Free Pattern: Year of the Monkey 2016 Amigurumi “Houzi”


HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE MONKEY!

FREE pattern: Year of the Monkey 2016 "Houzi" crochet amigurumi by Jennifer Wang Bears

Bring your inner monkey to life by making your very own cheeky little Houzi. This simple project uses small amounts of durable cotton yarn, making Houzi the perfect travel companion! 


© 2016-2017 by Jennifer Wang Bears. All rights reserved.

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The story

As I sat sprawled on the couch, half-clad in the summer heat and bulging with the bloom of pregnancy, I wondered how on earth I planned to celebrate something so joyous and so terrifying at the same time.

Being my first pregnancy, I had nightmares about every possible thing that could go wrong, and found myself drifting through each day as if I were in the eye of a storm.

For all you majestic, mythical beings out there who’ve gone through this sacred rite of passage, you know exactly what I mean. Most days it feels like all I’m doing is sitting around with nothing but the same dizzying questions spinning around in my head.

What if I give birth prematurely? What if I need a caesarean? What if I can’t get to the hospital on time? And, the big one. What if my waters break in front of my father-in-law? (ok, this one probably just applies to me as I was freaking out he’d be with us at the time).

This is it.
This is my life right now.
My body is home to a real, living, kicking being. And I’m scared.

This monkey represents the celebration of a new year, a new journey, and a new purpose.

To my unborn little monkey, this ami was made especially for you.

Getting Started

Jennifer Wang Bears Year of the Monkey

FINISHED SIZE About 4½”/11.5cm seated.

YARN Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK (100% cotton; 137yd [125m]/1.75oz [50g]; #3 – Light): #410 soft fudge (brown); #454 blush pink (pink); #401 paper white (white); #408 vanilla cream (cream). 1 skein each. Yarn exclusive to LoveCrochet.com.

HOOK 3.00mm. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Polyester fiberfill; two 6mm plastic safety eyes; stitch markers (I used a contrasting coloured thread); yarn needle; scissors; ball head pins to hold pieces in place before sewing; OPTIONAL: three pipe cleaners to place in the arms and tail for posing (remember to always fold and twist the ends to prevent the wire popping out through your stitches).

GAUGE 28sts and 32 rows = 4″ (approx. 10cm) in US sc/UK dc using yarn under technique.

DO NOT use safety eyes (or any small parts, such as buttons, etc.) if giving this toy to an infant or small child. Because of the relaxed nature of crocheted/knitted fabric, even “safety” eyes are capable of coming loose and becoming a choking hazard. Use your best judgement and be aware of potential hazards when making handmade toys for small children.

Notes

  • Houzi is written in both US and UK crochet terms (click the tabs to switch).
  • Apart from the muzzle, all pieces are worked in a continuous spiral. You do not need to join each round unless instructed to do so.
  • Remember to stuff Houzi as you go (leaving the arms and tail stuffing-free if using pipe cleaners).
  • Assembly instructions are given as each new piece is completed. Follow the instructions to help ensure all pieces are neatly aligned.
  • Houzi’s legs are designed to swing freely so she can sit, stand, jump and dance!
  • To change colours, work last st of old colour to last yo; yo with new colour and draw through all loops on hook to complete st. Proceed with new colour. Fasten off old colour. EXCEPTION Do NOT cut yarn when switching between stripes on the arms and body. Instead, simply drop the colour not in use, picking it up again when ready.

Crochet terms/abbreviations used

» approx = approximately
» 
ch(s) = chain(s)
» 
dc = double crochet
» 
dec = decrease
I prefer to use the invisible decrease, as it leaves a much neater finish
» 
f/o = fasten off
» 
hdc = half double crochet
» 
inc = increase (2sc in 1 stitch)

» magic circle
» rep = repeat
» rnd(s) = round(s)
» sc = single crochet
» 
sl st = slip stitch
» 
st(s) = stitch(es)
» 
tr = treble crochet
» yo = yarn over

All ready? Let’s begin!

Muzzle

Jennifer Wang Bears Year of the Monkey

NOTES In Rnd 1, make sure to crochet through BOTH LOOPS as you crochet into the foundation ch. Crochet over your starting tail as you complete the second half of Rnd 1 (marked with **). Pull tail to tighten.

With cream, begin with ch6

Rnd 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook, 2dc in the same st (you will have 3dc altogether, with the first ch2 counting as 1dc). 1dc in each of next 2st, 5dc in next st.

