Tuesday, June 28, 2005

clone mr dangly


Here is the recently completed knitted monkey that I made for the birthday of a friend at work. To my surprise and delight, Mr Dangly turned out to be an unusual hybrid of monkey, rat and donkey (there must be an amusing way to combine these three words, but it eludes me). He is an accomplished musician and would have made a formidable addition to the Petting Zoo Jazz Quintet. Instead, he was sent away to towny finishing school for a future of underage bacardi breezer drinking at Wetherspoons. God speed, Mr Dangly.


But wait! Here is your chance to shape the destiny of monkeykind by manufacturing a Mr Dangly of your very own. Welcome to the CLONE MR DANGLY project. Here's how I am imagining it. A million Mr Danglies, replicating like a rampant virus across the globe. A Mr Dangly in every home. Let it be so.

dans le jardin


You Will Need:
50g King Cole Merino Wool Blend DK in MINK (142)
50g King Cole Merino Wool Blend DK in FAWN (8)
NOTE: any old DK will do! Go crazy!
3.25mm straight needles
Tapestry needle
Polyester fibre stuffing
Two brown buttons
Crochet hook (for hair)


BODY
Cast on 9 stitches in MINK. Working in stocking stitch:
[K2, inc by knitting twice into next st] to end - 12 st.
Work 1 row.
[K3, inc in next st] to end - 15 st.
Work 3 rows.
[K4, inc in next st] to end - 18 st.
Work 3 rows.
[K5, inc in next st] to end - 21 st.
Work 3 rows.
[K6, inc in next st] to end - 24 st.
Work 3 rows.
[K7, inc in next st] to end - 27 st.
Work 5 rows.
[K8, inc in next st] to end - 30 st.
Work 5 rows.
[K9, inc in next st] to end - 33 st.
Work 5 rows.
[K10, inc in next st] to end - 36 st.
Work 8 rows, ending k row.
[P3, P2tog] repeat three times, P6, [P2tog, P3] repeat three times - 30 st.
Work 1 row.
[P3, P2tog] repeat three times, P3, [P2tog, P3] repeat three times - 24 st.
Work 1 row.
[P2, P2tog] repeat twice, P4, [P2tog, P2] repeat twice - 20 st.
Work 1 row.
[P2, P2tog] repeat twice, P3, [P2tog, P2] repeat twice - 16 st.
Work 1 row.
[P1, P2tog] repeat twice, P4, [P2tog, P1] repeat twice - 12 st.
Work 1 row.
[P1, P2tog] repeat four times - 8 st.
Work 1 row.
P1, P2tog, P2, P2tog, P1 - 6 st.
Work 1 row.
P2tog to end - 3 st.
Cut yarn, leaving enough for seaming, run thread through remaining stitches.
Seam up sides, leaving hole for stuffing.
Stuff, seam up opening.

HEAD
Cast on 5 stitches in FAWN. Working in stocking stitch:
Starting K row, work 1 row.
Work 2 rows , increasing 1 st at each end - 9 st.
Work 3 rows.
Inc 1 st at end of every row until there are 16 st (ending K).
Cut yarn, transfer to stitch holder.
Repeat for 2nd side of face but do not cut yarn, leave stitches on needle.
Next row - P to end, then P stitches from holder onto same needle - 32 st.
Changing to MINK, work 15 rows ending K row.
[P3, P2tog] repeat to end - 26 st.
Work 1 row.
P1 [P2, P2tog] repeat to last st, P1 - 20 st.
Work 1 row.
[P1, P2tog] repeat to last st, P1 - 14 st.
Work 1 row.
P2tog to end - 7 st.
Cut yarn, run thread through remaining stitches.
Seam up sides, leaving a hole for stuffing.
Stuff , seam up opening.
Attach to body (refer to pictures).

