Amigurumi CrochetDecor

Mini Monkey – Crochet Bracelet

Monkeys are universally cute and you will find ridiculously many google entries on just the terms “crochet monkey” or “crochet ape” (to be biologically correct, I should speak here of a crochet ape, but let’s stick to the general use of monkey). Still I figured, why not try a different use of the crochet monkey and turn it into a tiny accessory: your very own cute bracelet!

Not interested in bracelets? No problem, the teeny crochet monkey works great as a decor (I recommend using wire in the arms for that matter) or curtain holder too (I’m actually not kidding).

I used a yarn of size 10 (recommended hook size is 1.25-1.5mm). Naturally, the higher the yarn weight you use, the bigger your crochet monkey gets. At a yarn size of 10 you get a body size of appr. 2.5 cm.

What do you need:

  • two colours of yarn at a recommended hook size of up to 1.5 mm (e.g. Diana 10, Muza 10). I used beige and dark-brown; in black you quickly reach the look of a spider with those long arms and the small eyes…
  • as for the crochet hook size, use about 0.5 mm lower than what is recommended for the type of yarn you choose. That makes the stitches look nicely dense and the amigurumi gets smaller. With my size 10 yarn I used a hook size of 1.0 mm
  • safety eyes. I used 3 mm safety eyes. Alternatively, take a 100% mercerized and combed cotton yarn, make several knots in one spot and use those for the eyes
  • for a bracelet, additional two small magnet clips for creating grip hands. For other purposes, you can use a 1mm aluminium wire for the arms instead.

Abbreviation: sc = single crochet / rd = round / st, sts = stitch, stitches / ch = chain / sl st = slip stitch


Face (beige colour):face

ch 6

1. Rd: sc in the first 4 ch sts starting the 2nd st from the hook, work 4 sc in the last ch st; turn your work and continue with sc in each of the next 4 sts from the other side of the chain and work 2 sc in the last ch st (14)
2. Rd: 2-times *sc in the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next 2 sts * (18)

Insert the safety eyes through the middle ch sts, leaving 1 st between both eyes.


Snout (beige colour):snout-01

ch 6

1. Rd: sc in the first 4 sts starting the 2nd st from the hook; in the last st (5.st) work 4 sc, turn your work and continue with sc in the next 4 sts on the other side of the ch sts. Make 2 sc in the last st (14)
2. Rd: 2-times *sc in the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next 2 sts * (18)
3. Rd: sc in each st around (18)
4. Rd: sc in the next 9 sts; sl st in the 9th st. Leave out the rest sts => you’ve got a snout that is on one side longer than on the other side; the longer side (which has 4 rows) is the chin-area; the shorter side (with 3 rows) is the nose area.

Add nostrils to the snout between the 3rd and 2nd row.


Body+Head (dark-brown colour):headbody-01.jpeg

1. Rd (body): ch 2 and work 5 sc in the 2nd st from the hook (5)
2. Rd: inc each st (10)
3. Rd: inc every 2nd st (15)
4.-5. Rd: sc each st around (15)
6. Rd: dec every 2nd st (sc every 2nd+3rd st together) (10)

Stuff the body with wadding.

7. Rd: dec each st (5)
8. Rd: 2 sc in the first st, sc in the next 4 sts (6)
9. Rd (head): inc each st (12)
10. Rd: inc every 2nd st (18)
11. Rd: inc every 3rd st (24)
12.-15. Rd: sc each st around (24)
16. Rd: dec every 3rd st (18)
17. Rd: dec every 2nd st (12)
18. Rd: dec every st while stuffing the head and insert the face approximately between rd 14 and 17. Afterwards, sew the snout on the face and head, a round below the eyes. Thereby, the snout side with the 3 rows faces upwards and the side with the 4 rows faces downwards. While sewing the snout on, stuff it slightly.

Weave in the yarn ends.


arms (2x; both colours):

1. Rd (beige): ch 2 and work 5 sc with the beige colour in the 2nd st from the hook (5), change colour.
2.-38. Rd (dark-brown): sc in each st around (5)

repeat for the second arm.

In case of a bracelet: fold the arm and sc the last round together to make the end look flat. That makes it easier to sew the arms on the body. Do not stuff the arms. Sew a pair of magnets to the claws with a sewing thread.

In case of a decor: insert a wire into each arm in case you want the monkey to have stiff arms for grapping. Otherwise, leave the arms as it is (no stuffing). Fold the arm and sc the last round together to make the end look flat and sew the (wired) arms on the body using the yarn end.


legs (2x; both colours):

legs

1. Rd (beige): ch 2 and work 5 sc with the beige colour in the 2nd st from the hook (5)
2. Rd (beige): sc in each st around (5), change colour
3.-6. Rd (dark-brown): sc in each st around (5)

Fold the leg and sc the last round together. Use the yarn end to sew the legs on the body.


tail (dark-brown colour):

1. Rd: ch 2 and work 6 sc in the 2nd st from the hook (6)
2.-13. Rd: sc in each st around (6)

Fold the tail and sc the last round together. Before sewing the tail on the body, take a new yarn, bend the top of the tail and fasten the bend with knots. Weave in all yarn ends.


ears (2x):

ch 2 and work 5 sc in the 2nd st from the hook (5)
Sew the ears on the head using both yarn ends.

I tried working the ears in two different ways: in the first, I used a beige yarn and worked the sides and back with the dark-brown yarn (see first two pictures). That makes the ears bigger and creates a more realistic look of a monkey’s ear. In the second scenario, I crocheted the ears in the dark-brown yarn and stitched with the beige yarn the middle of the ears (i.e. on both sides of the ears) to create an ornament look. The first style is seen on the left monkey in the last two pictures; the second style on the right monkey.

This is it, your monkey-bracelet is finished! Crochet bracelets work best with micro-crocheting, something that’s still on my list…

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