Simplified Monster Buddy

Simplified Monster Buddy

Hey Friends!  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, it took me awhile to remember how to log on!  Life got pretty hectic for me and the blog had to take a back seat.  I’ve started running again the last couple months, and writing blogs in my head…again!  Will that translate to writing them on the actual internet? Maybe, I sure hope so. 🙂

Lately I’ve been busy working and promoting the Monster Buddy Project for The UNC Children’s Cochlear Implant Center.  We’ve had a ton of interest from the state and local media which has stirred up lots of interest from knitters, which is amazing!  I am hopeful that this translates into tons of monsters.  In each interview I’ve done, they have asked what my ultimate goal for the project would be.  My answer is, that the center would be overwhelmed with monsters.  That they’d have so many, each child would have a hard time choosing their favorite, instead of picking one of the two that are left.  That they’d have so many, there would be monsters in all their closets.

Monsters (1)

What can I do to make that happen? How can I bring more knitters on board to make monsters? These questions have been rolling around my brain for awhile.  Then just yesterday, it occurred to me.  I need to rewrite the pattern to make it simpler for knitters not comfortable with Double Points, Magic Loop, or other methods of circular knitting!  Now, I know that it took me a full YEAR to come to this, even though I got that feedback the first week I published the pattern.  Sometimes it takes me awhile….. My original intention was to write the pattern with the least amount of finishing possible, but if knitters are intimidated to even start, what difference does finishing make?

So here you go sweet friends, a Monster knit completely flat!  Start with the legs, Make two! *Sorry about the picture quality, I did this while traveling to a Marching Band Competition*


Then move on to the body of your monster, you will only need two stitch markers and basic knowledge of decreases, knit 2 together, (K2tog) and Slip, Slip Knit , (SSK).  Here’s a really helpful YouTube link for these stitches!


Next you roll your selvages to the center and sew them up.  Start with the legs, then stitch straight up the spine. You can stuff your buddy through the hole at the top, then stitch the head closed, add arms, a face, hair, a hat………whatever you’d like!


I’m very hopeful that this revision will enable even novice knitters to become Monster Makers! It is such an amazing cause and well worth your time.  As knitters we often make things that will eventually be lost or discarded, once, I even vacuumed up a hand knitted sock!  But these monsters are each given a birth certificate that is dated the day the child’s implant is turned on, forever known as their ‘Hearing Birthday”.  This simple little gift will be a treasure forever, I can’t think of anything better, can you?

You can do this, and I promise you will be blessed!!



14 Responses

  1. Pat w
    Pat w September 25, 2016 at 7:59 pm | | Reply

    So glad to see you are ok. I was worried about you when you stopped blogging. I am retired now with more time on my hands to knit. I am involved in a few charity projects at my lys but I am sure I can make time to knit some monsters. Count me in

  2. Helen
    Helen September 25, 2016 at 8:36 pm | | Reply

    Great to hear from you … been checking to see if there was anything from you for seems like a long time…. thank you for today’s pattern. May I ask if the monthly dishcloth kal
    is a thing of the past? I truly understand you have other things that take priority…
    Just remember we worry if you don’t show up for a long time.

    good to hear from you

  3. Deborah Pearson
    Deborah Pearson September 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm | | Reply

    Hey Claire – so grand to hear from you and glad to know all is well. I’ll take a closer look at your monster pattern…sounds like fun.

  4. Bonnie Rosenmeier
    Bonnie Rosenmeier September 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm | | Reply

    Good Claire! I am sure that will help…you do such good work!

  5. Marjorie
    Marjorie September 25, 2016 at 11:14 pm | | Reply

    So glad to hear from you. I was worried that something had happened to you or your family. I will certainly give the monster a try. I am in the middle of two hats at the moment special requests from a daughter and granddaughter. However both of them are in the closing stages. Take care of yourself and your family.

  6. P J Coldren
    P J Coldren September 26, 2016 at 9:04 am | | Reply

    Glad you’re back. Hope you are up to the monthly dish cloth KAL – I truly missed it. Will be making a monster for a grand-nephew-to-be . . .


  7. Haneeya
    Haneeya September 27, 2016 at 4:23 am | | Reply

    So nice to have you back. Claire> Missed your postings and thought something was wrong with my computer. Thank God everything is okay with you.

  8. jonibee
    jonibee October 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm | | Reply

    Your presence has been missed..I hope all is well for you and your family..I keep on checking back and was pleasantly surprised to see you in print again..

  9. Mary K` Cary
    Mary K` Cary October 5, 2016 at 7:18 pm | | Reply

    So happy you’re back and that all is well with you. I;ve been making your dish cloths to give as Christmas gifts. Love making the knife, fork and spoon pattern of Aug. 2015. Looking forward to another dish cloth. Take care

  10. June
    June October 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm | | Reply

    I am still wondering if the dishcloth will ever be back.. It seems like a part of my daily ritual is missing. I thoroughly enjoyed that and do hope to see it again.

  11. Elizabeth M
    Elizabeth M October 26, 2016 at 9:10 am | | Reply

    I am really sorry that it seems the monthly dishcloth is not going to continue. I will no longer be following this site. Best wishes to all.

  12. Elizabeth M
    Elizabeth M October 26, 2016 at 9:13 am | | Reply

    I am sorry that is seems there will not be anymore monthly dishcloths. I really enjoyed making them and looked forward to my daily rows. I will no longer be checking to see if there will be any more posts and will no longer be following The Domestic Dash. I feel we all should have gotten some sort of comment or explanation and have not had any comments about the future of the dishcloth. God Bless and good wishes to all.

  13. Noreen
    Noreen December 19, 2016 at 3:33 pm | | Reply

    Happy Holidays Claire,
    Thinking of you this Blessed time of year and want to thank you for all the wonderful patterns you have provided for us. God Bless. Noreen

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