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Henry and Henrietta

by Rebecca Danger

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» photos: Brandy Fortune
Intermediate

Henry and Henrietta absolutely adore each other. Have you ever met a couple that has been together since middle school or high school, and they just “click” unlike anyone else you know?

Henry and Henrietta are that couple. They met the first day of 6th grade and have been absolutely inseparable since. Not only do they adore each other, they are a couple of the warmest and nicest creatures you have ever met, befriending every one they come in contact with. If Henry and Henrietta are not hugging each other, they are hugging one of their many, many friends.


Finished Measurements

One size. Mice measure 12 inches from head to toe when finished.

Materials

Malabrigo Sock [100% Superwash Merino Wool; 440 yards / 400 meters per 3.5 ounce / 100 gram hank];

802 Terracota (MC); 1 hank
803 Ochre (CC); 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes

US #1/2.25 mm dpns (set of 4 or 5)

Notions

9mm black safety eyes - 2
Scrap black yarn for belly buttons and noses
Stuffing
Stitch markers
Row counter (optional)
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Straight pins (to help attach parts evenly)
Small bits of colorful felt for flowers (optional)
Fabric glue for attaching flowers (optional: Unique Stitch® recommended)

Gauge

28 sts and 40 rows = 4 inches in St st on US Size 1 needles

Pattern Notes

You will knit through the pattern twice, once in your MC and once in your CC to create the pair of mice.
This pattern can easily be knit on other needle/yarn combinations. Simply use needles 2-3 sizes smaller than those recommended for your yarn to make a tight knit fabric that your stuffing doesn’t show through. Yardage will vary depending on needles used, more yardage for larger needles, less yardage for smaller needles.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round on dpns, basic increases, basic decreases, I-cord, picking up stitches

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Body

Using dpns, cast on 6 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.
Round 1: Kfb in each st around: 12 sts.
Round 2: Kfb in each st around: 24 sts.
Round 3: Knit around.
Round 4: (Kfb, k1) around: 36 sts.
Round 5: Knit around.
Round 6: (Kfb, k1) around: 54 sts.
Rounds 7-30: Knit around.
Round 31: (K2tog, k23, k2tog) twice: 50 sts.
Rounds 32 and 33: Knit around.
Round 34: (K2tog, k21, k2tog) twice: 46 sts.
Rounds 35 and 36: Knit around.
Round 37: (K2tog, k19, k2tog) twice: 42 sts.
Rounds 38 and 39: Knit around.
Round 40: (K2tog, k17, k2tog) twice: 38 sts.
Rounds 41 and 42: Knit around.
Round 43: (K2tog, k15, k2tog) twice: 34 sts.
Round 44: Knit around.
Round 45: (K2tog, k13, k2tog) twice: 30 sts.
Round 46: Knit around.
Round 47: (K2tog, k11, k2tog) twice: 26 sts.
Round 48: Knit around.
Round 49: (K2tog, k9, k2tog) twice: 22 sts.
Round 50: Knit around.
Round 51: (K2tog, k7, k2tog) twice: 18 sts.
Round 52: Knit around.
Round 53: (K2tog, k5, k2tog) twice: 14 sts.
Rounds 54-56: Knit around.
Stop and stuff the body and add the belly button now.
Round 57: (Kfb, k1) around: 21 sts.
Round 58: Knit around.
Round 59: (Kfb, k2) around: 28 sts.
Round 60: Knit around.
Round 61: (Kfb, k3) around: 35 sts.
Round 62: Knit around.
Round 63: (Kfb, k6) around: 40 sts.
Rounds 64-80: Knit around.
Round 81: (K2tog, k3) around: 32 sts.
Round 82: Knit around.
Round 83: (K2tog, k2) around: 24 sts.
Round 84: Knit around.
Round 85: K2tog around: 12 sts.
Stuff the rest of the body and the head and add the safety eyes now; cut yarn. Using a tapestry needle, weave end through the remaining sts to close up the head.

