Middle-Sized Monster Pattern

This is a very similar modification of the Furryness pattern. The body has the same increases and decreases, but with a bunch of extra rows thrown in for good measure. The arms and legs are slightly different– but the deedlybobs are very much improved with just a simple tweak. They are certainly easier to do and seem much more stout.

Pattern Notes: This model is made with worsted on size US 3 needles.

I made one (without taking notes, of course) with Homespun on size 6’s. On the parts where there are some 8 rows without increases or decreases, you may omit 2 or so, to make it to this same scale. Experiment with different spots to do the inc’s and dec’s, you can make something really skinny and tall, or short and squat.

You may find that the gauge is too tight. Use a gauge that is comfortable to you, but make sure it is tight enough so that the stuffing doesn’t show through.

kfb= increase by knitting into the front and back of same stitch.

Materials:

This version made with Paton’s Classic Wool (Too Teal) — any worsted should do.
Knobbles done in Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton… Sugar and Cream will work, but I am in love with Lion’s cotton. It doesn’t pill like cheaper versions.
US size 3 double-point needles, set of 4. I strongly recommend aluminum needles. Bamboo needles have a tendency to warp with the tight gauge, and the friction is terrible.
Felt circles, needle, and thread for the eye.
Small amount of yarn or embroidery for the mouth/teeth.
Fiberfill.

Body & Head (starting at the butt)

CO 6 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Rd 1: Kfb each stitch. (12 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: Kfb each stitch. (24 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: [kfb, k1] 3 times, kfb, k2, [kfb, k1] 5 times, kfb, k4. (34 sts)
Rd 6: k all sts.
Rd 7: [kfb, k2] 3 times, kfb, k4, [kfb, k2] 5 times, kfb, k4. (44 sts)
Rds 8, 9, 10: k all sts.
Rd 11: [kfb, k3] 3 times, kfb, k6, [kfb, k3] 4 times, kfb, k8. (53 sts)
Rds 12, 13, 14: k all sts.
Rd 15: [ kfb, k4] 3 times, kfb, k8, [kfb, k4] 4 times, kfb, k8. (62 sts)
Rd 16, 17: k all sts.
Rd 18: [ssk, k4] 3 times, ssk, k8, [k2tog, k4] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (53 sts)
Rd 19: k all sts.
Rd 20: [ssk, k3] 3 times, ssk, k6, [k2tog, k3] 4 times, k2tog, k8. (44 sts)
Rds 21, 22, 23: k all sts.
Rd 24: [ssk, k2] 3 times, ssk, k4, [k2tog, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k8. ( 35 sts)
Rds 25-35: k all sts.
Rd 36: [ssk, k1] 3 times, ssk, k2, [k2tog, k1] 5 times, k2tog, k2tog, k3. (24 sts)
Rds 37-41: k all sts. Stuff body firmly.
Rd 42: ssk 4 times, k2, k2tog 4 times, k6. (16 sts)
Rds 43,44: k all sts.
Rd 45: [kfb, k1] around. (24 sts)
Rd 46: k all sts. It helps to divide sts evenly again at this point.
Rd 47: [kfb, k2] around. (32 sts)
Rds 48,49: k all sts.
Rd 50: [kfb, k3] 6 times, kfb, k7. (39 sts)
Rds 51-58: k all sts.
Rd 59: [ssk, k3] 3 times, [k2tog, k3] 3 times, k2tog, k7. (32 sts)
Rds 60-62: k all sts.
Rd 63: [ssk, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k4, [k2tog, k2] 2 times, k2tog. (24 sts)
Rd 64: k all sts.
Rd 65: [ssk, k1] 4 times, [k2tog, k1] 4 times. (16 sts.) Stuff head firmly.
Rd 66: k all sts.
Rd 67: [k2tog, k2] around. (12 sts)
Rd 68: k all sts.
Rd 69: k2tog around. [6 sts]
Break yarn, pull through remaining sts.
The front of the monster is the last few sts on the needle, where you are knitting a panel of 8 or so sts. This panel is the tummy.

Arms:

CO 9 sts, join in the round.
K 2 inches.
Then (Rd 1): k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (11 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (13 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (11 sts)
Rds 6, 7: k all sts.
Rd 8: k2tog, 3 times, k1, k2tog twice. (6 sts)
Break yarn, pull through remaining sts.

