In the last couple of weeks I have had a very large desire to crochet. Having found a really great deal on yarn didn’t help, I have enough to last me for a while. But I have been trying to limit my projects to things I can complete quickly so that I don’t have all kinds of WIPs packed away.
I found a wonderful website with lots of weird and fun things to make, Craftbits.com. I found a couple of things I could do quite quickly and easily:
This is *supposed* to be a troll. The mohair I used was too tightly woven, I suppose, and my embroidery leaves a lot to be desired. But he is so ugly, he’s cute. Lauryn has dubbed him “Pugly”.
As Lauryn got her hands on that little fellow, Kimber had to have something, too. So:
So she got a sock monkey bookmark. Its quite cute, and the basic idea is easy enough to replicate into pretty much any animal one wants.
Getting then on the kick of sock monkeys, I decided I wanted a sock monkey hat. I searched for quite some time for a pattern, without any luck. I don’t know why its such a guarded secret, so I made my own.
And in case anyone else wants to try it, the pattern:
I worked this with thick yarn (and the brown was a combination of both brown and white sport weight yarn) and a larger hook (US8, 5mm). This made a fairly large hat. If you find it is too large, drop one of the increasing rows from the hat base, adjusting your numbers accordingly.
I also wrote this for me, so there may be errors in the pattern, as well as it being unclear in spots. It helps to have a bit of crochet familiarity. If you do come up with an issue, please send me a note and I will clarify if possible.
Hat base, worked in rounds.
1. With white yarn, ch 2, sc 6 into 2nd st from hook, join (6st)
2. ch 3, dc in next st, 2dc in each sc; join (12 st)
3. rep row 2, join (24 st)
4. ch 3, dc same st, dc in next st, *2dc in next st, dc in next st* to end, join. (36 st)
5. ch 3, dc same st, dc in next 2 st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st* to end, join (48 st)
6. ch 3, dc same st, dc in next 3 st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 st* to end, join (60 st)
7. Join red yarn, ch 1. Sc round, join. (60 st)
8. Join brown yarn, ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 4 st, *2dc in next st, dc in next 4 st* to end, join (72 st)
9-15. Ch 3, dc in each st across, join. (72 st)
16. ch 3, dc in next 7 st. Turn. (8 sts)
17. ch 3, 2dc together, dc in next 2, 2dc together, dc in next st. Turn. (6 sts)
18. ch 2, 2dc together in next 4 st (2 sts), dc in last st (4 st). Turn.
19. ch 3, sl in last st in row. End yarn.
From edge of first ear flap, count 28 st. Join yarn on next st. Repeat instructions for first ear flap, without ending yarn.
Sc around outer edge of hat, sl to join. End yarn, weave in ends.
Ears, worked in rows, in brown yarn. Make 2.
1. Ch 4.
2. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in next two sc, turn. (6st)
3. ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc across. (12 st)
4. repeat row 3 (24sts), end yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.
1. With red yarn, ch 15.
2. Sc 2nd chain from hook and across; 2sc in last st; loop over edge and across bottom of chain; 2sc in last st. Sl st to join, 30st.
3. Sc round, increasing two sc at edges. Sl st to join. 34st.
Join white yarn. Crochet 4 more rows, increasing as needed on edges to keep work flat. End yarn, leaving long tail for sewing.
Eyes, worked in rounds, in black yarn. Make 2.
1. Ch 2. Sc 5 into 1st st. Sl st to join.
2. 2 Sc in each st round, sl to join. End yarn, leaving tail for sewing.
Sew face pieces to appropriate place on base. Create a red pompom for top, attach accordingly.
Cut 4 24″ lengths each of red, white, and brown yarn. Gathering two lengths each, fold in half. Insert loop end into bottom of ear flap at ch 3 space. Thread ends through loop, pulling tight. Separate colours into three portions, braid ends, knotting neatly. Trim edges appropriately.