Saturday, March 27, 2010

Crochet Sock Monkey













Crochet Sock Monkey

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Sock Monkey

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Sock Monkey

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
FSC - Foundation Single Crochet

FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
FDC - Foundation Double Crochet

Materials
Size G/4.0 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 3 colors - Colors of your choice.
Tapestry Needle

Polyester Fiberfill or stuffing of your choice

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Single Crochet Decrease - This is joining 2 single crochet together and reducing them down to 1 single crochet. You insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through. There will be two loops on the hook.  Insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops. 



Continual Round - The purpose of the continual round is to eliminate joining and seams.  You can start a continual round on any joined round.  The technique is done by working the first stitch in top of the stitch you would typically join the round. It is creating a jog up. When you come around to the beginning of the next round, you will not have to join.  Most likely there will be increasing on a continual round.  You will want to use a yarn marker to mark the first or last stitch, so you have an idea where to make your increase rounds. 

Yarn Marker - I just use scrap piece of yarn to mark rounds. I have also used paper clips and bread twisty ties.

Time Code is noted in this video on each segment.  You can click on each segment in the written instructions to be taken ahead in the video or you can scroll to the time code.



Arms, Legs and Tail - Make 5   -  Time Code: :29
Bottom Section

Row 1: Work 10 Foundation Single Crochet
Row 2-10: Work a SC in the first stitch. Work in the loop below the stitch to create the rib effect for each of the 8 stitches between. Work the last single crochet through the top of the stitch.
Working on the inside: To join, sew though the same loop below the stitch, to push the top stitch forward to complete the rib look. Sew the seam across. Gather the opening on one end. Sew and secure. Turn right side out when complete.

This is an alternative to the foundation stitches.
Bottom Section 2: Chain 3, join, 
Round 1: chain 1, work 10 SC through the loop, do not join. 
Round 2-10: work 1 SC in each stitch around.


Upper Section 
Attach the new color anywhere along the top of the row. 
Round 11: Work 10 single crochet evenly around. Do not join and work in a continual round. The first single crochet  of round 12, will be right in the top of the round 11 single crochet.
Round 12-30:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
Lightly stuff each segment.

Body - Time Code 9:56
Chain 4, join
Round 1: Ch 1, work 9 SC through the loop, do not join.
Round 2:  Work 2 SC in each stitch around.  (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 4: *Work 1 SC, work 2 SC, continue around from * (27 Single Crochet total)
Round 5-17: 1 SC in each stitch around.  (27 Single Crochet total)
Round 18: *1 SC, 1SC DEC, continue around from * (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 19: 1 SC in each stitch around.  (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 20: *1 SC, 1 SC DEC, continue around from * (12 Single Crochet total)
Stuff with fiberfill  on round 19 and sew the top shut upon completing round 20.


Head  - Time Code 23:29
Chain 4, join
Round 1: Ch 1, work 9 SC through the loop, do not join.
Round 2:  Work 2 SC in each stitch around.  (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 4: *Work 1 SC, work 2 SC, continue around from * (27 Single Crochet total)
Round 5:  Even work 5 single crochet increases around (32 Single Crochet total)
Round 6-18: 1 SC in each stitch around. (32 Single Crochet total)
Round 19: *1 SC, 1 SC DEC, continue around from *, 
Round 20: 1 SC in each stitch around.
Round 21: *1 SC, 1 SC DEC, continue around from *
Stuff head between round 19 and 20.  Sew head shut upon completing round 21.



Snout/Mouth - Time Code 18:08
Round 1: Work 1 FSC, FHDC, FDC, FDC, FHDC, FSC,  
Working down the opposite side. Work 2 single crochet in the FSC stitch. Work a HDC opposite the FHDC, work 1 DC opposite each FDC. HDC in the next, 2 SC in the last stitch, join. 
Round 2: Ch 1, work 1 SC in each stitch across, work 3 SC in the mouth corner for the increase, work 1 SC in each stitch across, Work 3 SC in the mouth corner for the increase, join with the beginning stitch. Cut the yarn and change color.
Round 3: Attach new color with a slip stitch close to mouth corner. There will be a top and bottom to the snout. You may want to attach a yarn marker to mark the top.  
Top: Work 1 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC, 2SC in next stitch, 1 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC, 2 SC in next stitch. Continue around to the bottom with 1 SC in each stitch.
Bottom:  Work 2 SC in the same stitch  close to the mouth corner.  Work 1 SC in each stitch across.  Work 2 SC in the last stitch and 1 SC in the remaining stitches. Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 4: CH 1, Work 1 SC in each stitch around, join with the beginning stitch.
You will embellish the mouth and nose features before attaching to the face.  Align the bottom of the snout close to round 5 on the head.  Sew the bottom of the snout to the face before adding the stuffing.


Attaching Segments - Time Code 36:51


Ears - Make 2 - Time Code
CH 3, join,
Round 1: CH 1,Work 6 SC, join.
Round 2: CH 1,Work 2 SC in each stitch around, join.
Round 3: CH 1,Work 1 SC in each stitch around, join.


Eye - Make 2 - Time Code - 38:53
Chain 2, Work 3 single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Join with the beginning stitch. Cut off a long length of tail for attaching to face.  Align and sew the eyes to the face.  Use the extra tail to sew on eyebrows and any extra features. Know and secure the tail. Sew in and cut it off.
   

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