Cat and Mouse Party Favors

Crochet little orange cat and white cat and grey mouse
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You may have noticed by now that I seem to design a lot of cat-themed things. There are a couple of reasons for that. One, cats are adorable. Two, boy 2 is OBSESSED! He has even decided that his name should be ‘Meow-Meow’. It’s crazy! Lol! I love it though. 

His birthday was at the beginning of May and I was trying to think of something to send with him as party favors for his class. Of course, I think I have to make something! Since Owen’s favorite things are cats, it seemed obvious that it should be a cat! Well, with 22 kids in the class I was definitely not going to take the time to make the Kitty Plush that I had already designed. I wanted something small and quick but still cute. Going off of a couple other ideas I came up with this little kitty. Owen snatched the first couple up quickly and was supremely excited with each and every one that I finished.

I waited until the week of his birthday to even begin this project so it’s no surprise that I ended up staying up much too late the night before finishing up. After the first 6 or 8 I realized that the time consuming part was sewing on the ears and tail. After a little experimenting I was able to crochet the ears and tail at the same time as the body meaning NO SEWING!! YAYAYAYAY!! It makes these little guys work up sooo quickly! I made them in all kinds of colors and he said that the kids in the class loved them! (I even heard from another mom that her daughter kept hers in the car so she could play with it.) 

I’ve written up the pattern 2 ways. With the ears and tail made separately and sewn on and the NO SEW way. Try them both if you’d like and see which works better for you. Sewing on the pieces does give you a little more control over placement and such so it’s up to you.

The little Mouse addition came after the initial influx of Cats! I was looking at one of the Cats that Owen had claimed and realized that it would be pretty simple to modify to make a little Mouse buddy. Unfortunately, Mouse does not have a NO SEW version but his ears are pretty darn cute as is. 

I’m pairing the patterns together because I think they would be great party favors for a cat-loving kid or just to have around. I actually think they’d make pretty good cat toys as well! 

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Cat and Mouse Party Favors

Supplies Needed:

Big Twist Value Yarn, Medium Worsted Weight 4 (100% Acrylic, 371 yds, 6 oz) Any color, 1 skein

G/6 4.25mm Hook

Crochet thread or embroidery floss- for the whiskers

Polyfil

Needle for sewing in ends

Stitches/Terms Used:

Ch- Chain

Sl st- Slip Stitch

SC- Single Crochet

HDC- Half Double Crochet

2SC- Single Crochet increase, 2 SC in same stitch to increase

Bobble- *Yarn Over (YO), Insert hook into stitch, YO, Pull through, YO, Pull through 2 loops* Repeat from * to * until you have 5 loops on your hook. YO and Pull through all loops.

DEC- Single Crochet Decrease, Using the Invisible Decrease method- insert hook up through front loops of next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull through front loops, yarn over, pull through to finish decrease

Cat Favor

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Body

Worked in joined rounds. Each round begins with a Ch 1 and ends with a sl st to the first stitch of the round. Ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a loop) SC 6. (6)

2) 2SC in each around. (12)

3) *SC in next, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. (18)

4) SC in each around. (18)

5) SC in next, Bobble, SC in next 14, Bobble, SC in last. (16 SC, 2 Bobbles)

6-9) SC in each around. (18)

10) SC in next 2, Bobble, SC in next 14, Bobble in last. (16 SC, 2 Bobbles)

11) SC in each around. (18)

12) *SC in next, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (12)

13) SC in each around. (12)

Stuff

14) DEC around. (6)

Finish off.

Ears

(Make 2)

Ch 3

1) Starting in 2nd from hook, SC 2. Ch 1, turn. (2)

2) DEC across. Ch 1, turn. (1)

3) SC. (1) 

Finish off. Leave tail for sewing.

Tail

Ch 10, starting in 2nd from hook, sl st 9. Finish off. Leave tail for sewing.

Assembly

Sew ears on between Rounds 4 and 5, evenly spaced. I use T-pins to place them before sewing to make sure they look good and centered. 

Sew the tail on the backside, just above the last round.

Use Crochet thread or embroidery floss and a needle to stitch on Whiskers how and where you choose. I made some with 2 or 3 whiskers on either side of the nose.

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Rainbow Cats!!!

Cat Favor NO SEW!!!

Worked in joined rounds. Each round begins with a Ch 1 and ends with a sl st to the first stitch of the round. Ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a loop) SC 6. (6)

2) 2SC in each around. (12)

3) *SC in next, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. (18)

4) SC in each around. (18)

5) SC, Bobble, SC in next 5, Ch 3, in 2nd from hook sl st, then SC in next chain, going back to the round, skip next stitch-SC in next 2, Ch 3, in 2nd from hook sl st, then SC in next chain, going back to the round, skip next stitch-SC in next 5, Bobble, SC in last. (16 SC, 2 Bobbles, Ears x 2-sl st, SC)

6) SC in next 7, HDC into the skipped stitch of Round 5 under the ear, SC in next 2, HDC into the skipped stitch of Round 5 under the ear, SC in remaining 7. (16 SC, 2HDC)

7-9) SC in each around. (18)

10) SC in next 2, Bobble, SC in next 14, Bobble in last. (16 SC, 2 Bobbles)

11) SC in each around. (18)

12) *SC in next, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (12)

13) SC in each around. (12)

Stuff

14) DEC 4 times, Ch 10, in 2nd from hook- ss 9 down chain, DEC 2 times. (6 SC, 9 SS)

Finish off. Leave tail to sew hole shut.

Details

Use Crochet thread or embroidery floss and a needle to stitch on Whiskers how and where you choose. I made some with 2 or 3 whiskers on either side of the nose.

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The boys had to get pictures of them holding all of the cats!

Mouse Favor

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Body

Worked in joined rounds. Each round begins with a Ch 1 and ends with a sl st to the first stitch of the round. Ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.

1)  Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a loop) SC 6. (6)

2) SC in each around (6)

3) 2SC in each around (12)

4) *SC in next, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. (18)

5) SC in each around. (18)

6) SC, Bobble, SC in next 14, Bobble, SC in last. (16 SC, 2 Bobbles)

7-10) SC in each around. (18)

11) SC in next 2, Bobble, SC in next 14, Bobble in last. (16 SC, 2 Bobbles)

12) SC in each around. (18)

13) *SC in next, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (12)

14) SC in each around. (12)

Stuff

15) DEC around. (6)

Finish off.

Ears

(Make 2)

Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a loop) SC, DC 4, SC. Do NOT join. Pull ring closed. Leave tail for sewing.

Tail

Tightly chain 12 (pull each chain tight as you go). Finish off. Leave one long end for sewing, knot off and cut the other end.

Assembly

Sew ears on between Rounds 5 and 6, evenly spaced. I use T-pins to place them before sewing to make sure they look good and centered. 

Sew the tail on the backside, just under the last round.

Use Crochet thread or embroidery floss and a needle to stitch on whiskers how and where you choose. I made some with 2 or 3 whiskers on either side of the nose.

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