Yarndango Finished Project IVX – Monster at the End of My Hook!

This is not the project I wanted to complete for this week but I got kind of hung up on a certain wreath made of crocheted balls. It was the never-ending project because I kept finding spaces to fill and had to keep making more and more balls to cover the wreath. Annnnyway, I still have some neat projects planned for the next couple of weeks, but for this week I found myself fighting with a monster at the end of my hook! That’s right, another finger muppet! This time it’s lovable Grover!

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Grover Finger Muppet

You’ll find the pattern for him after the jumps.  In the meantime, this is what everyone else has been up to.

Pumpkin’s making even MORE pumpkins!  But these are in the form of hats!  She received a lovely new knitting loom and I’m sure is going to be putting that baby to good use!  Love this hat – it would be adorable on anyone!

Amiguruthi is a secret tiny equestrian gal!  I can tell, because she made these little cuties!

 

Grover Finger Muppet Pattern

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied, reposted or reproduced in any manner. It should remain free. Credit must be given to me as the designer.

Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

 

NOTES:  As with the Cookie Monster Finger Muppet, Grover’s good looks are going to be very dependent on the material you choose to make him with.   I have used Red Heart’s TLC Amore in the Lake Blue color.  It is possible to make a magic circle to start with this yarn, but you must do so carefully.  This yarn makes stitches that are extremely difficult to see.  The stitches used are simple ones, however.  I would consider this a pattern for more advanced crocheters who are very familiar with the feel of their own stitches since you cannot totally rely on eyesight with this yarn.  For this project, I have made the body separately and attached it by sewing it to the head later.  The only reason for this is because of the difficult in seeing stitches made with TLC Amore yarn.  If you are comfortable attaching the body directly to the head with crochet, then simply start the body with round 2 by making 9 SC in a circle directly on the underside of the head (neck area) and continuing the pattern from there.

Materials

<1 Oz. Red Heart TLC Amore in Lake Blue
Very small amount 4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarns in Red and Pink
1 12-inch long Chenille Stem, preferably black
Hook Size F (3.75mm)
Hook Size 1 (2.75mm)
Polyester Fiberfill
Approximately 6-inch length of black memory thread (this is a slender black embroidery thread that contains a very thin copper wire inside and gives Grover’s arms a bit of posability)
Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
Stitch Marker
Tapestry Needle
Sewing Needle and Invisible Thread
Small amount of black felt and white felt
Black embroidery thread or slick black fabric paint

Directions

Head

With Blue and F size hook
Rnd 1 – 6 SC in Magic Circle
Rnd 2 – Increase in each SC around = 12 SC
Rnd 3 – *1 SC in next SC, Increase in next SC (repeat from * around) = 18 SC
Rnds 4-6 – SC in each SC around = 18 SC, slip stitch in next stitch and finish off. Half head
made.
Repeat Rnds 1 through 5 to make the lower half of the head. Slip stitch in next stitch and
finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Place one half of head inside out inside the other half and match up stitches. Sew through both
loops of each half for 8 stitches and finish off. Flip the inside out half back to the
right side and stuff head, both upper and lower halves.

Cut black felt to fit mouth when it is open.  Sew on with invisible thread.  Remember the lower half  of head is slightly shorter than the upper half.

Body

Rnd 1 – 6 SC in Magic Circle (6)
Rnd 2 – *SC in next, 2 SC in next (repeat from * around) (9)
Rnds 3-5 – Work even on 9 SC (9)
Rnd 6 – Increase, SC in each of next 7, Increase (11)
Rnd 7 – Increase, SC in last 11 (12)
Rnds 8-13 – Work even on 12 SC (12)
Rnd 14 – *Sc in next, decrease (repeat from * around) (9).  Finish off.

Arms (Make 2)

Insert memory thread into one side of body and out the other at shoulder height.

1. Attach blue to side of body and make 12 SC  over black memory thread.  Chain 4 at end and FO.  Tuck memory thread into work.
2. Attach blue with slip stitch to hand 3 more times and chain 4 and FO.  Tuck in all ends.

Nose

Split a length of pink yarn into two strands each.  I wrapped a length of it 12 times around my hand and that was plenty.

With Size 1 hook,

Rnd 1 – 6 SC in Magic Circle.  (6)
Rnd 2 – 2 SC in each SC (12)
Rnd 3 – Work even.  (12)
Rnd 4 – Decrease, SC in next 4, decrease, SC in last 4 (10)
Rnd 5 – Decrease, SC in next 3, decrease, SC in last 3 (8)
Rnd 6 – Work even on 8 SC.  FO, closing tightly.

