Free Crochet Pattern (Part 3/3): Monkey Plush from A Korean Odyssey 화유기

The scent of her blood fills the air, and in no time, the demons are swirling around her. Frightened, she shouts “Son Oh-gong!” As the demons draw closer, a figure flies towards her and lands by her side. Son Oh-gong is here… 😉

How’s your crochet progress? This is the last post of my 3-part series. But stay tuned for a bonus post next week on how to make the geum gang go (gold headband) for your monkey.

Let’s wrap up with the most tricky part of the pattern – his head. It could take you slightly more than 3h to complete.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3mm crochet hook (Note the change in hook size)
  • 8-ply yarn in red
  • 8-ply yarn in beige
  • Black and white needle felt wool strips
  • Needle felting tools
  • Black embroidery thread and sewing needle
  • Black and white felts (alternative to needle felting)
  • Craft glue (alternative to needle felting)
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Scissors and yarn needle

*Please see reference guide before starting your project.


INSTRUCTIONS:
Face

Using beige yarn,

Row 1: Ch 11

Row 2: 10sc from 2nd ch

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. 2inc, 6sc, 2inc

Row 4: Ch 1, turn. inc, 12sc, inc

Row 5-6: Ch 1, turn. 16sc

Row 7: Ch 1, turn. inc, 14sc, inc

Row 8-12: Ch 1, turn. 18sc

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. sc, 2hdc, 3dc, 2hdc, sc

Row 14: Ch 1, turn. dec, hdc, 3dc, hdc, dec

FO, and weave in the ends.

Rejoin the yarn from the other side of the face plate and work in the direction towards the other curve.

Row 14: Ch 1, turn. sc, 2hdc, 3dc, 2hdc, sc

Row 15: Ch 1, turn. dec, hdc, 3dc, hdc, dec

Crochet counter-clockwise i.e. 13sc down, 10sc across, 13sc up, 7sc around the curve, 5 sl st in the area between the two curves, and 7 sc around the other curve.

FO, and weave in the ends.

Head

Using red yarn,

Start from the 6th stitch along the bottom.

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Rnd 1: 5sc, inc, 10sc, (inc, sc) * 5 times, 3sc, (sc, inc) * 5 times, 10sc, inc, 5sc

Rnd 2: 17sc, (inc, 2sc) * 4 times, 2dec, sc, 2dec, (2sc, inc) * 4 times, 17sc

Rnd 3: 33sc, dec, sc, dec, 33sc

Rnd 4: 32sc, dec, sc, dec, 32sc

Rnd 5-9: sc around

Rnd 10: (5sc, dec) around, 4sc

Rnd 11-13: sc around

Rnd 14: (7sc, dec) around, 4sc

Rnd 15: (11sc, dec) around

Rnd 16: (6sc, dec) around

Rnd 17: (5sc, dec) around

Rnd 18: (4sc, dec) around

Rnd 19: (3sc, dec) around

Rnd 20: (2sc, dec) around

Rnd 21: (sc, dec) around

Stuff head.

Rnd 22: dec around

FO, and weave in ends.

Expression

Using the embroidery thread, sew the eyebrows, eyelashes and mouth lines. Those marked out in pink ink. See diagram below.

Some tips:

  • 4st apart for the eyelashes and eyebrows. Take small stitches when making the eyebrow curves. Don’t pull the thread too snuggly, else you will end up with a pair of super straight/ squarish eyebrows.
  • You should sew the eyebrows first to use it as a gauge for the eye placement. I would recommend sewing the eyelashes after you have placed the eyes so that the thread sits nicely on the eyes and not beneath it.

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There are two ways to go about the eyes and nose.

  1. Needle felt the features, as per what I did.
  2. Cut and paste the wool/acrylic felt pieces onto the head. This is a faster method. I would have opted for this over needle felting if I had my craft glue with me.

Assembly

Sew all the parts together and voila! You have your very own Son Yook-gong. He can be your lunch buddy from now on.

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Don’t forget to keep a lookout for the bonus post next week! Till then ^_^

Listening to: Let Me Out by NU`EST W

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Meo luoi says:

    hello, can you clarify Round 2 (Head) of Monkey Plush crochet? Thank you

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    1. myartpetite says:

      Hi Meo, I just realised there was a typo in the head pattern for rnd 2. Have amended the post. Apologies for the confusion.

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  2. Esti says:

    Sorry can you explain more detail,how to join the red yarn first with the face.. I’m still confuse with this “Start from the 6th stitch along the bottom”…
    Thank you so much

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    1. myartpetite says:

      Hi Esti, thanks for reaching out. I have done a quick sketch to depict the placement for the 6th stitch. Pls see my updated blog post for the image as I am unable to attach it in my reply to you. Let me know if you need further clarifications 🙂

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      1. Esti says:

        Thank you so much.. I’m so appreciate your sketch 😊

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      2. myartpetite says:

        You are most welcome! Pls share with me pictures of your completed work. I’d love to see it 😀

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  3. lilizora says:

    Hi,
    Do you have a model or something on how to do the eyes? I’m new at crochet and I’d love to do this little guy, but I have no clue how to make the eyes…

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    1. myartpetite says:

      Hi there 🙂 I have added a quick sketch with some additional tips on the embroidery portion in this updated post. Cheers!

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  4. mei says:

    hi there
    can you explain to me head using the red yarn
    for round 2 because it doesnt match the ring with round 1
    is that right?
    thanks a lot

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    1. myartpetite says:

      Hi Mei, there was a typo in my pattern. Have amended it. Apologies for the confusion.

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