Saturday, 18 July 2015

Cheeky Little Monkey - Free Crochet / Amigurumi Pattern

 

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This cheeky little monkey will steal your heart! He wears a little red fez with a yellow tassle, and has a pose-able wire tail that you can bend to suit your monkey's mood. Upright when he's up to mischief and down when he's chilling out? The choice is up to you...

I have used my favourite yarn, Wendy's Supreme Luxury DK which is 100% cotton and the softest, loveliest yarn I have ever come across. It magically makes every stitch look extremely neat which is an absolute must in amigurumi. I can't recommend it enough. The beige parts are done in Rico's cotton DK which can be "splitty" and a bit of a nightmare but sadly Wendy only do limited colours.

As this is the first pattern I have ever "published" please do let me know in the comments section if something is unclear or you come across a mistake in the pattern. I remember the frustrations of starting out, so I have written it with the beginner in mind and tried to make it as simple as possible. If you have any suggestions on how I could improve the wording of the patterns or make them easier to understand that would be great too!  

I am offering this pattern for free (although designing, testing and photographing is alot of work!) so if you do use my pattern perhaps you could thank me by following my blog in some way. I hope to continue designing and posting patterns for free for everyone to enjoy. If you do make your own monkey please post pictures on my Facebook page, I would love to see! 

Many thanks & happy hooking!
Julie xxx



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Difficulty: Beginner Friendly - Suitable for those new to amigurumi.

Must know how to work in the round, increase, decrease & change colours.

This pattern uses the following U.S stitches & abbreviations:
  • st = stitch
  • sc = single crochet (double crochet for UK)
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • 2tog = 2 stitches together (decrease) 


Do not join rounds - work in a continuous spiral unless stated otherwise. It is a good idea to use a stitch marker to mark the end of each round (You can use a bent paper clip or hair grip!) My notes, tips and assembly instructions are in purple italics.

Head:


In beige yarn:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2)  2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (30)
Round 6) 4sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (36)
Round 7) 5sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (42)
Round 8) 6sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (48)
Round 9) 7sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (54)

Change to brown:
Round 10-18) 1sc in each st; for 9 rounds total (54)
Round 19) 7sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (48)
Round 20) 6sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (42)
Round 21) 5sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (36)
Round 22) 4sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (30)
Round 23) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 24) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (18)

Attach 10mm safety eyes. Mine are attached between rounds 5 and 6 and spaced 6 stitches apart for your reference. Make sure the backs are "snapped" all the way down the stalk. If your monkey is for a small child it would be safer to embroider eyes using black embroidery thread. Safety eyes are not always safe - despite the name! Start stuffing the head.

Round 25) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (12)
Round 26) 2tog all the way around (6)

After last round: Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off. Weave yarn tail in and out the remaining 6 st and pull tight to close. Knot the yarn and hide yarn tail inside the head.


Muzzle/Mouth:


In beige yarn:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2)  2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (30)
Round 6) 4sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (36)
Round 7) 5sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (42)
Round 8-9) 1sc in each st; for 2 rounds total (42)
Round 10) 2tog all the way around (21)

Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the muzzle fully and firmly and sew to the face using a ladder stitch. If you are having trouble stuffing the muzzle try sewing it in place first, but before you sew all the way around completely stop so you have a small open gap to stuff through. Stuff to a firmness you are happy with then continue sewing to close the hole.


Ears (Make 2):


In brown yarn:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2)  2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 4) 1sc in each st (18)
Round 5) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (12)
Round 6) 4sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (10)

Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff ears. Push the 2 open edges of the last round together and fold slightly to make a little ear - you will sew the open edge to the side of the monkey's head later.


Body:


In brown yarn:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (30)
Round 6) 4sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (36)
Round 7) 5sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (42)
Round 8) 6sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (48)
Round 9) 7sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (54)
Round 10-19) 1sc in each st; for 10 rounds total (54)
Round 20) 7sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (48)
Round 21) 1sc in each st (48)
Round 22) 6sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (42)
Round 23) 1sc in each st (42)
Round 24) 5sc then 2tog; repeat until end of the round (36)
Round 25) 1sc in each st (36)
Round 26) 4sc then 2tog; repeat until end of the round (30)
Round 27) 1sc in each st (30)
Round 28) 3sc then 2tog; repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 29-30) 1sc in each st; for 2 rounds total (24)

After last round: Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff body firmly.

Arms (Make 2):


In beige yarn:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 5-7) 1sc in each st; for 3 rounds total (24)
Round 8) 2sc then 2tog; repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 9) 1sc then 2tog; repeat until end of the round (12)

Change to brown:
Round 10-26) 1sc in each st; for 17 rounds total (12)

After last round: Slip stitch into the next stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff hand, do not stuff arms.


Legs (Make 2):


In beige yarn:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 5) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (30)
Round 6-9) 1sc in each st; for 4 rounds total (30)
Round 10) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 11) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until end of the round (18)

Change to brown:
Round 12) 1sc in each st (18)
Round 13) 1sc then 2 tog, repeat until end of the round (12)
Round 14-30) 1sc in each st; for 17 rounds total (12)

After last round: Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the feet of the legs lightly and pinch the foot to make a "foot" shape. Do not over stuff the feet or you will end up with a large, round ball shape instead of a little foot shape. Stuff the leg parts more firmly.