Finishing

Use a length of blue and tapestry needle to attach body to head.

Attach nose to face.  Cut two small ovals of white felt for eyes.  Pin in place and sew on with invisible thread.  Use black fabric paint to create pupils.

Cut length of red yarn to line the outer part of the lower mouth.  Hot glue in place.

 

11 comments for “Yarndango Finished Project IVX – Monster at the End of My Hook!

  1. Linda
    November 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    That is sooo cute!!

    Thanks, Linda! He is definitely a favorite muppet! It’s so hard not to like such a sweet, silly little guy. And this one does not eat all your cookies! LOL.

  2. November 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Great looking Grover, lady. ;) I used to have that book “Monster At The End Of This Book” given to me by a dear family friend. :) I’m so in love with your Sesame Street themed Yarndano-noids. :D They are by far my favorites—after Spider-Bud of course. :mrgreen:

    Yay! It’s so good to hear from you and I love that you are in love with my Sesame Street finger muppets! I’ve really been having fun with them. I can’t wait to do my absolute favorites someday – Oscar the Grouch and then of course, the wonderful old crochety Waldorf and Statler – the old guys in the balcony from the Muppet Show. :) I’ll probably throw Big Bird and Snuffy in there somewhere too. LOL. I hope you are well my friend. I’m sorry if I’ve been scarce but all the crocheting with the holidays fast approaching is making my head spin! But I’m usually checking in somewhere or another online! <3

  3. Linny
    November 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Another GREAT CREATION!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    Thanks, Linny! I’m so glad you like him! :D

  4. Kim
    November 8, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Grover! He looks perfect. And you have no idea how excited I am to read you might be doing Waldorf and Statler sometime in the future :D

    Aw, thank you, Kim! Oh, Waldorf and Statler are my absolutely favorite muppets. I’m still trying to work out in my head how to do them, but have some ideas floating around and I really want to make them so I am sure they will find a way out onto my hook, hopefully soon! I will play with those guys myself and maybe make them a little balcony! LOL.

  5. November 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Awww, I love him! I always loved Grover!
    I have been sick this week with I think it’s a sinus infection…UGH! Yucky! Haven’t felt much like working on anything, but I have new stuff to post for next week.

    I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well, Pumpkin! Good vibes and best wishes for a speedy return to your good health! I’m looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeves for next week! :)

  6. November 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I am loving your muppets, there’re so perfect! I’m totally besotted with the nose on this. No idea why, but there you go!
    Can I request a character?! I’ve got a teddy bear from my first ever Christmas which my brother named Snuffy after the big wooly mammoth on Sesame Street. I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since :)

    Oh, Amiguruthi – don’t you know he is on my list of things to do?!! You must be reading my mind! And actually, I think I have found the perfect yarn to make him with so keep your eyes peeled. Snuffy WILL be making an appearance as a finger muppet! :)

    • November 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      I’m actually so excited now that I won’t sleep until you post him. Off to find the Sleeping Pill… :D

      LOL. You are too funny! And you have been missed! So glad you are back! :)

  7. November 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

    These are the CUTEST things I have EVERRRRRRR seen!!!!!!!!!! Great job :)

    Aw, thanks Christa! I’m so glad you like my work! I have been having a lot of fun with my little projects! :)

  8. Jaime
    November 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Grover!! A miniature furry, loveable pal Grover!!!! You are just too clever for words. He’s perfect! I can’t wait to see who you do next! (I’m especially excited that you might do Waldorf and Statler sometime in the future, since my dad looks so much like Waldorf that we tease him about it!) Awesome work, Teeni!
    xo Jaime

    Thanks, Jaime! I’m so flattered you like him! Really, that is too funny that your dad looks like Waldorf! I absolutely adore those two old grumps who sit in the balcony. They were responsible for most of my giggles during the Muppets Show (probably because I was a bit older by then) and I really want to make them so keep an eye open! They are on my list!

  9. Sharlyn
    January 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Oh my word! So cute! Nthe monster at the end of this book has always been one of my favorites since it was a little girl. One of these puppets and the book would make such a wonderful gift, thank for sharing your talent!

    You’re welcome Sharlyn! I agree, the puppet and the book together would be a fantastic gift! :) If you make it, I would love to see photos! And if you have any issues you can always contact me here or through my facebook page.