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Who’s ready to snuggle up with this adorable crochet monkey?

My partner’s best friend recently had a baby and I was so excited to finally meet little Henry. They live in the Czech Republic and as we were visiting over Christmas it was the perfect chance to keep my crocheting hands busy and make something. With so many different types of baby toys and gifts to make I was torn between a blanket or a toy, then thought, why not combine them both into an adorable animal snuggle blanket.

There are plenty of gorgeous patterns, but I was keen to create something with a monkey face which I couldn’t find.

I tried to keep this as simple as possible with nice pleasing shapes and the minimum amount of parts. As this was for a new-born, safety is an absolute must so baby safe wool, stuffing and safety eyes need to be used.

The base of the blanket is made with a basic granny square which has lots of gaps to ensure there is no risk of suffocation. I alternated between blue and cream, 4 rows of each. Then, the monkey’s head is worked in a continuous row of DC (UK terms) with blue. A beige oval shape is attached to the head to make the front of the face which includes 2 eye sections made with half-circular shapes. The mouth is sewn on to this section and the eyes are made by attaching safety eyes.

MATERIALS:

  • 2 skeins of King Cole baby double knitting 100% anti pilling acrylic; sky blue and cream
  • 3mm and 2.5mm hook (using the smaller hook for the face which is sewn onto the head)
  • Stuffing (machine wash safe)
  • Safety eyes
  • Needle to attach parts together so they are tight and secure
  • Extra thick black thread to sew the mouth

INSTRUCTIONS: *** UK TERMS ***

GRANNY SQUARE BASE = 3mm hook

NOTES: The 1 CHAIN to begin each row  is to build height, this is NOT counted. Each of the group of 3CHAINS will act as your corners. See diagram.

  Magic Ring  
1   CH1, (3HTC, CH3)X4, SLIP STITCH to close to the top of the first HTC = 24 ST
2   CH1, 3HTC (in the previous row’s last 3CHAIN corner), 3HTC, CH3, 3HTC (in the next 3CHAIN corner from previous row)X3, 3HTC, CH3 (in the first 3CHAIN corner that you started in), close with SLIP STITCH in the first HTC made.     = 36 ST
3   CH1, 3HTC (in the previous row’s last 3CHAIN corner), (3HTC (in the gap between row 2’s HTC cluster), 3HTC, CH3, 3HTC (in the next 3CHAIN corner from previous row))X3, 3HTC (in the gap between row 2’s HTC cluster), 3HTC, CH3 (in the first 3CHAIN corner that you started in), close with SLIP STITCH in the first HTC made.       = 48 ST
4   CH1, 3HTC (in the previous row’s last 3CHAIN corner), (3HTC (in the gap between row 3’s HTC cluster)X2, 3HTC, CH3, 3HTC (in the next 3CHAIN corner from previous row))X3, 3HTC (in the gap between row 3’s HTC cluster)X2, 3HTC, CH3 (in the first 3CHAIN corner that you started in), close with SLIP STITCH in the first HTC made.       = 60 ST
  5Repeat to desired size, increasing by X12 ST’s every row  
Finish final row with X2 rows of DC and Rope Edging (Crab Stitch).  

THE HEAD = 3mm hook

NOTES: Worked in continuous row’s

Blue yarn

  Magic Ring  
  1 6DC = 6 ST
2   6INC = 12 ST
3   (DC, INC)X6 = 18 ST
4   (2DC, INC)X6 = 24 ST
5   1DC, INC, (3DC, INC)X5, 2DC = 36 ST
6   (4DC, INC)X6 = 42 ST
(8DC, INC)X5, 8DC = 48 ST
  8 (7DC, INC)X6 = 54 ST
9   REPEAT = 54 ST
10   REPEAT = 54 ST
11   4DC, INC, (8DC, INC)X5, 4DC = 60 ST
12   REPEAT = 60 ST
13   REPEAT = 60 ST
14   REPEAT = 60 ST
15   REPEAT = 60 ST
16   REPEAT = 60 ST
  17 REPEAT = 60 ST
18   4DC, DEC, (8DC, DEC)X5, 4DC = 54 ST
19   2DC, DEC, (8DC, DEC)X5 = 48 ST
 20 4DC, (6DC, DEC)X5, 2DC, DEC = 42 ST
  21 (8DC, DEC)X4, 2DC = 38 ST
22   (6DC, DEC)X4, 6DC = 34 ST
23  (4DC, DEC)X5, 2DC, DEC = 28 ST
24   14DEC = 14 ST
  Do not completely close – this will be attached to the centre of the blanket to make extra secure  

THE EARS X2 = 3mm hook

Blue

  Magic Ring  
  1 DC6 = 6 ST
  2 6INC = 12 ST
  3 (DC, INC)X6 = 18 ST
  4 (DC2, INC)X6 = 24 ST

NOTES: Worked in continuous row’s

Cream (for centre of ears)

  Magic Ring  
1   DC6 = 6 ST
6INC = 12 ST

THE FACE = 2.5mm hook

Cream

Follow this link for a detailed written guide.

NOTES: Each 1CH at the beginning of every row and the SLIP STITCH to close are NOT counted.

The eye socket sections are attached individually, (4th DC from the middle of the oval). They are created by starting from the middle and working the rows outward to form half circle shapes.

Start each row with 2 Chains, then HTC. At the end of each row you will need to Slip Stitch into the oval and then turn your work, working back over the HTCs just made.

Place safety eyes in the first set of HTC stitches, and sew a mouth around the bottom of the first row in the oval. Sew the face onto the head. Attach ears and stuff the head then attach the completed head to the centre of the granny square blanket.

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