A free crochet monkey pattern for a Tunisian crochet applique. Practice the basic Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques!
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This pattern is for a fun monkey face Tunisian crochet applique. Practice the basic Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques!
Milowe Crochet Monkey Pattern Inspiration
A few weeks ago, my friends over at Hobbii Yarn sent over some yarn for a fun Application challenge! This challenge was for creating a fun and cute applique for kids and everyone really so I decided on a cute Avocado applique and a monkey applique. Because who doesn’t love cute Avocados and monkeys?! You can find the Avocado applique free pattern here.
In the process of designing this cutie pie, Milowe the Monkey, I even thought of making him a robot but I didn’t like the idea too much so I finally settled on a simple face using the basics of Tunisian crochet and traditional crochet! This is the perfect hybrid pattern to start off with if you’re just wanting to learn the basics of Tunisian crochet. You can just sub in a straight crochet hook in size J 6.0 mm instead of the Tunisian crochet hook listed in the pattern and you do not need any other special hooks or tools! Keep reading for the pattern written instructions and a full video tutorial on my YouTube channel!
Crochet Monkey Pattern Details:
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Col A – Hobbii Yarn Friends Cotton 8/6 #03 (Off White) 40 yards (Size 2 fine yarn; 1.75 oz/ 50 g, 115 yds/ 105 m.; 100% cotton)
Col B – Hobbii Yarn Friends Cotton 8/6 #12 (Brown) 80 yards (Size 2 fine yarn; 1.75 oz/ 50 g, 115 yds/ 105 m.; 100% cotton)
- J 10 6 mm Tunisian crochet hook that is at least 8 in. long or with an 8 in. cord
- 7 4.5 mm crochet hook
- Gauge is not important for this project but as a reference it is 5 sts over 4 rows in Tunisian simple stitch for a 1 x 1 in. square using a J 10 6 mm Tunisian crochet hook.
- The finished size of the applique laid flat is 3.5 x 2.5 in.
FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL:
This crochet monkey pattern uses a few Tunisian crochet techniques. Use the following video tutorials as needed:
Foundation Row, Tunisian Simple Stitch
How to Bind Off in Tunisian Crochet
Tunisian crochet increase
Tunisian crochet decrease
How to do a magic circle
How to single crochet and half double crochet
- Pattern rows are Forward pass instructions.
- The following instructions are implied:
- The loop already on the hook at the beginning of the row counts as the first st.
- Always Tunisian simple stitch in the last st of the row, being sure to work under both loops of the st.
- Return Pass: Follow the foundation row and each row with the Return Pass in the same color unless a color change is needed.
- Return Pass Instructions: Ch 1, *yarn over, pull through two loops; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook.
- Increase: Tunisian knit stitch into the same stitch you just worked into
- Decrease: Tunisian simple stitch two stitches together
Col A: Color A
Col B: Color B
Tss: Tunisian simple stitch
RetP: Return Pass -Explained above
Tks: Tunisian knit stitch
Tss2tog: Tunisian simple stitch two stitches together
Sc: Single crochet
Hdc: Half double crochet
Sl st: Slip stitch
Free Crochet Monkey Pattern Instructions:
Ch 5 with Col A
Row 1: Complete foundation row. Normal RetP (5 sts)
Row 2: Tss, inc, tss until there are 2 sts remaining, inc, work last st as normal (7 sts)
Row 3: Tss across (7 sts)
Row 4: Inc, tss into same st, tss 3, tss, inc into the same st, work last st as normal (9 sts)
Rows 5 to 7: Tss across (9 sts)
Row 8: Tss2tog, tss 3, tss2tog, work last st as normal (7 sts)
Row 9: Tss2tog, tss 1, tss2tog, work last st as normal (5 sts)
Bind off. Leave a 6 in. tail and cut yarn.
Join Col B and work sc around. Sl st into the first sc. Sc around and sl st into the first sc.
Leave a 12 in. tail and cut yarn. With the Col B tail, embroider the nose and mouth as shown in the video and in the picture below. Leaving a 6 in. tail, cut yarn and weave in loose ends.
Attach safety eyes as seen in the third row from the top.
Crochet Monkey Pattern Ears:
With Col A, make a magic circle and sc 6 into the center, pull the circle closed. Join Col B and Sc twice into each st around. Leave a long tail for sewing. Repeat 3 more times to make a total of 4 ears.
With right sides facing you, tuck in loose ends and whip stitch 2 ears together. Repeat with the second pair of ears.
Align the face and ears as shown in the picture and video and sew together.
Rnd 1: With Col B and 4.5 mm crochet hook, make a magic circle and hdc 6 into the center, pull the circle closed.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, hdc 2 into each st around. Sl st into the first hdc to join.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, (hdc 2 into next st, hdc into next st)* rep * around. Sl st into the first hdc to join.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, (hdc 2 into next st, hdc into next 2 sts)* rep * around. Sl st into the first hdc to join.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, hdc around, sl st into first hdc to join.
With all loose ends tucked inside and right sides of face and back panel facing you, whip st. around making sure to whip st. through the ears.
You are done! Have any questions? The best way to reach me is via email: [email protected]
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This is an original pattern from Noor’s Knits, ©2023. Please do not reprint, repost, or sell any parts of this pattern, but feel free to link back to my blog. You are welcome to sell finished items made from this pattern but please kindly link back to my website. Send questions to [email protected].