Hands down this fun little piece of knitting has caused more cries of “Squee!” among my knitting and non-knitting friends, coffee shop baristas and waiters than anything else I’ve knit. Everyone wants George keeping their coffee warm!
I’ve knit about a dozen or so Georges for friends and family (and even family of friends) since the first one two years ago.
Here again is the first version with outline mouth and mini-sock toe ears:
And here’s the latest version:
Both versions were knit on US#4 needles, using:
Schoeller Wolle Wollspass (Discontinued. If anyone knows where I could find more…), DK weight: Gray/Black Ragwool
No Label (most likely at the bottom of some yarn bin or bag), DK weight: Off-white
Scheepjes Belluno (Discontinued), sock weight used doubled: Red
While I liked the first version, I felt that the mouth wasn’t really “sockmonkey” enough. So after knitting and rippping several times, here’s the alternate mouth that I came up with.
Instructions for Alternate Sockmonkey Mouth:
Cast on 8 sts with Red
Row 1 and all wrong side rows: Purl
Row 2: K1, M1, K6, M1, K1
Row 4: K1, M1, K8, M1, K1
Row 5: Switch to Off-white: Purl
Row 6: K1, K2tog, K6, SSK, K1
Row 8: K1, K2tog, K4, SSK, K1
Row 10: K1, K2tog, K2, SSK, K1
Row 11: Bind off, leaving a long enough tail that you can attach the mouth to your sockmonkey face with daisy chain or crochet.
The ears also got a bit of a makeover from the original pattern and are nothing more than two small pieces of garter stitch:
Cast on 3 stitches, increase over 2 rows to 7 stitches, knit 3 rows on the same 7 sts, decrease over a couple of rows to 5 sts and again bind off with a long enough tail to sew the ears on to the sides.