Little Monster for a little monster

EDITED: Now with links to lettering charting.

As some of you will know, my New Year’s resolution was to learn a new skill this year and I’ve become a bit of a knitting machine in the process!  I’m only tackling simple projects to begin with while I build up my skills and confidence.  I’ve made a few of these little monster toys and given them to the different little monsters in my life!

The instructions below knit a one colour design, I’ve been experimenting with different patterns and knitting names into the patterns.  This looks impressive, but is actually really easy to do – just arm yourself with some squared paper and draw a box with the length being the number of stitches you have cast on.  You can then experiment with writing the name as a series of crosses – each cross symbolises a stitch in a different colour to write the name.  Imagine it as bubble writing using crosses.  Just send me a message if you want some help with it, or have a look at my post about charting out lettering.

Bodies: make 2: Cast on 30 stitches and do 36 rows of stocking stitch.  Knit two stitches and cast off one, knit to the end of the row, knitting the last two stitches together. Purl a row.  Repeat this process until you are left with 20 stitches.  Cast off.  Pin together and sew around three sides.  Stuff with wadding and sew up the remaining side.

Arms: make 2: Cast on 9 stitches, 30 rows of stocking stitch.  Allow to roll length-ways then sew up the seam.

Legs: make 2: Cast on 11 stitches, 44 rows of stocking stitch.  Allow to roll length-ways then sew up the seam, stuffing with wadding as you go.

Sew all parts together, add buttons for eyes and sew a woollen mouth.

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