Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sock Monkey ornament tutorial

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for the amigurumi-style sock monkey ornament I invented for the ornament exchanges I participated in this year.

 Crochet Sock Monkey Ornament

Materials needed:
red yarn
brown yarn
white or cream yarn
I-9 (5.50 mm) crochet hook
yarn needle

red pompom for hat
felt or tiny buttons for eyes
white and red felt for mouth - cut into narrow, elongated ovals with the white a bit larger than the red

Note:  I have a fairly tight crochet, so you may want a smaller or larger hook to create your desired size monkey.
For head:
(Work in rounds, use stitch marker at end of each round)
With red, ch 2 (or make magic ring)
Rnd 1: 5 sc in 2nd chain from hook (or in magic ring)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st, around (10 sc)
Rnd 3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  repeat from * around (15 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (20 sc)
If you want a contrasting band around hat, switch to white or cream for round 5.
Rnd 5: sc in each stitch, around (20 sc)
Remainder of head and body is worked using one strand of brown and one strand of white/cream held together.
Rnd 6-9: sc in each stitch, around (20 sc)
Rnd 10:  *sc2tog, sc in next 2 stitches* repeat from * around (15 sc)
Rnd 11:  *sc2tog, sc in next st*  repeat from * around (10 sc)
Finish off with a long tail to attach head to body.
Before stuffing, use needle to run length of red yarn through top of head to provide hanger.  Tie with a square knot and trim ends.
Stuff with fiberfill.

For body:
(Body is worked in rounds holding 1 strand of brown and 1 strand of white together.)
Ch 2 (or magic ring)
Rnd 1:  5 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic ring)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each st, around (10 sc)
Rnd 3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  repeat from * around (15 sc)
Rnd 4:  *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  repeat from * around (20 sc)
Rnd 5-6: sc in each st, around (20 sc)
Rnd 7:  *sc2tog, sc in next 2 st* repeat from * around (15 sc)
Rnd 8-10:  sc in each st, around (15 sc)
Rnd 11:  *sc2tog, sc in next st*  repeat from * around (10 sc)
Rnd 12-13:  sc in each st, around (10 sc)
Stuff with fiberfill.
Rnd 14:  sc2tog, around to close opening.
Finish off.  Tuck tail into body.

Arms & legs:
For each limb, cut 12 8-inch lengths of yarn.
Tie one end in a snug overhand knot.
Divide strands into three groups.  Braid together until braid measures about 3 inches for legs and 2 1/2 inches for arms.
Secure braided section by wrapping with yarn several times.  Tie off with a square knot on the back.  Trim ends evenly.
(Note:  You could crochet limbs, I would start with white or cream yarn and try about 3 sc in the beginning, then 2 sc in each stitch to get 6 sc per round.  Crochet several rounds, then switch to the two colors held together for the remaining rounds.  I try not to work with those narrow rounds any more than absolutely necessary.)

For ears:
Leaving a short tail, tie 3 overhand knots atop one another.  Trim ends close.

Using tail on head, sew to body.  (If needle can't hold both strands or if it is too difficult to pull both strands through, use just one strand to attach head.  Cut the other strand shorter and tuck into head before attaching.)
To make monkey's tail, run an 8-inch length of brown yarn through body at desired location.  Tie an overhand knot to secure ends together.  Trim ends.  If desired, add additional knots to tail length.  (I did one in the middle.)

Using hot glue, attach pompom to top of head.  Glue red felt oval to white felt oval for mouth.  Glue to front of head near neck join.  Glue buttons (or small felt dots) between mouth and edge of hat for eyes.  Glue ear clusters to side of head (about the same level as eyes), being careful to tuck raw ends under as much as possible.

Glue arms and legs in desired locations.
Tie a length of red yarn around neck joint and secure in a bow.
Hang your completed monkey on your tree and enjoy!
Or, cut a square of sock monkey fabric.  Roll ornament up and tie ends to create a fun little package to send off to your ornament recipient.

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Brooke Anna @ Mommy Does... said...

I can't crochet for my life! However, I really enjoy admiring what all cool things can be made from yard. Thanks for sharing your site again! I will be browsing around.

Amy said...

Oh. my. goodness. That is aDORable, Amy! You did a fantastic job!! I'm loving it...everyone in this house is crazy about sock monkeys. Gosh, if I'd have known you could do this I would have BEGGED you to donate one to my birthday ornament giveaway! Wowiee! Thanks for sharing at One Artsy Mama!!