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Learn how to Crochet a Door Mouse

Updated May 7, 2024

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Crochet this super cute door mouse designed by Victoria Kairis of @smileycrochetthings with this free pattern. Whether hanging from a doorknob or nestled in a cozy corner, a cute crochet door mouse is a delightful and unique way to add a touch of handmade charm to your home decor. With its delicate crocheted features and intricate detailing, this tiny mouse is sure to capture the hearts of all who lay eyes on it.

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Crochet Door Mouse by Victoria Kairis

Materials and Tools needed

  • Yarn: Ricorumi DK (100% cotton) was used: Body colour – Ecru (054) 40m (1 ball), then only scraps are needed for the following colours: Pink (011) approx. 3m, Dark Pink – Orchid (016) approx. 5m, Blue – Light blue (033) approx. 3m, Green – Mint (041) approx. 3m, Yellow – Pastel yellow (062) approx. 3m and lastly for the wool mouse Drops Lima DK (65% wool, 35% alpaca) was used and for the acrylic mouse Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK (100% acrylic) was used.
  • Hook: 3mm (please change to suit your personal tension)
  • Darning Needle
  • Stuffing
  • Safety Eyes: 2X 9mm alternatively embroider sleepy eyes onto the mouse
  • Stitch Markers
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pattern notes

  • Written in UK terms.
  • Skill level: suitable for beginners.
  • Size: 13cm (5 inches) high by 10cm (4 inches) wide however yours may vary in size due to using different materials and personal tension.
  • Adapt your hook size to attain the correct tension, you shouldn’t have any gaps in-between your stitches so the stuffing does’t show.
  • Use a stitch marker placed in the last stitch of every round to keep track of your rounds. Alternatively you can use a small plastic safety pin or a small length of yarn placed in between stitches.
  • This pattern is copyright © 2020 Victoria Kairis
Crochet Door Mouse by Victoria Kairis

Victoria says: “This is a fantastic stash busting project as it doesn’t use much of any yarn. I have made three out of my own yarn stash; one in cotton, wool and acrylic, just to prove that it doesn’t matter what you have in your stash (or your local shop) you can still make beautiful amigurumi. The pattern is perfect for beginners to amigurumi as it is simple yet uses all of the basic amigurumi techniques, such as magic rings, working in spirals and invisible decreases.”

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what is amigurumi?

Amigurumi is a Japanese art form of creating small crocheted or knitted stuffed toys, dolls or figurines. The word “amigurumi” comes from the Japanese words “ami”, meaning crocheted or knitted, and “nuigurumi”, meaning stuffed doll. The art of making amigurumi involves using simple crochet techniques to create small and detailed shapes, which are then stuffed with fiberfill to create cute and often whimsical characters. 

Worked typically in the round and are made with a combination of basic stitches such as double crochet and slip stitch. Amigurumi has become increasingly popular in recent years, with crafters around the world sharing patterns and designs to create their own unique amigurumi creations.

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If you love amigurumi why not check out these adorable patterns available on the blog and get inspired for your next make.

terms and abbreviations

  • Stitch(es) st(s)
  • Round(s) rnd(s)
  • Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through.
  • Join yarn: put hook through the joining stitch, pull through a loop of the new yarn, make a chain stitch with both ends of the yarn then pull both the tail and the loop tight to secure the yarn, begin working with the new yarn.
  • Fasten off: chain 1, snip the yarn leaving a long tail end and pull through.
  • Slip Stitch(s): sl st: Insert hook, yarn over pull through stitch and loop on hook.
  • Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
  • Increase: 2dc: two dc in the same stitch.
  • Invisible decrease: dc2tog: Put the hook into the front loop of the first stitch, then put the hook into the front loop of the second stitch, yarn over, pull a loop through the 2 stitches, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. (Invisible decreases are optional, a regular decrease would work too).
  • Half Treble Crochet(s): htr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining three loops.
  • Treble Crochet(s): tr(s):  Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
  • Back loops: When looking at the top of a row of double crochet, usually you would put your crochet hook through 2 strands of yarn, for back loops only put the crochet hook through only the loop furthest away from you.
  • Front loops: as back loops but put your hook through the front of the two loops.
  • Join yarn: put hook through the joining stitch, pull through a loop of the new yarn, make a chain stitch with both ends of the yarn then pull both the tail and the loop tight to secure the yarn, begin working with the new yarn.
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crochet door mouse pattern

To get started, you’ll need some basic crochet skills, including how to make a magic ringdouble crochet (UK term), and increasing and decreasing stitches.

Door Mouse by Victoria Kairis
Crochet Door Mouse by Victoria Kairis

Head

The head is worked from the tip of the nose to the back of the head:

  • Rnd 1: 6dc in a magic ring
  • Rnd 2: dc into each st around (6)
  • Rnd 3: 2dc in each st around (12)
  • Rnd 4: dc into each st around (12)
  • Rnd 5: (dc, 2dc) 6 times (18)
  • Rnd 6: dc into each st around (18)
  • Rnd 7: (dc into next 2, 2dc) 6 times (24)
  • Rnd 8: dc into each st around (24)
  • Rnd 9: (dc into next 3, 2dc) 6 times (30)
  • Rnd 10: (dc into next 4, 2dc) 6 times (36)
  • Rnd 11: (dc into next 5, 2dc) 6 times (42)
  • Rnds 12-13: dc into each st around (42 sts, 3 rnds)
  • Rnd 14: (dc into next 5, dc2tog) 6 times (36)
  • Rnd 15: (dc into next 4, dc2tog) 6 times (30)
  • Rnd 16: (dc into next 3, dc2tog) 6 times (24)
  • Rnd 17: (dc into next 2, dc2tog) 6 times (18) Attach in the saftey eyes (if using) and then stuff the head after this round before the opening gets too small.
  • Rnd 18: (dc,dc2tog) 6 times (12)
  • Rnd 19: dc2tog 6 times (6)fasten off
  • Gather the stitches from the last round together by sewing through the front loops of each of the 6 stitches and then pulling the ring closed.

