Urban monkey with accessories - free knitting pattern

Urban monkey has all the things a monkey could want; a messenger bag complete with bananas and credit card. As you can see from the photo he is a real monkey about town enjoying an outing to a tapas bar, he even has a diamond earring to complete his 'look'.

The monkey is done in all plain knitting with double knit yarn on 3mm needles, you can swap the colours around as you like and you don't have to use different colours for the paws and ears if you don't want to. The polyester fiber from an old pillow makes an excellent stuffing for monkey! You won't need much yarn, I can't really say how much, only that it is under 20 grams, just use odds and ends, and be inventive with monkey's accessories! Leave all the ends long on the bits of monkey as you can use these to sew monkey up. My first monkey has gone to live with my good friends on the Desktop+ team at AMEX in Burgess Hill hence the blue credit card, you can see him and his mad kitten companion at the bottom of the page. Monkey hopes that being with a blue chip company will allow him to travel the world. Send back postcards from your travels monkey!

Knitting the monkey's bits

Body (brown DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. Cast on 20 stitches
  2. Knit 42 rows
  3. Decrease 1 stitch at the end of each of the next 4 rows
  4. Increase 1 stitch at the end of each of the next 4 rows
  5. Knit 42 rows
  6. Cast off 20 stitches

Head (brown DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. Cast on 10 stitches
  2. Knit 1 row
  3. Increase 1 stitch at the end of the next 10 rows
  4. Knit 12 rows (20 stitches)
  5. Decrease 1 stitch at the end of the next 10 rows
  6. Increase 1 stitch at the end of the next 10 rows
  7. Knit 12 rows (20 stitches)
  8. Decrease 1 stitch at the end of the next 10 rows
  9. Cast off 10 stitches

Legs x 2 (brown DK wool, cream DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. Cast on 14 stitches
  2. Knit 55 rows
  3. Change to a different colour of wool if you like now
  4. Knit 1 row
  5. Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of next 4 rows
  6. 6 stitches should remain, pass the end of the wool through these to pull tight

Tail (brown DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. (turning the knitting mid-row creates a 'bump' which gives a bit of a curve)
  2. Cast on 36 stitches
  3. Knit 1 row
  4. Knit 18 turn knitting (you 'ignore' the last 10 stitches)
  5. Knit 18 back to end of row
  6. Knit 1 row (all 36 stitches)
  7. Repeat last 3 rows 3 times

Arms x 2 (brown DK wool, cream DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. Cast on 10 stitches
  2. Knit 50 rows
  3. Change to a different colour of wool if you like now
  4. Knit 1 row
  5. Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of next 3 rows
  6. 4 stitches should remain, pass the end of the wool through these to pull tight

Ears x 2 (cream DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. Cast on 4 stitches
  2. Knit 1 row
  3. Knit 4 rows increasing 1 stitch at the end of each row
  4. Knit 8 rows (8 stitches)
  5. Cast off 8 stitches

Now accessorize your monkey!

Banana x 3 (yellow DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. (turning the knitting mid-row creates a 'bump' which gives a bit of a curve)
  2. Cast on 10 stitches
  3. Knit 1 row
  4. Knit 6 turn knitting (you 'ignore' the last 4 stitches)
  5. knit 6 back to end of row
  6. Knit 1 row (all 8 stitches)
  7. Repeat last 3 rows 3 times

Messenger bag for monkey (red DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. (Got to have somewhere for the credit card and bananas!)
  2. Cast on 12 stitches
  3. Knit 44 rows
  4. Cast of 6 stitches, knit remaining 6 stitches
  5. Knit 1 row (6 stitches)
  6. Cast off first stitch, knit remaining 5 stitches
  7. Knit 1 row (5 stitches)
  8. Cast off first stitch, knit remaining 4 stitches
  9. Knit 1 row (4 stitches)
  10. Cast off first stitch, knit remaining 3 stitches
  11. Knit 60 rows (3 stitches)

Credit card for monkey (blue DK wool, 3mm needles)

  1. Cast on 8 stitches
  2. Knit 12 rows
  3. Cast off 8 stitches

 

To make up your monkey

  1. Look at the 'before' and 'after pictures to get an idea on how monkey is sewed together.
  2. Fold body in half at the 'neck' so that the two square-ish shapes match, stitch sides up, leaving a gap to stuff the monkey. Stuff the monkey and stitch up the gap.
  3. Fold the head in half and stitch up the sides leaving the neck end open, stuff monkeys head leaving a circular opening at the neck. Stitch the edge of the neck in a circle onto the top of monkeys body so that the head sits on the body in stitched on in a sideways '0' shape; this keeps the head from flopping down.
  4. Fold monkey's leg in half lengthways and stitch all the way up the side from boot to hip. Flatten monkey's leg out so that the sewed seam runs down the middle of the back of his leg giving him a nice pointed foot. Stuff the lower half of monkey's leg lightly. Run a row of stitching (like this - - - - - -) across the middle of monkeys leg to make him a knee joint. Stuff the upper half of his leg lightly and sew across the top of the leg to close it off. Sew the leg to the bottom of monkey's body. Repeat these steps for the other leg.
  5. Fold monkeys arm in half lengthways and stitch all the way up the side from hand to shoulder and across the top of the shoulder. Don't bother to stuff the arm or make an arm joint; don't worry if the arm curves, it looks quite good actually. Sew the arm to the shoulder of monkeys body at the side with the top of the arm placed on like a 'T' the bar of the 'T' being the top of monkeys arm. Repeat these steps for the other arm.
  6. Fold monkey's tail in half lengthways and stitch all the way up the side, sew it to monkey's backside.
  7. Stitch monkeys ears to each side of his head. A monkey's ears go on 'Prince Charles' style i.e. 'Jug ears'.
  8. Fold messenger bag in half so that the straight edges of the top match and stitch the sides up leaving an opening for putting things in the bag. Stitch the free end of the strap onto the diagonally opposite corner of the bag. Monkey has a very trendy messenger bag for his things.
  9. Fold the banana in half lengthways and stitch all the way up the side, do this for all the bananas and stitch them together as a bunch. Put them in monkey's bag.
  10. Tie off the ends of monkey's credit card neatly and put the card in his bag
  11. Embroider a face on monkey making him as friendly or as bonkers looking as you like. Stitching a nice diamante earring on him finishes the look.
  12. Send your monkey to live in Brighton, he won't be out of place!