Domestic rat - toy knitting pattern

This is my 5-page PDF digital knitting pattern for a very cute knitted rat. Each cuddly rat is approximately 7 inches long from nose to bottom, not including the tail. They are super easy to knit! You knit them flat using a pair of 4mm knitting needles for the body, and 3mm and 4mm needles for the legs. The tail is made using i-cord or French knitting. You can use the DK yarn of your choice.

The pattern includes instructions on how to make single colour and bi-coloured rats, along with photos to help you position the ears and legs. There's the option to insert wire into the front legs to make them pose-able, or you can leave them soft.


  • 5-page PDF knitting pattern
  • US Imperial measurement / metric measurement
  • suitable for beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • For a single-coloured rat: 15g (0.5oz) cream or grey DK yarn
  • For a two-coloured rat: 10g (0.5oz) cream DK yarn, and 5g (0.25oz) brown DK yarn

  • For all rats: oddments of pale pink DK yarn

  • 2 x 4mm black beads

  • Black cotton thread

  • Polyester toy stuffing

  • 1 x pair of 4mm (UK 8, US 6) knitting needles

  • 1 x pair of 3mm (UK 11, US 2 or 3) knitting needles

  • 1 x pair of 4mm (UK 8, US 6) circular knitting needles (or a French knitting dolly)

  • Optional: 1 x 15cm (6 inch) white pipe cleaner – to insert into front legs

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Nicky Fijalkowska

Knitting designer and author of Knitted Birds, published by Search Press.

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