** Rotate the piece clockwise and work in the remaining loops on the other side.
1dc in each of next 2st, 2dc in last st [14] Sl st in the first dc (not the starting ch2). 

Rnd 2: ch2 (counts as 1sc), then 2sc in the same st. 1sc in each of next 4st, inc, 1sc (you will have 10sc so far).

Skip next st, then (6tr, dc, hdc) together in next st. Place a coloured thread in the first tr. Sl st next 2sts, then (hdc, dc, 6tr) together in next st. Place a coloured thread in the last tr. Skip next st, then 1sc in the top of ch2 from the beginning of the round.

Sl st and f/o, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Gently pull into a symmetrical shape with your fingers. Put the muzzle aside for now.

Head

Jennifer Wang Bears Year of the Monkey

NOTES Head is worked from the top down and left open at the bottom. The muzzle and safety eyes are secured as the head is being made.

With brown

Rnd 1: magic circle with 7st [7]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [14]

Rnd 3: (inc, 1sc in next st) around [21] 

Rnd 4: (1sc in next 2st, inc) around [28]

Rnd 5: (inc, 1sc in next 3st) around [35]

Rnds 6-11: 1sc in each st around for 6 rnds

Rnd 12: 1sc in next 10st, then inc in next st. 1sc in next 2st, then *inc, 1sc in next st. Rep from * four more times. 1sc in next st, inc, then 1sc in remaining 10st [42]

Marking the eyes

Rnd 13: 1sc in next 16sts, marking last st with a coloured thread. 1sc in next 10sts, marking last st with a coloured thread. 1sc in remaining sts around.

Rnds 14-15: 1sc around for 2 rnds

Rnd 16: 1sc in next 10st, then dec in next st. 1sc in next 2st, then *dec, 1sc in next st. Rep from * four more times. 1sc in next st, dec, then 1sc in remaining 10st [35]

Rnd 17: (dec, 1 sc in next 3st) around [28]

Attaching the muzzle

Insert safety eyes into the muzzle in the sts marked with a coloured thread (do not attach safety backing just yet). Place muzzle on head, lining up the eyes with the coloured threads on the head. Insert safety eyes through both pieces, attaching the safety backing inside the head. Continue crocheting the head.

Rnd 18: (1sc in next 2st, dec) around [21]

Begin stuffing head.

Rnd 19: (dec three times, 1sc in next st) around [12]

F/o, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff head firmly. Once head is fully stuffed, pin muzzle in place and secure to head by sewing through the outer edges.

Body

Jennifer Wang Bears Year of the Monkey

NOTES Body is worked from the bottom up and left open at the top. Begin with white and switch between white and pink after every 3 rnds.

With white

Rnd 1: magic circle with 6st [6]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [12]

Rnd 3: (inc, 1sc in next st) around [18]

Rnd 4: (1sc in next 2st, inc) around [24]

Rnd 5: (inc, 1sc in next 3st) around [30]

Rnds 6-15: 1sc in each st around for 10 rnds

Rnd 16: (dec, 1sc in next 3st} around [24]

Rnd 17: 1sc in each st around [24]

Rnd 18: (1sc in next 2st, dec) around [18]

Rnd 19: 1sc in each st around [18]

Rnd 20: (dec, 1sc in next st) around [12]

Rnd 21: Sl st, then 1sc in each st around

F/o and hide yarn tail inside the body. Stuff the body firmly.

To sew head to body

Pin the head to the body, making sure to align the body so the “join” made by the stripes is either positioned at the centre-back OR along the side (where the arms will be sewn). Using the tail from the head, whip stitch the two open pieces together, burying the yarn tail in the head when finished.

Legs (make two)

FREE pattern: Year of the Monkey 2016 "Houzi" crochet amigurumi by Jennifer Wang Bears

NOTES The legs are worked from the bottom up beginning with the feet. Stuff the feet firmly as you crochet, keeping the tops of the legs lightly stuffed. The legs are crocheted closed during the final rnd.

With cream

Rnd 1: magic circle with 6st [6]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [12]

Rnd 3: (inc, 1sc in next st) around [18]

Rnd 4: 1sc in next 6st, then 2hdc in each of next 2st, 2dc in each of next 2st, 2hdc in each of next 2st, then 1sc in remaining 6st [24]

Rnds 5-6: 1sc in each st around for 2 rnds [24]

Rnd 7: (dec, 1sc in next st) around [16]

Rnd 8: 1sc in next 4st, then dec four times. 1sc in remaining 4st [12] Change to pink as you pull through the last st of rnd 8.

