Construct your very own grey matter this Halloween with Cara Medus‘s wickedly gruesome brain brooch, complete with vein detail. Once you’ve made it you can officially call yourself a brain surgeon!
You will need:
• 1 ball of DK yarn in light grey
• A 3mm (UK 11) crochet hook
• Small amount of soft toy stuffing
• Red and grey sewing thread
• Brooch pin
• Chain (ch)
• Double crochet (dc)
• Stitch (st)
• Slip stitch (ss)
• Repeat (rep)
• Double crochet together (dc tog)
Start the base of the brain with six double crochet stitches into the ring. Don’t finish off the round with a slip stitch. Crochet pattern: Ch 2 and 6 dc into the first ch. [6sts]
Continue working in a spiral without finishing off each round with a slip stitch. Crochet pattern: (2 dc in each st) six times. [12sts] *1 dc, 2 dc into next st; rep from * another 5 times. [18sts]
The base is shaped into an oval. Crochet pattern: *2 dc, 2 dc into next st; rep from * another 5 times. [24sts] *Ss 3, (2 dc in next st, 1 dc) three times, ss 3. Rep from * once more. [30 sts]
Work in back loops, ch 1, dc in each of the 30 sts of the round. Work in both loops of the stitch, *3 dc, 2 dc tog; rep from * another 5 times. [24sts]
Continue working in rounds, decreasing by working two double crochet stitches together over two stitches. Crochet pattern: *2 dc, 2 dc tog; rep from * another 5 times. [18sts] *1 dc, 2 dc tog; rep from * another 5 times. [12sts]
When the hole at the top is nearly closed, pack the stuffing in firmly, using the blunt end of the crochet hook to push it through the hole. Crochet pattern: (2 dc tog) six times. [6 sts]
Finish off the base by fastening off the yarn. Leave a long tail to sew up the remaining hole. Weave in the end.
Make a length of chain (32cm) and dc 1 row in each st along it before fastening off. It’s best to make this a bit longer, as it’s easier to undo extra stitches after sewing to the base, rather than working more. You need two of these: one for each side of the brain.
Start coiling the length of dc along half of the base, sewing it into place with grey thread. Undo extra stitches – you’ll also need to unpick the extra chain from the wrong end. Weave in the ends of the strip, and repeat steps 8 and 9 for the brain’s other half.
Take a length of red sewing thread and double it before threading the needle. Use this to sew veins over the surface of the brain. For each vein start with one straight stitch and make it branch out in several directions. Then sew a brooch pin onto the base.