It’s finally done!
I wish I could put into words for you what the completion of this pattern means to me. Not only is this the first multi-sized pattern I’ve created, but it’s also the first hat I ever made for my littlest monkey (although it has admittedly improved over the last couple of years).
I am crazy excited to debut this hat. C-R-A-Z-Y.
I’m going to share the 6-12 month size with you here, for free, because you rock. Seriously, I never thought I could actually be a blogger, but you guys have supported, encouraged, and challenged me (in a good way!) every step of the way.
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SOCK MONKEY HAT (SIZE 6-12 MONTHS)
Finished Size: Approximately 8.25″ wide x 5.75″ tall
Stitches Used: Ch, Sl St, SC, HDC, SC2TOG, HDC2TOG
Yarn: 3 colors of medium worsted, plus small amount of black and red for mouth (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn)
Hooks: Size I (5.50mm) for base, and size H (5.00mm) for features
Notes: Pattern is written in American standard terms.
Gauge: With 5.5mm (US I-9) hook, 4 rounds = 3.5 in (9 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
The Ch1 at the beginning of rounds DOES NOT count as a stitch.
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BASE (WORKED IN THE ROUND)
With I HOOK and COLOR A, begin with a Magic Circle (MC).
Round 1: Ch 1; 9 HDC in MC. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (9)
Round 2: Ch 1; HDC in same St. 2 HDC in next 9 Sts. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (19)
Round 3: Ch 1; HDC in same St, HDC in next St. (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next St) around. CHANGE TO COLOR B. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (29)
Round 4: Ch 1; HDC in same St, HDC in next 2 Sts. (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next 2 Sts) around. CHANGE TO COLOR C. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (39)
Rounds 5-10: Ch 1; HDC around. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (39)
DO NOT fasten off; continue to “Earflaps” instructions.
EARFLAPS (WORKED IN ROWS)
With I HOOK and COLOR C,
Row 1: Sl St in 8 Sts, Ch 1, SC in same St and in next 6 Sts; Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 2: SC across; Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 3: SC across; Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 St, SC2TOG; Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 5: HDC2TOG, DC, HDC2TOG (3)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
To complete 2nd earflap, beginning at the base of the first earflap (the opposite side from which you started), and continuing on across the front of the hat, count over 15 Sts. Attach yarn. Ch 1, SC in same St and in next 6 Sts; Ch 1, turn. Repeat Rows 2-5 above.
DO NOT fasten off; continue on to “Edging” instructions.
EDGING (WORKED IN THE ROUND)
With I HOOK and COLOR C,
Round 1: Ch 1. SC in same St and in each St around, working evenly along sides of earflaps, and including an extra SC at the tip of each earflap. Join with a Sl St into the first SC. Fasten off; weave in ends.
Round 2: Switch to COLOR B. Attach yarn to a St at the back of the hat; Ch1. SC in same St and in each St around, adding an extra SC at the tip of each earflap. Join with a Sl St into the first SC. Fasten off; weave in ends.
EARS (MAKE 2)
With H HOOK and COLOR C, begin with a Magic Circle (MC).
Round 1: Ch 1; 8 SC in MC. Join with Sl St to top of first SC. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1; HDC in same St. 2 SC in next 7 Sts. Join with Sl St to top of first SC. (15)
Round 3: Ch 1; HDC in next 15 Sts. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (15)
Fasten off, leaving a 6 inch tail for attaching to hat.
With H HOOK and COLOR A, Ch 9.
Round 1: 2 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. SC in next 6 Chs. 4 SC in last Ch. Continuing along the other side, SC in bottom of next 6 Chs. 2 SC in bottom of remaining Ch. Join with Sl St to top of first SC. (20)
Round 2: Ch 1; 2 SC in same St. SC in next 8 Sts. 2 SC in next 2 Sts. SC in next 8 Sts. 2 SC in next St. Join with Sl St to top of first SC. (24)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for attaching to hat.
Cut an 18” piece of red yarn (or other lip color of your choice). Sew on the lips, following the horizontal line that is one line below the center of the mouth. For a “smiling” monkey, follow the natural curve around each side, as shown below. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Cut a 12” piece of black yarn (or other nostril color of your choice). Find the vertical center of the mouth and sew a small “x” on either side. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Mouth: Place so that the bottom of the mouth rests just above the second-to-last row of the hat (so you should be able to see the edging and one row of the main color below the mouth). Make sure it is centered, and use the long tail to sew it on.
Ears: Using long tail, attach ears on either side of hat. Each ear should be attached to rows 7-9.
Eyes: Using thread and a sewing needle, attach two ½ inch buttons just above the mouth, so that their inner edges line up with the centers of each nostril.
Weave in any remaining ends. Attach pom pom and/or tassels (optional).
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LOVE THE PATTERN, I HAVE MADE 6 OF THEM FOR NIECES AND NEPHEWS. LOVE MAKING BABY ITEMS, AND AFGHANS.
I was lucky enough to be one of the testers on this pattern and have made it more times than I care to count super cute very easy and always a hit at those winter birthday parties
Can’t wait to make these for my grandchildren.
I love sock monkey’s!!! Making this pattern for grandbaby! Thank you so much for all you do and for making your lovely pattern available to us!
Love the sock monkey hat!
This is too cute! Can’t wait to make this for my son!
I love this pattern! I’ve been planning on making a sock monkey set for my niece (due on the 22nd of this month!) And this is the first pattern I’ve liked and have been able to follow! Thanks so much!