By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Want to make a cute stuffed animal? This crocheted monkey is super cute and makes a great gift. The Create A Friend kit provides everything you need to make this cute monkey toy.
The kit comes with all the yarn and supplies you need to make your monkey friend. However, I don’t enjoy crocheting with plastic needles so substituted my own metal hook.
Instructions are pretty easy to follow. You’ll start by making the monkey’s head.
This pattern is advertised as “Fun for all skill levels!” but I suspect some of the shaping might be difficult for beginners, such as the eyes.
Rather, I’d classify this pattern as suitable for intermediate crocheters. However, if you’re a beginner crocheter and want to up your game, this pattern would be a good way to increase your skills.
The safety eyes are a nice touch.
This pattern crochets up pretty smoothly.
In theory the included stuffing is enough for the entire toy.
But even though I fluffed it up, the entire stuffing only filled up 3 /4 of the head and body.
So I added additional stuffing to fill out the bottom of the body and appendages.
The limbs are fun to make.
As I was making up the limbs I wondered if I would have enough yarn. This kit absolutely gives you enough.
The bow tie gives the monkey some flair.
I sewed on the mouth about halfway before stuffing it.
Ears are not stuffed which gives them a pleasing curvature.
Instructions say to stuff the monkey tail as you crochet it. I totally forgot but was able to stuff it after completion.
The pattern also says to attach the limbs at specific rounds. I just attached them where I thought they looked best.
The bottom of the monkey decreases pretty fast which leaves some gaps between the stitches.
To fix this I weaved in some extra brown yarn to close the gaps and hide the stuffing.
For the top hair I used a brush to fluff up the yarn ends.
Fluffy hair makes the monkey even more adorable.
When working with a craft kit I always wonder if there will be enough yarn. No worries with this one. Here’s how much yarn I had left over.
The monkey ends up being nine inches seated. Here’s my hand for scale.
In person this monkey is even cuter!
I’m happy to say that the finished product looks just like the photo on the box.