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Here ya go:
Crocheted Pumpkin brain protector
2 – 3 oz orange worsted wt yarn
Small amt green worsted wt yarn
H crochet hook
F crochet hook
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Stitch marker (I use a single kidney-wire earring. A piece of yarn in a contrasting color works just fine.)
Gauge: In dc: 13 sts = 4”; 9 rows = 4”
Size: Fits a 21” head. May adjust size by using a smaller hook, and/or different gauge yarn. May also work fewer increase rnds, or more as needed. Do a gauge swatch in dc; multiply sts per inch by number of inches needed and round to the nearest number divisible by seven, remembering that the ribbing will draw the circumference of the brain protector inward just a little.
*****NOTE ON BPCD (BACK Post Double Crochet): If you use bpdc, as the pile of flesh calls for, you'll get the little indentations all around that make it look like a pumpkin. To do back post dc, you reach to the BACK of the crocheting to insert your yarn around the dc below. If you're getting ridges on the front side of your crocheting instead of indentations, check to make sure you aren't doing a FRONT post dc. Nexstitch has a wonderful video here http://www.nexstitch.com/v_front_back_post_stitch.html
demonstrating the difference between the two techniques.*******
(Begin with H hook. Instructions will note when to switch to F hook.)
Row 1: With green yarn: leaving a 3” yarn tail, ch 12; sc in 2nd ch from hook and every chain to end (11 sc). Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc into back loops only of ea sc (11 sc). Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc into front loops only of ea sc (11 sc). Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Join stem into a tube by sl st into back loop of first sc as well as bottom of first foundation ch , *sl into back loop of next sc as well as bottom of next foundation ch* across to end. Ch 1.
The stem should be a tube, with a yarn tail at one end and the working yarn at the other end.
Turning and working around the end of the tube, sc 7 spaced as evenly as possible around the tube. (Don’t sweat it, just try to fit 7 sc around the end of the tube without overlapping the last one over the first one.) Put a stitch marker in the first stitch, since we will now be working in a spiral. Every time you get to the stitch marker you will move it up one round.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around. (14 sts)
Rnd 2: work Even. (14 sts)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around. (28 sts) Sl st to first sc in rnd, finish off.
Rnd 4: With orange, join with sl st to any sc of previous rnd. Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in next sc and in each remaining sc around (28hdc). Sl st to top of ch 2.
Rnd 5: Ch 2 (counts as first bpdc), 2 dc in next hdc, dc in next hdc, 2 dc in next hdc. * bpdc around next hdc, 2 dc in next hdc, dc in next hdc, 2 dc in next hdc, * 6 times, around to stitch marker. (42 sts) You should have a total of 7 bpdc (including initial ch 2) in this rnd. DO NOT JOIN, we are now working spirally again. Remember to use stitch marker to mark beginning of this rnd and each rnd afterwards.
Rnd 6: Bpdc around the ch 2, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc. *Bpdc around bpdc, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc* 6 times around. (49 sts)
Rnd 7: *Bpdc around bpdc, dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc * 7 times around. (56 sts)
Rnd 8: *Bpdc around bpdc, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc * 7 times around. (63 sts)
Rnd 9: *Bpdc around bpdc, dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc * 7 times around. (70 sts)
Rnds 10 – 14: Work even, bpdc-ing around each bpdc and dc-ing in each dc. (70 sts)
At end of rnd 14, sl st into first st of the rnd. Ch 5 and switch to F hook.
The rows of ribbing will be attached to the brain protector as it is worked, and will be worked at right angles to the rounds of the brain protector.
Row 1: Sc in back loop only of 2nd ch from hook. Sc in back loop only of each of next 2 ch’s. Insert hook into back loop only of next ch; yarn over and pull up a loop; insert hook into back loop only of st at base of ch-5 (This st is one of the last rnd of the brain protector body.); yarn over and pull loop through all three loops on hook. (This st connects the row of ribbing to the body of the brain protector.) Insert hook into back loop only of next dc of the brain protector. Yarn over and pull loop through both loops on hook. ( This is a connecting sl st and joins the next row of ribbing to the brain protector.) Turn.
Row 2: Sc into back loop only of ea sc across. (4sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc into back loop only of first 3 sc. Insert hook into last sc and draw up a loop; insert hook into back loop only of next dc of last rnd of brain protector; draw loop through all three loops on hook (connecting sc made). Insert hook into back loop only of next dc of the brain protector; yarn over and pull loop through both loops on hook (connecting sl st made). Turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 all the way around the brain protector. When all the stitches of the brain protector body’s final rnd of dc are ribbed, sl st the last and first rows of ribbing together through the back loop only. (4 sl sts) Break yarn and weave in ends.
Optional: Tack the stem into a spiral or loop, or any way you wish.
Let me know if you find any errors with it.
Also, you can make it kinda beret-like-- which looks very pumpkiney-- by adding a couple of decrease rounds before the ribbing. And of course you can adjust the size by use of different size hooks or yarn, or by adding more increase rounds in the top as necessary. This is the first pile of flesh I've ever written up to share, even though I've been crocheting since I was eight. Hopefully it won't be the last.
Have fun with it!