Mimi the Monkey
Height: 13.5″ standing
Skill Level: Intermediate
Ravelry: Mimi the Monkey
Mimi the Monkey is by far the most adventurous of the safari animal bunch. Be sure to set a good example for her because monkey see, monkey do!
sc: single crochet
inc: 2sc increase
dec: invisible decrease
dc: double crochet
dec3tog: Just like a regular invisible decrease, except you’re decreasing 3 stitches together instead of 2.
Attaching with thread vs. yarn tail
For a cleaner look on the face “mask” and snout, I opted to cut short tails, weave them in, and attach the pieces to the head with a standard needle and matching thread. However, you can also attach the snout using a yarn needle and the yarn tail. It’s up to you!
Regarding stitch markers
Note: The photos above show a fox, but the technique is the same for all of my patterns.
It’s not necessary to mark stitches for the eyes on this pattern, but it does indicate to insert 2 stitch markers showing you where to begin attaching the ears.
I recommend using strands of yarn in 2 different colors as your stitch markers: Two strands in color 1 (pink) to mark where you will place each ear, and one long strand in color 2 (green) to track the beginning/end of each round.
The photos above demonstrate how to mark a stitch while crocheting a round: lay your strand of yarn acting as a marker over your working yarn and the stitch you’ll be working into, then complete the stitch as normal.
You’ll essentially be weaving the long strand in color 2 through your work with each round. On odd rounds you’ll be laying the strand back-to-front, and on even rounds you’ll be laying the strand front-to-back.
The advantage of using this technique is you’ll have the beginning of every single round marked, which makes it much easier to find your place if you make a mistake. That said, It’s perfectly fine to use a regular ol’ safety pin-like marker to keep track of your rounds instead. 🙂
Monkey face tutorial
Here are the next steps to get your monkey face to look like the example photos (the stitches up the middle of the head is my stitch marker in color 2 mentioned above – it keeps track of the beginning/end of each round and can be pulled out when your work is completed):
Step 1 – Place the eye “mask” horizontally on the face, so the starting magic ring is centered in the bottom indent of the mask. Stitch around so the “mask” is secured to the face.
Step 2 – Attach the snout so the top-middle rests at the center of the “mask”. Stitch ¾ around and stuff, then finish stitching.
How to indent the eyes
Note: The video above shows a fox, but the technique is the same for all of my patterns.
Step 1 – Cut a strand of yarn approximately 12″ long. Tie a large, secure knot in one end and thread the other end through your yarn needle.
Step 2 – Insert your needle through the back opening of the head and sew between between the starting chains in each eye oval.
Step 3 – Pull your strand of yarn taut, which will create indents.
Step 4 – Fasten off with a knot and hide your yarn tail inside the head, then insert and secure your safety eyes. I found it difficult to push the safety eyes through two crochet layers, so I “drilled a hole” where the eye would go with a pair of scissors first. That made it much easier!