Pattern: Monkey

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Meet Kiko, our kawaii baby monkey that we designed as a part of our Chinese New Year series!  He is adorably sweet with his poseable tail, arms and legs, and he is clutching on tightly to his favourite snack of all: a banana!




Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  The wiring in this amigurumi is optional and should be used with caution as it is not safe for babies and young children.  The wiring makes the tail and limbs poseable but is not necessary.

***PLEASE follow along with my step-by-step blog post HERE to better understand this written pattern and to visually see how to connect the parts with all my photos!

Finished Dimensions: 5.5″/14 cm tall and 4.5″/11.4 cm wide not including tail


Using beige yarn and 2 mm hook,

Chain 11 (we will be working in rows for this part).

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 10 (10 sts)

R2: Chain 1, turn.  Inc, Inc, Sc 6, Inc, Inc (14 sts)

R3: Chain 1, turn.  Inc, Sc 12, Inc (16 sts)

R4-5: Chain 1, turn.  Sc 16

R6: Chain 1, turn.  Inc, Sc 14, Inc (18 sts)

R7-11: Chain 1, turn.  Sc 18 (18 sts)

We will now be dividing the face into half to form the heart-shaped forehead.  Place Clover lock ring stitch markers in the middle two stitches (9 sts in each half).


R12: Chain 1, turn.  Sc, Hdc, Hdc, Dc, Dc, Dc, Hdc, Hdc, Sc (9 sts)

R13: Chain 1, turn.  Dec, Hdc, Dc, Dc, Dc, Hdc, Dec (7 sts)

Fasten off.  Rejoin yarn on far right side as shown below.  Repeat Rows 12-13:


R12: Sc, Hdc, Hdc, Dc, Dc, Dc, Hdc, Hdc, Sc (9 sts)

R13: Chain 1, turn.

Dec, Hdc, Dc, Dc, Dc, Hdc, Dec (7 sts)

We will now crochet around the perimeter of the face as shown below.


R14:  Crochet counter-clockwise starting from red dot as shown in diagram above: 13 sc down the side, 10 sc across, 13 sc up the side, 7 sc around the curve, 5 slip stitches in the area between the dip of the curves (2 sl st, 1 sl st, 2 sl st), and then 7 sc around the other curve. (55 sts)

Fasten off.


Switch to tan yarn as indicated by diagram below.  There are 10 sts along the bottom- mark off one of the halfway points with a stitch marker (the 6th stitch) and begin your brown yarn here:


R1: Sc 5, Inc, Sc 10, *Inc, Sc 1*, rep 5 times.  Sc 3, *Sc 1, Inc*, rep 5 times.  Sc 10, Inc, Sc 5 (67 sts)

R2: Sc 17, *Inc, Sc 2*, rep 4 times.  Dec x 2, Sc 1, Dec x 2.  *Sc 2, Inc*, rep 4 times.  Sc 17 (71 sts)

R3: Sc 33, Dec, Sc 1, Dec, Sc 33 (69 sts)

R4: Sc 32, Dec, Sc 1, Dec, Sc 32 (67 sts)

R5-9: Sc 67

R10: *Sc 5, Dec*, rep 9 times.  Sc 4 (58 sts).

R11-13: Sc 58

R14: *Sc 7, Dec*, rep 6 times.  Sc 4 (52 sts)

R15: *Sc 11, Dec*, rep 4 times (48 sts)

R16: *Sc 6, Dec*, rep 6 times (42 sts)

R17: *Sc 5, Dec*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

Embroider nose with brown embroidery floss and place safety eyes between Rows 7-8 and 8 stitches apart.  Begin stuffing head.


R18: *Sc 4, Dec*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R19: *Sc 3, Dec*, rep 6 times (24 sts)

R20: *Sc 2, Dec*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R21: *Sc, Dec*, rep 6 times (12 sts)

Finish stuffing head.

R22: *Dec*, rep 6 times (6 sts)

Draw through front loops of last stitches and pull tightly shut.  Add pink cheeks to Monkey’s face with pink sharpie, pink brads, or pink blush.

EARS (make 2)

Using tan yarn,

R1: 8 sc in Magic Ring (8 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (16 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, Inc*, rep 8 times (24 sts)

R4-6: Sc 24

Pinch shut and sew open ends together.  Sew onto sides of head across Rounds 8-10 of tan yarn.  For lining of ear, cut two semi-circles out of beige felt and glue to inner ear.



Using tan yarn, begin forming triangular base:

Chain 2 (we will be working in rows for this part).

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 1 (1 st)

R2: Chain 1, turn.  Inc (2 sts)

R3: Chain 1, turn.  Inc x 2 (4 sts)

R4: Chain 1, turn.  Inc, Sc 2, Inc (6 sts)

R5: Chain 1, turn.  Sc 6 (6 sts)

R6: Chain 1, turn.  Inc, Sc 4, Inc (8 sts)

R7: Chain 1, turn.  Sc 8 (8 sts)

R8: Chain 1, turn.  Inc, Sc 6, Inc (10 sts)

R9: Chain 1, turn.  Sc 10 (10 sts)


R10: Crochet counter-clockwise around triangle starting from the red dot as indicated in diagram above (we will now be working in rounds):

8 sc down the side, 1 sc at the bottom, 8 sc up the other side, 10 sc across the top.

R11: In back loops only, Sc 27 (27 sts)

R12-13: Sc 27 (27 sts)

R14: *Sc 7, Dec*, rep 3 times (24 sts)

R15: Sc 24 (24 sts)

R16: *Sc 6, Dec*, rep 3 times (21 sts)

R17: Sc 21 (21 sts)

R18: *Sc 5, Dec*, rep 3 times (18 sts)

R19-20: Sc 18 (18 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  If using wiring, cut at least 15″/38 cm of decorative wiring.  Form one end into triangular base that can fit into bottom of body.  Place triangular base into bottom of body while poking other end of wire out of corner of triangle to form tail.  Secure triangular base by tying each corner with yarn.   Bend end of tail and wrap electrical tape around it to prevent end from protruding out. Our final tail measured approximately 23 cm/9″ (with end bent).


