Friday, April 1, 2011

April and a Brain Slug

So I was making a brain slug as part of a commissioned project and thought, what the heck, I'll make my own pattern and have fun posting it. I know there's about twenty million other patterns for brain slugs out there. I mean, let's face it, they are just a ball with a floppy bottom and antennas. However, since I hate following a pattern while I crochet, watch TV, and drink tea, I have the tendency to just make it up as I go along. So here it is. Futurama Brain Slug-Mostly Nerdy Crochet style.

The color is a bit bleached out, which is strange since I deliberately avoided any direct light. I took one picture with a flash (gasp! I know, total taboo right?) and his colors show a little better. He's actually a very pleasant bright green without being too electric. The yarn is called "Moss" and is 75% recycled cotton. Well, actually it's now 100% recycled as I rescued this poor skein from the thrift shop.

Ok, so one more pattern to fill the Internet searches with:

Futurama Brain Slug!

Magic circle with 6 sc. Inc to 12

Inc, sc, inc, sc etc for 1 row

inc, 2 sc, inc, 2 sc for 2 rows

inc after every 5th sc for 1 row

inc after every 10th sc for 1 row

inc after every 20th sc for 2 rows

then do about 12-15 = rows

dec every 4th stitch for 2 rows, then every 3rd for 1 row, every 2nd... you get the idea. Stuff and finish closing.

sl st back to the edge


sc, dc,tc,tc,dc, 4 sc, dc,tc,tc,tc,dc,dc,sc....just make a wavy base using single crochet, double crochet, and triple crochets. Vary and repeat until you've made one round.


sc in the "low" spots (close to the body) and dc on the ends of the tentacles for one row. Just to give a more pronounced wave.

sl st back at the beginning and you're done! Oh, wait. No you're not.

Antenna: make two

ch 16, 3 dc in 2nd ch from hook. sl st back to end of chain. Attach to body.

Don't forget to cut out an eye and pupil and sew them on. I used felt.

Well that's all. Today has been a very odd Friday, but I'm glad I have something to show for it. Oh and happy April everyone!


  1. Hahaha! You should attach him to a headband. :-p

  2. I'm super-new to crochet - but seeing as I'm trying to get a PhD in brain-controlling toxiplasma, it looks like the perfect project!

    What does 'inc' mean, and how does it work?

  3. Am i possibly being thick and it's the same as 2 sc in one loop?

  4. Christine: This IS the perfect project for you! Sorry for all my short hand, if you email me I'd be happy to walk you through a few things in more detail. ( Inc is an increase, where yes, you put two single crochet into the same stitch. dec is decrease, and the "= rows" just means to sc evenly all the way around. I hope that helps!

  5. Great tutorial. Love it, thanks for sharing

  6. I love your work. It's so cute. How did you get the antennas to stay standing?

  7. Lohi: Fortunately my yarn was stiff enough that the antennas could be positioned on their own. If you're having trouble try crocheting a small tube and placing some pipe cleaner inside :)