Happy World Animal Day! My poor kitty cats have to spend the day alone as I’m currently away on holiday (no worries, somebody is looking after them while we’re gone!) So to give them some feeling of festivity, I made a couple of small mice for them to play with.
Scheepjes Sunkissed (100% cotton), scrap amounts of:
- 001 Rock Pool
- 018 Beach Hut Blue
You also need some stuffing. I stuffed mine with polyfill but if your cats are complete destroyers, use something natural like hay.
3.5mm crochet hook (US size E/4)
The mini mice are approx 5cm (2in) in length.
Cat toy crochet pattern
Make a magic loop.
Round 1 6sc in magic loop. [6 sc]
Round 2 2sc in each sc. [12 sc]
Round 3 (2sc in same sc, 1sc) 6 times. [18 sc]
Round 4 (2sc in same sc, 2sc) 6 times. [24 sc]
Rounds 5-9 24sc. 
Round 10 (sc2tog, 2sc) 6 times. [18 sc]
Rounds 11-13 18sc [18 sc]
Round 14 (sc2tog, 1sc) 6 times. [12 sc]
Rounds 15-16 12sc. [12 sc]
Now insert the filling in the mice. Stuff it until you think it won’t fit anymore and then stuff some more!
Round 17 6sc2tog [ 6 sc]
Fasten off. Weave the end through last round a couple of times. It will make it a little bit pointy, giving the mice a real ‘nose’.
Ear (make 2)
Make a magic loop.
Row 1 (RS) 4sc in magic loop, ch1, turn. [4 sc]
Row 2 (WS) 2sc in each sc, ch1, turn [8 sc]
Row 3 1ss in each sc. [8 sc]
Sew the ears to the body, approx. where R15 is. If you sew the ends of the ears a little bit closer together the ear will take a concave shape like in the picture.
Cut a piece of yarn of approximately 40cm (10in). Thread a needle and sew it through the magic loop with which you started the body. Then start knotting the yarn over and over again. Snip off the tiny ends. If you feel fancy, make a couple of tails in rainbow colours!
And to prove cats really love our handiwork: this happened about 3 seconds after Tiny Cat spotted the mouse. It was never seen again.