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Crochet Love Monkey

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Show your love to sweethearts of all ages with a lovingly crocheted monkey! What a sweet gift that will make them smile for years!

Skill level: NONE

Step: 1

GETTING STARTED: Download the PDF for a set of portable project instructions. Read through all of the instructions before beginning.

ABBREVIATIONS:

st(s) = stitch(es); sc = single crochet; sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together; ch = chain; dc = double crochet; sl st = slip stitch; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified

SIZE:

Monkey measures about 7 1/2" (19 cm) tall

MATERIALS:

  • Yarn: we used Red Heart® “Super Saver” Yarn, available at Walmart – 1 skein each of 360 Caffe Latte (A), 334 Buff (B), 319 Cherry Red (C), 312 Black (D)
  • Boye® 5mm [US H-8] crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • One pair of 9-12mm safety eyes
  • Floral stem wire to stabilize neck and pose-able tail (optional)
  • Fiberfill

See the Supply List for items you can purchase here.

GAUGE:

16 sts = 4" (10 cm); 16 rounds = 4" (10 cm) in single crochet. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

SPECIAL STITCHES:

reverse sc (reverse single crochet) = Work single crochet in opposite direction from which you would usually work (left to right if you are right-handed and right to left if you are left-handed). This stitch is also known as crab stitch. It creates a rope-like twisted single crochet edging.

sc2tog =Draw up a loop in next two sts, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

NOTE:

Gauge is not critical for this project. Work tightly so stuffing will not show through stitches.

Step: 2

DIRECTIONS

Head

Beginning at top of head with A, ch 2.

Round 1 (right side): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sc. Do not join. Work in continuous rounds (spirals). Place a marker for beginning of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.

Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times – 18 sc.

Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times – 24 sc.

Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times – 30 sc.

Round 6: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times – 36 sc.

Round 7: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times – 42 sc.

Round 8: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times – 48 sc.

Rounds 9-16: Sc in each sc around.

Round 17: [Sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog] 6 times – 42 sc.

Round 18: [Sc in next 5 sc, sc2t0g] 6 times – 36 sc.

Round 19: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] 6 times – 30 sc.

Round 20: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 6 times – 24 sc.

Round 21: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times – 18 sc.

Round 22: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times – 12 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing head to body.

Step: 3

Face

Beginning at top of body, with B, ch 2.

Rounds 1-4: Work same as Rounds 1-4 of head – 24 sc.

Round 5: Skip next 2 sc, 9 dc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 3 sc, skip next 2 sc, 9 dc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in next 3 sc – 34 sts.

Round 6: 2 sc in next sc [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 8 times, sc in last sc – 43 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing face to head. Attach eyes at base of 9-dc groups on Round 5. With D and using photograph as guide, embroider a straight stitch mouth and nose. Sew face to head, sewing around outer edges of face. Stuff head.

Step: 4

Ears (make 2)

Inner Ear: with B, ch 2.

Row 1: Work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join, work back and forth in rows, turn – 5 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc across, turn – 10 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 5 times, turn – 15 sc. Fasten off.Outer Ear: With A, work same as inner ear through Row 3 – 15 sc. Do not fasten off.

Row 4: Ch 1, hold one inner ear and one outer ear together with stitches of last rows matching; working through both thicknesses, sc in each sc across, do not turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, reverse sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing ear to head. Using photograph as a guide for placement, sew one ear to each side of head.

Step: 5

Body

Beginning at bottom of body, with A, ch 2.

Rounds 1-6: Work same as Rounds 1-6 of head – 36 sc.

Rounds 7-14: Sc in each sc around. Begin stuffing body. Continue to stuff as work progresses.

Rounds 15-18: Work same as Rounds 19-22 of head – 12 sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Step: 6

Tummy Heart

With C, ch 2.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn – 1 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, 3 sc in the sc, turn – 3 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn – 5 sc.

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn – 7 sc.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in least sc, turn – 9 sc.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.

Row 8: Skip first 2 sc, 6 dc in next sc, skip next sc, slip st in next sc, skip next sc, 6 dc in next sc, skip last 2 sc, sl st in beginning ch- 1 – 13 sts. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing heart to tummy. Sew heart to front of body. Stuff body. For additional stability, cut a 10" (25.5 cm) length of floral stem wire and fold it in half. Insert wire into center of body, allowing about 2" (5 cm) to extend from top. Place head on top of body, inserting remainder of wire into center of neck. Sew head to top of body.

Step: 7

Arms and Legs (make a total of 4 pieces - 2 for arms, 2 for legs)

Beginning at tip of tail, with A, ch 2.

Rounds 1 and 2: Work same as Rounds 1 and 2 of head – 12 sc. No marker is needed for beginning of round.

Rounds 3-10: Sc in each sc around.

Round 11: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] twice – 10 sc.

Round 12: Sc in each sc around.

Round 13: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] twice – 8 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing limb to body. Stuff limbs lightly and sew to body.

Step: 8

Tail

With A, ch 2.

Round 1 (right side): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sc. Do not join. Work in continuous rounds (spirals). No marker is needed for beginning of round.

Round 2: Sc in each sc around. Repeat Round 2 working until tail measures about 15" (38 cm) from beginning or desired length. Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing tail to body. Stuff tail lightly and sew to back of body.

NOTE: If a pose-able tail is desired, do not stuff tail. Wrap stuffing around wire, taking special care to wrap around tip of wire, and insert wrapped wire into tail. Leave about 2" (5 cm) of unwrapped wire extending out of open end of tail. Insert the 2" (5 cm) end into body before sewing tail in place.

Step: 9

FINISHING

Weave in any remaining ends.

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