Form wire arms and legs as shown below, once again wrapping ends with electrical tape.  Our limbs measured approximately 3 cm/1.18″ long after being bent..  You can also crochet the limbs first to gauge what size you need to make the wire inserts.


Now stuff and sew body to head.  Attach head so that it is tilting downwards, near where the beige face becomes the brown head.


ARMS (make 2)

Using beige yarn (no need to stuff if using wiring),

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: *Sc 2, Inc*, rep 2 times (8 sts)

R3-4: Sc 8 (8 sts)

Switch to tan yarn,

R5-8: Sc 8 (8 sts)


Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Insert onto wire arms and sew onto body.

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige yarn (no need to stuff if using wiring),

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: *Sc 2, Inc*, rep 2 times (8 sts)

R3: *Sc 3, Inc*, rep 2 times (10 sts)

R4: Sc 10 (10 sts)

Switch to tan yarn,

R5-8: Sc 10 (10 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Insert onto wire legs and sew onto body.


Using tan yarn (no need to stuff if using wiring),

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (5 sts)

R2-44: Sc 6 (6 sts).

Adjust tail to your desired length (shorter or longer based on your wire tail).  Insert onto wire tail and attach to back of body.

NOTES if not using wiring:

  • Stuff arms and legs very lightly.
  • Minimally stuff the tail (perhaps just at base where tail joins with body) to prevent the tail from weighing down the monkey too much.  Shorten the tail length (possibly to half) to minimize weight.
  • Do not stuff the body too much- make sure that the triangular base can be inverted so that your monkey can sit well.  If you stuff it too much, the triangular base will puff out, making it impossible for your monkey to sit and likely to topple over.


Using yellow yarn,

Chain 21 (we will be working in rows).

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sl st 2, Hdc 16, Sl st 2 (20 sts).

R2: Chain 1, turn.  In front loops only, Sl st 2.  In third loops only, Hdc 16.  In front loops only, Sl 2 (20 sts).  [See tutorial HERE to learn how to locate third loops of half double crochets!]

R3: Chain 1, turn.  Sl st 2, Hdc 16, Sl st 2 (20 sts).

R4: Repeat Row 2.

R5: Repeat Row 3.

R6: Repeat Row 2.

R7: Repeat Row 3.

R8: Sl st 2, *Hdc 2, Hdc dec*, rep 4 times, sl st 2. (16 sts)


Sew banana shut by sewing onto second last row as shown below.


Using brown embroidery floss, sew a star/asterisk onto bottom of banana.  Then, sew around perimeter of star.


To create stem:

Round 1: Pick up 4 stitches- Sc 4 (4 sts).

R2-4: Sc 4 (4 sts)

R5: Sc 1, Inc, Sc 2 (5 sts).

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Your adorable monkey is now complete!  Have fun posing your cutie pies and making them for all the little monkeys in your life!


Don’t forget to share your finished projects with me in the comments section below or on my social media:

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  I love seeing how you each put your own personal touches on your amigurumi!  Happy 2016 Year of the Monkey, my friends

{Update: See 20 Monkeys that have already been made all over the world following my free pattern HERE!}


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  • Anh Tran

    I love this!! The cutest thing i’ve seen so far. I’ve only gotten to know amigurumi for just a few months but your pattern is very easy to understand. I made this as a gift for my coworker. And then I found out she’s expecting a baby so I added a little thing 🙂

  • Sarah Jean Ball

    Love this pattern! My sister pointed it out to me earlier this year and demanded I make it for her. I finally got around to it for her birthday last month and wanted to share my results with you. I did take a few liberties 😀

  • Marie Maronie

    Love this pattern! Thank you for making it available! I am struggling with one part of the banana. (Of all things lol) Most of the rows require you to chain 1 and turn but not in row 8. Is that intentional? Or something missing with the pattern? I’m not sure where to make the row 8 stitches. Thank you in advance!

  • Laura D

    I am loving this pattern so much and want to pay something forward. There is a way to make “wire” from crochet thread. The technique is used in Irish Crochet quite a bit. It involves crocheting tightly around a cord made of several strands of thread. The more tightly the outer “shell” is the stiffer it is and will hold its shape like wire does, yet is flexible enough to be adjusted to different poses.
    For the tail I used 10 strands of #10 crochet thread for the core and crochet around it with a single strand of #10 thread.
    For the arms and legs I crochet around a thicker core… 16 strands at the tip of the hand, then double that over so I was crocheting around 32 strands for the body of the hand… then back down to 16 strands for the very end by the opening. This was folded over and held in place with a few stitches.
    I know it sounds very complicated. I guess crochet does too when explained with words, sentences and paragraphs.
    There is an Irish woman on YouTube who has great videos about it. Here is one that uses the technique I’m trying so hard to describe:
    I’m hoping that once all the parts of the money are sewn together the “soft armature” holds up as well as it does in the individual pieces. 😌

    • Laura D

      “Money” hahahaha. That should be “monkey”.
      Also a note on the video, the first 4 minutes show what I was trying to describe.

  • Wanthana Nuvaiscr

    Thank you for creating this adorable pattern, Steph! This is, by far, my favourite pattern from you.

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  • Snesch

    Hallo Stephanie thank you very much vor sharing with your pattern.

  • Kira Neko

    Thank you for this pattern! I was born in the year of the monkey 😛
    Here’s the one I made 🙂

    Greetings from Italy