Cats are a pretty big deal in our house. My daughter loves cats. She LOVES them. She pretends to be them. She even has a pretend cat name (it's Mittens).
We have a real cat living in our house with us, his name is Butter. He loves those jingle ball cat toys. He LOVES them. So I thought I would try crocheting a mouse shape right around the jingle ball. Unfortunately, he hasn't had much of a chance to play with them yet because "Mittens" keeps taking them. If your cat prefers catnip, you could also stuff these toys with stuffing and catnip instead!
Aren't these mice just adorable? They would be perfect for your cat, pretend or otherwise, and would make the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life! These are so quick to make, you could even whip a couple up for Mother's Day tomorrow.
Crocheted Cat Toy: Jingle Ball Mouse Pattern
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
dec = decrease
Hook: Size 3.5 mm
Yarn: Medium 4
I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Dark Grey Mix and Light Grey Marl for the bodies of the mice.
Round 1: Sc 2, 6 sc into second chain from hook. Or, make a magic ring and sc 6. Join with a slip stitch.
Round 2: 2 sc around (12)
Round 3: sc, 2 sc in next st around (18)
Round 4-9: sc around (18). At this point, flip it inside out so that the right side is facing out. This will put the yarn tail inside. Thread the yarn tail onto a yarn needle and pull through the middle of the first round and out to the other side. It will be used to make the mouse tail later on. Put the jingle ball toy inside and start crocheting around it.
Round 10: (sc in next st, dec) three times, sc around (15)
Round 11: sc, dec, dec, sc around (13)
Round 12: (sc in next st, dec) around ending in single sc (9). Put a small amount of stuffing in before the next round.
Round 13: (sc in next st, dec) around (6). Fasten off. Weave yarn through remaining stitches with a yarn needle and pull tight to close the hole. Pull yarn through centre of the hole with a yarn needle and out the side of the mouse, cut yarn.
Ears: Join yarn to side and Chain 4. slip stitch in same stitch as join. Fasten off. Pull yarn through with a yarn needle and cut.
Nose and eyes: Using a yarn needle, sew thread onto mouse by wrapping around a stitch a couple times and secure with a knot. pull yarn through with a yarn needle and cut.
Tail: Cut a 15 inch section of yarn in the same colour as the body. Using a yarn needle, thread it halfway through the starting round with the yarn tail. Now you will have three strands of yarn to work with. All you have to do is braid the three strands together to the desired length of your mouse tail, knot, and cut.