Friday, May 10, 2013

Darcy Large Monkey Free Crochet Pattern


Darcy the 2 foot monkey! He is huge and very huggable and oh so very loveable! Make yourself one with this free pattern. There is a video tutorial too...

Copyright 2013 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

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What I used to make Darcy:


Body, Limbs, Head: multi colored worsted weight yarn medium #4 Red Heart and Bernat Soft Boulce Bulky #5 held together.
Hands, Feet, Muzzle, Ears: 2 strands of worsted weight yarn medium #4 (Red Heart) held together
Band of red: 1 strand of red, worsted weight yarn #4

10mm black safety eyes placed over white felt.
5.00mm hook
Pieces of Felt
yarn needle
polyester stuffing

Special notes: I worked in continuous rounds with a 5.00mm hook. I held 2 strands of yarn together for every part except for the red bands, those are all 1 strand. I use the jogless stripe method when switching colors which uses a sl st for the first st of the new row with the color change. The sl st is counted as 1st. Each row has a sequence as given below. For example 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row.The lighter colors are 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together. The darker colors are a strand of worsted weight yarn and a strand of boucle yarn held together. 


Darker Colors
Lighter Colors

st = stitch

sc = single crochet
2tog = 2 stitches together
sl st = slip stitch
f/o =  finish off

See full video tutorial here

To use the video tutorial I have it in this order as follows:

1) Introduction
2) Body
3) Head
4) Feet and Legs
5) Hands, Arms then Thumbs
6) Colored bands around legs, arms and tail
7) Sew Head to Body
8) Sew Arms On
9) Sew Legs On
10) Make Bigger Muzzle then Smaller Muzzle
11) Make and Sew on Ears
12) Tail
13) Last thoughts and tips!

See modifications for smaller sized monkey here




Head:
darker color

*if you choose safety eyes then remember to put those in before stuffing and closing the head. Since mine is not going to a small child I glued the safety eyes on after the head was sewed to the body and I put on the muzzle. I played around with the placement until I was happy with the look. If you like where I put Darcy's then put them in between the 15th and 16th row and about 12 to 14 stitches apart.


1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)

5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (36)
7) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (42) 
8) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (48)
9) 1sc in next 7st then 2sc in next st (54) 
10-20) 1sc in each st for 11 rows 
21) 1sc in next 7st then 2tog (48)
22) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (36) 

23) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (30) 
24) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24) 
25) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
26) 1sc in each st

f/o and cut free leaving a long tail of the worsted weight yarn for sewing and cut the boucle yarn shorter,  hide the boulce yarn tail inside head.

Muzzle: 

lighter colors

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24) 

5) 3sc in next 2st then 1sc in next 10st, repeat (32)
6) 1sc in each st  


sl st and f/o and cut free leaving a long tail for sewing. You can cut one shorter than the other and just hide it or use both for sewing. Whatever works best for you. Add in a mouth and nostrils before stuffing and sewing to face.



Ears:

lighter colors
 


1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)


sl st and f/o and cut free leaving long tails for sewing. Shape the ears by folding one edge over and sewing it in place as pictured then sew flat edge to head. Hide yarn tails inside head when done

If you want bigger ears just add a 4th row. 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st. Then f/o.



Body:

with darker colors


1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (36)
7) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (42)
8) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (48)
9) 1sc in next 7st then 2sc in next st (54)

10) 1sc in next 8st then 2sc in next st (60)

11-19) 1sc in each st for 9 rows
20)
1sc in next 8st then 2tog (54)

21) 1sc in next 7st then 2tog (48)
22) 1sc in next 6st then 2tog (42)

*start stuffing body. Make sure to add in extra for that belly!


