Knit Monster

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By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Monsters make the best toys. They come in seemingly endless shapes and sizes. This pattern will make a small cute monster toy but do experiment to make your own unique creature. Though the pattern is written for intermediate knitters, if you’re a beginner and want to level up, try making a knit monster. The pattern will teach you increases, decreases, shaping, Icord and sewing knit pieces together. Create your own unique monster by using different yarn colors and different sizes for eyes and teeth. Remember, there’s no wrong way to make a monster!




4 St = 1 inch

Using worsted weight yarn will create a monster body that  measures 5” tall by 2” wide.
A  fuzzy thicker yarn created a red monster body that measures 6” tall by 3” wide.


BO: Bind off
CO: Cast off
K2T: Knit two stitches together
M1: Make 1
SSK: Slip two stitches knitwise, transfer back to left needle, knit together



Body/Head (Make 2)

CO 6 sts

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1 (8 sts)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K1, M1, K6, M1, K1 (10 sts)

Row 6: Purl

Row 7-18: Stockinette

Row 19: K1, SSK, K4, K2T, K1 (8 sts)

Row 20: Purl

Row 21: K1, SSK, K2, K2T, K1 (6 sts)

Row 22: Purl

Row 23: K1, K2T, SSK, K1 (4 sts)

Row 24: Purl

Row 25: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1 (6 sts)

Row 26: Purl

Row 27: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1 (8 sts)

Row 28: Purl

Row 29-32: Stockinette

Row 33: K1, SSK, K2, K2T, K1 (6 sts)

Row 34: Purl

Row 35: K1, SSK, K2T, K1 (4 sts)

Row 36: Purl

Row 37: BO

Ears (Make 2)

CO 4 sts

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, SSK (3 sts)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K1, SSK (2 sts)

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: SSK, pull yarn through last stitch

Arms (Make 2)

CO 3 sts

Icord for 1.5”

K2T (2 sts)

K2T, pull yarn through last stitch


Legs (Make 2)

CO 4 sts

Icord for 2”

K2T (3 sts)

K2T (2 sts)

K2T, pull yarn through last stitch

Tail (Make 1)

CO 3 sts

Icord for 4″

K2T (2 sts)

K2T, pull yarn through last stitch

Sew the two body/head pieces together using blanket stitch.

Stuff head and body separately as the neck opening will be too small to push stuffing through easily.

Use blanket stitch to attach ears, arms, legs and tail. Weave in ends

Now that all limbs are attached it’s time to personalize your monster.

Add buttons for eyes, make a super long tail or put on extra arms and legs.

Small triangles of felt make excellent monster teeth.

To create a yarn ribbon, use a crochet hook to make a chain of desired length.

Weave in ends and tie around your monster.

These little monsters are fun to decorate!

If making a gift for a baby or animal use felt pieces instead of buttons. I used white felt for monster eyes and black felt to make a hipster beard.

Experiment with yarn and needle size to create different textures and sizes. I made a monster out of fuzzy red yarn and mixed some catnip in with the stuffing to make a cat toy.

These monsters are easy to customize and make a unique gift.

Craft on!

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