Rnd 9: sl st, then *1sc next 2st, dec in next st. Rep from * once more, then 1sc in remaining 3st [10]

Stuff foot firmly.

Rnds 10-13: 1sc around for 4 rnds. Stuff leg.

Rnd 14: 1sc in next 5st. Pinch leg opening closed and crochet 4sc through BOTH sides to close the leg.

F/o and leave a long tail for sewing.

To sew legs to body

Pin the legs between rnds 4-5 from the bottom of body, centre-front (the starting spiral counts as one rnd). To make sure the legs swing easily, sew only through the sts at the very top of the leg.

Arms (make two)

FREE pattern: Year of the Monkey 2016 "Houzi" crochet amigurumi by Jennifer Wang Bears

NOTES The arms are worked from the bottom up, beginning with the hands. Stuff the hands firmly, leaving the arms stuffing-free to allow room for the pipe cleaners (if you aren’t using pipe cleaners, you can lightly stuff the arms, or leave them stuffing-free).

With cream

Rnd 1: magic circle with 6st [6]

Rnd 2: (inc, 1sc in next st) around [9]

Rnd 3: 1sc in each st around [9]

“Pop out” the piece with your fingers to stop it from curling inwards.

Rnd 4: (1sc in next 2st, inc) around [12]

Rnds 5-6: 1sc in each st around for two rnds

Rnd 7: (dec, 1sc in next st) around [8] Change to white as you pull through the last st of rnd 7. From now on, switch between white and pink after every three rnds.

Rnd 8: sl st, then 1sc in each st around [8] Stuff hand firmly.

Rnds 9-22: 1sc in each st around for 14 rnds

Sl st, f/o and leave long tail for sewing.

Insert a pipe cleaner into each arm (fold the ends to make sure no sharp edges are able to poke through the sts).  If you aren’t using pipe cleaners, leave the arms stuffing-free.

To sew arms to body

Pin arms in place on either side of the body, just below the head. Using the long tail from each arm, sew in place by whip stitching the final rnd of the arm to the base of the neck.

Outer ears (make two)

FREE pattern: Year of the Monkey 2016 "Houzi" crochet amigurumi by Jennifer Wang Bears

With brown

Rnd 1: magic circle with 6st [6]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [12]

Rnd 3: (inc, 1sc in next st) around [18]

Rnd 4: 1sc in each st around [18]

Sl st and f/o, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold piece in half.

Inner Ears (make two)

With cream

Rnd 1: magic circle with 6st [6]

Pull circle tight (it should look like a semi circle).

F/o, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew inner ear to outer ear, making sure to hide all knots and yarn tails inside the outer ear.

To sew ears to head

Pin ears on either side of head, with the inner ears in line with the eyes and the arms. Start by sewing a stitch into the top and bottom to anchor the ears. Remove the pins, then sew in place using a seamless join around the backs of the ears from top to bottom.

Tail

FREE pattern: Year of the Monkey 2016 "Houzi" crochet amigurumi by Jennifer Wang Bears

With brown

Rnd 1: magic circle with 6st [6]

Rnds 2-20: 1sc in each st around for 19 rnds

F/o and leave a long tail for sewing.

Fold and insert a pipe cleaner into the tail. If not using a pipe cleaner, leave the tail stuffing-free.

To sew tail to body

Pin the tail 5-7 rnds up from the bottom of the body, centre-back. Check that Houzi is able to sit comfortably before sewing in place.

Hooray! You now have your very own Year of the Monkey amigurumi!

I would LOVE to see your WIPs and finished monkeys. Share your pics on Instagram by tagging me @JenniferWangBears and using the hashtag #monkeyhouzi

FREE pattern: Year of the Monkey 2016 "Houzi" crochet amigurumi by Jennifer Wang Bears

FREE pattern: Year of the Monkey 2016 "Houzi" crochet amigurumi by Jennifer Wang Bears
  • Jessie says:

    You do great work. I love your patterns for all the animals. Thank you for sharing.
    Jessie Ruple

  • Jamie says:

    This is a really awesome pattern. I just need a little help with the ears. Do you have a video tutorial on how to attach them?

  • Pat butts says:

    I have never done algorithmic but want to learn. What is a magic circle ???

