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RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein each of Café Latte A, Buff B, Cherry Red C, Black D
Crochet Hook: US H-8
Yarn needle, stitch marker, one pair 9–12mm safety eyes, floral stem wire (optional – to stabilize neck and for pose-able tail), fiberfill
GAUGE: 16 sts = 4"; 16 rounds = 4" in single crochet. CHECK GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
(4 medium) RED HEART® Super Saver® Art. E300 available in solid color 7 oz (198 g), 364 yd (333 m); multi-color and print 5 oz (141 g), 244 yd (223 m), flecks 5 oz (141g), 260 yds (238 m) skeins
reverse sc (reverse single crochet) = Work single crochet in opposite direction from which you would usually work (left to right if right-handed and right to left if left-handed). This stitch is also known as crab stitch. It creates a rope-like twisted single crochet edging.
sc2tog = [Draw up a loop in next st] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Note: Gauge is not critical for this project. Work tightly so stuffing will not show through stitches.
Monkey measures about 7½" tall
Beginning at top of head with A, ch 2.
Round 1 (right side): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc. Do not join. Work in continuous rounds (spirals). Place a marker for beginning of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Round 6: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—36 sc.
Round 7: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—42 sc.
Round 8: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—48 sc.
Rounds 9–16: Sc in each sc around.
Round 17: [Sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—42 sc.
Round 18: [Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—36 sc.
Round 19: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—30 sc.
Round 20: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 21: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—18 sc.
Round 22: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times—12 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing head to body.
Beginning at top of body, with B, ch 2.
Rounds 1–4: Work same as Rounds 1–4 of head—24 sc.
Round 5: Skip next 2 sc, 9 dc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 3 sc, skip next 2 sc, 9 dc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in next 3 sc—34 sts.
Round 6: 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 8 times, sc in last sc—43 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing face to head. Attach eyes at base of 9-dc groups on Round 5. With D and using photograph as a guide, embroider a straight stitch mouth and nose. Sew face to head, sewing around outer edges of face. Stuff head.
EARS (make 2)
With B, ch 2.
Row 1: Work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join, work back and forth in rows, turn—5 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc across, turn—10 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 5 times, turn—15 sc. Fasten off.
With A, work same as inner ear through Row 3—15 sc. Do not fasten off.
Row 4: Ch 1, hold one inner ear and one outer ear together with stitches of last rows matching; working through both thicknesses, sc in each sc across, do not turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, reverse sc in each sc across.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing ear to head. Using photograph as a guide for placement, sew one ear to each side of head.
Beginning at bottom of body, with A, ch 2.
Rounds 1–6: Work same as Rounds 1–6 of head—36 sc.
Rounds 7–14: Sc in each sc around.
Begin stuffing body. Continue to stuff as work progresses.
Rounds 15–18: Work same as Rounds 19–22 of head—12 sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
With C, ch 2.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn—1 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 3 sc in the sc, turn—3 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn—5 sc.
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn—7 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn—9 sc.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 8: Skip first 2 sc, 6 dc in next sc, skip next sc, slip st in next sc, skip next sc, 6 dc in next sc, skip last 2 sc, sl st in beginning ch-1—13 sts.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing heart to tummy. Sew heart to front of body. Stuff body. For additional stability, cut a 10" length of floral stem wire and fold it in half. Insert wire into center of body, allowing about 2" to extend from top. Place head on top of body, inserting remainder of wire into center of neck. Sew head to top of body.
ARMS AND LEGS (make a total of 4 pieces – 2 for arms and 2 for legs)
Beginning at tip of tail, with A, ch 2.
Rounds 1 and 2: Work same as Rounds 1 and 2 of head—12 sc. No marker is needed for beginning of round.
Rounds 3–10: Sc in each sc around.
Round 11: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] twice—10 sc.
Round 12: Sc in each sc around.
Round 13: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] twice—8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing limb to body. Stuff limbs lightly and sew to body.
With A, ch 2.
Round 1 (right side): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc. Do not join. Work in continuous rounds (spirals). No marker is needed for beginning of round.
Round 2: Sc in each sc around.
Repeat Round 2 working until tail measures about 15" from beginning or desired length. Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing tail to body. Stuff tail lightly and sew to back of body. Note: If a pose-able tail is desired, do not stuff tail. Wrap stuffing around wire, taking special care to wrap around tip of wire, and insert wrapped wire into tail. Leave about 2" of unwrapped wire extending out of open end of tail. Insert the 2" end into body before sewing tail in place.
Weave in any remaining ends.
ABBREVIATIONS: A, B, C, and D = Color A, B, C, and D; ch = chain; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.
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