Tail:


In brown yarn:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in the next 4 sts, 1sc in remaining 2 sts (10)
Round 3) 1sc in each st (10)
Repeat round 3 until your tail is your desired length. You can have a really long tail or a really short one! I worked my tail from round 3 onwards for 35 rounds for your reference.



Fez:


In red yarn:

Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (18)
Round 4) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of the round (24)
Round 5) Back loop only: 1sc in each st (24)
Round 6-8) 1sc in each st; for 3 rounds total (24)

Change to yellow:

Round 9) 1sc in each st (24)

After last round: Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff the fez.



I know lots of people hate the sewing part of amigurumi. If you assemble your monkey in the following order you shouldn't have any problems.
  1. Sew the muzzle to the face (if you haven't already)
  2. Sew the open edge of the ears to the head. Line them up with the monkey's eyes.
  3. Sew the head to the body. 
  4. Sew the arms to the body, they go directly under the head.
  5. Sew the tail to the body. If you have wire in your tail sew around twice, once using a whip stitch and again using a ladder stitch for strength.
  6. Sew the legs to the body.
  7. Embroider a face using brown embroidery thread.

How to attach the fez:

  1. Put your hook through a stitch on your monkeys head where you want the fez to sit.
  2. Take a long length of yellow yarn and double it over.
  3. Pull the yarn through the stitch using your hook.
  4. Pull the end of the yarn tails through the loop created to form a knot and secure the yarn to the head.
  5. Pull both yarn tails through the top of the fez with a yarn needle.
  6. Position the fez where you want it and knot the 2 yarn tails together at the top of the fez to hold it in place.
  7. "Unravel" the threads of both yarn tails into separate little strings to make a tassle.
  8. Tie a knot 3/4 of the way down to form a cute little hanging tassle.
  9. Optional: Sew the fez to the head. I have not done this because I like it to look as if it's just sitting on his head. I recommend sewing the fez to the head if your monkey is going to be played with.

And that's it! You now have your own cheeky little monkey to love. If you do make a monkey, I would love to see your pictures on my Facebook page!

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29 comments:

  1. Looking forward to making this! I even have a monkey brown cotton yarn in my stash that I have been waiting to use. Yeah, I get to use it!

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    1. Thanks so much Merrie! I can't wait to hopefully see your own finished monkey! Many thanks for subscribing too, much love x

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    2. He's adorable. Thanks for the free pattern - I'll definitely give him a go.

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  2. I've tried to copy and paste this adorable pattern but this site won't let me do it. How can I get the pattern??

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    1. Copy and paste has been disabled to prevent content theft. You can print the pattern by holding down ctrl and p. If you print from page 2 onwards you can skip printing the pictures. Hope this helps, Julie x

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    2. After Ctrl = p you can save.

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  3. Thank you so very much, Julie!!! I can't wait to start this precious little guy!!!!!

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    1. You'e very welcome! I hope you enjoy making him :) xx

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  4. Thank you for sharing and he's so cute.

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  5. Thank you for sharing and he's so cute.

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  6. Oh huh my how sweet... My latest project for sure .... Thank you sooo very much for providing the pattern for free esp for those of us on limited income but lots of time. God Bless you

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  7. This just to cute! I wish I could crochet that well!

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  8. He is great! he will steal lots of hearts :) thank you so much for sharing

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  9. Thank you so much for the pattern :)
    I made one for my friend's sister, I'm sure she'll be glad to get it.

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  10. Thanks for sharing! I will be making one as soon as I have some extra time.

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  11. What's the height on this guy?

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  12. He’s lovely. Good luck in your enterprise Julie, and if I get round to making him eventually (after all my other projects vying for attention) I’ll be sure to link on my crafty blog and give you a cheer! I haven’t done amigurami for years so may be a challenge.

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  14. Julie,
    Thank you for the pattern. I made the monkey pattern last night for my grandson. He loves it! I can't wait to enjoy many more patterns you put to share. Thanks again.
    Cathy.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this pattern. I enjoyed making this cute monkey, which, as a beginner, I found quite straightforward to do. Best regards, Ange

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  16. Hi! Thank you for sharing. I would like to make this for my upcoming baby, just wondering if the eyes are baby friendly or should i use something else?

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  17. Julie mentions that in the pattern. Safety eyes aren't always safe, so with a baby , definately go with embroidered or crocheted eyes. Babies put everything right in the mouth! :)

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  18. Is this pattern written in uk terms or us terms?

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    1. Its in US terms. She has that posted at the beginning of the pattern. But it's not hard to change it to UK if you need to. I've done it on many patterns. Have fun!

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  19. Is this pattern written in uk terms or us terms?

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  20. awesome design! I am not a very experienced crocheter, but mine turned out pretty good :) my friends were impressed and my daughter very happy with her new toy!

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  21. May be a silly question but thought I would check. Is the body made from top to bottom like your other patterns? I was going to do a colour change so my little monkey has a jumper. Thank you x

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  22. thank you so much starting monkey now for my new little grandson very amateur crocheter but read lots of reviews and they have given me courage ESP one who finished it in a night or was it a day .super thank you again.Mw

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  23. Oh forgot to say I have a cocker spaniel who sits most nights on my lap so knitting not really possible.mwx

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