Baby orangutan toy crochet pattern

Even beginners can crochet these gorgeous baby orangutans, it won't take long and only requires a couple of different yarns so it's affordable too!

Why not treat your loved ones to a little homemade gift with these easy to make mini monkeys! We love their cheeky wide-eyed expressions and their shaggy coats, here seen with their mummy orangutan too.

Can't you just see your children or grandchildren dangling them off of lamps, their beds or the kitchen chairs - or off of Grandads ears? These little cuties - named Jane and Charlotte - are sure to go everywhere with them. This easy pattern shouldn't take you long and only requires a couple of different yarns, so is relatively inexpensive too! 

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Orangutan toy crochet pattern: How to crochet Jane and Charlotte

Materials you will need

  • TOFT FINE yarn

  • 1.75mm hook


Dc6 into ring: ch2, the Dc6 into ring: ch2, then dc6 into first chain

Rnd: a round is a complete rotation in a spiral back to your stitch marker

Sts: Stitches  

Dc2tog: Double Crochet two stitches together (decrease) 

Ch: a chain is the most simple crochet stitch

1. Make a slip knot

2. Wrap yarn over the hook and pull through the loop

Dc: a double crochet stitch

1. Insert hook through stitch (both front and back)

2. Yarn over and pull through stitch (2 loops on hook)

3. Yarn over again and pull through both loops on hook to end with 1 loop on hook.

Loop Stitch:

1. Wrap the yarn from front to back over the index finger of your non-hook hand (this forms loop).

2. Insert the hook into the next stitch along and hook the yarn from behind your index finger pulling the yarn through the stitch. 3. Lock the loop in place with a yarn over and then pull through the 2 loops on your hook.

For the head (in dark)

(Using FUR (LOOP) ST every third st throughout)

Dc6 into ring

Rnd 1 (dc2 into next st) 6 times (12)

Rnd 2 (dc1, dc2 into next st) 6 times (18)

Rnd 3-5 dc

Rnd 6 (dc1, dc2tog) 6 times (12)

Rnd 7 (dc1, dc2tog) 4 times (8)

Rnd 8 (dc2, dc2tog) twice (6) 

For the muzzle (in light)

Dc4 into ring Rnd 1 (dc2 into next st) 4 times (8)

Rnd 2-3 dc

For the eyes (make two in light)

Dc6 into ring

For the body (in dark working fur stitch)

Dc6 into ring Rnd 1 (dc2 into next st) 6 times (12)

Rnd 2 (dc1, dc2 into next st) 6 times (18)

Rnd 3 (dc2, dc2 into next st) 6 times (24) 

Rnd 4-6 dc

Rnd 7 (dc1, dc2tog)

Rnd 8-10 dc 

Rnd 11 dc15, (dc2tog) 3 times (21)

Rnd 12 (dc1, dc2tog) 7 times (14)

Rnd 13-15 dc

Rnd 16 (dc5, dc2tog) twice (12)

Rnd 17-18 dc

Rnd 19 (dc2tog) 6 times (6)

For the legs (make two)

Dc4 into ring in light

Rnd 1 (dc2 into next st) 4 times (8)

Rnd 2 (dc1, dc2 into next st) 4 times (12)

Change to DARK and work in fur stitch

Rnd 3-4 dc

Rnd 5 (dc1, dc2tog) 4 times (8)

Rnd 6-20 dc

For the arms (make two)

As above, with 5 additional rounds

This baby orangutan toy crochet pattern is taken from Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord, which boasts a collection of 40 crochet animal patterns from aardvark to zebra. The book along with their range of TOFT yarn are available here.


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