Ayo & Kiki the Monkeys

Ayo, which means happiness in Nigerian, spreads warmth and laughter with his cute waving arm and invitingly curly tail. With ears like coconut shells, large tapioca eyes, and a sweet banana resting atop his head, Ayo is the perfect monkey companion on any blue Monday.

Designer: Joanna Ma
Finished Size: 6″ tall and 5½” wide at ears.
Yarn: Worsted Weight (#4 Medium).
Shown Here: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (100% acrylic; 170 yd [156 m]/3½ oz [100 g]; ): #124 toffee (brown; MC), 1 ball.
Caron International Yarn Simply Soft Brites (100% acrylic; 366 yd [334 m]/7 oz [198 g]; ): #9606 lemonade (yellow; CC), 1 skein.
Hook: Size F/5 (3.75 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle; white sewing thread; sewing needle; one 9″ × 12″ sheet of felt in white; small pieces of felt in brown, black, and pink; 1 pair of 0.59″ (15 mm) solid black safety eyes; black crochet thread; craft glue; polyester fiberfill; 33⁄4″ flexible twist tie; stitch marker (m).
Gauge: 20 sts and 16 rows = 4″ in sc. Gauge is not critical for this project.
Skill Level: Easy.

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