Mischief Monkey is a fun and entertaining knitted toy. Much loved, he has a realistic style, yet is of a simple design.
Mischief is a popular member of our household, he lives with his friends Freddie Fox, Rebecca Rabbit, Leonard Lion and Lucy Lamb. All five are much loved by the tiny humans and their friends!
He is quick and simple to knit, using any yarn that you wish. I have knitted him in monkey like colours, but he could equally be knitted in a bright variegated yarn for a more contemporary look. Use any thickness of yarn, thicker - larger monkey, thinner yarn a smaller, cuter monkey. The brown monkey in the pictures here were knitted in a chunky yarn on 6mm needles. He is about 30cm high (tip toe to top of head). If you were to use a 4ply yarn and 3mm needles, he would be about half size at 15cm high. Generally I recommend using a needle size a bit smaller than that suggested for the yarn, you will want to knit quite a tight fabric, so that the stuffing doesn't show through.
If knitting in DK (Sport) weight yarn, you will need approx 30g of the main colour. For an Aran (Worsted) weight you will need approx 75g, and for a chunky yarn, approx 150g.
This pattern has instructions to knit using straight needles (flat pieces), OR in the round using a circular needle. If knitting in the round, you can avoid much of the sewing up! You will need to use the magic loop technique to knit the small pieces in the round, a tutorial for this is included. If you are not so comfortable with knitting in the round, or do not have a circular needle handy, then the pattern pieces can be easily knitted on straight needles, and sewn up later.
The pattern knits each body part separately, then these are stitched together to create a monkey of pleasing structure. Soft and slightly floppy in the limbs, yet firm enough to sit up unaided.
The tail is made with a curly icord, this is knitted on two double pointed needles and is quite simple to do.
Knitting Pattern for Mischief Monkey - a softie knitted monkey.
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