Introduction: Lab Rat

Picture of Lab Rat

This is my Cute little Lab Rat I designed and sell on etsy. It is mostly crocheted but the legs and tail are made using the Double Pointed Needles. Here is what you will need:
MATERIALS:
Caron Simply Soft White Yarn
Crochet Hook Size F-5
Double Pointed Needles Size 3
Albino Pink Safety Eye Size 6mm  (You can get these on-line on Etsy, just go to the seller:  6060  where I buy all my safety eyes)
Cluster Fluff-fiber Fill
1 Blunt Needle
Stitch Markers

Step 1: Head and Body

Picture of Head and Body

When you work this part you will be working from the Body to the Head.
SIZE: Stands 3inches tall, body is 2inches wide and 8inches long counting Tail.
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
St(s) = stitch(es)  Sc = single crochet  Ch = chain  Sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
Rnd = round   Beg = begin, beginning, Rep = repeat

Notes: Do not join rounds unless otherwise indicated. I crochet using the magic circle method you can go to YouTube type Crochet Magic Circle to see a video on how to make this stitch. If you prefer you can use the  ch 2. Work 6 sc in first ch pattern in place of the Magic Circle.
 BODY and HEAD :
Rnd 1: Make a Magic Circle with (6 sts). Place marker in first stitch for beg of round; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Rnd 3: * Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around - 18 sc.
Rnd 4: * Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around - 24 sts.                                                                    
Rnds 5 - 10: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 11: * Sc in each of next 2 sts, Sc2tog, rep from * around - 18 sts.
Rnd 12: Sc around.
Rnd 13: * Sc in the next st, Sc2tog, rep from * around - 12 sts.
Rnd 14: Sc around.
Rnd 15: Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in each of thr next 2 ch sps, sc in remaining sts. After this round stuff the body to your desired firmness.
Rnd 16-17: Sc around.
Rnd 18: Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 Sc2tog 2 times, sc in remaining sts.
Rnd 19: Sc2tog around. After this round attach the Safety Eyes according to directions in round 18 use pictures as a guide. Stuff the head.
Rnd 20: Sc2tog 2 times. Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew the end to look like the end of the mouse’s nose, weave in end and to cover up any holes caused by the sc2tog.

Step 2: Ears, Legs and Tail

Picture of Ears, Legs and Tail

Ears: Crochet 2
Rnd 1: Make a Magic Circle with (6 sts).
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc. Fasten off leave a tail long enough to sew to head.

Making the I-Cord using the double pointed needles
Cast on # of stitches need. Slide stitches to opposite side of needle. The yarn should be coming out of the left stitch if you are right handed.  Pull the yarn from behind. *Knit across the stitches. Slide stitches across needle. Repeat from * until desired length. To bind off, thread yarn through large-eyed blunt needle and pull it through all three stitches 2 or 3 times.
When you are done making the Paws you will have the tail at the beginning of your work, just weave it in with your needle back in through the middle of your work.  At the other end you will have the tail end that you will use to sew legs to body fold that end down to make the upper part of the paws look like the upper part of the rat’s legs and sew to body.
Front Paws:  Knit 2
Using Double Pointed Needles begin to make the I-Cord by casting on 4 sts.
Knit across 9 times bind off leaving a long tail to sew legs to body.
Back Paws:  Knit 2
Using Double Pointed Needles begin to make the I-Cord by casting on 5 sts.
Knit across 12 times bind off leaving a long tail to sew legs to body.
Tail: 
Using Double Pointed Needles begin to make the I-Cord by casting on 3 sts.
Knit until tail measures 4 inches long. Bind off leaving a long tail to sew to the body.

Use pictures as a guide as were to sew on the ears, paws and tail. 
When my mom saw this it scared her because she thought it was real. I love Designing/Crocheting Cute Amigurumi

Comments

Yarnabees (author)2012-03-12

I know I love this Rat I also love that they are using my Three Peas in a Pod for the Picture for the contest!!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-03-12

Awesomely creepy! I love how you mixed crochet and knitting!

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