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Try Your Hand At Reversible Crochet!

Try Your Hand At Reversible Crochet!

Here’s a clever little crochet project to get stuck into if you’re a confident beginner, looking for your next challenge! Reversible crochet might seem daunting, but it needn’t be as tricky as it sounds – as the fabulous Mandy Cameron demonstrates here. Follow her step-by-step tutorial below, and learn how to create your very own reversible crochet cat and mouse toy.

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

You Will Need:

Abbreviations:

  • adjustable slip knot = magic ring
  • ch = chain
  • ss = slip stitch
  • dc = double crochet
  • 2dcinc = 2 double crochet into next stitch (increase)
  • dc2tog = double crochet 2sts together (decrease)

Top Tip:  As the spiral method is used (no joining with a ss or making 1ch to start round), place a stitch marker or piece of yarn at the beginning of the first round and move it up every row.

Reversible Crochet Sleepy Cat and Mouse Pattern:

Mouse Head

Make an adjustable slip knot and ch2 (turning ch)

Rnd 1:  6dc into first ch (Pic A). Tighten slip knot.

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

Rnd 2:  To identify the first stitch of round 2, count back 6sts from the hook.

Do not use the turning chain as a stitch.  Work 2dcinc in every st around (12dc)

Rnd 3:  dc around

Rnd 4:  (2dcinc)  four times, 8dc (16dc)

Rnd 5:  (2dcinc, 1dc) four times, 8dc (20dc)

Rnd 6:  dc around

Rnd 7:  (1dc, 2dcinc) five times, 10dc (25dc)

Rnd 8-9:  dc round

Rnd 10:  (3dc, dc2tog) around (20dc) (picB)

Start to stuff the head lightly

Rnd 11:  (2dc, dc2tog) around (15dc)

Rnd 12:  (1dc, dc2tog) around (10dc)

Rnd 13:  (dc2tog) around (5dc)

Ss into next stitch, fasten off and sew in ends.

With black yarn embroider eyes and with pink for the nose.

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

Mouse Ears

Make 2.

Leaving a 15cm (6”) tail of yarn, make an adjustable slip knot and ch6

Row 1:  1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end (5dc)

Row 2:  dc across

Row 3:  dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog

Fasten off and sew in end.

With the tail of yarn left at the start, fold the bottom of the ear so ends meet each other and sew ears to head (pic C).

Mouse Body

Make an adjustable slip knot and ch2

Rnd 1:  7dc into first ch

Rnd 2:  2dc in every dc around (14dc)

Rnd 3:  (1dc, 2dcinc) around (21dc)

Rnd 4:  (2dc, 2dcinc) around (28dc)

Rnd 5:  (3dc, 2dcinc) around (35dc)

Rnd 6:  2dc, (2dcinc, 4dc) to last 3sts, 2dcinc, 2dc (42dc) this keeps your work more round rather than hexagonal

Rnd 7-10:  dc around

Do not fasten off, continue to make the tail by working 15ch.  1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each remaining 13ch (14dc).  Work 1dc in the next stitch on the body and 1ss.  Fasten off and sew tail up the back towards the centre of the body leaving the last few part sticking up.

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

Cat Head

Make an adjustable slip knot and ch2 (turning ch)

Rnd 1:  5dc into first ch.   Tighten slip knot.

Rnd 2:  To identify the first stitch of round 2, count back 6sts from the hook.

Do not use the turning chain as a stitch.  Work 2dcinc in every st around (12dc)

Rnd 3:  (1dc, 2dcinc) around (18dc)

Rnd 4:  (2dc, 2dcinc) around (24dc)

Rnd 5-8:  dc around

Rnd 9:  (2dc, dc2tog) around (18dc)

Start to stuff the head

Rnd 10:  (1dc, dc2tog) around (12dc)

Rnd 11:  (dc2tog) around (6dc)

Ss into next stitch, fasten off and sew in ends.

With black yarn, embroider sleepy eyes, nose and mouth.

Cat Ears

Make 2.

Leaving a 15cm (6”) tail of yarn, make an adjustable slip knot and ch4

Row 1:  1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end (3dc)

Row 2:  dc across

Row 3:  dc3tog, 1ch

Fasten off and sew in end.

With the tail of yarn left at the start, sew ears to side of head.

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

Cat Body

Make an adjustable slip knot and ch2

Rnd 1:  7dc into first ch

Rnd 2:  2dc in every dc around (14dc)

Rnd 3:  (1dc, 2dcinc) around (21dc)

Rnd 4:  (2dc, 2dcinc) around (28dc)

Rnd 5:  (3dc, 2dcinc) around (35dc)

Rnd 6:  2dc, (2dcinc, 4dc) to last 3sts, 2dcinc, 2dc (42dc)

Rnd 7-10:  dc around

Do not fasten off, continue to make the tail by working 15ch.  1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each remaining 13ch (14dc).  Work 2 more rows of dc on these 14 stitches and fasten off.  Fold the tail in half lengthwise and sew the seam closed.  If you pull the stitches slightly you will make a gentle curve, making sure it is curling the correct way into the body.

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

With wrong side together, sew the cat body to the mouse body.

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

Open the bodies out and sew the heads to the respective bodies.

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

Insert mouse body into cat body, and tuck in head to show sleepy cat.  Vice versa for mouse!

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

Now your reversible crochet toy is complete – wouldn’t it make the perfect gift for an inquisitive little pair of hands?

Reversible crochet pattern tutorial step

If you’d like to see the rest of our creative crochet ideas, you can find your next free pattern to start working on, right here.

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