Friday, May 2, 2014

Little Bigfoot Monkey Revised Pattern Video Tutorial


Little Bigfoot Monkey 2014,

Here is another pattern that's been revised, improved and now comes with a full video tutorial. This is an older pattern of mine from 2012. I did my best to keep the original features that people loved but make some of the parts easier. Like the feet and legs. Those are the same but I decreased the rows in a way that will be easier for the beginner. The muzzle is made completely different and  also there's an option for bigger ears. I also include 3 different options for the eyes in
the video tutorial so nobody will be stuck if they don't have safety eyes! Oh, and the head and body are now one piece which means less sewing ~> yahoo!


Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

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Read me  ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join. I used Red Heart Super Saver and also Red Heart Comfort yarn with a 4.50 mm hook. If you crochet more on the loose side then use a smaller hook so you don't get gaps and stuffing showing through the stitches. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.
Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. 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 number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  It's a good idea to add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row.

Supplies:
One lighter and one darker color of Red Heart Super Saver or Red Heart Comfort 100% acrylic yarn
4.5mm hook *use a smaller hook if you  see gaps in your stitches
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
sharp end needle if doing embroidery and embroidery thread
scissors

100% polyester stuffing
felt, paint, buttons, or yarn for eyes ( I used 8mm buttons a 7.5mm and also a 9mm safety eyes. But size is not critical and can vary)
*optional ~ fabric tac (fabric glue) or invisible thread (if making the larger ears)
*optional ~ pipe cleaner to make tail poseable and help the monkey stand
 
This pattern uses the following stitches:

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



Click here for Full Video Tutorial ~ Video was filmed in the following order:

  • Introduction ~ Includes supply list
  • How to make the head and body ~ includes when and how to stuff
  • How to make the arms, legs and tail (in that order ~ starts at 27:18)
  • How to make the ears ~ both larger and smaller versions
  • How to make the eyes patches
  • How to make the muzzle including how to add in a smile
How to sew it all together in the following order:
  1. arms, legs then tail (starts at 1:06:40)
  2. muzzle (starts at 1:17:59)
  3. tutorial for different eyes first then how to sew on the eye patches
  4. how to add in thread eyebrow
  5. ears

Starting at the top of the head working down to bottom of body:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)
6-9) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
10) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (32)
11-12) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
13) 1sc in next 6st then 2tog (28)
14) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (24)
15) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
16) 1sc then 2tog (12) * stuff head, shape as you stuff. See video (time at 17:57) for tips on stuffing
17) 1sc in each st
18) 2sc in each (24)
19-21) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
22) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
23-24) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
25) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
26) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
27) 1sc then 2tog (12) * stuff body firmly and shape as you stuff
28) 1sc then 2tog (8) stuff more if needed
29) 2tog twice and f/o. Weave yarn tail in and out the remaining stitching and pull tight to close the gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail in body

Muzzle: with lighter color
1) ch8
2) starting with 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in each ch across (7) now continue on around the other side of the ch and 1sc in each of the outer loops (14) (see video at 58:14 on how to do this row)
3) 2sc in first st, 1sc in next 5st, 2sc in next 2st, 1sc in next 5st, 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in each st
5) (we only use 4st of this row) 1sc in next 3st, sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.  Add in a mouth before sewing muzzle to head.


Eye Patches: with lighter color

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 3sc in first st, 1sc in next 3st, 3sc in next st, 1sc in the next st (10)
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing

*option 1 for ears
Smaller Ears: make 4 in lighter color 
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) ch1 and turn, starting with 2nd st from hook (next 6st as follows: 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc) (8)
    *work starting yarn tail into the 2nd row
f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew 2 together (wrong sides together). Do not stuff. Sew 2 wrong sides together and whip stitch the back loops together. Knot off each corner.
(see video at 50:21 on how to make and sew the ear pieces together)


*option 2 for ears ~ Glue or sew the inner ear to the outer ear. See video at 48:53 for tips on doing this part. Also see photos below
Larger Outer Ears: Make 2 with color used to make head and body
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12) *work starting yarn tail into the 2nd row
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in each st
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing

Smaller Inner Ears: Make 2 with lighter color
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12) *work starting yarn tail into the 2nd row
3) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)
sl st next st and f/o


Arms: starting with lighter color

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
5) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
6) 2tog then 1sc in next 6st, switch colors on next st (8)
7) sl st first st then 1sc in next 7st (8)
8-12) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Lightly stuff hand, do not stuff arm.

Legs: starting with lighter color
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-6) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
7) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 4 times) 1sc in next 6st (14)
8) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 3 times) 1sc in next 3st, switch colors in next st, sl st next st (11)
9) 2tog then 1sc in next 9st (10)
10-14) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff & shape foot (tips on stuffing at 39:43) stuff leg.

Tail: starting with lighter color
*you can make the tail longer if desired by adding more rows in between rows 6 and 18
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
3) 2sc in first st then 1sc in next 8st (10)
4) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (8)
5) switch colors on first st, sl st next st, 1sc next 6st (8)
6-18) 1sc in each st for 13 rows *stuff the lighter color part of the tail, do not stuff the rest.
sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Bend a pipe cleaner in half and insert into the tail to make the tail poseable. Cut any excess pipe cleaner off


Assembly:

If you assemble the doll in the order I give you then you will not have to worry so much about centering the different parts as much.

