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Crochet Sock Monkey Pattern

Updated on June 9, 2013
Crochet Sock Monkey
Crochet Sock Monkey | Source
My son, Julian, with one of the many sock monkeys my great grandmother made.
My son, Julian, with one of the many sock monkeys my great grandmother made. | Source

Sock monkeys have always been very close to my heart because my great grandmother was one of the first American crafters to start making them out of the red-heeled Rockfords. I don't think anyone in my family could have ever imagined that one day those little grey, white and red monkeys would be a cultural icon.

I'm happy to say that the cute little monkeys my great grandmother gave to me are still being loved today by my sons and I hope they will continue to be cherished as time goes on.

In honor of m great grandmother here is a pattern on how to crochet a monkey plush that looks like the vintage sock monkeys. I've put my own style and spin on it so I hope you enjoy. Please feel free to alter the pattern to your liking and sell whatever products you make. But my pattern is not for resale!

Yarn & Tools

Yarn I Used:

  • Red Heart Yarn Soft - Off White
  • Red Heart Yarn Super Saver - Cafe Latte
  • Red Heart Yarn Sport - Cherry Red
  • Black embroidery thread


Tools I Used:

  • G/6 4.25mm Hook
  • F/5 3.75mm Hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Crochet Sock Monkey Leg
Crochet Sock Monkey Leg

Sock Monkey Legs

I started with my off white yarn.

Ch 2

1. 6HDC in 2nd ch from the hook. (6)

2. 2HDC in each stitch. (12)

3 - 7. HDC in each stitch. (12)

Then I switched to Cafe Latte.

8 - 10. Cast on and HDC in each stitch, then fasten off. (12)

Repeat with other foot, but don't cast off. Instead, continue on to the steps for the body.

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Line up legs.Slip stitch legs together.Crochet around the outside of the legsBuild up body.Crochet sock monkey bodyStuff body and decrease.
Line up legs.
Line up legs.
Slip stitch legs together.
Slip stitch legs together.
Crochet around the outside of the legs
Crochet around the outside of the legs
Build up body.
Build up body.
Crochet sock monkey body
Crochet sock monkey body | Source
Stuff body and decrease.
Stuff body and decrease.

Sock Monkey Body

Put legs side by side.

Crochet together with 4 slip stitches.

Single crochet around the outside of the legs, not including the stitches that you slip stitched.

Stuff the legs then complete 10 half double crocheted rounds.

Stuff the body then HDC, SC2TOG, and repeat around.

In next round 2HDC, SC2TOG, repeat around, then fasten off.

Sock Monkey arm
Sock Monkey arm

Sock Monkey Arms

Ch 2 with Off White yarn.

1. 5 HDC in 2nd chain from hook. (5)

2. 2 HDC in each stitch. (10)

3 - 6. HDC in each stitch. (10)

Then I switched to Cafe Latte.

7 - 14. Cast on and HDC in each stitch, then fasten off leaving enough to sew with. (10)

Repeat with other arm, stuff, and sew on body.

Sock Monkey Head
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Top of head is off white, bottom part is cafe latte.Crochet SC row around off white part.Sock monkey earStitch ears on side of head.Sew head on body.Add face.Don't forget the pompom hair!
Top of head is off white, bottom part is cafe latte.
Top of head is off white, bottom part is cafe latte.
Crochet SC row around off white part.
Crochet SC row around off white part.
Sock monkey ear
Sock monkey ear
Stitch ears on side of head.
Stitch ears on side of head.
Sew head on body.
Sew head on body.
Add face.
Add face.
Don't forget the pompom hair!
Don't forget the pompom hair!

