Brain Slug Hat

So, I have been very busy, but I wanted to start posting some of my patterns for others to use. The first will be my Brain Slug Hat. I was making some Brain Slugs ( based upon Alicia Ramirez¬†http://www.hookandneedles.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/brainslug.pdf¬†) and someone at hubby’s job requested a hat to be made for his sister. Reading the pattern you can easily see how to make this into a lovely hat!
Essentially you want to make your favorite beanie. Now, at the bottom of that beanie follow rows 23 and 24 on the larger Slug.
For the eye I used some felt, stuck a black plastic eye doll’s eye through it and used a little bit of poly-fil behind the white felt while I sewed it on. You can do the eye however best you see fit, but this worked out really well for me and makes the eye ‘stick out’ a little bit.
Now for the antennas… this is where I made up my own little pattern. I wanted them to stand up on their own without wire because I the idea of a floppy antennaed Brain Slug makes me shudder.
I used a size F hook (or your favorite hook that is a size or two smaller than what you would use for that yarn) with some of my Brain Slug green (which isn’t the easiest color to find). Remember to stuff as you go and use a stitch marker.

6 sc in magic circle (or ch 2, then 6 sc in 2nd loop)
rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around
rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around
rnd 3: *1 sc in next 2sc, then sc2tog* around
rnd 4: *1 sc in next sc, sc2tog* around
rnd 5: sc2tog around
rnd 6 – 8: 1sc in next 3, hdc in next 3 (this makes the bump on the top of the antennae)
rnd 9 -20: 1 sc in each sc around
the next two rows are optional, but I find it really helps the antennae stand up and easier to attach)
rnd 21: 2 sc in each sc around
rnd 22: *1 sc in next two sc, 2 sc in 1 sc* around
bind off, weave in, finish stuffing and then sew them on to the top of your Brain Slug hat and show off and enjoy!

Brain Slug Hat

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