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Mouse Cozy

Here's a cute cozy to dress up your computer mouse. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

Knit-O-Meter Rating: Intermediate
Materials:

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.

Completed body

Steps:

Mouse Body:
Starting at the tail, with Crystal Palace Merino Frappe and double-pointed needle, CO 3 sts. Work I-cord for 4".

Figure A

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).

Figure B

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)
BO.

To make the head, knit a triangular shape on single-pointed needles, stuff with yarn and sew up.

Mouse Head:
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)
BO.

Figure C

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!

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