ARMS - make 2
Cast on 12 st in MINK.
Working in stocking stitch and beginning K row, work 24 rows ending P row.
Next row: Inc 1 at each end - 14 st.
Work 5 rows ending P row.
Next row; inc 1 in every st - 28 st.
Change to FAWN.
Work 3 rows.
K2tog to end - 14 st.
Work 1 row.
K2tog to end - 7 st.
Work 1 row.
K2tog, K2tog, K1 - 4 st.
Cut yarn, run thread through remaining stitches.
Seam up sides, leaving top end open.
Stuff. Attach to body (refer to pictures as a guide).

LEGS - make 2
Cast on 12 st in MINK.
Working in stocking stitch and beginning K row, work 20 rows ending P row.
Next row: Inc in every st - 24 st.
Change to FAWN.
LEGS (cont)
Work 3 rows.
K2tog, repeat to end - 12 st.
Work 1 row.
K2tog, repeat to end - 6 st.
Work 1 row.
K2tog, repeat to end - 3 st.
Work 1 row.
Cut yarn, run thread through remaining stitches.#
Seam up sides leaving top end open.
Stuff. Attach to body (refer to pictures).

TAIL
Cast on 35 st in MINK.
Working in stocking stitch:
Work 10 rows.
Cast off.
Seam up cast off and cast on edges.
Sew up one end of tail. Do not stuff.
Attach to body - see pictures for guide

EARS make 2 MINK & 2 FAWN
Cast on 10 st.
Working in stocking stitch:
Work 3 rows.
Dec 1 at end of every row until there are 8 st.
Dec 1 at each end of every row until there are 4 st.
Stitch together in pairs of MINK & FAWN - MINK stocking stitch outwards, FAWN reverse stocking stitch outwards.
Attach to sides of head - refer to picture as a guide.

FINISHING
Sew on buttons for eyes.
To make hair tufts, cut 4 x 10cm strands of MINK yarn.
Holding lengths all together, fold in half to make a loop.
Push crochet hook through a stitch midway between the ears at top of head.
Hook through loop and pull strands through stitch halfway.
Take the ends of the strands and pull them through the loop. Pull tightly to secure tuft.
Repeat with 2 more tufts either side, and one in front. Trim hair to desired length.

If you make Mr Dangly PLEASE PLEASE send me a photo! Feel free to distribute this pattern to all and sundry, but no selling of Mr Dangly, please. That would just be WRONG, not to mention highly demeaning to the Dangly family name.

27 comments:

  1. It will be so. One cousin for Mr Dangly coming right up!

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  2. Mr. Dangly is the best. I want to make one... perhaps a Mrs. Dangly?

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  3. great news all round. i can't wait!

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  4. Is this like those Basic programmes in the 80's computer magazines where you type in everything and they don't work?

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  5. yep, SYNTAX ERROR LINE 20 hahahaha

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  6. And there shall be an army of Mr. Danglys in a rainbow of colors, the likes of which the world as never seen!!! (Insert evil laugh here) Just as soon as I finish what's on the needles, sigh.

    Thanks for posting that great pattern, now I finally have something to do with all the bags of stuffing I have sitting about the house.

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  7. Mr. Dangly KAL!!! That would be awesome - he's fantastic.

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  8. Oh wow.. so cute! I have got to try that (one day...)!

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  9. I think his name should be Mr. Honky Ratonkey. After all, he's a musician, and probably is into freeform jazz.

