This past spring Jill and I turned a preschool gate into a knit and crochet banana forest with a cheeky amigurumi monkey stealing a banana. Our current yarnbomb installation is always our favorite, because we never want to let it go. Fortunately we’re learning to write things down when we improvise new designs, so we can make more for ourselves!
This amigurumi monkey crochet pattern was just too cute not to share, so we worked her up in two sizes: like a baby and a mother. This new crochet toy pattern is just one set of instructions, with guidelines on how to use it for a crochet monkey toy in a variety of sizes.
Any yarn weight works for this project. The small crochet monkey uses a small hook, yarn held single, and single crochet stitches throughout. The large crochet monkey uses a larger hook, yarn held double, and half double crochet stitches. You can use this simple trick on almost any pattern where gauge and fit aren’t critical.
Want an even smaller crochet monkey? Experiment with smaller hooks and thread or lace weight yarn for a miniature plushie.
Want a jumbo crochet monkey? Break out the jumbo hooks and bulky yarn held double for a play room pillow pal.
For our monkey yarnbomb gaps in the fabric were ok, so we went up a few hook sizes from what’s appropriate for the total yarn weight.
Hopefully by now we’ve hammered it into your head to take some judicious liberties with your amigurumi patterns for more creative results. In other words, have fun and be sure to get up to some monkey business!
Purchase my new Monkey Business crochet pattern now on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy. I look forward to seeing your projects!
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