1) Sew the arms on. These get sewn directly under the head

2) sew on the legs. How you sew the legs on is up to you. I wanted this monkey to be in a standing position so I sewed them on in a way the doll stands up. View the video on how to do this at 1:10:03.UPDATE ~> I just added a new video for an alternate way to sew on the legs right here
3) sew on  tail
4) sew on the muzzle (top of muzzle should sit just above the 10th or 11th row).
5) add eyes to the eye patches then sew the eye patches to the head. ( video at 1:31:30)
6) sew on the ears (between the 8th and 12th row). Pin them in place before sewing them in helps. But again, view the video for tips on sewing this part.





And that's it. You now have your very own Little Bigfoot Monkey! If you did make a monkey please post pictures on my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely


All the Little Bigfoot patterns that have been revised so far are:

Little Bigfoot Bunny
Little Bigfoot Elephant
Little Bigfoot Giraffe
Little Bigfoot Monkey
Little Bigfoot Pig

Hope you enjoyed this pattern, come back soon!

24 comments:

  1. I didn't think you could improve on the former pattern, but you did. Those ears are so precious. Thank you!

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    1. thank you very much, I appreciate that :))

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  2. Hi Sharon
    Thanks for the pattern.
    Happy weekend

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  3. All of your little critters make me smile! I appreciate so much your generosity. I have 2 big foot bunnies in progress and cannot wait to begin this monkey.

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  4. I have linked your new pattern to our crochet amigurumi group on Cafemom.com if that is OK. I just know they are all going to adore your new monkey as much as I do. I want a whole tribe of them. :)

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  5. This is too precious. I want to do one for my godson is it possible to do yarn eyes without the patches right on the head or will it look odd

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    1. I think it looks great without them, the orange monkey doesn't have patches and I show how to do french knot eyes in the video.

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  6. What a great pattern. When my grown niece saw it, she immediately asked for me to make one for her. It's a quick working pattern and so cute. Thanks for sharing. Now I guess I'll have to take a look at your other patterns. I'll be crocheting all summer long!

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  7. Nice. Thanks for giving alternatives to safety eyes, which I never seem to have on-hand!

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  8. Thank you for a lovely pattern and brilliant easy to follow video. This was my second attempt at an amigurumi still far from perfect...the family are having a good chuckle at the look of him but maybe I won't give up just yet :)

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  9. Thank you for your pattern and fantastic video!! I saw this adorable monkey on a game friend's FB page and asked her where I could find the pattern. She gave me the link to your site. I am so excited to get started. I will be making at least 4 for my littlest grandchildren. This may turn out to be my new "new baby" gift. Thanks again!!

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  10. thank you so much its so pretty

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  11. Thank you for great inspiration and clearly instruction. Result of my work I put on my blog: yuedu-livros.blogspot.com

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  12. Can you tell us how big/tall the finished product is....eg the monkey.....want to do 2 for my grandkids in uk ...thanks they are adorable!!

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    1. about 8 inches. If you look at the video I hold them up in the introduction and that will give you a better indication of overall size

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  13. Hi i'm new to crochet and this is my first project and wow i'm loving it loads thanku

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  14. I made this monkey for a friend who has cancer. I gave it to him on June 21, 2014. He laughed, as that little monkey just tickled him. I put a pipe cleaner in the tail, made the tail a little longer so it could hang by the tail. I showed him how to hang the monkey and there again it tickled him so and said it was so cute and thanked me. My friends wife said, " you like that monkey he made you laugh." July 13, 2014 my friend passed away. But he sure did love your monkey and it made him smile. I'm glad I did your tutorial. My monkey turned out looking just like a monkey. Thank you so much for sharing your wonder and easy to follow tutorials. It made my friend smile and it made me happy.

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    1. Oh my.. I love this story so much. What an honor and privilege for me to be even a small part of a what made your friend smile.
      Your story will stay with me, thank you so much for sharing it.

      Much Love and Blessings
      Sharon Ojala

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    2. I love your patterns...wish there was a way to show you the piggy I made. everyone likes the piggy and wants her. I say no she is my favorite. Your patterns are truly a blessing Sharon Ojala...never stop making them. They are a joy to many more then you know.

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    3. If you are on facebook you can post a photo on my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely. You can go directly there right from this blog. Scroll up and look to your right for a series of blue tabs. They are all names and the top tab is Facebook.

      And thank you for the kind words. I will continue making them just as long as I can :)

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    4. Being a cancer survivor/fighter myself I know how the kid felt. I know I am tickled pink when I get anything from someone.

      I enjoy the pattern for this and I plan on making some for my grandchildren.

      I thank you for this!

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  15. Thank you Sharon, I just printed out the pattern and started it, cant wait to see the monkey all made up! :D Aurora.

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  16. Can u make clothes for these guys ! I'm only eleven but love to do amigurumi and to crochet but it's a little difficult sometimes so clothes with a majic circle plz

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