Monday, May 30, 2011

Punky Monkey

My first new sock monkey variation is complete... the Punky Monkey.  Pretty much just a sock monkey hat with a mohawk instead of a pompom on top.  I would have gone more punkish with it, but this might be a gift and I'm not sure they'd really be into that.

Punky Monkey
It looks like she's making chicken arms, but they're actually monkey arms.

Normally, I make mohawks with super bulky yarn and tie it directly to the hat.  However, I did not have any super bulky red yarn and when I started tying worsted weight on, I realized very quickly it wouldn't look right.  I thought and thought and finally decided I would learn loop stitch to make the mohawk.  Then I learned that I hold my yarn way differently than any of the tutorials I found online and I had to adapt it to my weirdo way of doing things.  It took me a while to get the hang of it, but once I did, it was kind of fun.  I need to work on longer loops, but it works fine here.

Punkey Monkey - side view

I also tried stuffing the mouth this time.  The way I make the mouth lends quite well to poofing it out like that, so it made me very happy.  I also made the mouth one peice... before I've made a tan mouth with a smaller red one sewn on top.  I like it as just one piece better.  It's more true to a real sock monkey... and that's what I'm going for.  A lot of sock monkey hats don't look very sock monkey-ish to me.  And I'm very dedicated to being as true a real sock monkey as possible.  I don't even like sock monkeys made out of socks other than Rockford Red Heels.  I can't help it, I'm a sock monkey purist.  ;)  I also did the ears differently.  I hate making ears and what I tried this time was so much easier.  They could stand to be just a tad bigger, but that's OK.

Punky Monkey
She's an angry monkey.

I'm very happy with my Punky Monkey.  Next will be the Pirate Monkey.  I might have two versions of that itself.  The twins that are getting these hats are having a pirate themed party, so I'm thinking maybe two different Pirate Monkeys are in order.  Stay tuned....

Tutorial for Basic Sock Monkey here

Tutorial for Mowhawk variation here and here

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  1. Very cute! I'm also a huge sock monkey fan and I like the Rockford Red Heel ones best. I actually just got the guts to make my first one over the weekend! I totally need to get a hat like this for my little man once he's born!

  2. that is so stinkin' cute! My mother-in-law knitted my son a sock monkey hat last winter. I am very much in love with sock monkeys. I understand being a purist. I agree with you.



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