Kathryn Ivy

March 31, 2011 - Posted by Alice Schnebly

Tony the Toy Box Monster

There once was a monster named Tony
who everyone thought was a phony
turns out in the end
he was quite a good friend
and he was no longer lonely

Project Specs
Pattern: Tony the Toy Box Monster designed by Rebecca Danger
Pattern Source: The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in Frank Ochre, Emerald, Lettuce, and Polar Morn
Needles: US10 Clover Bamboo DPNs, US10 Knit Picks Options Nickel Plated Circular
Date Started: 3/6/2011
Date Finished: 3/10/2011
See him on Ravelry!

Camdyn actually picked this pattern out from the book for me to make as my second monster. I'm not sure what jumped out at her (maybe it was that he has "toy" in his name?) so even though this wasn't originally one of the patterns I planned on knitting this month, I decided to take her advice and cast on for Tony. I'm glad I did because he turned out super cuddly, and even before he was finished Camdyn was sneaking off with his body and snuggling it as she fell asleep at night.

Toy Box MonsterI chose to work with Malabrigo Chunky--mainly because I already had a few wound balls around. This seems to be my m.o. lately. I grab the nearest yarn cake, passing up the gorgeous skeins of yarn right next to them because I am too lazy to get out my swift and ball winder. I also didn't weigh these cakes before casting on, so I can't tell you exactly how much yarn I used. I really need to break this lazy knitter habit!

I knit Tony's body first from my biggest cake of Frank Ochre. When I finished, I realized I wouldn't be able to complete any of his other parts from the same color. Though I have always been a huge fan of DPNs, I decided to give the Magic Loop technique a try so I could better match Tony's limbs by knitting them two at a time. Last month I ordered the complete set of the Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles, so I decided to put them to good use and knit Tony's legs first. This is my first time using this technique, but I can't believe it took me so long to try it. Knitting the legs in a pair was great! I loved how when they were done, that was it!

I am loving making monsters, and I actually have 4 more almost finished monsters waiting in the wings. Today is the last day of Malabrigo March, so I'll be pushing to finish them all up! Stay tuned for a deluge of monsters next week...