This week I got a little silly, thanks to an idea from a friend. We had been talking about the difficulty of focusing on a project when you have so many projects lined up in mind that you want to get to. She joked around and said that she keeps her mind on a leash and that keeps it from wandering. So I thought that would be a really good idea to apply to myself! So using both knit and crochet, this week I made my pet brain, complete with a leash to keep it from wandering off!
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Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved
Approx. 2 oz. Worsted Weight Yarn in Desired Brain Color
Very Small Amount Red Worsted Weight Yarn For Leash
Slightly large knitting needles or knitting spool to make I-cords. I cheated and used one of these. I believe it was made for a young girl’s use, based on the sparkles in the pink plastic, but I don’t care. The best part about it is that it has a rotating wheel that you spin with your thumb so the I-cord gets made amazingly quickly with no fumbling! Love it! I used the three-pin option to make my I-cords. I made two cords, each is approximately 36 inches long.
Small Amount Polyester Fiberfill
Size H Crochet Hook (5.00 mm)
Eyes – I happened to have some Oobi eyes on hand from the dollar store. These are the type you just put on your hand to make sort of a naked hand puppet. There was a children’s television show that featured these naked hand puppets that was quite popular. I don’t know if it is still aired or not, but the eyes were cheap so I grabbed them up. But any kind of eyes you desire or have on hand should work.
With brain colored yarn:
Rnd 1 – Chain 10 (one is to turn). Work 9 SC down one side of chain working in single loop, then work 9 SC back around other side of chain, again working in single loop (18)
Rnd 2 – Now working in both loops, 2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in each of next 7, 2 SC in each of next 2, SC in next 7, 2 SC in last (22)
Rnd 3 – 2 SC in first stitch, SC in each of next 10, 2 SC in next, SC in each of last 10 (24)
Rnd 4 – 2 SC in each stitch around (48)
Rnd 5 – SC in back loop only of each stitch around – this will start to give you a flat oval base so your brain will not be too round and roll of the table – can’t risk getting a bruised brain! (48)
Rnds 6-8 – In both loops, SC in each stitch around (48)
Rnd 9 – *SC in each of next 2, decrease (repeat from *, around) (36)
Rnds 10-12 – SC in each stitch around (36)
Rnd 13 – *SC in next stitch, decrease (repeat from *, around (24)
Rnd 14 – SC around (24)
Rnd 15 – Decrease around (12), stuff
Rnd 16 – Decrease around (6). Add more stuffing if necessary and finish off by threading tail into tapestry needle and weaving through stitches. Pull tightly to close. Knot and hide end.
Make 2 I-cords (see details under Materials). Attach eyes to brain. Attach I-cords to brain and use matching yarn through tapestry needle to stitch it onto brain wherever necessary, making random loops, bends, and swirls as you go. Leave a small gap between the two sides of the brain that you do not cover with the I-cords. Next make leash.
With red yarn, simply chain as long as you like, being sure to be able to encircle the finished brain as well as create a loop for the leash handle. Then SC back down in back bumps of the chains, slip stitching to the itself where necessary to create the handle loop and the loop for the brain.