Mister Ben is a knitted "copy" of the famous sock monkey dolls many of us grew up with. If you have knit a pair of socks you have all the skills necessary to knit a sock monkey. The pattern for Mister Ben is written so you can use any weight yarn along with needles appropriate to your chosen yarn. The size of the monkey you knit will be determined by the type of yarn and needles you choose. We have knit this toy in bulky worsted, DK, sport, and very fine sock yarn. For a fun, non-traditional monkey, try using a self-striping yarn!
Yarn: Traditionally, the sock monkey is knit with 3 colors. The main color (MC) is the body and head, a light contrasting color (CC1) for the ends of arms, legs, tail and face, and a bright contrasting color (CC2) for the muzzle and rump.
Worsted weight yarn such as Cascade 220 (220 yards/100g skein) requires 3 skeins for the MC, 1 skein each of CC1 and CC2
Sport or DK weight yarn such as Dale Heilo (120 yards/50g skein) requires 5 skeins of MC, 3 skeins of CC1 and 1 skein of CC2
Fingering weight yarn uses 400 yards for MC, and 200 yards each for CC1 and CC2
Bulky weight yarn uses 500 yards for MC and 200 yards of CC1 and CC2