Boots the Monkey

Kara loves watching Dora the Explorer, only she doesn’t really care about Dora. She wants to watch Boots. She loves that monkey. So I decided to try and make one. No pattern, just taking off with a crochet hook and yarn. My experiment was quite successful, if I do say so myself:

Here’s the pattern, for future reference for me or if someone else wants to try. I’m doing this from memory, so there may be some mistakes, and it will also probably be confusing, and I don’t really remember exact stitch counts on most rows, but here it goes.

Body, worked in rounds with an H hook:
1: Chain 2. In second chain from hook, sc 6.
2: 2sc in each sc (12 sc)
3: *1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next* to end of round (18 sc)
4: *1 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* to end of round (24 sc)
5 & 6: 1 sc in each sc (24 sc)
7: 2 sc in each sc (48 sc)
8-12: 1 sc in each sc (48 sc)
13: *1 sc each in next 5 sc, 1 sc-dec* to end of round* (42 sc [?])
14: *1 sc each in next 4 sc, 1 sc-dec* to end of round (36 sc [?])
15: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 1 sc-dec* to end of round (30 sc [?])
16: Working in BLO, *1 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc-dec* to end of round (24 sc [?])
17: Working in BLO, *1 sc in next sc, 1 sc-dec* to end of round… or whatever you need to end with 20 sc. The head is finished, but do not fasten off. Take a moment to stuff the head and sew on the face. Here’s how I did it… ish…

Face:
Make 2 tan circles using an I hook. These go under the white eyes.
SC 6 in magic circle. 2 sc in each sc. Fasten of, leaving long tail for sewing.
With tan and an E hook, chain 6 [?]. Turn, sc in second chain from hook. 3 sc in last chain, then work on the under side of your foundation chain so you’re making an oval. Do 1 sc in each sc until you get to the “corner” of the oval, and do 3 sc in the “corner” stitch. If your oval start puckering too much, work 2 sc in the scs before and after your 3sc. I did 5 or 6 rounds, until the snout was big enough.

Eyes:
With white yarn and E hook, 6 sc in magic circle. 2 sc in each sc. Fasten off using invisible join, leaving long tail for sewing. Use black yarn and embroider the black pupils. Make 2, obviously. Unless you want to make a Boots the Cyclops Monkey.

Ears:
With pink yarn and E hook, 6 sc in magic circle. Ch 1, turn. Working in both loops, 2 sc in each sc. Change to gray yarn. Working in both loops, 1 sc in each sc. Again, make 2.

Hair:
Chain 2. In second chain from hook, sc 4. Work 1 sc in each stitch until the hairs are as long as you want them to be. Make 3 in different lengths.

I stuffed the head then placed all my pieces where I wanted them, then pulled the stuffing back out to actually sew everything on, including the embroidered nose and mouth. Then I continued with the body.

Body, continued:18: Going back to working front loops, 1 sc in next 4 sc, switch to yellow, 1 sc in next 6 sc (or wherever you need to put the 7 yellow sc to be centered under the face. Work 8 more rounds that way. On the 9th, use grey yarn above the first 2 and last 2 yellow sc, then do one round all gray before starting the decrease. No specifics here either, I’m afraid: I just started decreasing working in the back loops, stuffed the body, and closed it up.

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. You must love the recipient very much. The good news is, you’re almost done.

Hands & Arms:
With tan and an H hook, 8 sc in magic circle. For 4 rounds, 1 sc in each stitch. Then do 2 treble in 1 sc, then 1 sc through the end of the round. Switch to grey and stuff the hands. Decrease twice so you’re working in 6-stitch rounds, then make the arms as long as you need.

Tail:
With yellow yarn and H hook, 6 sc in magic circle. 1 sc in each stitch. Work 6 rounds yellow, then switch to grey. Work as many rounds as you need to make the tail as long as you want.

Boots & Legs:
This one’s complicated and messy and I don’t really have any pictures to help. Sorry in advance. With red yarn and H hook, 12 sc in magic circle. Work 5 rounds of 1 sc in each sc, then ch 1 and turn. 1 sc in next 8 sc. Then you’ll start working in rounds again to make the boot go up the leg. You’ll close up the gap with 1 sc, then work a couple across the side, then work in the sc, adding stitches where you need so that you’re working in 12-stitch rounds again. It’s messy, but that’s what happens when I work without a pattern. It works, though. You’ll work 4 or 5 rounds, until the boot is tall enough, then switch to gray and sc-dec in every stitch so you’re working in 6-stitch rounds. Stuff the boot, then use red yarn to sew up the hole in the heel. Work your gray 6-stitch rounds until the leg is long enough. Then sew everything onto the body.

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