Such a monkey business

The little monkeys are the basis for the big monkey. The pattern is available here: Little Monkeys.
It is an easy pattern, which is why it is well suited for “excursions” like the one I have undertaken:

So let´s go to the “Giant”

Size: 40 cm
Weight: 530g

Material adjustment:

4x Melba
4x Brown/wood
2,5mm electric wire
Fiberfill – as much as weight
Polymer clay for the eyes
Pastels/eyeshadow for shading
Crochet hook size F (EU – 4)

The boss is crocheted with double thread and a crochet hook size F, the pattern remains the same.

Tipps:

♥ First crochet smaller parts on the double thread to get used to it
♥ Take enough breaks to relax your fingers
♥ Crochet tight, because the fiberfill shimmers through the stitches even more so
Have patience and first of all fun!

First you crochet all parts ready and brush them directly. The big one is sewn together like the little monkeys. But you can sew arms and legs without pulling the thread through the body. He still remains flexible enough. If you want the arms and legs to become flexible, you have to change to much stronger wire. The pipe cleaner has not enough strength for this figure.

You make the eyes out of polymer clay. They are 3 cm in diameter. You simply form a ball, press it flat and flatten it at the edges. It should look like a huge half pearl. After baking you can paint the eyes with a color of your choice. Then paint a large black pupil over it and white dots for the liveliness. The best way to seal the whole thing is a shiny clear varnish.

In the transition from hand to arm and foot to leg, brown/wood-coloured threads are knotted and brushed out. These “bracelets and leg rings” made of fur look better than the normal crochet border. Alternatively you can shade it with pastels. The chest hair is knotted at the end, just like the hairstyle. I have knotted two rows into the arms and legs, into the chest you just knot as many hairs as you like.

For the hairstyle you start knotting in the middle of the forehead. First a line to the back, then line by line to each side. You should use long threads (20cm), depending on the hairstyle, because you can – as always – design them individually.

Brushing out the hairstyle is time-consuming. The threads on your head must all be splitted with a needle. Then you brush them out strand by strand. Much of the wool disappears again, which is normal and good, because the hairstyle automatically gets steps.

At the end the “boss” is made up. If you don’t have any pastels at hand, eye shadow is the answer. The nose needs shadows, the oral cavity, the eye sockets and ears as well. You always start with lighter colours, use darker ones over them and blend them well, which means you blur them.

Make room on the shelf, here comes the boss! 😎