 5, k2togtbl, k 6, k2togtbl. (21 sts)
Row 20: p
Row 21: K2tog, k 4, k2tog, k 5, k2togtbl, k 4, k2togtbl. (17 sts)
Row 22: p
Row 23: K2tog, k 3, k2tog, k 3, k2togtbl, k 3, k2togtbl. (13 sts)
Row 24: p
Row 25: K2tog, k 2, k2tog, k 1, k2togtbl, k 2, k2togtbl. (9 sts)
Break off yarn and thread through remaining sts and pull up tight. Fasten off.
EARS (make 2!)
With main shade and 3.75mm needles cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: inc knitwise in every st. (6 sts)
Row 2: k
Row 3: k
Row 4: k
Row 5: k2tog, k 2, k2togtbl. (4 sts)
Row 6: k2tog, k2togtbl. (2 sts)
Row 7: k2tog.
Sew up seam on body and stuff.
With the long tail from the cast on, make a twisted cord of about 5 inches in length to form the tail.