Squashed Rat Scarf


4.5mm needles using 2 strands of DK yarn

NB: I find slipping first st purlwise gives neater edge.

 CO 1st

Row 1: k

Row 2: kfb

Row 3: kfb, k (3st)

Row 4 & all even (except R36): k

Row 5: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1 (5st)

Row 7: k1, m1, k3, m1, k1 (7st)

Row 9: k

Row 11: k1, m1, k5, m1, k1 (9st)

Row 13: k1, m1, k7, m1, k1 (11st)

Row 15-19: k

Row 21: k1, m1, k9, m1, k1 (13st)

Row 23: k

Row 25: k1, m1, k1, m1, k9, m1, k1, m1, k1 (17st)

Row 27: k1, m1, k1, m1, k13, m1, k1, m1, k1 (21st)

Row 29:k1, m1, k1, m1, k17, m1, k1, m1, k1 (25st)

Row 31-33: k

Row 35: k1, CO5 (U.S. – bind off), k12, CO5 (15st)

Row 36: k2tog, k to last 2st, k2tog (13st)

Row 37: k

Row 39: k1, m1, k11, m1, k1 (15st)

Row 41: k1, m1, k13, m1, k1 (17st)

Row 43-61: k

Row 63: k1, sl1,k1,psso, k to last 3 st, k2tog, k1

Rpt until 5st remain

Row 75: k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1 (3st)

Row 76: k3tog

Thread yarn through loop to finish.

Last rat: instead of finishing last 3st use them to make i-cord tail, about same length as rat.

Eyes, whiskers and nose can be added (eye stitches could be used to fix rats together.



32 thoughts on “Squashed Rat Scarf

  1. I love it! I think I’ll make one for my youngest son. He appreciates my twisted sense of humor.

    Posted by Maattree | May 20, 2011, 9:48 pm
  2. This is hilarious! I have to make it!!!! Thanks for the pattern and the clever idea. Jerri

    Posted by jerrishankler | May 21, 2011, 2:11 pm
  3. I love this. Can’t wait to make it.

    Posted by Dale | May 29, 2011, 7:36 pm
  4. awesome thanks!!!!

    Posted by fabiola | November 17, 2011, 4:59 pm
  5. I had alot of fun with your cat scarf so now I am goin to make a reat scarf for my hubby he is turning 50 on Feb 4thand he hates mice and rats and recently he refused to go int my kitchen until I got rid of the 2 inch moouse that poked his head out from under our stove but he didn’t want me to kill he wanted me to catch an release it bak out int the wild. i’m sure this will be a big hit at his party

    Posted by jabambee2003 | January 22, 2012, 1:38 am
  6. Thanks for the patterns! I have made two rat sarf. See this link http://mulheres-que-pintam-e-bordam.blogspot.com.br/2012/05/cachecol-ratinhos-de-trico.html

    Posted by Rosangela | May 15, 2012, 1:07 am
  7. Love the pattern; perfect for my friend Sue who’s last name begins ‘Rat’; she goes by the nickname Sue Rat. Can you give me an estimate in how much yarn is needed, preferably in yards, otherwise weight. Thanks.

    Posted by C. Eidel | July 27, 2012, 11:40 pm
  8. In Row 35, does CO mean Cast On? I’ve never seen that marking in the middle of a pattern, I’m not sure what to do!

    Posted by Kelly | November 2, 2012, 3:29 am
    • CO – cast off; confusing as CO is also “cast on”- sorry, I knit in UK English! I should put BO or bind off in brackets, It’s to shape the ears, you cast off 5 st then carry on knitting pulling the yarn fairly tight to make the curve in the ears.

      I hope this makes it clearer.


      Posted by FIFALDE | November 2, 2012, 8:37 am
  9. I’ve edited Row 35 to add U.S. term for CO where it means cast off.

    Posted by FIFALDE | November 2, 2012, 8:42 am
  10. Thank you so much for the quick reply!

