Monsters!

Handmade Knitted Monster Caitlin Finsihed Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Caitlin's Knitted Monster - Spike
Handmade Knitted Monster Charlie Finished Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Charlie's Knitted Monster - Monster Jam
Handmade Knitted Monster Knitty Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Ellie's Knitted Monster

What you will need...

Total time - 2 Hours 30 Minutes each Monster

(Two main pieces at 20 minutes each piece,  30 minutes for spikes/feet, 1 Hour 20 minutes sewing up & decorating)

4mm knitting needles (UK 8, US 6)

Chunky and regular Double knitting yarn - any desired colour

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Tape Measure

Stuffing/Toy Filling

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Caitlin's Knitted Monster Design
Handmade Knitted Monster Caitlin Finsihed Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Caitlin's Knitted Monster - Spike
Handmade Knitted Monster Design Charlie Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Charlie's Knitted Monster Design
Handmade Knitted Monster Charlie Finished Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Charlie's Knitted Monster - Monster Jam

Before You Start...

 

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

G-st = Garter stitch. Every row knit.

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

K2tog = Knit two stitches together at the same time as above (thereby halving your stitches).

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - K wise unless otherwise stated. US - bind off.

B&T tightly - Using sewing up needle, thread yarn through all remaining stitches

TOP TIP

Kids Have Great Imagination - Get them involved in creating a design for you, while also giving yourself a bit of a challenge!

Chunky yarn for the Main piece - This results in a larger more cuddly monster (with less effort!)

How to Make it...

Made up of two knitted pieces oversewn together, with various designs to add your own little twist.

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Main Piece

Make 2 for Each Monster

Time - 20 Minutes Each

Size 7 cm Square

Needles 4mm

Yarn - Chunky Cream

Cast on 14 Sts

Beginning with a K row, St-st 17 rows

Cast off

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Eyes and Nose

Time - 5 Minutes Each

Size 2 cm

Yarn - Regular

Left Eye (as facing)

Cast on 1 St

Inc K wise into St (2 Sts)

St-st 3 rows

K2tog and fasten off

 

Right Eye (as facing) & Nose

Cast on 3Sts

St-t 5 rows

B&t tightly

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Making Spikes

Make 2 Pieces for each Spike

Time - 10 minutes each

Size - 2cm

Yarn - Regular yarn

Needles 4mm

Cast on 7 Sts

Beginning with a K row, St-st 2 rows

K2tog, K3, K2tog (5 Sts)

Next row P

K2tog, K1, K2tog (3 Sts)

Next row P

B&t tightly

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Making Limbs

For the 'Knitty' cream and blue monster...

For arms, finger knit a length of 6cm using chunky yarn (top of picture above).

For legs, finger knit a length of 4cm using two strands of yarn together.

Leave 1cm length of yarn beyond the knotted end to make fingers (this looks better if more strands of yarn are finger knitted together). My monster shows fingers from only two strands.

Chunky or extra strands of yarn together make thicker, less bendy limbs.

Handmade Knitted Monster Arms and Legs Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

For Caitlin's 'Spike' orange and cream monster...

For yellow arms, finger knit a length of 7.5cm in a single length of regular yarn.

For red legs, finger knit a length of 5cm in a chunky yarn.

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Making Feet

Make 1 Piece for each Foot

Time - 10 minutes each

Size - 3cm

Yarn - Two strands of regular yarn as above, or chunky.

Needles 4mm

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Cast on 14 sts.

Beginning with a K row, St-st 2 rows.

Cast off 4 Sts and continue K in st-st for the remainder of the row (10 Sts).

Cast off 4 sts Pwise and continue for remainder of the P row (6 sts).

Continue to work 5 further rows in St-st.

Cast off Pwise.

Handmade Knitted Monster Knitty Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Piece it Altogether

Add on any face design with embroidery (I used back stitch) before sewing up the monster. This will better hide any loose ends from fastening off.

For spikes, oversew two spike pieces for each spike with wrong sides together.

Attach spikes and limbs to the edge of main body piece.

With right side of stocking-stitch on the outisde, oversew row ends and cast on and cast off edges of the two main body pieces, making sure you add some stuffing prior to the final closure.

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Make it Different!

Using garter stitch may be easier for children or those who are learning. This still makes a cute fluffy monster, however, depending on your tension you may need to vary the number of rows to make a perfect square. I found 25 rows were needed.

Instead of chunky yarn you could use two strands of regular yarn, and if doing so, using two different colours can also have a nice two-tone effect.

Alternate with different coloured yarns every two rows to make a stripey monster. This also looks great on the reverse side of stocking stitch.

Add however many limbs/eyes/spikes as you fancy!

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Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

All done?

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