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Knit a Toy Monkey

By: Tracy Chapman for Canadian Living

Make this free knitting pattern for the little on in your life - or for yourself. Knit a Toy Monkey is a fun and cute project for all ages. Why not make a Mini Banana to go with it?


Knitting Needle Size2 or 2.75 mm, 3 or 3.25 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

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This is a great way to use up scraps of yarn and you end up with an adorable toy for a special child. I can see knitting up an entire troop of little monkeys in different colors to donate to a children's project. Imagine the smiles on those little faces when their new friends arrive. The worsted yarn is held double to knit this project so you will end up with a nice dense fabric that sure to hold up under lots of loving.

this is an easy and fun! at the time i did not know how to purl(my sister soon changed that) and i was always looking for a project i could do without having to purl, i did some searching and found this website. i started with the monkey frst because my sister and i love them! i cant wait to try others! (this pattern won me first place in our local fair)

Knitted Tucker recently (I called him Pongo) for a new baby and was pleased with result, although he was much bigger than anticipated (my fault - he was, from memory, about 16" tall and although dimensions aren't given on pattern, I could have calculated since his legs alone are 8" long!) I haven't worked out how to put a photo on the site - sorry. Used UK Woolcraft New Fashion Double Knitting and size 3.25mm needles. Only needed 2 x 100g balls of main colour, 1 x 100g of lighter shade for face/hands/feet (winding some off ball by hand) + scraps of colours for scarf and jacket. Only problem was sml mistake in Jacket...should read: Shape armholes: k8, bind off 2 stitches, k10, bind off 2sts. Working on next 8 sts only, k 9 rows. I gave him a big smile too! :)


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