In keeping with the space/alien theme for my friends who are foster parents, I decided to make a rocket ship. I followed Rikkas pattern . The blog is in German, but there is an English version of the pattern available there. This ended up being a quick and easy pattern that was also a lot of fun. The white yarn I used is thinner than the other colors so I used a larger hook for that (J/10/6mm) otherwise I used a size H (8/5mm) hook for everything. The brain slug I made up as I went.
A friend recently went through the process to become a foster parent and said she is low on toys for the various aged children that come to the house. She requested some hand crocheted toys. Here is the first toy I made for her. After I finished it, I thought perhaps a brain slug is not the best idea! They are alien parasites that take control of the people to whom they attach! What are the chances that the children will know that? Half my family never heard of a brain slug before! It will make a fun plush toy anyway. The eye and antennas were crocheted separately and sewn on. I didn’t follow a pattern. It was made with a size H hook and Red Heart yarn.
Make any pillar or post look like a monster with this fun monster foot yarn bomb. This park now has a monster of its own, with two feet, one on each basketball hoop! This monster is in Colorado Springs, though they have family all over. These particular monster feet were made with blue and yellow Red Heart yarn and a size L hook.
These monster feet can also go at the bottom of pillars on homes and can have as many toes as you’d like. 3-4 is standard, though prehensile feet could have opposable thumbs, and freakish monsters could have countless toes! The monster foot at this house has a flag holder growing out of its foot!
Follow these basic instructions to make one of your own!
Monster Feet Pattern
Yarn: Two colors of any yarn will do. Blue and yellow medium weight acrylic is pictured.
Hook: size L (7.5 mm) [*Note: Use a smaller size hook to make monster feet more proportional for smaller pillars and posts.)
Abbreviation: hdc = half double crochet
Gauge: 3 hdc = 1 inch wide, 2hdc rows = 1 inch
Pillar Cozy/Foot Part (Color A)
Determine the circumference/length around the object being covered. Multiply that number times 3 to find how many chain stitches to make.
Row 1: hdc in 3rd stitch from hook and in every chain space to the end. Chain 2, turn.
Rows 2-10: Count the chain 2 spaces as the first hdc. Hdc to the end. Chain 2, turn. On the last row, do not chain 2. Cut and weave in end.
*Note: Make the pillar cozy as tall or short as you’d like. You may want more or less than 10 rows.
Round 1: 4 hdc in 2nd chain from hook. (4)
Round 2: 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next 3 stitch. (5)
Round 3: 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next 4 stitches. Cut and weave in end. (6)
(Switch to color A)
Round 4: 2 hdc in each stitch around (12).
Round 5-10: hdc in each stitch around. Cut and weave in end.
Stuff toes with stuffing; sew onto bottom edge of the pillar cozy/foot part. Sew on 3 or 4 toes. Leave a space between two toes if one is a prehensile toe. Sew the cozy to the base of a pillar or post of your choice.