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Merry Mice

Knitting
October 2009
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
65 yards (59 m)
3" circumference and 3" long (stuffing will determine circumference)

Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2009: “Little stuffed mice are quick and easy, and they make the most of 65-yard balls of brightly colored yarn meant for embellishments and small projects - or bits and pieces from your stash. Stuff with catnip, embroider as desired, and gift to your favorite feline.”

Finished Size: 3” circumference and 3” long (stuffing will determine circumference).

Yarn: Pick Up Sticks Small Balls (100% wool; 65 yd 59 m/28 g): 1 ball per mouse, plus CC colors as desired. Mice shown in: aqua, fuchsia, lime, orange, petal, periwinkle, and yellow. One ball makes several mice.

Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Size E/6 (4 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle; embroidery floss; store-bought mini pom-poms (optional for nose).

Gauge: 20 sts and 20 rows = 4” in St st.

Note: A variety of shapes and sizes may be worked by varying the stitch pattern and amount of stuffing used for mice. Instructions are given for yellow mouse worked in stockinette. Pink and aqua mice are worked in garter stitch, which may make them shorter and plumper, depending on how they are stuffed; orange mouse is worked half in reverse stockinette and half in stockinette. Lime mouse is worked as follows: 7 rows stockinette, then alternate bands of reverse stockinette and stockinette, ending with reverse stockinette.