WORRY MONSTER PATTERNS
Worry monsters are used by therapists to help children come to terms with concerns and worries that are often very serious. For more details on why worry items work, please CLICK HERE
Firstly, before making your item, please read the following safety guidelines for the worry puppets and monsters - safety is of the utmost importance, and we must adhere to certain rules in order to satisfy product safety regulations as advised by Trading Standards (we don't trade items but the same rules apply.)
Please could knitters and sewers embroider the eyes and features with wool or embroidery yarn, or you could use pieces of felt securely sewn on, or use buttons. However, buttons should be extra firmly attached - please use strong thread and sew over and over many times to be sure. All items are tested for strength before being sent out. Safety eyes for stuffed monsters or puppets are fine (please don’t use them in any unstuffed item).
Although not specifically requested in our patterns, worry monsters with a zip closure to the mouth are very much appreciated by therapists, as they tell us that it emphasizes that the monster has "gobbled up" the worry. However if the pocket is deep enough to hold worry papers it's fine to leave it without a method of closure. (We now prefer the mouth to be without button closures, it looks more natural and is safer.)
Please ensure that any “hair” that you’ve attached cannot be pulled out – some of our puppets were originally identified as unsuitable to give out, as the Trading Standards inspector easily pulled strands out. Very “hairy” yarns, such as mohair, are also unsuitable on our items, as the strands can become detached. Sorry, not bobble hats or pompoms for the same reason. If you are at all unsure, please check first with Clare.
Only stuffing which says that it is specifically suitable for toys, and has a BS or CE label on the packaging is allowed by product safety regulations. Trading Standards emphasizes that duvet or cushion stuffing is not suitable. All stuffing must be fully enclosed and seams very firmly sewn together so it can’t get out. Please be careful of the looseness of stitching.
No glue should be used, and please do check carefully that you’ve removed all pins – (we’ll also check that again this end so we’re certain.)
No ribbons or cords longer than 23cm
All patterns are donated and are under copyright. They should only be used for charitable purposes
and are not permitted to be used for commercial gain.
For some suggestions for ATTACHING HAIR SAFELY - CLICK HERE
For some ideas and pictures of monsters' eyes and hair - CLICK HERE
Please note that the body of stuffed worry monsters needs to be a minimum of 12" long (not counting legs), and no more than 17" long, in order to fit our despatch boxes.
Basic Worry Monster CLICK HERE
The NSPCC runs a “Pants Programme” teaching young children to understand about privacy and thereby helping to prevent child abuse. Please see the link: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/ If you'd like to knit some pants for your monster:
If using the basic worry monster pattern, for the PANTS PATTERN CLICK HERE
For a variety of patterns to fit smaller monsters please CLICK HERE
BRAND NEW DESIGN - "TOOTHY THE WORRY EATER"!
Please do knit this absolutely lovely design by Vanessa and Linda - he's gorgeous isn't he!
BODY IMAGE MONSTERS
These monsters are designed to help youngsters who have problems and worries surrounding their body image. This can be a very serious issue even for quite young children. Research suggests that children as young as 3 years old can have body image worries. This problem can be complex and range from mild to very severe body hatred, and can be linked to lack of self-esteem, depression and eating disorders.
CROCHET MONSTER PATTERNS
Crochet monster pattern 1 CLICK HERE
and for help with adding the zip mouth CLICK HERE
If you'd like to make an easy animal face for this monster first crochet the first part (just the body) of pattern 1 (above) and then CLICK HERE for the animal face pattern
HERE'S A CROCHET VERSION OF "TOOTHY THE WORRY EATER" (SEE ABOVE FOR KNITTING PATTERN)
FOR THE CROCHET PATTERN CLICK HERE
Would you like to make a face covering for your monster,
or send Knit-for-Nowt a selection of masks to add to our monsters?
FACE COVERINGS KNITTING PATTERN CLICK HERE
We've been asked by some therapists if we could put black eyes or bruise marks onto some of our monsters for use with cases of physical abuse. This is a sensitive subject, but we want to try to be as helpful as possible. If you'd like to add these features to your monster, for the pattern CLICK HERE
RECENTLY ADDED PATTERNS FOR WORRY MONSTERS OR WORRY EATERS
MONSTERS FOR DISABILITY
Could you make your monster useful for helping children with disabilities?
Rachel Holmes has come up with an ingenious idea for making a monster which could represent disability – something we are frequently asked for by therapists working with disabled children. All you do is attach some Velcro to the end of the arm,leg, hand, foot - and another piece of Velcro to the place on the monster where you are going to attach it. That way the monster can either be used whole, or with one arm or leg missing. Brilliant! You could do this on any worry monster pattern that you are using.
Or you could make us some monsters which have only one leg/foot, or arm/hand. It looks more realistic if you make a little stump for an arm or leg (see third picture).
Add an "NHS Rainbow" to your monster - sewing pattern: CLICK HERE
During the 2020 pandemic this has become a well known symbol, so if you wish to pay tribute to all the wonderful NHS staff this little rainbow is an optional extra that you can attach to your monster.