Derek the Monkey Free Crochet Pattern


Hi my friends! Who's ready to have some fun with hook and yarn?


Today's project is just too cute not to give it a try!


I've been thinking about designing a cute little monkey for a while, but then other projects popped up so I had to put the project on hold.


The other day, looking for some inspiration for a new design, I decided to finally go with this project. I grabbed my drawing tablet and I sketched a super adorable monkey.


...few days and some yarn later I finally have my sweet Derek the Monkey!


You can create this adorable creature with the free pattern below!

The instructions to crochet the little banana are available on the downloadable version.

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Find the downloadable PDF pattern listed on my Etsy page - you will find in it more than 50 explanatory step-by-step pictures, along with charts and schematics to guide you through the making process!

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Here's the FREE pattern!


YARN: Light (3) in Brown, Beige, White and Yellow; Classic Cotton Thread in Black

MATERIALS: 2.5 mm Hook; Poly Filling; Yarn Needle; Two 6 mm Black Plastic

Safety Eyes; Stitch Markers; Aluminum Wire

DIMENSION: 6” x 4.5” (15 x 12 cm)

ABBREVIATIONS: magic ring (mr), chain (ch), stitch (st), slip stitch (sl st), single

crochet (sc), double crochet (hdc), half double crochet (hdc), front loop only (FLO), back loop only (BLO), fasten off (F/O)

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate






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HEAD (beige and brown yarn)

Working in rows:

Row 1: starting off with beige yarn, 15 chs, 1 sc into the 2nd ch from the hook, 13 sc (14); ch1 and turn

Row 2: sc even (14); ch1 and turn

Row 3 - 6: rep rnd #2 (14); ch1 and turn

Row 7: 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc inc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 2 sl st, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc inc, 1 hdc, 1 ch, 1 sl st into the final st (18)

Start working in round (left side, lower side, right side, and then upper side of the crocheted panel):

Rnd 8: 5 sc, 4 sc into the corner st, 5 sc, 2 hdc inc, 5 sc, 4 sc into the next corner st, 23 sc (50)

Rnd 9: switch to brown yarn, 32 sc, 2 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 2 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 6 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 2 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 2 hdc (54)

Rnds 10 - 16: sc even (54); start stuffing the head

Insert the safety eyes between rows #5-6, 9 sts apart.

Rnd 17: (4 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (45)

Rnds 18: sc even (45)

Rnd 19: (3 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (36)

Rnd 20: (2 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (27)

Rnd 21: (1 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (18); finish stuffing the head firmly

Rnd 22: sc dec around (9); F/O, cut the yarn, close the hole and wave in end


Embroider the EYEBROWS with black cotton thread.

Embroider the NOSE with brown yarn between rows #5-6, 5 sts wide.



Mouth (Beige yarn)

Rnd 1: 12 sc into a mr; close the ring, but leave the hole in the center (12)

Rnd 2: 12 sl st (12); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn.

Sew the mouth with the wrong side visible, between rows #1-5.

Color the CHEEKS and the inside of the MOUTH with some pink blush.



EARS (Brown yarn)


FRONT PART:

Row 1: working with beige yarn, 6 sc in a mr, DO NOT CLOSE the mr (6); ch1 and turn

Row 2: 2 sc in each st (12); ch1 and turn

Row 3: sc even (12); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn

BACK PART:

Row 1: working with brown yarn, 6 sc in a mr, DO NOT CLOSE the mr (6); ch1 and turn

Row 2: 2 sc in each st (12); ch1 and turn

Row 3: sc even (12); DO NOT F/O


Place the beige part in front of the brown one.


Row 4: insert the hook into the 1st st of the last row of the beige part, grab the brown yarn and pull it through; work through both layers, 1 sc inc, 10 sc, 1 sc inc (14); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn to sew the ear to the side of the head.


Use the brown tail of yarn to secure in place the back side of the ear and the beige yarn to secure the front one.



Arms (Brown yarn)

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a mr (6)

Rnd 2: (1 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (9)

Rnds 3 - 12: sc even (9); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn. Stuff the arm lightly.



Tail (Brown yarn)

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a mr (6)

Rnd 2 - 22: sc even (6); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn

Do not stuff the tail.



LEGS & BODY (Brown yarn)

MAKE TWO:

Rnd 1: 8 sc in a mr (8)

Rnd 2: (3 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (10)

Rnd 3 - 11: sc even (10); F/O, cut the yarn and stuff the leg.


DO NOT F/O once you complete the 2nd leg, CH 5 instead


MERGE THE TWO LEGS TOGETHER:

Rnd 12: start working on the 1st leg by inserting the hook into any one st and working 1 sc into the same stitch, then work 1 sc in each sts across. Continue working in the chains in between the two legs, working 1 hdc in each ch across. Continue working on the 2nd leg: insert the hook into the last st of the rnd, work 1 sc into the same st, then work 1 sc into each of the remaining 9 sts. Continue working in the chains in between the two legs, working 1 hdc in each ch across (30)

Rnds 13 - 14: sc even (30); keep stuffing as you go

Let’s merge the tail:

Rnd 15: 27 sc, continue working on the tail by inserting the hook into the first stitch of the last round and working 1 sc into the same st; then work 1 sc into the next 2 sts (30)

Insert the metal wire into the tail. Use the yarn strand to sew the gap between tail and body close.

Rnd 16: (4 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (36)

Rnd 17: (5 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (42)

Rnds 18 - 22: sc even (42)

Rnd 23: (5 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (36)

Rnd 24: sc even (36) - insert one stitch marker into st #12 and one into st #29


Let’s merge the arms:

Rnd 25: 7 sc, continue working on one arm, by inserting the hook into any one st of the last rnd and working 1 sc into the same st, work 4 more sc on the arm. Go back working on the body part, skip 4 st and insert the hook into st #12; work 1 sc into the same st and then work 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts; continue working on the 2nd arm by inserting the hook into any one st of the last rnd and working 1 sc into the same st, work 4 more sc on the arm. Go back working on the body part, skip 4 st and insert the hook into st #29; work 1 sc into the same st and then work 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts (38)

Rnd 26: 8 sc, 1 sc dec, 7 sc, 1 sc dec, 8 sc, 1 sc dec, 7 sc, 1 sc dec (34)

Insert the metal wire into the arms.

Rnd 27: 6 sc, 1 sc dec, 4 sc, 1 sc dec, 7 sc, 1 sc dec, 9 sc, 1 sc dec (30)

Rnd 28: (3 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (24); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn to sew the body and the head together. Finish stuffing the body firmly while sewing it to the head.





I can't wait to see your version of my DEREK THE MONKEY! Feel free to tag me (@elisascrochet) in your photos on Instagram or Facebook if you'd like!


Elisa

 

This pattern is an original pattern by Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you!


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