Pattern: Mr. Scary the Monster

We have been on a monster kick in my house lately thanks to the super fun and accessible The Big Book of Knitted Monsters: Mischievous, Lovable Toys by Rebecca Danger (affiliate link). After making a few monsters from the book, I thought I would take a shot at making a custom-designed one. My four-year-old son provided the drawing, the name (Mr. Scary) and the motivation. (Is my monster ready yet? Is it ready yet?).

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It was cool to get to create something with him – though next time I may put a limit on the number of appendages. 11 seems a bit excessive! Although the arms knit up very quickly, this pattern could be easily adapted to include fewer arms if you find the number daunting. And he could probably fit up to two more – or more horns, legs, whatever. Go crazy with it!

This is my first time writing out a pattern, so please let me know if anything is confusing or isn’t working. I am happy to respond to any comments or questions, and will try to do so within a few days.

This project has inspired me to try my hand at more of these custom designs. My next project will be a grumpy bear sweater vest for my youngest, who is turning one on Wednesday (agh!). I will get the chart up here for that once it’s done.

Final size is approximately 10.5 inches from the bottom of the feet to the top of the horns. The head/body is 4.5 inches.

Supplies:
Size 5 double pointed needs
Waste yarn – I mainly used odds and ends of various balls of Cascade Superwash 220. I’m guessing about 50 yards of any one yarn, but I didn’t weigh it out.
Needle and thread
9 googly eyes if using – I used these (another affiliate link).
White felt and fabric glue (or you could knit on a mouth if you don’t have these supplies)
Stuffing

Body/Head:
CO 40 stitches using double pointed needles or magic round if you can figure out how to do that – I’ve never been able to. Join in the round, being careful not to twist
K to 9.5 cm
K2tg, K18, k2tg, K18 – 38 stitches remain
K one round
K2tg, K17, k2tg, K17 – 36 stitches remain
K one round
K2tg, K16, K2tg, K16 – 34 stitches remain
K one round
k2tg, K15, K2tg, K15 – 32 stitches remain
Divide stitches so that 16 stitches are on one needle, starting at the beginning of the round; and second 16 stitches are on a second needle.
Turn monster inside out and bind off using three needle bind off.

If you are adding googly eyes, it’s much easier to do this now, before stuffing. Place them as in the picture, or however you think looks cute and sew on with needle and thread. Make sure to leave space on the bottom for the mouth. Make sure to sew on the eyes pretty tightly, especially if your kid likes to whip around the monster as much as mine does. If you are giving this to a baby, you may not want to use buttons and just knit on Xs or something for eyes. That would look pretty scary.

For the mouth, cut a piece of felt about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide, and cut triangles out to make teeth. Glue on with fabric glue.

When glue is dry, stuff the monster to desired plumpness and sew up bottom stitches with yarn.

Legs (make 2):
CO 9 stitches and join in the round, being careful not to twist
Rows 1-3: K
Row 4: KFB, K8
Rows 5-6: K
Row 7: KFB, K9
Rows 8-9: K
Row 10: KFB, K10
Rows 11-12: K
Row 13: KFB, K11
Rows 14-15: K
Row 16: KFB, K12
Rows 17-18: K
Row 19: KFB, K13
Rows 20-21: K
Row 22: KFB, K14
Rows 23-24: K
Row 25: KFB, K15
Rows 26-27: K

Row 28: KFB twice, K11, KFB twice (19 stitches total)
Row 29: KFB twice, K15, KFB twice (23 stitches total)

Rows 30-39: K

Row 40: K11, K2tg, K10 (22 stitches)

Divide stitches so that 11 are on one needle, starting at the beginning of the round, and 11 are on a second needle. Stuff the leg and foot. Bind off using 3 needle bind off but without turning inside out (due to the stuffing). It doesn’t look as pretty but you won’t be able to tell once you make the toes.

To make the toes,take one long piece of yarn and thread it about 1/2 of the way from the bottom of the foot and about 1/3 of the way from the edge of the foot (if you want 3 total toes). Pull yarn through, leaving a long tail. Wrap the yarn around over the top of the foot and back down through the same hole, so you are basically making a circle over the top of the foot. Pull taut. Continue threading from front to back, going through approximately the same holes and looping over the foot 5-6 times, pulling tightly. It should create an indentation that looks like a toe. I’m including pictures below to try to illustrate. Repeat for the other toe about 1/3 of the way from the other edge of the foot.

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Lower Arms (make 2):
Make a 5-stitch i-cord, stopping at 1.5 inches
Row 1: KFB x5 and join in the round (10 stitches)
Row 2: K
Row 3: (KFB, K1) x 5 (15 stitches)
Rows 4-9: K
Row 10: KFB, K7, KFB, K6 (17 stitches)
Row 11: K
Row 12: K7, add 1, K to end (18 stitches)

Divide stitches so that 9 are on one needle, starting at the beginning of the round, and 9 are on a second needle. Stuff the hand. Bind off using 3 needle bind off but without turning inside out (due to the stuffing). Create fingers as you did with the toes.

Middle Arms (make 2):
Repeat as for lower arms, except make i-cord 2 inches

Upper Arms (make 2):
Repeat as for lower arms, except make i-cord 2.5 inches

Big Horns (make 2):
CO 8 stitches
Rows 1-4: work in stockinette stitch
Row 5: Dec 1 stitch at each end of the row
Rows 6-7: work in stockinette stitch
Row 8: Dec. 1 stitch at each end of the row
Rows 9-10: Work in stockinette stitch
Row 11: K2tg, K2tg
Rows 12-13: Work in stockinette stitch
Row 14: K2tg
Bind off and sew seam

Little Horn:
CO 6 stitches
Rows 1-4: work in stockinette stitch
Row 5: Dec 1 stitch at each end of the row
Rows 6-7: work in stockinette stitch
Row 8: K2tg, K2tg
Rows 9-10: Work in stockinette stitch
Row 11: K2tg
Bind off and sew seam

Finishing up:
Attach all parts approximately as pictured. Sew in ends.

Voila! Mr. Scary! And one happy kiddo.

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