Thought I'd give an update on the crochet situation with my lil bro... I ended up going a different direction with the gift at my husband's encouragement, however... hubby bought me the Creepy Cute Crochet book for Christmas :-D I made Cthulu in honor of an awesomely run game of Call of Cthulu and my lil bro was intrigued. He looked through the book tonight and asked me to teach him how to crochet so he could make the grim reaper. I taught him sc and how to maintain a nice square and sent him home with a started washcloth to practice with. We decided that we may make a hat next before moving onto the grim reaper. I'm afraid the the small hooks and tight stitches may become frustrating until he's had a little practice with more forgiving projects. He really likes it though. Yay!
Thanks for all the help and suggestions!