He’s done! Seaming actually took a lot less time than I expected, probably because of all the mods I made. Here are some action shots from the little guy:
Pattern: Monkey from Knitted Toys: 21 easy-to-knit patterns for irresistible soft toys by Fiona McTague
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease, 1 ball of Cocoa and ~ .5 of Fisherman
Needles: Size 6US (4.00mm)
Final Measurements: 16″ tall, 17″ arm span
Mods: I knit the arms, legs, tail, body, hands, and feet in the round to avoid seaming. If I had noticed that the face pieces were sewn onto the head, I would have knit the head in the round, too. Unfortunately, I thought otherwise and had to seam it up. No biggie. I also tried several times to get the eye piece sewn on to the head properly and finally just gave up, putting 12mm safety button eyes instead. I actually like him better this way, so it worked out perfectly. I omitted the thumb portion of the feet because it was tedious and although I like the detail the thumb gives, I also like the cleanliness of the no-thumb version. If I were to knit this guy again, I would definitely go down at least one needle size, maybe even two. I also would see about adjusting the head/body combo to be in one piece like so many Jess Hutchison patterns are done.
I’ve already given this one to my youngest son who appears to really like him. I am very happy with this project and hope to get started very soon on another toy project, this time for my daughter–as a Christmas gift.
I think that’s all for now. Have a great weekend. I’m off to celebrate my oldest son’s 7th birthday. Sheesh. 7. That went by quickly!