I wanted to make some little monsters as part of the theme of this website and so with the help of 9 year-old Caitlin, and 6 year old Charlie, I created a couple more little monsters to add to our household. And so that little 2 year-old Ellie wasn't left out, I tried out another design to add to the collection!
Children love to get involved in something creative, especially if they get to keep something at the end of it. So bribed with a monster, Caitlin decided to use the computer to make a few of her designs, whereas Charlie opted for paper. My only limitation to them was that it must be based on a background square shape (to keep things a little easier!)
A few great ideas to choose from and nothing too off-the-wall, I had a go at one of each of theirs. Although there was a bit of artistic licence (sorry Caitlin, yes I know there are only three spikes not four but I tried!) I'm pleased to say they both loved the end result.
So whether you fancy designing your own monster, or have been given demands for a particular design, these monsters do make great knitted gifts. The monsters I made are actually still being played with a few days after they were given! Ellie is loving adding the monsters to her picnics and tea parties, Charlie is just throwing his about in the air, and Caitlin is enjoying making her monster do all sorts of things...
So now that my kiddies have finished their Easter egg hunt (including the knitted eggs and a knitted basket from last week!), they've still got these monsters to keep them entertained. The knitted eggs on the egg hunt were a bit of a disappointment to Charlie, 'but they're not real!' But Caitlin loved finding the extra things, and Ellie's still carrying them around in a basket. So I'd still call that a success!
Total time 2 Hours 30 Minutes for each Monster
Made from a two knitted pieces, oversewn and lightly stuffed.
Try different colours, patterns or stripes. With the option of some different size eyes, some spikes or some added feet.
Facial features are made using back-stitch detailing and finger-knitted limbs.
Use your own, or your child's designs - make them as crazy as you like, with however many eyes or limbs takes your fancy!
Make Your Own Little Knitty!
Get some ideas, see what you will need and see exactly how you can make your own... Just add some of a wild child's imagination!
I aim to have a new pattern up on the website every few weeks (children and their busy schedules permitting!) and I'll let you know as soon as the next one is up and ready to go...