Mouth

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Ch 6Skip first and SC 5Crochet around piece.Increase at the corners.Continue around, increasing at the corners.Add off white.Continue around.Add mouth.Stuff and stitch on to face.Sock Monkey mouth
Ch 6
Ch 6
Skip first and SC 5
Skip first and SC 5
Crochet around piece.
Crochet around piece.
Increase at the corners.
Increase at the corners.
Continue around, increasing at the corners.
Continue around, increasing at the corners.
Add off white.
Add off white.
Continue around.
Continue around.
Add mouth.
Add mouth.
Stuff and stitch on to face.
Stuff and stitch on to face.
Sock Monkey mouth
Sock Monkey mouth | Source

Pom Pom

Sock Monkey Head

Ch 2

1. 6HDC in second chain from hook. (6)

2. 2HDC in each stitch. (12)

3. HDC, 2HDC in next stitch, repeat around. (18)

4. HDC, HDC, 2HDC in next stitch, repeat around. (24)

5. HDC, HDC, HDC, 2HDC in next stitch, repeat around. (30)

6. HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, 2HDC in next stitch, repeat around. (36)

7 - 10. HDC around. (36)

Switch to Cafe Latte.

11 - 18. HDC around. (36)

19. HDC, HDC, SC2TOG, repeat around. (26)

20. HDC, HDC, SC2TOG, repeat around. (20)

21. HDC, HDC, SC2TOG, repeat around. (15)

22. HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, SC2TOG, repeat around. Fasten off leaving enough string to sew on later. (12)


Stuff the head, then in the Off White area crochet a row around the head in Cafe Latte.

I added the little pompom to the to of the head last, but you can add it at a point after stuffing the head.


You can either add the ears and mouth next or sew the head on to the body first. I sewed the head first to make sure my details would be in the right place when I added them.


Ears

Ch 2 in Cafe Latte

1. 6 HDC in 2nd chain from hook. (6)

2. 2 HDC in each stitch around (12)

3 - 5. HDC around. (12)

Stitch shut and fasten off, leaving a bit to sew with. Repeat with next ear, then sew both on to head.


Mouth

In Cherry Red using a F hook, chain 6 and turn.

1. Skip first ch and sc across. (5)

2. Turn upside down and 5SC across the bottom of the chain. (5)

3. SC around the piece (10)

4. 2SC in each stitch. (20)

5. 2SC in stitch, SC in next 9 stitches, 2SC in next stitch, SC in remaining stitches (22)

6. 2SC in stitch, SC in next 10 stitches, 2SC in next stitch, SC in remaining stitches. (24)

Fasten off and continue in Off White.

7. SC around (24)

8. 3SC in stitch, 2SC in next 2 sitches, SC in next 6 stitches, 2SC in next 2 stitches, 3SC in next 2 stitches, 2SC in next 2 stitches, SC in next 6 stitches, 2SC in next 2 stitches, 3SC in last stitch. (40)

9 - 10. SC around. (40)

Fasten off leaving a tail to sew with.

You can add the mouth now, or wait until after it's attached.

Sew it on to the face. Add a little stuffing before you close it up.

If you haven't added our face yet, you can do it now. I used felt for the eyes and black embroidery thread for the mouth and to sew the eyes on.

Sock Monkey Tail
Sock Monkey Tail

Sock Monkey Tail

Starting with off white chain 2

1. 4 HDC in 2nd chain from hook. (4)

2 - 4. HDC around (4)

Switch to Cafe Latte.

5 - 15. HDC around (4)

Fasten off, leaving a bit of yarn to sew the tail to the body.

Sew it all up!

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Crochet Sock Monkey
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Crochet Sock Monkey Back
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Sew all our pieces together and you'll have a cute little monkey inspired by vintage sock monkeys :)

If you have an questions, comments, or problems with this pattern or the instructions please let me know in the comments below and I will adjust or elaborate as best I can.

For more crochet projects check out my Crochet board on Pinterest.


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      Samantha Harris 2 years ago from New York

      Sorry about that Trina! It's been awhile since I looked at this, but I believe I used G/6 to crochet the monkey and F/5 to put in his hair. Hope that helps and best of luck at the fair! Please feel free to alter this pattern however necessary to make your little guy perfect for you. :)

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      Trina 2 years ago

      I have a question about the hooks. You list two different sizes, but I don't see in the pattern anything that says which hook you are using for each part. I am going to make this little guy to enter in the county fair.

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      Anne 3 years ago

      Hey,

      I fell in love with that great pattern. Thank you for sharing this! If you like check out my facebook page facebook.com/mademoisellepolkadot and you will find my little sock monkey Paula.

      Cheers,

      Anne

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I love the toy. I shared the link with my crochet group.

