Yarndango Finished Project XI – My Wandering Mind

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!



Wandering Brain

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted.  It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold, but credit must be given to me as the designer.

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)

Tapestry Needle

Stitch Marker

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.

Front view. I attached eyes early because of the way they are shaped. Other types of eyes can be added after adding the I-cords.

Before adding I-cords


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.



HaHA! You are not going ANYwhere! We are staying FOCUSED today!

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6 thoughts on “Yarndango Finished Project XI – My Wandering Mind


    I’m glad you like it! 🙂 I am still laughing at how anatomically incorrect he is like the coloring and the swirls (not to mention the eyes) but I like imagining him as a healthy pink color and it was so much fun attaching the I-cord any old way I felt like. I think this would be a great project to do with kids. Using the little knitting loom was fun!

  2. Well, a brain on a leash. I need a leash for mine.

    Hmmm. I think you need a full on harness with a muzzle too! LOL! Just kidding! You know I love you!

  3. I love your pet brain! It’s very cute. I didn’t get mine up this week, was working on it and didn’t quite go the way I wanted it to so I put it aside for a bit and made a baby hat for my future nephew. I will post it next week and maybe the other project too. I also ran out of the stuffing I like to use for my stuff and can’t find it anywhere…so I have a pile of cats and pumpkins waiting to be put together.

    Hey Pumpkin! I know you have been extremely busy and have things going on so do not worry about it at all. Besides you’ve more than earned your Yarndango badge already. You can drop in and out as much as you like. I’ll be on the lookout for when you do post them though! Oh that is too funny because I’m running out of stuffing right now and will have to make another trip to the craft store. 🙂

  4. Hah! so cute! I’ve actually been meaning to learn I-cord so that I could make a brain hat! But maybe I should start with a brain on a leash 🙂

    I like the brain hats too! But I had to do something with my own brain first or I’d never be able to concentrate long enough to make a bigger project. LOL.

  5. Oh my god this is amazing! I freaking love it, I’m laughing so hard right now. it’s weird but wonderful stuff this that I’ve really missed this last month. The eyes just make it perfect to me. So clever 🙂

    Weird things happen when I am alone too long in the Mad Crochet Lab. But it sometimes leads to fun! 🙂

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