    Posted by Kelly | November 2, 2012, 12:08 pm
  11. Row 35: If you bind off at the end of the row, won’t you end up at the end with one isolated stitch?

    Posted by Ellen McCleave | December 26, 2012, 5:06 pm
  12. So you just pull the last stitch over the 5 cast off stitches when you start knitting the next row?

    Posted by Ellen McCleave | December 26, 2012, 10:03 pm
  13. No, just make sure you pull the yarn quite tightly, you k2tog at each end of the next row, as I said above —

    “you cast off 5 st then carry on knitting pulling the yarn fairly tight to make the curve in the ears.”

    I hope this makes it clearer and you enjoy the finished rats. I’d love to see a photo of it; are you on Ravelry?

    Posted by FIFALDE | December 26, 2012, 10:44 pm
  14. If I’m understanding my own work (!) at the end of row 35 you have one stitch, gap (cast off sts), 13 stitches, gap, one stitch. 15sts

    On row 36 you k2 tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2 tog. 13sts. This closes the gap and forms the ears and the new sts on row 39 add shape to them.

    Does this make it clearer?

    Posted by FIFALDE | December 27, 2012, 8:46 am
  15. Thanks, I just finally figured out where I had gone wrong, in that I included the first knit stitch in the cast off instead of leaving it. Exactly what you just said. My brain was on vacation, hope it was nice. Thanks for your patience.

    Posted by Ellen | December 27, 2012, 5:56 pm
  16. Your entry on december 27th made all the difference for me. I got lost too on row 35, but once you separated the stitches it made all the sense in the world. thank you so much for this cool pattern, i am making it for a friends granddaughter who is the “Rat Queen”. Love it!
    Lilly Osterwald

    Posted by Lilly OsterMurr | July 16, 2013, 12:18 am
  17. I am almost finished with mine… I stuck to all kinds of “ratty” colors, greys, browns, grubby tans. I’m excited to have this done… it really fits my weird sense of humor. And I’m going to call it my “plague” scarf! My husband suggested making the eyes red… Most of my eyes will be Xs 🙂

    Francie Harville

    Posted by Francie Harville | July 19, 2014, 7:55 pm
  18. However, I modified the pattern at rows 34-35. I didn’t understand that the last stitch at the end of row 35 was meant to curve the ears, and I didn’t know what to do with the stitch at the end of the row, so I (sorry, I’m a Yank) Cast Off 5 sts at the beginning of row 34 and row 35. It makes the ears slightly lopsided, but…the rat is squashed, so it’s supposed to be wonky, right? Clapped right between two heavy tomes… I’ve contemplated making a little pink tongue to stick out of one of the rats. I’ve also made it much longer, so that I can wrap it around my neck. I’m an English teacher, so I’m looking forward to wearing this to work in the fall!

    Posted by Francie Harville | July 19, 2014, 8:02 pm
  19. That’s adorable

    Posted by Rochelle | March 6, 2015, 3:32 am
  20. I made this for myself last winter, using ratty shades of gray, black, cream and brown… I also crocheted some little pink tongues to hang out of a couple of mouths, and did some with X eyes instead of black dots. I call it “The Plague Scarf”…and I’ve had lots of requests to make it for people who want to pay me. I didn’t feel comfortable doing that without your permission. I absolutely loved this scarf, and it was so fun to make…I get so many comments on it! I don’t know if I can post my picture here or not… I will try.

    Posted by Frances Harville | September 18, 2015, 5:59 am
  21. I’m looking for the cat scarf pattern. Where is it?

    Posted by Gayle | January 15, 2016, 4:37 am
  22. Have made this little rat as a bookmark and he is GORJUSS!
    Plan to make him later as a scarf. Many thanks for such a delightful
    pattern. Would love to know when your book is published.
    Greetings from Down Under.

    Posted by Elizabeth Foster | July 27, 2016, 1:53 pm

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