Well, I finally made some sock monkeys. Did you have a sock monkey as a child? I never did, and I wondered what they were all about. I wanted to know how they were made, and why they have remained popular for so many years. Would you agree with me that my becoming a grandma may have had something to do with the pursuance of this project?
|I made each a little differently according to a couple different tutorials.|
|They are playful!|
I ordered the socks online because I couldn't find them in stores near me. When I went to order a pair, I found that two pair came with the order and that was fine with me! Each monkey takes one pair of socks. I will tell you how the two patterns compared. Below is the first one I made with skinnier arms, a longer tail and a pom pom cap.
The second one I made has thicker arms and a shorter, thicker tail. I must say that they were easier to stuff. The way you cut the legs was a little different in each pattern too. For the one above, I turned up the feet and slip stitched them to form a foot. On the one below, they were cut more on a curve so I just left them flat. The one below didn't allow for a cap, so I made a pom pom and attached it to the head. I did this by threading the two ends of the piece of yarn that made the pom pom through the head with an embroidery needle. I tied the two pieces of yarn into a knot and trimmed the ends. One more thing, the ears were made a little differently in that the one above was stuffed a little and top stitched while the one below was simply sewn and slip stitched onto the head.
Maybe there are even more ways to make sock monkeys. I am pretty happy with these and I hope my little grandson will cherish the one I gave him.
I noticed that when we visited our new little grandson at the hospital, there were sock monkeys in the gift shop. I had no idea they were so popular.
Hope that means I am a hip grandma!
Have you sewed a sock monkey?