My sister asked if I would make a hat for one of her friends who is expecting a girl and is planing a monkey themed nursery. Of course I said I would so I headed to pinterest to get inspiration! This is what I came up with:
I loosly used this pattern: http://knottyknotty.blogspot.ca/2011/03/free-sock-monkey-hat-pattern.html to make this adorable little Monkey hat.
I didn't think the hat was looking baby sized so I made some changes in the pattern. The following is what I ended up doing to create this hat:
Red Heart worsted 4 Medium Purple
Red Heart worsted 4 Buff Fleck
Red Heart worsted 4 Pale Plum
Start with Pale Plum.
Round 1: Magic ring (if you have not made one yet here: http://www.crochetme.com/forums/t/28917.aspx is a good tutorial), 11dc in ring, pull tight, join to first dc, ch2.
Round 2: 2dc in each dc around, join in first dc, ch2. (22dc)
Round 3: (2dc in first, dc in next) around 11 times, join to first dc, ch2. (33dc)
Round 4: (2dc in first, dc in next 2) around 11 times, join to first dc. (44dc)
Change color to Medium Purple
Round 5: ch1, sc in each st around, join to first sc. (44sc)
Round 6: Repeat round 5.
Change color to Buff Fleck
Round 7: ch2, dc in each st around, join to firsd dc. (44dc)
Round 8-11: Repeat round 7. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Start with Buff Fleck. Find center of hat, count out where you would like both earflaps.
Attach yarn to hat.
Round 1: 9dc, ch2, turn. (9sts)
Round 2: dc2tog, dc in next 5 st, dc2tog, ch2, turn. (7sts)
Round 3: dc2tog, dc in next 3 st, dc2tog, ch2, turn. (5sts)
Round 4: dc2tog, dc in next, dc2tog. Fasten off. Weave in ends. (3sts)
Repeat earflap on other side of hat.
Attach Buff fleck yarn to hat at end of earflap. sc around in each st, going around earflaps.
Ear and Mouth:
I used the pattern as shown for both the ears and the mouth: http://knottyknotty.blogspot.ca/2011/03/free-sock-monkey-hat-pattern.html
Carefully place ear and mouth and fasten to hat.
For the braids I used (2) 24" strings of each color. Folded the bunch in half as attached as if it were a fringe. I then braided the yarn with each color seperated as a (4) string bunch. Knot at the end and trim the ends.