Free pattern: Captain Cat-Battler the Scurvy Catnip Mouse

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarn! Me hearties! The notorious Captain Cat-Battler is a veteran of cat vs mouse conflict. Since the dawn of time, rodents and their feline foe have pitted their wits against one another. Captain Cat-Battler is a handmade hero of mousekind, keeping the cats of the world on their furry toes with his cunning and his defiant squeak.

The Cap’n: don’t be acallin’ ‘im a bilge rat…

Captain Cat-Battler was designed specially for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and their new Cat Knit project. The Battersea Home is one of my favourite London charities, living with five cats myself (three of which are rescue moggies), so I am pleased to be able to help bring on some purring by donating the pattern exclusively to them in honour of their new crafty initiative. Such a cool cat cause.

The idea is simple:

Battersea’s cattery is preparing to be inundated with cats and kittens this summer, the charity is calling upon knitters and crafters across the UK to make knitted catnip mice to help keep Battersea’s whiskered residents entertained while they wait for new homes.”

The pattern is free but if you do use it, please donate to the Home; send a mouse to befriend lonely cats waiting for new owners; or even better, adopt a cat to go with your mouse. And remember to spread the word about the good work the Home is doing for our four-legged friends.

Download the free Captain Cat-Battler Knitting Pattern here

Blast me barnacles, the mouse be wearin’ an eyepatch!


Useful Pirate Mouse-keeping Tips

  • Keep watch: Be sure to keep an eye on the Captain when there be precious cheeses or gold doubloons about. He’ll plunder unguarded booty afore ye know it.
  • Catnip cologne: Wild cat off the port bow! Captain Cat-Battler is oft spied asportin’ a catnip pouch about his scurvy person. The catnip stink be havin’ a strange effect on his foes, like a tot o’ good rum. Makes ‘em easier for him t’ conquer ‘em!
  • Cat-battling: Captain Cat-Battler won’t be harmin’ your cat. He’ll just keep ‘em amused. Every cat be needin’ a bit o’ swashbuckling to keep ‘em happy.

(Huge thanks to my proof-reading Twitter powder monkeys Karen at the fab Scrap-e-Do, Kat and Cal)

(The Captain was inspired by my undying love for the kooky coolness of Tim Burton and Alex Milway’s Mousehunter books (a tri-cornered hat-tip to the magnificent Captain Mousebeard). Read them! They’re even better than a tot o’ rum on a stormy night.)


  1. April
    May 28, 2011

    The eye patch totally makes this. So cute!

    • Deadly Knitshade
      May 31, 2011

      Hee hee. Thanks. I’ll pass the compliment on to the mouse. 🙂

  2. kat
    May 28, 2011

    this is a lovely pattern! love it!

    • Deadly Knitshade
      May 31, 2011

      Thanks. It’s a lovely cause to be able to donate a pattern to. 🙂

  3. Catherine
    June 7, 2011

    So brilliant I love his pink ears

    • Deadly Knitshade
      June 7, 2011

      Hee hee. Thanks. It’s all about the ears. 🙂

  4. jet
    February 12, 2012

    he looks sooo cool, i think i will knit this guy for my birmilla, she is always steeling m y knitting parts.LOL this will learn here.LOL
    thank you for the sharing, i love your site!!!!

    • Deadly Knitshade
      February 12, 2012

      Glad you like him! Watch him when you make him though. He’s a feisty fellow! 🙂

  5. diane Moffatt
    January 14, 2013

    Oh no you have done it. Its been told that a hurd of mice are on the way to the animal pound here in Califrnia. The leader ofthe pack has a patch over one eye!!! Lordie help the little mice that find there way here. Puddie Paws are feirce here in the desert and there are many looking for a juicy mouse smelling with a toxic aroma!!! Thanks from all the kitties here in the USA!!! I have 5 pound kitties myself. I love them tons and would love to have more but then i would be a hoarder!!!!

    • Deadly Knitshade
      January 14, 2013

      You’re most welcome. The UK mice send a scurvy pirate mouse salute your way! Yaaaaaarn! 🙂

  6. sheila
    February 5, 2015

    thank you for getting back to me re: the mouse pattern, I have been back to the site but still cannot find the pattern at all. I have done everything I can think of the find it but to no avail. Sadly, we will not be able to make them now at the knitting club and I am sure that my ladies would have enjoyed making them for a good cause like this

    regards Sheila

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