Happy Saturday everyone!
Today I’m sharing with you my first project from the book Knitted Wild Animals by Sarah Keen I posted about a while ago. It’s an adorable monkey for my 3-month-old nephew who has monkey everything; in fact, we even call him monkey.
The monkey is made by knitting everything flat and then sewing all the pieces together. It’s pretty simple to knit the individual pieces and doesn’t take much time (unless of course you take a month-long break half-way through….). Sewing all those pieces together, on the other hand, may actually have taken more hours than knitting the pieces to begin with. I don’t know, maybe I’m just horrible at sewing knit pieces together, but I found it tedious and at times frustrating (mostly getting the muzzle attached correctly). I would have preferred to knit in the round and stuff as I go, like you do for the knit elephant, especially for the arms and legs, which are just tubes – it would have saved a lot of time to knit them in the round to begin with. But, I know there are those who don’t like knitting in the round, so to each his own, I guess.
All that aside, it really is a great pattern and makes an adorable monkey. Perfect gift for our little monkey!
I think I will be trying to adapt this pattern to knit at least parts of it (arms, legs, body, tail) in the round, if not all of it. It will be interesting since the only times I’ve made anything like this has been following a pattern – I have a feeling I will be learning a lot about shaping! If I’m successful, that is! And if I am, you will be the first to know!