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It’s eating your bra-a-ain! January 12, 2008

Posted by merp in FOs, Knitting.


“That’s pretty funny!”

Pattern: Brainmonster by the awesome Cyn (adult size for cartoon-head kid)

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, red, 1 skein + Dalegarn Free Style Superwash wool (white), 1 skein (together enough for the hat, slippers, and mittens)

Needles: #6

Mods: Basically none. Except I didn’t follow Cyn’s instructions for securing the google eyes – just used superglue. And yes, one fell off, why do you ask?


Cyn used her head-munching prototype as her avatar on craftster and I coveted. Then she began promising to write up the pattern, and I slavered. Apparently, it was tricky (but time well spent). Then she did, and I leapt to my needles! By which I mean I cast on 2 weeks later at a conference (which, for me, qualifies as leaping).

Because, you see, my nephew was refusing to wear his hat, in the gentle chill air of Seattle, and my sister requested a spectacularly awesome knitted hat that he would be helpless to resist. Brainmonster was the clear winner, despite a field of formidable contestants (ok, that last one was beyond awesome – maybe next year).


I took a break from the hat to concentrate on stripy hemp, but the hat knitted up so fast that I had time before Xmas to make a couple of footmonsters, too.

Pattern: Grandma slippers, resized for tiny feet (ravlink)

Yarn and needles: same (plus purple Cascade 220 Superwash)

Mods: Yeah, Grandma never made ’em this way. Instead of the eyelet border around the ankle, I did 3 or 4 rows of 1 x 1 rib and then added 3 teeth (1 big and 2 small) from Cyn’s Brainmonster pattern. Almost as an afterthought, I picked up stitches at the back below the ribbing and improvised a purple tongue (k4, p1, k4 – intended to curl at the edges), and decreased it to a rounded point. Helps the boy pull on the slippers, helps the monster slurp up the footy goodness.


We were walking to the bus stop one day, dressed like this, and a firetruck drove by and the firemen waved at T! I can’t imagine why this boy would attract a fireman’s attention.


(You can also see there the mittens I whipped up of a morning, without a pattern, at the cabin because there was a need, and I had the yarn. I’m rather pleased with them.)




1. v - January 14, 2008

Yep, it’s pretty damn cute. I suggested that he wear it to school today and he said “let’s count aaaaaaaaaall the things Tanya made for me!” so we did. It was very impressive. And his teachers were terrified of the monster on his head.

Look what I just ran across:
Teyo does not have monsters under his bed or in his closet, so he has no need for these, but they are so cute. Especially the bomb!

2. Leah - January 19, 2008

What a cute hat. It’s an ingenious way to get a kid to wear warm stuff. You’re getting so good at this knitting stuff, Tanya. I’m pretty impressed.

3. merp - January 20, 2008

Thanks for the appreciation! Just let me know if Teyo develops the need for a bomb.

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