Saturday, April 21, 2007

All tuckered out...

Tucker the monkey I and II are complete!




Started: April 1, 2007
Finished: April 18, 2007
Yarn: 2 balls of magic buttons in brown and left over Rowan wool/cotton for face, hands and feet. Scraps of red tweed and blue tweed for vest and scarf.
Pattern: Tucker the Monkey from Tracy Chapman's Toys to Knit.
Adjustments: Where do I begin? There seem to be many errors in this book. It is a good thing that I have some knitting knowledge and basically use these patterns for templates! The yarn and needle size are off...and there are no gauges in the entire book. Does it matter how big your monkey is?
Anyway, I don't really like making all these little pieces when I can knit them in the round. So I made the head in the round as well as the body in the round. This helped tremendously when it came to seaming. I also used my knitting knowledge when it came to decreasing...not everything is done on the last stitch or is just a k2tog...use those skills people!
I decided to give them more of a pot belly...come on...look at those bellies!

They are soooo cute! My three year old keeps asking if one is his, so I guess I better whip up another. I do have a couple ball left...just enough for one more!

Check out these faces...not ones that only a mother could love...

41 comments:

kathy in juneau said...

Adorable!

Chelle said...

Very cute!! You did a lovely job!

Acornbud said...

Oh so cute! Nice work. They look so happy!

Jen said...

Oh those are just so cute I love them!!!!!

Robin said...

Love the monkeys! Love their cute little pot bellies as well!

aija said...

They are perfect!!

yuvee said...

They're so cute!!

Rasa said...

What child wouldn't want one?! I sort of would like one myself - they are sooooo cute!

reluctantMANGO said...

Oh, I want one too!! They're just too darn cute for words.

Xia Diaz said...

I love the potbelly! Very cute!

Brandy said...

They are so cute! It's too bad there are so many errors (or just plain omissions) in the patterns. I would love to knit some of those myself.

Michelle said...

So adorable! Great job!

grumperina said...

Adorable monkeys! Yes, make one for your little guy...

Micki said...

Those are cuter than any sock monkey--well done!

Nicole said...

So cute! I love them.

Hege said...

They are so cute!

Barb outside Boston said...

I know some men with hairlines like that!
;-)
Adorable.

Monika said...

Wonderful! If your 3 year old would want one, I would! ;o)

Becca said...

Let me tell you, I have 3 legs and half a body of a knitted zebra stuffed in a bin somewhere. Knitted toys will make you crazy. I am so impressed with your monkeys! Love their bellies. They look as though they are relaxing at the pub before heading home woozily.

sue said...

They are just so cute, no wonder your 3 yr old wants one too. Thanks for the heads up about all the pattern errors too, I have the book so when I knit one I will remember what you mentioned.

Amy said...

They are adorable! I want one. I want to make one. Last year I vowed no more knitted Christmas gifts, but I may have to find this book and knit a couple for my niece and nephew.

the RED HOT behind the Slipper Girl: said...

adorable and cute seem to be the popular words here, and they were exactly what I was going to say! They look extremely huggable!

Amy said...

They melt my heart! Such cutie-pie monkeys.

Alisha said...

Those are fantastic!!!

Asa said...

They are adorable - love their little scarves.

Asaknitter
www.knittingnutter.com

Knit*Six said...

I made the same changes when I made a monkey from a pattern in a UK knitting mag last year. For the life of me, I can't figure out why the designer would have you knit every piece flat. Ugh! Your pot-belly addition was truly inspired. They're adorable :-)

Lesley said...

Cutie cute cute! You've inspired me to make my own little guy. Thanks for the link to the pattern!

Marianne said...

Just look at those fellows ! They are so cute ! Your son is right he wants one, I want one too !

WendyM said...

Just caught up with your finished guys, and they do look great. I also have made some of the toys from that book, and there are plenty of errors. I had to rewrite the pattern for the elephant almost from scratch. Clever to do the pieces in the round and add pot-bellies.

Karen said...

I'm in the middle of making Tucker and am pulling my hair out! My daughter wants me to make the elephant but Wendym says the pattern has so many errors, any clues???

Dorothy said...

Cute!!

Too bad the patterns are so hard to follow.

Cristina said...

Lindo blog

Oksana said...

Those are two very adorable monkeys. The yarn you used for their bodies is so unexpected--it makes them look that much more charming and unique!
I admire your ability to get around pattern mistakes!

KnittenKnots said...

LOL - so so cute!!! And I love the little extra pot on the belly...perfect!

Laura said...

It's been a bit since you have updated your blog. I always check in with your blog to see what you are working on next. I hope everything is okay and you just don't have the time to blog right now.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I agree with Laura, it has been a long time since your blog has been updated. Hope all is well and that you are having a wonderful summer, full of fun with no time to blog.

knitnthings said...

Was just thinking about you - thought I'd pop in to let you know your missed. Hope all is well with you.

Gena said...

Hope all is well. I have never commented before, but thought I would pop in to let you know that your presence in the blogosphere is missed!

Singular Stitches said...

I agree with the others, I hope things are fine on your end. (Hopefully, you just have been knitting so much that you haven't had time to update, so soon we'll see a bunch of FO pics! :o)

The monkeys are adorable!

Jeanie said...

Where have you been? I hope all is well with you and your beautiful family!

Bengi Abla said...

it's very nice ,
loves from Turkey ;)