I never knew my niece and nephew liked sock monkeys until we visited Midway Village Museum - located in Rockford, Illinois, the birthplace of the first ever sock monkey. The kids decided we had to come back in the spring for Sock Monkey Madness. In the meantime, I decided to make sock monkeys for them.
I bought some original Rockford Red Heel socks - the directions for making sock monkeys is right on the inside label. Other patterns are available online, but I used the original pattern on the sock label. Step-by-step details are on my blog.