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  10. hi- total stranger here-I'm attempting a rather strange relation to Mr. Dangle in mint green bulky- (I work with what I got and my stash is limited to what people send me-I'm in India) anyway- I'm a somewhat newbie in the knitting world and either I've gone tragically wrong or I missed something in the pattern reading- I started the body- finished the piece as I understood it on this pattern- am I supposed to sew up the seams on the one piece or am I to make two pieces for the body and sew them together?
    I haven't started the head yet, but again, will that be one piece or more?
    sorry for the dumb questions- Mr. Minty Dangly hangs in the balance of your speady reply

    Thanks
    Shannon
    flipflipsummer@hotmail.com

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  11. Hi! I'm working on my second Mr. D and having a great time. My 8 year old son and I made a movie of my first Mr. D dancing and posted it
    on YouTube. You can see it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MgMWKpZ0Hg.
    Enjoy! - Jon (and Cooper)

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  12. I just finished my Miss Dangly and put some photos up on my blog!

    http://eleme.livejournal.com/193792.html

    Thanks for sharing this pattern, it was a lot of fun to watch it come together :)

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  13. Hi! I just finished making a Mr and Mrs Dangly for my brother and his wife (they got married last week). HUGE SUCCESS! Everyone wants one now, but some people have asked for bigger ones - like teddy bear sized. Any idea how I can make Mr. Dangly about 5 times bigger? Can I just do each row 5 times and cast on 5 times the indicated number of stitches? I'm new to knitting (these 2 guys were a bit of a leap from the 3 scarfs I've made so far) and I don't really know how to manipulate patterns yet.

    Thanks! - Catrina

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  14. I forgot to send some shots of my Mr. Dangly clone, now he's all sad!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelaedwards/364504569/in/set-72157594283603727/

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  15. Thanks for this pattern! I've made this for my daughter for Christmas. Here's my Mr Dangly:
    http://www.halderman.net/creativerambles/

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  16. Thank you so much for the gift of Mr. Dangly to the world!

    I have designed a seamless version of him as his American cousin (There's a hippie & ballerina version of him as well!).
    He even has morphed into a horse here in Kentucky.

    Check out his new & diverse relatives here in the States!

    http://brickswithoutstrawenterprises.blogspot.com/2008/12/seamless-dangly.html

    http://brickswithoutstrawenterprises.blogspot.com/2008/12/all-hail-prince-horsie-pony.html

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  17. Thanks so much for introducing us to Mr Dangly. I've knitted three so far, with a list of more to make as long as my arm! I've done them all on the round, to save on seaming.

    I've also adapted the pattern and made a smaller one 2/3 the size, with articulated limbs and tail (not suitable for small children!) and he is part of a photography project - he gets up to all sorts of trouble and torments his Mr Dangly cousin, poor thing!

    You can watch his antics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenhamiltonemery/sets/72157612332613526/

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  18. I'm voting for the name of "ronkey"!! it could a rat-monkey or a rat-donkey or all three!! And I'm definitely whipping one of these up for my son, he'll love it!

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  19. Here is my new Mr. Dangly
    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291099.msg3306559#msg3306559

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  20. Oh lordy, I knit one named Haroldine. She is a long-legged variant of the tufted dangly monkey, and boy is she famous! She's the mascot for my band and has quite the following!

    http://www.facebook.com/business/dashboard/?ref=sb#/pages/Haroldine/50246801758

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  21. Thanks to a funny mention on Ravelry, I guess you've had a ton of hits on Mr Dangly in the last few days! I love the toy and want to make one too.
    I see that the only option for commenting is my google account which will probably show my incorrect blog link - I'm at nicolaknits.wordpress.com now.

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  22. Hi!
    I fell in love with Mr. Dandly...
    I made one and you can see it here:
    http://carneirinhonosacores.blogspot.com/

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  23. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Haroldine/50246801758#!/pages/Haroldine/50246801758

    She is rapidly becoming the toast of the town. I am not kidding.

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  24. My dog loves Mr. Dangly, I did his in cotton red and yellow (thinking another one is on the way) with squeekers in it. I would love it if you were able to create a version that was twice the size.

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  25. I love Mr Dangly and i thought he looked lonely so i made him a mate, bit it looks like I was to late!! he has lots of lovely Lady Mates to choose from now, - but my Miss Dazzle Dangly wants to say hi - http://limetreesandlollipops.blogspot.com/2011/01/miss-dazzle-dangly-seeks-mate.html

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