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.

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

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
*If making the monkey w/o patches, the eyes are put in between the 9th and 10th row with 3 visible stitches between them.

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


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!

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


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

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

    2. how tall does this monkey crochet up to?

    3. Miss Sharon as I was flipping through all of my emails I came across this page called Hooked on Crochet and so I looked at all of the lines of different things to do. I have lost my job and it has been hard in getting a job and it is hard to keep me busy I get a project and finish it rather quickly then I have to find another project, BUT OH BUT when I got to this one of the Little Bigfoot Monkey I just didn't know what to do. I ran to my cubby to what I had and well I had all but one of the items that you have on the list. so I ran out and got it. Well to say the lest I have been working on this for the 3 days. I keep getting pulled away from the screen for one thing or another I think what I have to do is get out of the house and sit somewhere where I don't get pulled away so I can finish it and want to make more of them all the different colors that I can get my hands on . Sharon I can not thank you enough for this monkey you have given me a goal to make them so I can send some to my nice who is in Huston at the Anderson Hospital so that she will know that she has a lot of CRAZY MONKEY here for her. I will send you a pic once I get each one done. Once again Sharon thank you very very very much for putting this monkey I know that my nice is going to love them. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU : ) : ) : )

    4. awww, I am so happy to read your message! It made me smile :))

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write and I'm so very glad you are enjoying the pattern. I wish you all the best and best wishes to your niece as well.

      Happy Crocheting!!!
      Sharon Ojala xo

    5. Hi Sharon:
      I love all of your work, how would I make some of the animals as big as the bunny?

  2. Hi Sharon
    Thanks for the pattern.
    Happy weekend

  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.

  4. I have linked your new pattern to our crochet amigurumi group on 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. :)

  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

    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.

  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!

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

  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 :)

  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!!

  10. thank you so much its so pretty

  11. Thank you for great inspiration and clearly instruction. Result of my work I put on my blog:

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

    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

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

  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.

    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

    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.

    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 :)

    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!

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

  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

  17. I did this one! :) And I also did the fox and the bottle. It came out just perfect, not as perfect as Your's did, but in it's special, different way ;)
    I am going to post it on Your facebook wall. :)
    Cheers and thank You for the patterns <3

  18. I am in progress of making my kids each a monkey. I would love to have a pattern for these monkeys that are much larger. I was thinking around 2ft long. I am not good at altering a pattern to make them the size i want so that is why I am asking for your help. I would also like to pin your pattern on pintrest if you don't mind. I do not have facebook but when I am finished with the current monkeys that I am working on I would love to send you a picture of them and you are more than welcome to post them on your facebook page. Is there a better way that we can communicate? Please send me an email or something so we can communicate better.


  20. I came across this on YouTube and found it extremely cute! I can't wait to do try this as I'm no good with crochet at all and having your tutorial will be a great help! I even attempted to get some of the supplies today at Michael's but they were missing some of the things I needed.

  21. Hi Sharon, I am just learning to crochet but it's taking me so long to work out the stitches and the patterns completely confuse me until now!! Thank you so much for showing how to do it, explaining the pattern and making the tutorial video! Phew you must be exhausted!!! Lol. From one Sharon to another :-) Love and Blessings xx

  22. Good Morning, just came upon your site via YouTube. I am from USA or across the pond from you..LOL it's been many years since once again thinking about crocheting (now 71) and when I saw your animals couldn't wait to give it a try. Today I have to go buy yarn, which in a since makes me very sad. A year ago we were forced to leave our home to move to much smaller apt, easier for us to live in (both disabled) so most all our possessions had to go. Crafting was not on my mind soooo all my build up of soooo many supplies went. Did mange to hang onto my knitting and crochet needles/hooks however. Now for my question what are the measurements of these previous Amigurumis? Where do you live? I have the dearest online friend in UK we chat daily. We met in an online Bible Study I was teaching and her son gifted her a trip over here a few yrs ago, first time she ever flew or left her was so exciting. Well this time has been nice to meet you. Hoping the animals I make will catch on and our youngest GD (10) will start a rage for them lol. She got me interested in doing Rainbow Loom

  23. I wanted to thank you for your absolutely amazing free patterns. I have been crocheting amigurumi for years now and I'm always trying to find patterns that are cute and all of yours fit the bill! Thank you so much, I appreciate it so much!! :)

  24. Thank you so much! They are so cute and perfect for my little hands it has made lots of kiddos smile :)

  25. What would happen if I used a 5mm hook?

    1. If you crochet loose stitches then using a 5mm hook will cause gaps and you'll see stuffing through the stitches. But you you crochet more on the tight side then a 5mm will work great and the amigurumi will turn out a bit larger. You could also hold 2 strands together and use 5mm and then you'll have even a bigger amigurumi. If you go to the search bar near the top of this page on the right hand side and search "larger amigurumi" click on the top post that appears and I explain that a little further with pictures as well

  26. Hi, i have a crazy question. In the beginning of the pattern you said to make 6st in the magic circle, what kind of stitches go in the magic circle? Still new to reading patterns correctly.

    1. 6 single crochets. I give the option for the magic circle or the adjustable loop chain 2 method and each one has a video tutorial. Each one is underlined at the start of the pattern, those are links so just click on them. Try each method and see which one works best for you :)

  27. Hi S....I cannot seem to find how to make mouth on monkey...mine just don't come out good. I like the orange or green smile. Ty... Still plugging away at my first one. Ty

  28. Wow!! So fast. You are a joy!! Cannot TY enough for sharing your talent, you make it look so easy. Just getting back to my little guy after long interruption.

  29. Yeaaa finally finished my first Amigurumi monkey...he is adorable even tho has several mistakes. Now not sure what will try... But wanted to once again TY S... My hubby just been diagnosed with Stage 4 C, so this is a wonderful distraction. Hoping my next one comes out better, might just do monkey again this time avoid the mistakes.

  30. Hi, I write from Madrid. I love the monkey it's the most cute I have found online but it's a little difficult for me in English... It would be possible to have the explanation in Spanish? Thanks for sharing your amigurumi.

  31. Nevermind my previous comment. I found where to switch colors. :)

  32. Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for being so generous in sharing your patterns with clear instructions and video tutorial. All very helpful. I've just finished a pink monkey for a friend who's expecting a little baby girl. The monkey looks so cute and full of personality. Looking at her makes me feel happy!

  33. Hello Sharon,

    I see that you have a lot of messages and comments which are saying thanks to you... but I would like to write another one :)
    I´ve started crochet because I saw your beautiful patterns (I´ve never crochet before) and your video tutorials are so understadable!!!!
    So THANK YOU very much for your ideas, patterns and also generosity :)

    1. you're welcome!

      And thank you very much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it. I'm so happy you have been enjoying the patterns and videos and that through them you have learned to crochet, that sure means a lot to me :)

      All the best to you as you continue down your crochet journey...

      Sharon Ojala

  34. Thank you for sharing.

    I've linked you in my blog about Chinese Zodiac Monkey Patterns

  35. I've made up some of the little amigurumi animals from your patterns. They all work up absolutely beautifully. My husband keeps telling me that each new critter is cuter than the last! Thank you so much for providing these patterns and video tutorials for free. Don't know if I could afford to do these otherwise. So generous. Getting lots of inspiration from the comments section as well. Love the idea of making the monkey's tail longer and using a pipe cleaner to pose it to hang upside down. Thanks again and take care .....


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