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Krystal 12-23-2007 06:04 PM

FO: Female Brain Slug Baby Hat -- Update-- Added pic of baby wearing hat, first post
I was inspired by Bip's Brain Slug Baby Hat (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 (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.

iwouldratherbeknitting 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.

Krystal 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.

mhansen 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.

LaFlaca1226 12-23-2007 08:46 PM

I love this hat! I want to make one! Another idea to add to my growing list...

dustinac 12-23-2007 09:46 PM

:happydance: it looks great!! I'm sure she will love it :thumbsup:

ah 12-24-2007 04:14 PM

Unbelievably cute!

Dangles 12-24-2007 06:52 PM

That is too cute. Good work, Krystal!

Marni 12-29-2007 09:24 PM

NEAT-O! Sounds like she's going to love it. :mrgreen:

Krystal 01-22-2008 03:21 PM

bumping, so everyone can see the updated picture. :D:inlove:

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