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xcrunnergirl
« on: February 01, 2007 06:03:40 PM »

I was inspired by the monkeys I saw in spyderbaby's Mr. Dangly post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40974.0 so I decided to make a few of my own, with a few alterations.

This blue one I already posted in that thread, and he's been sent off to my friend at school to replace her newly ex'd boyfriend. I made him with worsted weight, so he turned out fairly small.



This red monkey I made for my guy friend, who, upon seeing the first monkey, did not hesitate to demand one of his own. Being the manly man he is, I chose some Lion Brand Thick and Quick suitably named "Lumberjack Red." Because of the bulky yarn, this monkey turned out huge!


Excuse the darkness of picture and shininess of couch...

I found that two-colored plied yarn looked nice and also served to conceal most of the seaming and my ugly increase/decrease work. Wink
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007 06:24:22 PM »

Very nice!  The little blue guy is soooooo cute.  He looks right at home perched on that book.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007 08:38:57 AM »

I love monkeys, and I love these.  Can you tell us what kind of modifications you made?  The original Mr. Danglies are cute, but I think the proportions on this are really nice.
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2007 11:04:47 AM »

Aww! Cute.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2007 12:11:04 PM »

Who doesn't love monkeys, they're fantastic!
If they were mine, I'd make them some wings to wear at Halloween.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007 02:29:13 PM »

I love how each one has a different personality. The blue one looks kidna snobish, and the red one looks like he is a bruiser! I love them both.
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2007 04:16:14 PM »

Thanks for your comments! Grin

Can you tell us what kind of modifications you made?

I made the tail longer on the red monkey because I thought the blue one's tail was a little too short. I cast on 40 stitches instead of 35, and I think I knit more than 10 rows, 15 maybe. I basically just kept knitting until it looked the right size.

On the body, I followed the spyderbaby's original pattern, but I changed the assembly a little bit. You knit the torso and end up with a bowling pin-esque flat shape. Then I assembled it like this:



The dashed line is the seaming down to his bellybutton area. Then I folded up the triangle and sewed it almost as a gusset. This made the monkey a nice crotch and I attached his legs on the two corners I created (bottom black arrows). Add his tail on the back (think like a tripod) and he sits up nicely.

The only other modification I made was when I was attaching the head. The neck part of his torso seemed to tall and skinny, so I just rolled the extra part down into his body and sewed his head on. This made his neck the right length and a bit stronger too.

I love how each one has a different personality. The blue one looks kidna snobish, and the red one looks like he is a bruiser! I love them both.

Hahaha. He only looks snobbish because he's sitting kinda stiffly. The big one turned out a lot more floppy.
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2007 07:18:54 PM »

aww they're so cute! Cheesy I gotta try something like this...

and this is a little bit off-topic, but I noticed from your username, do you run xc?? I do too- I love it so much! we're bringin xc back, ye-ah!
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2007 07:35:03 PM »

fabulous! i love it!
i don't think i have the patience for making a stuffed animal...i'm horrible at seams.
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2007 06:55:17 PM »

These are adorable.  The red one has so much personality.  What will the guy friend name him? 
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