23-24) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
25) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (36)
26-29) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
30)
1sc in next 4st then 2tog (30)

31-32) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
33) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
34) 1sc in each st
35) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)


f/o and cut free. Hide yarn tails inside body. Sew head to body




Legs
:

starting with lighter colors


1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5-7) 1sc in each st for 3 rows

*make sure to tighten up stitches as you go through rows 8 and 10
to eliminate gaps

 
8) 2tog 5times, 1sc in next 14st (19)
9) 1sc in each st
10) 2tog 4times, 1sc in next 11st (15)
11) 1sc in each st
12) 1sc in next 14st, switch to darker color on last st
13) sl st the first st, 1sc in next 14st (15)

*stuff and shape foot. Do not over stuff this part or it will look like a round ball instead of a foot. Stop and stuff leg every 5 rows or so*stop and knot off color changes after 2 or 3 rows  of leg



 14-38) 1sc in each st for 25 rows * if you would like to have the legs attached the same way I attached them then finish off here, the open end will be sewn onto the body and there will be no bend. If you'd rather legs that fold over to help the monkey sit better then do no f/o continue on with rows 39-41

39) ch1 pinch top of leg together then 1sc right through both sides 7 times across the top edge.
40) ch1 turn, 1sc in each st across
41) repeat row 40


f/o and cut free leaving a long tail of the worsted weight yarn for sewing and cut the boucle yarn shorter,  hide the boulce yarn tail inside leg.

I sewed the open end right to the body of the monkey. I set the legs back a ways from the belly to make it look like the belly is even fatter. If you chose to make folding legs then sew the flat end to the underside of the body.




Red Ankle Band:
with 1 strand of red yarn make 2

1) chain a length that will fit around the ankle
2) starting with 2nd ch from the hook, stitch across the ch

f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to ankle, hide yarn tails inside leg when done

Arms:

starting with the hands using lighter colors

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)

5-6) 1sc in each st for 2 rows

*make sure to tighten up stitches as you go through rows 7 and 8 to eliminate gaps
 
7) 2tog 3times, 1sc in next 18st (21)

8) 2tog 3times, 1sc in next 15st (18)
9) 1sc in each st
10) 1sc in next 4sc then 2tog (15)
11) 1sc in next 3sc then 2tog (12)
12) 1sc in next 11st, switch colors on 12th st
13) sl st first st then 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st- (this is the end of this sequence) finish off row with 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st, repeat (15)


*stop and knot off color changes after 2 or 3 rows of arm and stuff hand. Do not over stuff. Continue on with the rest of the arm and stuff every 5 rows or so. Do not stuff the top 5 rows of the arm

14-38) 1sc in each st for 25 rows


f/o and cut free leaving a long tail of the worsted weight yarn for sewing and cut the boulce yarn shorter,  hide the boulce yarn tail inside arm. Flatten the top of the arm and sew to top of body, just under the head. Hide yarn tails inside body when done.

Thumb:
using the lighter colors you can either pick up stitches or make the thumb and sew it in place. I've included instructions for both.

Picking up stitches:
1) Pick up 7st in a circle (7)
2-3) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
stuff thumb then sl st across the thumb as many times as it takes to close up the hole. f/o and cut free and using a yarn needle to hide the yarn tails inside the thumb


Making thumb to sew on:

1) magic circle with 7st (7) pull circle tight to close up hole
2-3) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
f/o and cut free, cut one strand shorter than the other and use one strand for sewing the thumb into place. Stuff and sew onto hand


Red Wrist Band:
with 1 strand of red yarn make 2

1) chain a length that will fit around the wrist
2) starting with 2nd ch from the hook, stitch across the ch

f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to wrist, hide yarn tails inside arm when done


Tail:
starting with lighter colors

1) magic circle with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3-13) 1sc in each st for 11 rows, switch colors on last st of last row
14) sl st first st, 1sc in next 11st
15-44) 1sc in each st for 30 rows
45) ch1 turn, pinch top of tail together and 1sc through both sides 6 times across top edge
46) ch1 turn, 1sc in next 6st
47) repeat row 46

f/o and cut free leaving a long tail of worsted weight yarn for sewing. Cut the boulce yarn shorter and hide it inside tail. Sew the flat edge to the back side of the monkey


Red Tail Band:

with 1 strand of red yarn make 2

1) chain a length that will fit around the tail
2) starting with 2nd ch from the hook, stitch across the ch

f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to tail, hide yarn tails inside tail when done

And that's it! If you made Darcy please post pictures on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely I would love to see!

