WORRY MONSTER PATTERNS

and  ANIMAL WORRY EATERS please scroll down for crochet patterns

  • Worry monsters are used by therapists to help children come to terms with concerns and worries that are often very serious.

  • Animal worry eaters are used for the same purpose - they are stuffed animals with a deep mouth pocket for children to post in their worries, written or drawn on a piece of paper 

  • 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 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 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. Very “hairy” yarns, such as mohair, are also unsuitable on our items, as the strands can become detached.  Sorry, no 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     

PATTERNS

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 and animal worry eaters 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              "Toothy the Worry Eater" CLICK HERE

 

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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

 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.

 

Please knit 2 monsters, to be used in therapy as a pair 

                                          CLICK HERE FOR PATTERN 1                    CLICK HERE FOR PATTERN 2

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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 and fourth pictures).

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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

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         PREGNANT MONSTER - requested by therapists       Therapists have said they like monsters with masks                   

                                       CLICK HERE                                      FACE MASK PATTERN CLICK HERE

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ANIMAL WORRY EATERS

NB. Please ensure that your animal has a really good, deep pocket for the worry papers, thank you​.  Your animal should measure a minimum of 12" and a maximum of 17" from top of head to bottom of body, not counting the legs.

CARAMEL THE CAT 

 CLICK HERE

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TOFFEE THE TEDDY 

 CLICK HERE

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   FUDGE THE FROG

  CLICK HERE

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BONBON THE BUNNY 

 CLICK HERE

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JELLY THE ELEPHANT   

CLICK HERE

HUMBUG THE HOUND 

CLICK HERE

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MINTY THE MONKEY

AND ANISEED THE APE

CLICK HERE

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POPCORN THE PENGUIN

CLICK HERE

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DOODLE THE DOG

CLICK HERE

CHEEKY TROTTER

CLICK HERE

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WISE OLD OWL

CLICK HERE

CANDY THE CATERPILLAR

CLICK HERE

BUTTERSCOTCH THE BEE

CLICK HERE

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CROCHET MONSTER PATTERNS

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 and then                                                CLICK HERE for the animal face pattern

Patterns for crochet eyes, noses, arms,legs       CLICK HERE

For a pattern for crocheted hair                    CLICK HERE

CROCHET MONSTER 1

CLICK HERE

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CROCHET MONSTER 2

CLICK HERE

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 Crochet "toothy the worry eater"

Crochet pattern UK terms CLICK HERE 

Crochet pattern US terms CLICK HERE

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CROCHET CATERPILLAR

CLICK HERE

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CROCHET FROG

For UK terms CLICK HERE

For US terms CLICK HERE

CROCHET CAT

CLICK HERE

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CROCHET PIG

CLICK HERE

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More crochet patterns coming soon!