CHEEKY MONKEY BOOTIES
At the request of a super lady, I was asked to tackle Sock Monkeys. I’m not a fan of monkeys but I told you–this particular lady is awesome, so I decided to take on the challenge.
The first thing I did was to take a look at the original pic she sent me to replicate. I looked like this:
Cute…adorable…but more sock than bootie. I guess that makes sense since they are Sock Monkeys, but I wanted to do something different with mine. So, playing on the idea of working in the round (from the toe and moving on back to the heel) and changing colors to separate and highlight the mouth, I got to work. After my first try, I ended up with this:
Frightening, I know. But it was a start–and obviously a work in progress. (When I’m working on new patterns this is always the fun part for me. The more times I completely frog something, the more satisfying the finished result is!)
Now that I had the basic idea down, it was time to get to work and scale this monkey down. When I’d finished, this is what I had (Ignore the Hello Kitty applique in the background–I’m working on her for a purse and she got in the way of Mr. Monkey here):
I decided to change up my colors and rework the entire shoe so that it was more traditional brown monkey than Mr. Sock Monkey and what popped off my hook was absolutely adorable even without a face!!
CHEEKY MONKEY BOOTIES
Gauge: 5 hdc & 3 rows = 1”
Note: If you find that your swatch has more stitches and rows than the gauge, you are working too tightly so change to a larger hook and try again. If you have fewer stitches and rows in the area, you are working too loosely and should try a smaller hook. If working gauge, keep changing hook size until you arrive at the proper gauge.
- Size E/3.50mm crochet hook
- Medium worsted weight yarn in any color combo (I used Red Heart Super Saver in brown and coffee fleck)
- Two small buttons
- Tapestry needle
- Measuring tape
Stitches and Terms Used:
- Ch/chs: chain/chains
- Sc: single crochet
- Hdc: half double crochet
- Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
- Sl st: slip stitch
- Finished Size: Newborn to 3 months
- Bootie Length: 4 inches.
- ALL BEGINNING CHAINS count as a st
CHEEKY MONKEY BOOTIE: (Make Two)
Beginning at toe with brown (or whatever color you have chosen): make a magic ring and ch 2 (or ch ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 2)
Rnd 1: 9 hdc in ring, join with a sl st in top of ch 2. (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in same space as ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join with a sl st in top of ch 2. 20 sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in same space as ch 2 (1 st increased), hdc in each st around, join with a sl st in top of ch 2. 21 sts.
Rnds 4-5: Repeat Rnd 3. (22; 23 sts)
Change color to coffee fleck for the body of your bootie (or whatever color you have chosen.)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around, join with a sl st in top of ch 2. (23 sts)
Rnd 7 & 8: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join with a sl st in top of ch 1. (23 sts)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, hdc in the next 15 sts (leaving the last 7 sts unworked), ch 2, turn (16 hdc)
Rnd 10: hdc in next 15 sts, ch 2, turn (16 hdc) Continue until the bootie measures 4 inches from top to toe to heel.
Ch. 1, turn bootie inside out (making sure right sides are together) and slip stitch back seam together creating the heel. Finish off and weave in tails.
Optional edging and ears:
Attach coffee fleck (or whatever color you have chosen for the body) with a sl st in any st in the back of the bootie.
Ch 1, sc around side of boot. When you get to the 1st corner at toe top, sc2tog. Sc across toe top to the next corner, sc2tog. Sc around to beginning join and sl st in the top of the ch 1. Finish off and weave in tails.
CHEEKY MONKEY EARS: (Make Two)
With brown (or whatever color you have used for the toe top): Ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Change color to coffee fleck (or whatever color you have used for the body of your bootie)
Ch 1, 1 sc in same space as join, [2 sc in next stitch] twice, sl st in each of the next 2 sts, join with a sl st in the top of the ch 1, finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
CHEEKY MONKEY ASSEMBLY:
Working over rnds 4 and 5: Arrange ear on side of slipper and sew securely. Repeat for second ear. Attach two buttons on top of slipper and sew securely.
Using a small amount of coffee fleck (or any other color you choose) thread a tapestry needle and embroider a smile.