Legs:

CO 12 sts, join in round.
K 3 inches.
Then: (Rd 1): k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (14 sts)
Rd 2: k all sts.
Rd 3: k1, kfb twice, k to last 3 sts, kfb twice, k1. (18 sts)
Rd 4: k all sts.
Rd 5: K 1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (20 sts)
K 4 more rnds.
The middle of the foot runs between the first and last needle.
I somehow managed to pull off turning the foot inside out and doing a three needle bind off.
You may want to BO all sts and seam the bottom of the foot closed.
Or maybe you know some fancy grafting tricks. If so, use those mad skills of yours.

Knobbles:
(and yes, I am aware of how pervy this sounds to my UK friends)

CO 6 sts with kitchen cotton, leaving a tail long enough to sew onto head. Join in the round.
k 9 rnds.
Next row: [k1, kfb] 3 times. (9 sts)
k 1 rd.
Then: kfb each st. (18 sts)
Bo all sts.

Finishing:

Stuff hands and feet firmly.
Sew arms and legs onto body by catching a little v on the arm and connecting it to a v on the body. Jess Hutch, my hero, describes this much better than me; illustrated here.

As with any of my patterns, if you run into any issues, contact me by comment or by email(rupestur AT yahoo DOT com). I’d also like pictures of your monsters. Don’t forget about the monster knitalong (link in sidebar there), it may be laying a bit low for the time being but you are still very much welcome to post there. If you don’t have a LiveJournal account, email me your pictures and I can post them.

Legal blah–If you want to sell these for charity, go ahead, but I’d be much obliged if you didn’t sell them online or try to take credit.

Perhaps I’ve moved back around to the monsters

I’ve been trying to modify/improve the Furryness pattern, and this is what I’ve come up with:


Rowan named her Abigail, and she’s MY monster because I haven’t made one for me yet.


She’s made with Paton’s Classic Wool (color Too Teal), it’s so bright it’s hard to look at, but so so irresistable. I’ve definately improved the knobbles– I found a much better way to do them. This time I made them with kitchen cotton which makes for very sturdy and solid knobbles.


Profilin’, that’s all.

I took the original pattern and used some worsted weight yarn and my size 3 double points, and threw in some extra rows for the skinnyness. I’ll need to make another one, I want to work out a couple of kinks. I’m also wanting to do one in bulky yarn, and a minature version. I think I may make a little ebook and put it up on Etsy.

I got 8 balls of that Patons Classic Wool in Too Teal and I have made the Lo-Tech Sweat, the felted bag from instructables.com, and this little monster. I still have most of a skein left!

The sweater is sort of wonky. I made one of the button bands about one inch longer somehow, and one of the front pockets is about an inch longer than the other one, and I think the extra inches are both on one side, because it’s really noticable. This is why I don’t like making useful things.

But it’s okay, because I can now put on my wonky sweater, put my silly monster in the pocket, and carry my bag and they’ll all be this INSANE color! Sweet.

Also, excitingness! The curlers have another purpose– entertaining small children. You can thread the loops through each other and make a chain. If you make them AS toys, you don’t even have to make that crazy pod thing unless you want to– you could just do a ball shape instead. It looks like a necklace of pickles the way they are! I might work on a pattern for toy versions, they’d be neato in all different colors and junk.

I couldn’t help throwing this one in. She’s THIS many!

I finished something I started! Yippeee!

I made this shawl for my best friend, April. She just lost her grandmother, and they were pretty tight, so she’s not been doing so well. I wanted it to look like one of those things that little old ladies have on the back of their couches (You might say, “Yeah, it’s called an afghan.” I didn’t have that much yarn or that much time hehe) It’s meant to be a comforting sort of thing. Just something to drape across her shoulders if she gets sad or lonely– or chilly!

Pattern notes: The yarn is some stuff I had in my stash, Red Heart Soft Yarn. (I’m a little worried about how it’s going to hold up, since it was some Walmart yarn. I had this much left over from making the kids Easter bunnies. But I’m stash busting, and I had to use it or I’d perish from the guilt.) I used a garter stitch chevron pattern I found on this page, but winged it from there. I finished the knitting on it about 2 weeks ago, but I’ve been putting off weaving in ends for that long! It’s 43×13 inches.
Materials–
Various worsted weight yarns from your stash
size US 9 needles, circulars work well, I used the blanket needles with the big long cables attached.
tapestry needle

CO 199 sts.
Work in garter stitch chevron as follows:
Row 1: k1, ssk, k8, m1, k1, m1, (k8, ssk, k1, k2tog, k8, m1, k1, m1) rep to last 11sts, k8, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: k to end
work 8 rows each color, until it is 13 inches long or until you run out of yarn!