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Can't wait to see :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I will take a pic when it is finished, Sam. It is coming along fine so far.

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Phyllis, I'd love to see your finished monkey!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Sam, Congratulations on the HOTD award. I was going to say that in my first post and forgot because I was so excited to bookmark your hub and get started on my monkey. Last night I finished the legs, but the yarns I have are all scrap lengths, so, I do not really know what the little guy is going to look like -- a monkey of many colors, I guess. However, I will purchase new yarn as soon as I can get over to my JoAnns store. I believe my monkey of many colors will be special though. hahaha

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      Linda Lum 4 years ago from Washington State, USA

      This little guy is so cute. Thank you for creating this and presenting a well-written, easy to understand crochet pattern.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Congratulations on HOTD, well deserved! That is a very interesting bit of your family history. Your great grandmother was a very creative woman. These sock monkeys are absolutely adorable. This was a great tutorial and I just loved your step by step instructions and videos. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Lol as long as they're loved!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      oh and follow.....sunshine is going to pretend those monkeys are for her grand daughters...but they're really for her and Dave. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This monkey is adorable! I just placed an order for two of them with my friend who knits & crochets. Great hub!

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      The Examiner-1 4 years ago

      Thank you followthestray, I did not see the originals, or study them, to know this. I used to crochet, maybe I will try one of these.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      gosh....seeing these little monkeys, brings me back to my childhood. My mother must have made at least 50 of these cute, cuddly friends, for every kid in our family, her friend's kids and she wrapped a bunch for "Toys 4 Tots" Organization.

      I think I still have mine, somewhere. He's about 55 years old!!

      Great hub! Thanks for the memories....UP+++

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Sam, this hub of yours brings back some wonderful memories of the crocheted stuffed toys my own grandmother and mother made. I love nostalgia and the sock monkey certainly is an icon of nostalgia and childhood memories. I used to crochet a lot and stopped several years ago, except for a few baby booties here and there. Your hub has encouraged me to get my yarn and hooks back out. Thank you so much for the instructions. Great hub !!!!

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      RyanSmith86 4 years ago

      I love this. I forget how to read the patterns, but I'll find something to show me how to do it real quick. My wife would love something like this XD

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you all!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      It's because the original monkeys were made out of socks :)

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      liesl5858 4 years ago

      What a lovely hub about crochet monkey. Well done for HOTD.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sam,

      CONGRATS my AP buddy! Great job with this sock monkey pattern, so clever! So good to see you develop and continue writing, keep up the great work! What an interesting family connection you have too, your great grandmother would be proud of you girl! Well deserved HOTD! Votes, shared!

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      The Examiner-1 4 years ago

      I have always wondered why they call it a 'sock' monkey?

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      So pretty. Love it! Nice hub.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Congrats on Hub of the Day! Loved this hub when it first came out. So cute and and honor well-deserved!

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      Anna Santos 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi there. Congratulations on your HOTD. You know I always see ladies doing crochet on public transport on my way to work. I always look up to them how their fingers move with that little metal thingie. I admire them so much that I could not imagine how they manipulate the movement that fast. I'll give it a try so I can experience how it is like to crochet. Thanks for your hub. Again, congrats! You deserve it.

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      So cute and adorable. Congrats on your HOTD!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Congrats on HOTD! I'm always happy to see those who I already follow win it! This is a great how-to article, and a lot of people adore those sock monkeys!

      Have a great day, and thanks for sharing this with us.

      ~ Kathryn

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      sharmapk752 4 years ago

      Congrats!

      Hub of the day award winner...

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for a really cute and easy to follow crochet pattern/project!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I haven't crochet in a while. Time to get the yarns out of the bags. Wont make a monkey, but I'll make something, hopefully. Great tutorial, and congrats on the HOTD award.

      Have a blessed day!

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      Barbara Bethard 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Very Cool!! and way to go on Hub of the Day!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      I try to keep my patterns simple so you should be okay :)

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      Voted up, useful and funny, and pinned... I like this wee guy! Will be learning to crochet soon, hopefully, and I'll try this as soon as I'm confident!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      I hope you give it a try :)

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Very cute! I gotta get my hooks out again one of these days and try some of your ideas.