Now that the holidays are over I can show you even more holiday FOs I finished for friends and family! Starting with this ridiculous monstrosity.
I had a really normal present picked out for my mom for Christmas, but then she threw down a challenge! Could I top Nestor the Long Eared Donkey from last year? Turns out that no, I couldn’t, but I went down swinging with this gigantic orangutan.
Quite a Dignified Profile!
I used Red Heart Boutique Fur Sure yarn (yes, that is the real name) and I can’t imagine why you’d ever use that yarn for anything other than knitting animals. It’s super chunky and fuzzy as hell. The finished monkey looks like it was sewn together! No stitches are visible. I used size 6 needles and it was a struggle the entire time.
I had a hard time with the yarn substitution and have no idea what the finished orangutan is suppose to look like! The pattern, My Pet Orangutan, called for Ice Yarns Eyelash, which of course I couldn’t find anywhere. I figured I’d sub Fun Fur for it, but that looked much too thin in the store. A lot of my pieces, particularly the head, just did not match up with the rest of the pattern pieces, which I’m sure is the fault of my yarn substitute mistakes. I even had to email the designer to ask how things fit together because I couldn’t figure it out! But I made it happen.
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Orangutan
His legs are also very short because when I saw I was going to run out of yarn for the second time, I said forget it and worked with what I had. The yardage requirement was meant with 3 skeins of the Fur Sure. I quickly noticed I’d need more and picked up 2 extra. I’m pretty sure I would have needed ANOTHER 2 had I followed the pattern exactly! That is just how far my gauge was off on this thing.
But it all worked out! He was a huge hit with my mom and I’m sure is currently keeping company with Nestor.
PS – Christine Grant, the designer, has a ton of other amazing toy patterns! A white elephant, a super realistic panda, chicken, and even a triceratops!
Pattern: My Pet Orangutan by Christine Grant
Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Fur Sure in Camel and Knit Picks Comfy Sport in Whisker
Needles: Size 6 straights, size 3 straights
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