I made a gorilla based on the pattern for “Mango the Orangutan” from Stacey Trock’s Crocheted Softies.
The pattern was off in a few ways – for instance the snout part did not match what is shown in the picture. I improvised by adding another row to make it longer and a row of decrease to cinch it enough to have a shape once it was stuffed. The book called for a furry yarn to make the body, which is not readily available at your basic craft store, so I used the Red Heart® line instead. I also tweaked things here and there to make it work better for me.
I think the Orangutan, in this case, came out as more of Gorilla! Where are my bananas!?!?!