  • I am trying to make the muzzle but I am left handed and can’t seem to make it work. This is only my 2nd project so I am still learning. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jennifer Wang says:

      Hi, Jodi. I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with the muzzle. Is it any part in particular or the whole thing? I can understand how doing it left-handed would be confusing, especially since this is only your 2nd project (well done, by the way!). I’m sorry I don’t currently have a video tutorial available (although I really should!), but, to help you, here’s a link to a similar sort of left-handed tutorial for baby booties (note: the presenter in this video is using UK crochet terms where sc = US dc):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lctDgasdqkQ
      I really hope this helps. Let me know how you go!

  • Dolly says:

    I too am a christian lady. grandmother and great grandmother. It is good to hear the younger ladies enjoying the crafts that i have so long enjoyed. Keep up the good works

    • Jennifer Wang says:

      Wow, you’re also a great grandmother – what a blessing!!! Thanks so much for your encouragement, Dolly.

  • Jo-Anne Candy says:

    Jo-Anne
    I am having trouble with round 12 in hat and also round 16. Neither of these rounds do I understand. Could you please clarify for me.

    • Jennifer Wang says:

      Hi, Jo-Anne! Not a problem – I’ll try to break down the instructions for you 🙂

      >> In Round 12, start by crocheting 1sc in the next 10 stitches.
      >> In the next st, increase.
      >> Then put 1sc in the each of the next 2 stitches.
      >> Then, starting in the next st, do this sequence (inc, 1sc in next st) 5 times. This just means you need to inc and then crochet 1sc in the next st. Repeat 5 times in this round, and you should have 12 stitches left in the round when you’re done.
      >> Once you’re done, 1sc in the next st
      >> Inc in the next st
      >> Then put 1sc in the remaining 10 st.

      Round 16 is exactly the same process, except stead of increasing you are decreasing.
      I hope that helps! I have plans to make a full video tutorial for this monkey, but I don’t have a time-frame yet of when that will come happen.
      In the meantime, if you’re still stuck on anything, I’m happy to answer questions ^_^

      Happy crocheting!
      Jennifer

  • Eliza says:

    Please make a Video!!!! I follow better that way

    • Haha, same, Eliza! I learn best from video as well. I’ve been seriously thinking about making video tutorials, I just need to get the equipment, set up, take a deep breath and dive right in 😉

      Much love xo
      Jennifer

  • Joyce Price says:

    Help – I can’t figure out how to print a copy of this pattern!!!

    • Hi, Joyce ^_^

      Adding a downloadable PDF for this pattern is definitely on my to-do list! In the meantime, you can trying clicking on the “print” icon (the little grey printer button), located at the bottom of the post next to the social media buttons. I haven’t yet tested this function myself, so let me know if it works properly.

      You can also try manually copying and pasting the text into a Word file, and then printing it out that way. If you’re still having trouble, I’d be glad to quickly send you a copy to print via email.

      Much love,
      Jennifer

  • Care says:

    Can’t wait make the baby. Thank you for sharing

  • Michele says:

    In the BODY Round 5 is 10 not 32. and then in round 18 you decrease to 18 and then in Round 19 you say SC around for 12, with no decrease.

    • Hi Michele – thank you so much for pointing out my poor mathemtical skills, haha.
      You’re right, in the BODY, Round 5 should = 30.
      For Round 18, I accidentally wrote {dec, 1sc next 2st}, when it SHOULD be {dec, 1sc next st} around = 12
      Round 19 is correct, it’s just another round of sc (if you want, you can skip this and decrease as normal, but I included it to ease the surrounding stitches a little).

      Thank you again! It’s always nice to get helpful feedback ^_^
      Jennifer

    • Michele says:

      I’m making 2 pink and white ones, I just have to attach legs and tails and they are done. It is such a cute pattern, thanks!

    • Wow, you’re making two! I’m a bit of a slow crocheter sometimes, so it takes me at least two days to finish ONE. I’m so glad you like the pattern. I’d like to make many more free patterns, and my new panda is coming next! Thank you for taking the time to make my little Houzi monkey, Michele, that makes me so happy ^_^

    • Michele says:

      I spent the weekend on them. It is for twin baby girls that will be born soon. Just perfect for 2 little monkeys born in the year of the monkey. Thanks again!

    • Actually, woah ~ no, I see what was wrong now. I’ve given it a fix 😉 Hope that’s better

    • Michele says:

      I meant Round 5 is 30, not 10.

  • Karin says:

    I love your patterns, very well written and sooo sweet! Thank you for the free pattern of this cute monkey!

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