View Full Version : FO: Female Brain Slug Baby Hat -- Update-- Added pic of baby wearing hat, first post

12-23-2007, 06:04 PM
I was inspired by Bip's Brain Slug Baby Hat (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=71961) (Her hat was inspired by Bluenail's on Ravelery) and thought it was PERFECT for my crazy friend from college. Her baby girl Gillian is due in February, and she is weird and crazy. She loves Futurama, Aliens, anything strange and punk. So I have been excited to knit her some unorthodox baby items.

This is the first. I wish, wish, wish she lived nearby so I could see her face when she sees it...But I will have to mail it to her with the other items when I finish them.

I plan to make 2-3 more of these hats so the kid will have one for each stage of babyhood.


I used Red Heart Soft in green, white, black and pink. I did 4 stitch I-cords for the antenna, and 2 stitch icords for the bow.

I loosely followed this hat pattern (http://explaiknit.typepad.com/Punkin.pdf) (PDF!) I did the ribbed brim, and did only stockinette for the main hat. I kinda screwed up the decreases tho because I didn't have the purl stitch in there, and didn't realize it till I was done, but it actually worked out fine. I decreased to 24 stitches and then sewed up the top.

I used KnitPicks Options, US7, on 24 inch circs, and I used Magic loop which was AWESOME. I switched to DPNS when the decrease got too small for my short cable, and I didn't feel like digging out the long one.

The eye I cast on 10 stitches, and did 2 rows of stockinette then 2 short rows, and repeated till it looked a good size. I then threaded the yarn through the corners pulling them down to round it out more. I did the same thing for the pupil, except I cast on 6 (i think..)

I want to add something to the antennas to make them stick up but I am not sure what. I worry a piece of wire will poke through the hat and poke lil Gillian's head...

I added the bow to help make it more obvious that it is a little girl. lol. 2nd bow added. :)

edit--- Baby Gillian was born :D her momma just sent me this pic.


Her name is Gillian Isobel Vera L. and she is sooo sweet. I can't wait to meet her in person, hopefully soon sometime this year.

12-23-2007, 06:10 PM
Try using a pipe cleaner.. they bend, and are a little padded w/ the puffiness that is a pipe cleaner. You can also bend the ends down into a little curved bend to keep anything from poking her head.. maybe even add a soft piece of fabric to the ends of the pipe cleaner (felt?) and stitch it on w/ a needle and thread to make sure it doesn't come apart?

It's a cute hat.

12-23-2007, 06:15 PM
Thank you. I was considering pipe cleaner. Glad you suggested it too, or I may have just abandoned it. lol.

12-23-2007, 07:23 PM
Cute. You could make another tie and tie it on the other antenna to see if you like it and if you don't take it off. I think I would like another tie.

12-23-2007, 08:46 PM
I love this hat! I want to make one! Another idea to add to my growing list...

12-23-2007, 09:46 PM
:happydance: it looks great!! I'm sure she will love it :thumbsup:

12-24-2007, 04:14 PM
Unbelievably cute!

12-24-2007, 06:52 PM
That is too cute. Good work, Krystal!

12-29-2007, 09:24 PM
NEAT-O! Sounds like she's going to love it. :mrgreen:

01-22-2008, 03:21 PM
bumping, so everyone can see the updated picture. :D:inlove:

01-22-2008, 09:03 PM
:inlove: aww how cute!!! :heart:

01-22-2008, 09:35 PM
OH MY GOSH! She is the cutest little baby!
And look how cute she looks in her hat!

01-22-2008, 09:40 PM
Oh my God, that is THE cutest thing I have ever seen! I LOVE IT! :roflhard: I want one!!! :)

01-22-2008, 10:51 PM
Too cute!

01-23-2008, 11:15 AM
I LOVE your adaptation! I might copy your copy of my copy!

01-23-2008, 11:59 AM
How absolutely adorable! (The hat...and the baby!)

Perfect gift for a fun friend!

01-23-2008, 12:08 PM
I missed this when you originally posted it - that is ADORABLE!! I wish I had thought of something like that when mine where tiny. And Gillian is a beautiful baby!

01-23-2008, 07:50 PM
I LOVE your adaptation! I might copy your copy of my copy!

Thanks. :D it was a lot of fun, I have never knitted something kind of blind before. The hat was basic, but the eye was totally guess work.

01-23-2008, 08:06 PM
Your friend must really love the hat since she put the hat on her so quick! Great job!

02-02-2008, 07:29 PM
Your friend must really love the hat since she put the hat on her so quick! Great job!

Oh she really did. She begged me to have it arrive in time so that it would be the hat Gillian wore home from the hospital. It literally arrived in the nick of time, as when she got it on Friday, an hour later her contractions started, and the baby was out by Sunday. Soooo glad the mail didn't hold off till Monday. :):)

02-02-2008, 07:38 PM
Awww how cute!

02-02-2008, 08:11 PM
oh my goodness, that is the sweetest baby!!!! Happy b-day, Gillian! And you are already a Fashionista in your lovely new hat :heart:

Thanks for sharing the baby pic! Great job on the hat, I especially love the addition of the pink bow for gender identification :teehee:

02-02-2008, 08:31 PM
awww! so cute! good job!

02-02-2008, 09:24 PM
this is sooo cute! what a beautiful baby!

02-03-2008, 04:21 PM
Perfect for the thoroughly modern baby! Gillian is adorable in it. You did a neat job. I love the pink bows.