Here's a cute cozy to dress up your computer mouse. Follow these step-by-step instructions.
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Knit-O-Meter Rating: Intermediate
Crystal Palace Merino Frappe (004 Charcoal, 50g ball) (or substitute Crystal Palace Merino Frappe [012 New Latte or 001 Froth])
Crystal Palace Deco-Ribbon (321 Black, 2 yards)
Crystal Palace Fizz (7300 White, 1 yard)
9" single-point bamboo needles, size 9
8" double-point bamboo needles, size 9
blunt yarn needle
*Remember, many yarns are seasonal and could be discontinued. If the specific yarn called for is not available, purchase a substitution yarn that comes closest to the specified gauge in your pattern. And be sure to make that all-important swatch to see if the yarn works for your particular pattern.
Starting at the tail, with Crystal Palace Merino Frappe and double-pointed needle, CO 3 sts. Work I-cord for 4".
CO 5 sts either side of the tail:
Row 1: K3, CO 5. (8 sts).
Row 2: p8, CO 5. (13 sts).
Work in St st for 2 rows.
Inc either side of center st on R side rows until you have 21 sts:
Row 5: k5, inc 1 (knit into the front of the loop and then into the back of the loop, making two stitches out of one), k1, inc 1, k5 (15 sts).
Work 10 rows or until piece measures 4" from beg of body (not including the tail).
Dec each side of center st on R side rows 2 times as follows:
Row 1: k8, k2 tog tbl, k1, k2 tog, k8. (19 sts)
Row 2: k7, k2 tog tbl, k1, k2 tog, k7. (17 sts)
Then dec at edges also:
Row 3: k2, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog tbl, k1, k2 tog, K2, k2 tog, k2. (13 sts)
Row 4: k2, k2 tog tbl, k2tog tbl, k1, k2 tog, k2 tog, k1. (9 sts)
To make the head, knit a triangular shape on single-pointed needles, stuff with yarn and sew up.
Using Crystal Palace Merino Frappe, CO 33 sts.
Row 1: K
Row 2: P
Row 3: k9, k2 tog tbl, k11, k2 tog, k9. (31 sts)
Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: P
Row 5: k8, k2 tog tbl, k11, k2 tog, k8. (29 sts)
Row 7: k7, k2 tog tbl, k11, k2 tog, k7. (27 sts)
Row 9: k6, k2 tog tbl, k11, k2 tog, k6. (25 sts)
Row 11: k5, k2 tog tbl, k11, k2 tog, k5. (23 sts)
Then dec at edges also:
Row 13: k4, k2 tog tbl, k3, k2 tog tbl, k1, k2 tog, k3, k2 tog, k4. (19 sts)
Row 15: k3, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog tbl, k1, k2 tog, k2, k2 tog, k3. (15 sts)
Row 17: k2, k2 tog tbl, k1, k2 tog tbl, k1, k2 tog, k1, k2 tog, k2. (11 sts)
Shaping the Head:
1. Roll the triangle into an ice-cream-cone shape and sew the long edges together. This seam is under the chin of your mouse head. Stuff a small ball of yarns into the nose, making a round snout. Stuff a larger ball of yarn to fill out the skull. Sew the center 5 or 6 sts from the top of the head to the bottom of the head. Let the corner sts curl out into ears. Sew a pinch into the ears and anchor into place. Massage the head into the shape you like.
2. Sew a black nose out of scrap yarn (I used Crystal Palace Deco-Ribbon color 321 solid black) close to the tip of the cone. If you're making the white mouse, I would consider making the nose and eyes pink. Sew big black eyes two-thirds of the way down the face, close to the nose. Learn from Japanese animation here folks: big head + big eyes + little nose = cute. So make the nose little and the eyes big and you're set. Add whiskers using Crystal Palace Fizz by making 2 or 3 strands of fringe on either side of the nose. I didn't even knot mine; just drew it through and trimmed it. Sew the head to the body. Voila!