How to Make Cat Toys (Free Knitting Pattern)

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This free catnip mouse knitting pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand. Once you've learned how to make cat toys, entertain your cat with this easy cat toy catnip mouse that's great for beginning knitters. For a mouse-like feel, try this free pattern with Lion Brand Fun Fur yarn.
SIZE: One Size 5 inches [approximately 10 cm] exclusive of tail
NOTE: This toy is designed for you and your kitty to enjoy together. If you plan to allow your cat to play with this toy unsupervised, you should leave the tail and eyes off so you can be sure that it does not get eaten. Yarn is not good for a cat's tummy!
k= knit
RS= right side
st st= stockinette stitch
WS= wrong side
st(s)= stitch(es)

Source: Free Patterns: Lion Brand Yarn Company

Step 1

24 stitches x 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Step 2

Make 2 -- one in pink and one in grey
Cast on 20 stitches.
Work 20 rows in Garter stitch (all knit). The piece will be square.
Bind off all stitches. Leave a trailing end of about 4 inches of yarn when cutting the extra yarn

Step 3

Fold square in half and stitch as shown. Tie the yarn 'tail' onto the trailing end of the yarn. Knot it well -- your cat will be pulling on it and the knot needs to be strong!

Step 4

Turn the fabric and open it -- it will be a cone. Put the catnip into it and pack it down.

Step 5

Fold down the flap at the top of the cone, tucking the ends of the yarn inside the mouse and leaving the tail hanging out. Sew the open edges closed.

Step 6

To put eyes on the mouse, pull the crochet hook all the way through the mouse's 'head' and use it to pull the black and white yarn through together. Tie it off securely on one end (use several knots). Pull it tight and tie off on the other end (use several knots). Trim closely.
For extra fun, tie a tuft of fun fur at the end of the mouse's tail.

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