Amigurumi, Crochet, Seasonal

Futurama Brain Slug Headband

Hermes: On to new business. Today’s mission is for all of you to go to the Brain Slug Planet.
Zoidberg: What do we do there?
Hermes: Just walk around not wearing a helmet.

Below is one of three headband halloween patterns I’ve designed this year.

Perfect for any last minute Halloween celebrations or as part of a fancy dress costume.

Difficulty: Beginner/ Intermediate – knowledge of simple crochet and sewing techniques required.

Time to create: 1-2 hours

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SELL WHAT YOU MAKE BUT PLEASE REFERENCE ME AND THIS PATTERN IF YOU DO. DO NOT SELL THIS PATTERN OR REDISTRIBUTE AS YOUR OWN. IF YOU WANT TO SHARE THIS PATTERN, SEND A LINK TO THIS PAGE

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x plastic headband in any colour – I got mine from Primark
  • Yarn A: Approx 50g DK weight yarn in Black
  • Yarn B: Approx 50g DK weight yarn in Green
  • Yarn C: Small quantity of DK weight yarn in White
  • Acrylic toy stuffing – I get mine here
  • Safety toy eye approximately 10mm
  • US 4 (3.5mm) Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

Abbreviations:

  • MR – Magic ring
  • CH – Chain
  • SS – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SC Inc – Two single crochet stitches in the same stitch
  • * – Repeat sequenc
  • Puff st – Puff Stitch
  • HDC – Half double crochet
  • DC – Double crochet
  • TR – Treble crochet
  • FO – Fasten off

Notes:

If you are not familiar with the Magic Ring technique you can simply replace this with 2 Chains and use the second chain from the hook as your magic ring.

I.e. MR 5 = CH 2, in 2nd CH from hook 5 SC.

Headband

Using Yarn A:

CH 6 and SS to the first stitch.

The number of CH stitches can be increased or decreased depending on the width of your headband.

Round 1 and all other rows: SC 6 (6)

Continue until the entire headband is covered. FO and sew up both ends.

Brain Slug

Part 1:

Round 1: MR (6)

Round 2: *SC Inc (12)

Round 3: *SC 1, SC Inc (18)

Round 4: SC 1, *SC Inc, SC 2 until last stitch, SC 1 (24)

Round 5: *SC 3, SC Inc (30)

Round 6: SC 2, *SC Inc, SC 4 until last 2 stitches, SC 2 (36)

Round 7 – 15: SC around (36)

For round 16 the commas separate the stitches from the previous round ( i.e. SS in the first stitch, SC 1 and DC 1 in the 2nd stitch etc). 

Round 16: SS, SC 1 DC 1, TR 2, DC 1 SC 1, SSSC 1, HDC 1 DC 1, TR 2, DC 2, HDC 1, SC 1, SSSS, HDC 1 DC 1, DC 1 TR 1, TR 1, TR1 DC 1, HDC 1 SC 1, SSSC 1, HDC 1 DC 1, TR 3, DC 1 HDC 1, SC 1 SSSC 1 DC 1, TR 2, DC 1 SC 1, SSSC 1, HDC 1 DC 1, DC 1 TR 1, TR 1, TR1 DC 1, HDC 1, SC 1 SS.

FO.

Part 2

Using Yarn B:

Round 1: MR (6)

Round 2: *SC Inc (12)

Round 3: *SC 1, SC Inc (18)

Round 4: SC 1, *SC Inc, SC 2 until last stitch, SC 1 (24)

Round 5: *SC 3, SC Inc (30)

Round 6: SC 2, *SC Inc, SC 4 until last 2 stitches, SC 2 (36)

FO leaving long tail for sewing.

Eye

Using Yarn C:

Round 1: MR (6)

Round 2: *SC Inc (12)

Round 3: *SC 1, SC Inc (18)

Round 4: SC 1 in the first stitch and SS in the next stitch only.

FO.

Antenna (Make 2)

Using Yarn B:

CH 9.

In the 2nd stitch from the hook complete 1 puff st (explained below), SS for the remaining 7 stitches.

FO leaving tail for sewing.

 

Puff stitch explanation:

Step 1: Yarn over the hook.

Step 2: Insert the hook into the stitch and pull the yarn through the stitch. There should be 3 loops on your hook.

Step 3: Yarn over the hook.

Step 4: Insert the hook into the same stitch and pull the yarn through the stitch. There should now be 5 loops on your hook.

Step 5: Yarn over the hook

Step 6: Insert the hook into the same stitch and pull the yarn through the stitch. There should now be 7 loops on your hook.

Step 7: yarn over and pull though all 7 stitches.

 

Assembly

Fit black safety eye between round 1-2 of the eye (just off centre).

Place the back of the safety eye (and crochet eye) between rounds 11-12 of Part A of the slug. Place safety back of the eye inside Part A to secure in place.

Stuff Part A lightly.

Sew round 6 of Part B to the back stems of round 9 of Part A on the inside. (Picture below is half way around sewing):

Sew antennas to either side of Part A of between rounds 4-5.

Sew the hat to the headband in whatever position you like.

Alternatively, you can use a hot glue gun to quicken the process.

If you make your own Halloween headband with this pattern, I would love to see it and you! You can share your photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Twitter (@zocreates) or Instagram (@zoe.creates) and you can use the hashtag #zoecreates.

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Happy Making!

Zoe

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