Tiny Christmas Mouse Ornament

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse...  Add this tiny Christmas mouse to your tree this year!  It only takes minutes to crochet.  Our mouse is white but you could make a pink or grey mouse, too.  It would be just as cute!  You can also make the mouse bigger by using yarn and a larger hook.

You will need:

White cotton thread

A size 1.75 mm crochet hook

A small amount of red thread or ribbon

A small amount of blue embroidery thread

A needle

Step 1.  Make the mouse's head.

Chain 6.  Join.

Chain 1.  Make 8 single crochets into the loop.  Join with a slip stitch.

Chain 1.  (Counts as first stitch.)  Work two single crochets into each stitch around.  Join.

Step 2.  Add ears to the mouse.

*Chain 4.  Work two treble crochets in the next stitch.  Make one treble crochet in the next stitch.  Chain 4.  Slip sitch in the same stitch.^ (One ear is finished).  Slip stitch in the next stitch.  Repeat from the * to the ^ to make the other ear.

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Step 3.  Make the mouse's body.

Slip stitch in the next three stitches.  Chain 4.  Work a treble crochet in the same stitch.  Work two treble crochets in the next stitch.  Chain 4.  Slip stitch in the next stitch.

Step 4.  Give your little mouse a tail.

Chain 1.  Turn.  Working up the side of chain 4, work a single crochet in each stitch and then over the treble crochets.  When you get to the last treble crochet, chain 7.  Turn and slip stitch in each of the chains.  (This will make the tail)  Then single crochet down the first chain you made.  Tie off.

 Step 5.  Finish the ornament.

Use the needle and blue embroidery thread and stitch two eyes on the mouse.  Tie a bow around the mouse's neck with the ribbon.  Add a small loop of thread so you can hang your mouse on your tree.

The poem "The Night Before Christmas" was published in 1823 and is one of the best known poems in American literature.  It made quiet mice and dancing sugar plums famous, and is even credited with solidifying in the public imagination the idea of Santa flying a sleigh and sliding down the chimney.  Prior to that, there were many versions of the "St. Nick" legend.  In some of them he was quite slim, didn't have reindeer, and wasn't very jolly. 


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