Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pocket Gorilla

Ever want a gorilla that could fit in your pocket? Well my mother-in-law absolutely adores gorillas, so I thought it would be nice to make her a little one for her birthday. I tend to like amigurumis that look similar to the real animal, and I had a hard time finding a free pattern that was distinctly "gorilla" and not just "general monkey" looking. Luckily I found this adorable orangutang pattern by Vintage Nettles and saw lots of potential.

This project also makes for a fun key chain! 

Follow this link to make your own orangutang and to get the instructions for how to make the head, body, and face of this gorilla!

Pocket Gorilla
I used a 3.5mm (E) hook for this project.
You'll need yarn in the Main Color (MC) and a Contrast Color (CC). Here I used dark and light grey.
Some black yarn for embroidering features
Scissors and a needle for sewing
Fiber fill or extra yarn for stuffing

Use the pattern by Vintage Nettles linked above

Use the pattern by Vintage Nettles linked above

Arms (Make 2)
Stuff as you go along
R1- in circle, sc 8  (8 stitches)
~chain 3 and slip stitch in same stitch. This will be the thumb!
R2- [sc 1, then sc 2 in next stitch] 4 times. (12 st.)
R3-5- sc around (12 st.)
R6- [sc 1, then dec over next two stiches] 4 times (8 st.)
R7- [sc 2, dec over next two stitches] twice (6 st.)
R8-10- sc around (6 st.)
Finish Off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Legs (Make 2)
R1- in circle, sc 8  (8 st.)
R2-6- sc around  (8 st.)
Finish off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Embroider all facial features to face. I used French knots for the eyes, although small beads or safety eyes also work. Sew face to head. Position arms so that thumbs face inward and sew arms onto body. Sew on legs. For ears I made French knots in CC on either side of the head.

Your gorilla is complete!

I hope you enjoy this pattern.
A special thanks to Vintage Nettles for the original pattern!