Sunday, June 29, 2008

From the Brain Slug Planet

From the Brain Slug Planet
There is a certain someone who is a big Futurama fan. So for his birthday I thought it might be nice to design him one of his own.

· Set of US size 10½, 9, 5 needles
· Lion Suede in Olive 132
· Lion Brand Microspun in
-Ebony 153
-Lily White 100
· Polyester Fiber Fill
· Tapestry Needle

Finished Measurements:
5” diameter, 6” high (he’ll fit in your hand)

Using size 9 needles, 12sts = 4”.

US Size 10 ½ needles
Lion Suede

Cast on 150 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: *P1, P2tog* across the row (100sts)
Row 3: K2tog across the row (50sts)

Now using a third needle split the stitches, placing every other stitch on one needle or the other, so that there are 25 sts on two needles. Split stitches as follows: first stitch onto needle one, second stitch onto needle two, third stitch onto needle one, and so on.

Next work on the base of the slug, leaving the other needle of 25 stitches to be worked on later as the body of the slug.
Row 4a: Purl around the 25 base stitches.
Row 5a: *Knit 3, K2tog* across (20 sts)
Row 6a: Purl
Row 7a: *Knit 2, K2tog* across (15sts)
Row 8a: *P1, P2tog* across (10sts)
Row 9a: K2tog across the row (5sts)
Bind off.

Return to the 25 body stitches that had been sitting on the alternate needle.
Using US Size 9 needles
Work stockinet stitch for 3½” from split, ending after a WS row
Row 4b: *Knit 3, K2tog* across (20 sts)
Rows 5b, 7b, 9b: Purl
Row 6b: *Knit 2, K2tog* across (15sts)
Row 8b: *K1, K2tog* across (10sts)
Row 10b: K2tog across the row (5sts)
Bind off.

US Size 5 needles
Lion Brand Micro Spun, Ebony & Lily White

Cast on 6 stitches using Ebony
Connect to knit in the round
Row 1: Knit
Row 2:*K1, M1* around the row (12sts)
Row 3: Knit
Switch to Lily White color
Row 4: *K2, M1* around the row (18sts)
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: *K3, M1* around the row (24sts)
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: *K4, M1* around the row (30sts)
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: *K5, M1* around the row (36sts)
Row 7: Knit
Bind Off

Antenna (make 2):
Size 9
Lion Suede
Cast on 5 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: P1, P2tog, P2
Row 3: K2tog, K2
Work I-Cord for 1½”
Bind Off.

Sew around the edge of the eye to the body leaving an inch open for stuffing. Stuff and finish sewing. Attach antennas to the top of the head.
Sew the to ends of the base together forming a circle. Next sew the top into a circle and sew the two body edges together leaving room to stuff. Stuff and finish sewing.

Upon completion begin wearing a hat.
Fun quick little knit. Let me know if you make one.

© 2008, mychawd


Miss 376 said...

He looks gorgeous

Me said...

Lovely design! I had to make one right away even though I didn't have the right yarn, only the colours. Came out adorable nonetheless :) Now I've got the right yarn and so I'm going to make more, for all the little ones I know. I thinking more of putting a bell inside and giving it to them as rattle toys rather than as hats. I'm also going to try a version without the stuff, and no base and use it as a toilet paper cosy. Hope you don't mind my modifying your design in such ways...

Me said...

oops... meant to say "without the stuffing"

Mychawd said...

Run with it! I love the idea of Brain Slugs taking over your house! Send me pictures...

Jody S. said...

Love this pattern - my husband wants me to make them for favors for our next halloween party. If only you could make yarn out of green jello, it would be perfect...

Anonymous said...

These knit up so fast! My husband wants me to make up a bunch for Archon in October. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

P.S. I coudnt find the Lion's Brand Suede anymore, but I got some of the Lion's Vanna's Choice line in "Seafoam Mist" and it's perfect. Though you do have to take the needles down a little to avoid leakage.

Kids craft ideas said...

Great idea and tutorial! i love it, thanks for sharing.