Ears (Make 2)

Using dpns, cast on 16 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.
Round 1: Knit around.
Round 2: (KFB, k6, kfb) twice: 20 sts.
Round 3: (KFB, k8, kfb) twice: 24 sts.
Rounds 4-15: Knit around.
Round 16: K2tog around: 12 sts.
Round 17: K2tog around: 6 sts.
Using a tapestry needle, weave end through the remaining sts to close up the ear.

Detail

Arms (Make 2)

Using dpns, cast on 10 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.
Rounds 1-70: Knit around.
Round 71: (Kfb, kfb, k1, kfb, kfb) twice: 18 sts.
Rounds 72-82: Knit around.
Round 83: K2tog around: 9 sts.
Stuff just the hand part of your arm now. Cut yarn; using a tapestry needle, weave end through the remaining sts to close up the arm.

Legs (Make 2)

Using dpns, cast on 12 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.
Rounds 1-40: Knit around.

Heel

Divide your sts so that the first 6 sts of the round are on one needle the last 6 sts of the round are on a second needle. Working only the last 6 sts of the round:
Row 1: Sl1 pwise, p5, turn.
Row 2: Sl1 kwise, k5, turn.
Rows 3-9: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 3 times, then repeat Row 1 once more. (End by working a purl row.)

Detail

Foot

Round 1: PM, this will become your new beginning of the round. Knit across the heel stitches once more. With second dpn, pick up 5 sts from the left side of the heel flap, with the same needle k3 of the held instep stitches, with third dpn knit remaining 3 instep sts and pick up 5 sts from the right side of the heel flap: 22 sts.
Round 2: K9, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k3: 20 sts.
Round 3: Knit around.
Round 4: K8, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k2: 18 sts.
Rounds 5-17: Knit around.
Round 18: K2tog around: 9 sts.
Stuff foot. Cut yarn; using a tapestry needle, weave end through the remaining sts to close up the foot.

Nose

Using dpns, cast on 28 sts. Place marker, being careful not to twist, join to begin working in the round.
Rounds 1-5: Knit around.
Round 6: (K2tog, k2) around: 21 sts.
Round 7: (K2tog, k1) around: 14 sts.
Round 8: K2tog around: 7 sts.
Cut yarn; using a tapestry needle, weave end through the remaining sts to close up the nose.

Detail

Tail

The tail is knit as an I-cord.
Cast on 6 sts onto one dpn; slide sts to opposite end of needle.
Rounds 1-50: Knit across; slide sts to opposite end of needle.
Cut yarn; using a tapestry needle, weave end through the remaining sts to close up the tail.

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FINISHING

Weave in all ends. Determine the placement of the ears, arms, legs, and tail. Whipstitch pieces to body, making sure to double check that the second arm/leg/ear lines up with the first one before sewing. When attaching the ears, fold the ear in half and stitch the two sides of the base of the ear together before sewing it to the head.
The nose is the trickiest part, so just go slow and adjust as necessary. Remember, if it doesn’t look right the first time you can always cut it off and try again. Using your black scrap yarn, embroider a small square in the center of the nose. Using pins (or extra tapestry needles) pin down the un-stuffed nose in the center of the face (making sure it is centered). Starting at one side, begin to whipstitch the nose onto the face. (I started on the right side and worked around the bottom first, adjusting as I went to make it even.

As you come around to the opposite side of the nose and it is halfway attached or so, start adding stuffing into the nose. Continue to sew around the nose, adding more stuffing as you go until it looks right to you and it is completely attached. If desired, cut some felt flowers and leaves to add to Henrietta’s ear and glue them down with fabric glue. Huzzah! Finished, huggable mice.

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Rebecca

Rebecca Danger believes that knitting is a lifestyle, not just a hobby. Since Rebecca really, really, really likes to knit, she started knitting rather obsessively and writing patterns of her original toy designs in February 2009. Rebecca currently lives in Bellingham, Washington in a cute 1920's bungalow with her husband, Mr Danger, their brand new son and their 2 pugs, Abbey and Lucy Danger. You can check out her patterns and her book on her new website or her etsy shop. She’s got a great blog.



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