MOUSE knitting pattern FREE

This knit mouse is a FAST knitting project! Add some knitted clothes for him for a completed look! The free patterns for his outfits are also linked below.

white knit mouse on slab of wood

Make your own darling knit mouse! This mouse knitting pattern is free to use, and a simple project to work up in an afternoon!

This a great project that can use just random oddments of yarn you have lying around in your stash.

A sweet little friend, and some clothes for him are also linked below! (also free!)

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Supplies Needed for Knit Mouse:

Stitches Used for Knit Mouse:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • KFB (knit front and back)
  • SSK (slip slip knit)
  • K2TOG (knit two together)
  • K3TOG (knit three together)

Note: Although I used what is technically bulky yarn, I feel that the “bulky” Wonderfluff yarn I used should really be classified more as a worsted weight yarn. In other words — if all you have is worsted weight yarn in your stash, double check your gauge, but it should all turn out just fine.

Gauge: 7 stitches wide by 7 stitches tall makes one square inch (1″).

Step 1: Knitting the Mouse BODY

With 3.5 mm circular needles and bulky weight yarn, cast on 21 stitches. Slip to join (20 stitches total), and distribute stitches evenly onto both needles (10 stitches on each needle).

Place marker, and move marker with each new row.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: K1, KFB, Knit to last 2 stitches on first needle, KFB, K1. Repeat for second needle (24 stitches total)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: K1, KFB, Knit to last 2 stitches on first needle, KFB, K1. Repeat for second needle (28 stitches total)

Round 5: Knit

Round 6: Knit

Round 7: Knit

Round 8: Knit

Round 9: Knit

Round 10: Knit

Round 11: Knit

Round 12: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches on first needle, K2TOG, K1. Repeat for second needle. (24 stitches total)

Round 13: Knit

Round 14: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches on first needle, K2TOG, K1. Repeat for second needle. (20 stitches total)

Round 15: Knit

Round 16: Knit

Round 17: Knit

Round 18: Knit

Round 19: Knit

Round 20: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches on first needle, K2TOG, K1. Repeat for second needle. (16 stitches total)

Round 21: Knit

Round 22: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches on first needle, K2TOG, K1. Repeat for second needle. (12 stitches total)

Round 23: Knit

Round 24: K1, SSK, K2TOG, K1. Repeat for second needle. (8 stitches total)

Round 25: (K2TOG) four times. (4 stitches total)

Round 26: (K2TOG) twice. (2 stitches total)

Round 27: Move stitches to one needle, K2TOG. Break yarn, secure, and weave in ends.

Assembly: Fill with wool, sew closed the bottom of the body using tapestry needle and matching yarn. Weave in ends.

Step 2: Knitting the Mouse HEAD

Next, we will knit the mouse’s head.

Using the same size circular needles and yarn (3.5mm and bulky), cast on 13 stitches, and slip to join (12 stitches total on needles). Distribute evenly onto your needles (6 stitches on each needle).

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: K1, KFB, Knit to last 2 stitches on first needle, KFB, K1. Repeat for second needle. (16 stitches total)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: K1, KFB, Knit to last 2 stitches on first needle, KFB, K1. Repeat for second needle. (20 stitches total)

Round 5: Knit

Round 6: Knit

Round 7: Knit

Round 8: Knit

Round 9: Knit

Round 10: K1, SSK, Knit to last 2 stitches on first needle, K2TOG, K1. Repeat for second needle. (16 stitches total)

Round 11: Knit

Round 12: K1, SSK, Knit to last 2 stitches on first needle, K2TOG, K1. Repeat for second needle. (12 stitches total)

Round 13: Knit

Round 14: K1, SSK, K2TOG, K1. Repeat for second needle. (8 stitches total)

Round 15: Knit

Round 16: SSK, K2TOG. Repeat for second needle. (4 stitches total)

Round 17: Knit

Round 18: K2TOG, K2TOG. (2 stitches total)

Round 19: Move stitches onto one needle, K2TOG. Break yarn, secure, and weave in ends.

Assembly: Stuff head with wool. Sew closed using tapestry needle and matching yarn. Weave in ends.

Step 3: Knitting the Mouse EARS

For the ears, you will switch over to straight needles!

With 3.5mm straight needles and bulky yarn, cast on 5 stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: SSK, K1, K2TOG (3 stitches total)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K3TOG

Break yarn and secure.

Assembly: Sew to top of head, then weave in ends. Now that the ears are attached to the head, this is an excellent time to embroider little eyes (I used a french knot) and nose on your mouse!

Step 4: Knitting the mouse ARMS

Now we will work on the arms. You will notice that the legs and tail are made up the same way, just with different lengths.

Using circular needles (3.5mm) and bulky yarn, cast on 5 stitches, and slip to join (4 stitches total on needles).

Rounds 1 – 12: stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next).

Round 13: K2TOG, K2TOG (2 stitches total)

Round 14: Slip all stitches to one needle. K2TOG. Break yarn, secure ends.

Step 5: Knitting the Mouse LEGS

Using circular needles (3.5mm) and bulky yarn, cast on 5 stitches, and slip to join (4 stitches total on needles).

Rounds 1 – 21: Stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next).

Round 22: K2TOG, K2TOG (2 stitches total)

Round 23: Slip all stitches to one needle. K2TOG. Break yarn, secure ends.

Step 6: Knitting the mouse TAIL

Now we’re onto the tail!

Using circular needles (3.5mm) and bulky yarn, cast on 5 stitches, and slip to join (4 stitches total on needles).

Rounds 1 – 28: Stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next).

Round 29: K2TOG, K2TOG (2 stitches total)

Round 30: Slip all stitches to one needle. K2TOG. Break yarn, secure ends.

Assembly

Now that you have completed knitting all of your pieces, it’s time to assemble your mouse!

If you haven’t already, stuff your head and body with wool and sew them closed, using a tapestry needle and matching yarn.

With your head facing nose OUT, sew the head to the top of the body. (The bottom of the body should be wider at the bottom)

Attach your arms, legs, tail, and ears. Secure tightly, and leave a long tail of yarn. Weave those long tails of yarn deeply into the body.

Using scrap yarn or embroidery floss, make a little nose and two little eyes. Again, weave your ends into the body so that they are unnoticed.

Ready to Dress your Mouse?

Ready to knit some clothes for your little knitted mouse?

Check out my free patterns below!

Mouse Overalls and Hat

Cozy Mouse Sweater

Other Free Knitting Patterns

If you love knitting as much as I do, you might be interested in some of my other designs linked below.

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and have a lovely day knitting!!

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