  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!



49 comments:

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    1. Thanks Connie! He's the largest I've made so far and really cuddly :)

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    2. Hi Sharon really love this monkey ...I've made a few so far. A variety of different colors.

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  2. What a cute monkey! And thanks for making the pattern free!

    -Baby Cat

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    1. thanks so much! And you're welcome, the world needs more monkeys!

      Happy Crocheting!!

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  3. So now we know what you were doing with the boucle lol. He's adorable. Thanks for the pattern
    Shazzy

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    1. yup! I like the look and feel of it when done.. there'll be more of these guys coming up, lol

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  4. Hey Sharon~ Thanks I am going to get the yarn for this tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing~

    Heidi

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    1. You're welcome Heidi, glad you like him :)

      Happy Crocheting!!

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  5. Hello sharon
    It's very nice. Thanks for the pattern.


    Hola Sharon
    Es muy bonito. Gracias por el patrón.

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    1. You're welcome! Glad you like him :)

      Happy Crocheting!!

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  6. A great pattern, he is a Featured Friday Find at www.atplayonline.com!

    Should go live later this afternoon :)

    Megan

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    1. Hey thanks so much Megan! I'll share that on Amigurumi Freely too later today. Great stuff, thanks for the share :)

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  7. How adorable, I have a couple of grand daughter that would love this!
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. you're welcome! So glad you found the pattern, we love our Darcy.. he's very huggable :))

      Happy Crocheting!!

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  8. I have 2 nephews under the age of 3. I see Christmas presents! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!

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    1. You're welcome! Great gift idea and I'm so happy to read your message :))

      Happy Crocheting!!

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  9. Very cute!! Thanks for posting the pattern!

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  10. This is the cutest thing ever! I can't wait to make it for my best friends new baby. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Glad you like him and have fun with the new baby :)

      Happy Crocheting!!

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  11. I don't know how I just discovered your blog but I wanted to take a second and tell you I have plans already to crochet Hobbes for my 42 year old son! He is a big Calvin and Hobbes fan! BTW, any plans to do Calvin?

    And this great monkey will be getting lots of cuddles from my great-nephew!

    thank you for all you do for us crocheters!!

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    1. Hi Brenda, great to see you! I'm so glad you are enjoying the patterns, however Hobbes isn't my pattern, I think you must of seen it on my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely.
      I post patterns there everyday from all sorts of designers. I also post my own patterns but in the description I always state who the pattern belongs to and then give the link to the pattern.
      All my own patterns will always be linked back here to my web site, www.amigurumitogo.com. I normally have my web site address written at the bottom of all my pattern pictures as well.
      I'm very happy to hear you will be making this monkey, he is a great one for cuddles. My kids love him too!

      Happy Crocheting!!
      xo

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  12. Hi Sharon,
    thank you so much for this, my sister is having a baby and made the smaller version, can't wait to give it for her babay shower

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  13. This is so cute. I'm going to make it for my niece for Christmas. I love all the options you provided. Thanks.

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  14. I'm so pleased with how my monkey is going I've just got legs and arms to do then sow it all together I've already done a smaller one I must post on ur page

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  15. i love this monkey but first gotta finish my chick then go on to this. tis your work with
    us.

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  16. I love this pattern, he is super cute. I'm almost finished making one for my 3yr old daughter. I'm using a fuzzy yarn so it is super furry :) thankyou very much!

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  17. This is an awesome pattern and mine turned out cute
    Thank you for this free pattern
    Tina k

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  18. Thank you so much, all your patterns are wonderful :)
    Sladjana

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  19. I am only using one strand of yarn and the head of the monkey was huge. What did I do wrong? Any suggestions that you have will be wonderful.

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    1. what weight of yarn and what size hook did you use?

