TIP: The sock will stretch and change a bit once the monster is wearing it. Err on the side of too
much sock, so that you have more cutting options once the sock is being worn.
6c. No matter what the monster says, he is simply not capable of
putting his new shirt on himself. Not unlike a small child, struggle
to put his outfit on him before he runs out of the house to play.
Pull the shirt on over his head, and stick his arms through the
holes you made. Pull down the bottom of the shirt and shift it
around until you like the way it sits. Make alterations as needed.
Don’t worry about fraying edges — monsters like it that way.
7. ADD SOME HAIR
Take a step back and look at your little friend. If you’re chuckling to yourself and mocking him, you’ve got
yourself a great monster. Now you can add some hair to complete his look.
7a. Using a color similar to your fuzzy yarn, thread the needle
and knot the ends, same as before. Push the needle through the
surface of the back of the monster’s head and come back out, as
if you are making a very short stitch on the underside of his scalp.
Pull the thread through, but not too hard, or the scalp will pucker.
7b. Run the needle through the end of the yarn, but don’t pull
the thread through. About 1" down, push the needle through the
yarn again, creating a loop sitting on the needle. Repeat this loop
process 6 or 7 times to create a little bundle of yarn loops, all of
them still hanging on the needle.
7c. Make another small behind-the-scalp stitch near your first
one, holding the yarn loops against the scalp with your other
hand. Pull the thread through carefully to avoid knots. Pull the
thread tight enough that the yarn bundles securely against the
scalp, but not so tight that the back of the monster head puckers.
Continue looping the yarn and stitching the scalp. Fill in the scalp,
forehead, and sideburns with hair bundles as you see fit, and
watch as you create a big fuzzy head of monster hair.
7d. When you’ve covered his noggin in hair, tie a knot against the
scalp under a patch of hair so it can’t be seen, and snip the thread
and yarn. Hold the monster in one hand and make him bob his
head up and down really fast, like a headbanger. Watch his beautiful hair wiggle and fly in the breeze. This is a good time to make
beatbox noises and make your monster dance to your rhythm.