Body

Crochet Door Mouse by Victoria Kairis

The body is worked from the bottom up:

  • Rnd 1: 6dc in a magic ring
  • Rnd 2: 2dc in each st around (12)
  • Rnd 3: (dc, 2dc) 6 times (18)
  • Rnd 4: (dc into next 2, 2dc) 6 times(24)
  • Rnd 5: (dc into next 3, 2dc) 6 times (30)
  • Rnd 6: (dc into next 4, 2dc) 6 times (36)
  • Rnds 7-9: dc into each st around (36 sts, 4 rnds)
  • Rnd 10: (dc into next 4, dc2tog) 6 times (30)
  • Rnds 11-13: dc into each st around (30 sts, 3 rnds)
  • Rnd 14: (dc into next 3, dc2tog) 6 times (24)
  • Rnds 15-16: dc into each st around (24 sts, 2 rnds)
  • Rnds 17: (dc into next 2, dc2tog) 6 times (18)
  • Rnds 18: dc into each st around (18)
  • Rnds 19: (dc into next 4,dc2tog) 3 times, ss into first st (15) fasten off leaving a long tail.

Sew the head onto the body with the face pointing down a little use the photos for reference.

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Ears (in body colour, make 2)

  • Rnd 1: 6dc in a magic ring
  • Rnd 2: 2dc 6 times (12)
  • Rnd 3: (dc, 2dc) 6 times (18)
  • Rnd 4: dc into each st around (18)
  • Rnd 5: (dc into next 2, 2dc) 6 times (24)
  • Rnd 6: dc into each st around (24)
  • Rnd 7: (dc into next 2, dc2tog) 6 times (18)
  • Rnd 8: (dc, dc2tog) 6 times, ss into first st (12) fasten off.
  • Flatten each ear, curve it into a wide U shape and then sew to the head.

Nose (colour: pink)

  • Rnd 1: 3dc in a magic ring
  • Rnd 2: 2dc 3 times, ss into first st (6) fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing to face.
  • Sew the nose onto the front of the mouse’s face.

flowers and finishing touches

Daffodil

Daffodil: colour yellow

  • Rnd 1: 5dc in a magic ring
  • Rnd 2: In back loops only (ch1, htr, tr, htr, ch1, ss) all in the same st, repeat brackets a further 4 times (5 petals) fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the flower to the mouse.
  • Join to the front loops left behind in the last round. The front loops can be a little tricky to get your hook into, I use a sewing needle to lift each loop before putting my hook in.
  • Rnd 1: dc into each st around (5)
  • Rnd 2: (ss into next st, ch2) 5 times, ss into the first st (5) fasten off and weave in the end.
Blossom & Leaf

Blossom: in colours dark and light pink

  • Rnd 1: 5dc in a magic ring, ss into the first st, fasten off.
  • Rnd 2: Join pink to the back loops of the previous rnd, (ch1, 2htr, ch1, ss) all in the same stitch, repeat brackets a further 4 times (5 petals) fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the flower to the mouse. Sew the end through the first stitch to join the petals. Weave in any other ends.

Leaf: colour – green

  • Ch6
  • Rnd 1: Begin working in the 3rd ch on hook, 2htr, 2htr in next st, dc, (dc, ch2, ss into the 2nd ch from the hook, dc) in the same stitch, turn to work in the underside of the starting ch, dc, 2htr, 2htr into next st, ss into the first st (12) fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the leaf to the mouse.
  • Arrange the flowers on the top of the head, I like to push a pin through them to see how it looks, and then sew the flowers in place. Make as many or as few flowers as you like.
Forget-Me-Not

Forget-me-not: colour – blue

  • Make a magic ring, (ch2, tr, ch2, ss) 5 times into the magic ring, close the ring (5 petals) fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the flower to the mouse.
Bow, Band and Hanging Loop

Band and bow: colour – dark pink

  • Ch25
  • Row 1: Beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, dc into each st (24) fasten off leaving a long tail.
  • Wrap the band around the mouse’s neck and sew the ends together to form a loop and then weave in the ends.

Bow: colour – dark pink

  • Ch3
  • Row 1: Begin in the 1st ch (3rd ch from hook), (5tr, ch2, ss, ch2, 5tr, ch2, ss) all in the same st, fasten off leaving a very long tail.
  • Wrap the tail around the middle of the bow several times and knot at the back to secure. Sew the bow to the join of the band and then weave in the ends.

Hanging loop: colour – dark pink

  • Ch38
  • Pull the starting tail through a stitch in the top of the head, ss into the first ch, fasten off. Then pull the loop round until the knot is pulled into the head. Lastly, sew the ends into the head to finish and there you have your adorable crochet door mouse! Please make sure you tag and credit the designer if you make this free pattern!

I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

sarah-jayne
 
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