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  20. I was wondering if you stuff the tail or just leave it flat. I am using a much thicker yarn and my Darcy ended up about 4 feet tall! Super cute! Thanks for sharing

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    1. I'd stuff the tail but that's up to you :)) A 4ft monkey sounds amazing! If you ever want to, please post a picture on facebook on Amigurumi Freely, I'd love to see him :))

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  21. Thank you so very much for sharing these beautiful patterns. Truly appreciated. Will make great gifts for Christmas!

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  22. Or and as soon as I finish her I will post a pic of her on Amigurumi Freely on FB

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  23. Hey Sharon~ What is a good substitute for the boucle? It is not the same anymore.

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    1. Hi Heidi,

      I think anything from bulky to fuzzy worked with a strand of ww yarn will give a great effect. I wanted something soft so that's why I chose boucle but there's other soft novelty yarns that would work great too

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  24. Hey Sharon! I made one of your adorable monkeys about a year or so ago (loved it!), and now I'm going to start a second one for a dear friend who is expecting. Anyways, I can't for the life of me remember how much yarn I went through the first time around. Can you please give me an idea as to how much yardage I'd need to make the "single strand" monkey? I'd really appreciate it!

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    1. I use the jumbo rolls (Red Heart Comfort) so it's hard to say exactly. But a lady told me on fb she used one package of Red Heart Super Saver.. you can google that for package details. Hope that helps. I do plan to revise this pattern this year and put in there the yarn needed, I really have no idea what I was thinking at that time by not putting it in there, lol so sorry!

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  25. A million thank you's for the Darcy pattern. I made him for my mother who is in a nursing home, nearly 100% blind, going deaf. She grew up with monkeys in her native Nicaragua and I know it will comfort her to hold and hug him. I am hundreds of miles away and it was wonderful to give her this labor of love!

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  26. Hi Sharon! I'm working on my big monkey as we speak! I had a question for you, that I realize maybe I should have asked before I got started. I noticed some of your other amigurumi, you crochet the head and body together all as one piece--whereas Darcy is in two pieces, head and body, and then sewn together. May I ask why you chose to make him this way? Furthermore, is there a way to crochet him so he's all one piece? I'm currently at row 19--about to start decreasing. and I'm wondering if, when I get to the top of the body, if I can just continue on with the head?? Thanks so much for this great pattern!

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    1. yes, he's an old pattern. I designed him in 2013 so I was still developing techniques as a designer. I do now have most of them all in one piece.
      This pattern can def be made in one piece, I can't give you the pattern for that as I'm super busy and I'd have to re-write it.

      The body part of this pattern starts at the bottom of the body and works up to the neck. If I were to do this pattern again, I'd start the neck at row 26 of the head and work to the bottom of the body. You'd have to figure that out but doing the body backwards. Sorry, I wish I could be more help to you but time will not allow it atm.

      Thanks for asking

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    2. Hi Sharon! No this is great thanks for your quick reply! I'm working my way up the body and seeing that both the head and body end with 18 stitches, I think I might be able to figure out how to work the head from the neck up! I'll give it a shot! If it works I'll let you know! If not I'll just go with the original plan to sew the head on! Thanks again!

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  27. hi sharon, ...i love your things, but sadly you never really say how much yarn is needed for your projects ..it would be a big help to know this for at least the main color you've used :( ...so what i'm wondering is that if i were to go buy yarn for this cute guy how much would i be needing? (for at least the main body yarns) ..thanks so much <3

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    1. This is an older pattern (2013) and I can't remember exactly but if you were going to be using the Soft Boulce or any other specialty yarn for this project buy 2 packages and keep the receipt to return one if you don't need it.
      I've asked on facebook and most said one package was fine but it's always better to get 2 just in case. My hope is to go over this pattern myself as soon as time allows and get the amounts figured out.

      Aside from this pattern, all the rest of my patterns worked in worsted weight yarn are explained on my FAQ page right here see question #3

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    2. thanks so much for your reply :) ..i don't mind to much over buying yarn for a project as can always use it somewhere, but i hate having to run out of yarn and maybe can't find the right dye lot lol ..will check out your FAQ page and thanks again :)

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