:: Vintage Style Sock Monkey Pattern
The true vintage sock monkey pattern was released around 1920 and is still used today.
The vintage pattern is most easily recognized by the long tail. It stretches almost the whole length of a sock starting just under the toe section and running along the edge all the way down the side of the sock to the top of the cuff. Because of this the arms are narrower or skinnier and often one of the arms will have two seams. If you want to make both arms with just one seam you can, by sewing the tail, then cutting the remaining section of upper tube into two equal pieces before sewing them.
The vintage pattern also leaves the whole toe section available for use as a cap. Or if you feel like getting creative you can use the toe section for the ears and have two-tone or solid white ears.
Many people like the vintage pattern because they prefer the long tail monkeys and like the traditional style cap.
1. One pair of NELSON Red Heel Rockford Socks
2. Stuffing - cut up old nylon stockings, cotton batting, kapok, shredded foam rubber or polyester fiber. (do not use yams or other vegitables)
3. Red knitting yarn.
TURN THE SOCKS INSIDE OUT
Sew a seam (A) 1/2 inch on both sides of the center of sock starting three inches from the white heel and across the end of the top. Cut the sock between the seams and to within 1-1/2 inches of white heel. This leaves an opening in the crotch.
Then turn the sock so the seams are on the inside and use the crotch opening to stuff the head, body and legs.
Cut off toe of the sock, leaving 1/2 inch of brown to roll for a brim.
Cut a one inch strip, taper to end of cuff on length of front of sock. Seam and stuff.
Cut the heel from the sock, leaving a brown edge around the white. Fasten on lower part of the face, whipping around the bottom; stuff and finish sewing around top. The mouth can be improved by a running stitch of either black or white across the middle.
Cut the upper part of the sock into two pieces. Seam and stuff.
Cut the ears from the remaining brown part of the sole of the sock.
The eyes can be made either by sewing on buttons or by embroidering them with black thread. In this same operation a nose can be indicated by two small embroidered marks.