Brain Slugs

Filed under: Crochet,My Patterns,Crochet,Patterns — Alicia @ October 17, 2008

With Halloween fast approaching, I needed a subtle costume for me, and my faithful canine sidekick Raffi. I’m really into Futurama at the moment, so I figured demure matching Brain Slugs would do the trick.

Brain slugs are space parasites that stick to your head and control your every action. If you suspect a brain slug infestation is in the works, switch to a garlic shampoo.

Futurama's Brain Slugs

Futurama's Brain Slugs

There are many patterns available for brain slugs, but I felt I should try make my own. I made a big slug (for moi), and a small one (for Raffi).

My slugs

My slugs

These are fairly easy to make (check out my Amigurumi Tutorial 1, 2 and 3), but you do need to know how to single crochet around the post (see this video, just keep in mind that you’d be doing single crochet, not double crochet like in the video).

Once you finish them, you can sew them to a headband, or just attach a length of yarn (or long chain) to keep them in place.

Download the Brain Slugs pattern here [PDF]

Update (Oct. 31, 2008): I put some pictures of Raffi wearing his slug here.


  1. Hi! thanks for your tutorials on amis. I made my first a few weeks ago. The slugs look interesting, but the instructions are in Spanish. Do you have some in English?


    Comment by Valencia — October 17, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

  2. This would be adorable made into a baby hat!

    Comment by Diane — October 18, 2008 @ 6:56 am

  3. Actually, someone already did a brain slug baby hat!

    It’s knitted, instead of crocheted. I guess you could adapt my pattern, though. Use a larger hook to make the slug bigger, and not as stiff, and test for length and width as you go along (you may have to do another increase row or two to make it big enough).

    Thanks all for commenting!

    PS: I fixed the link to the right (English) PDF.

    Comment by Alicia — October 18, 2008 @ 10:31 am

  4. Hi, Thank you for the free pattern! I am hoping to get a slug made for my pug, Ollie. He needs a costume for Pug O Ween! Your video tutorials are very helpful!

    Comment by Judy K — October 19, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  5. Now everyone is talking about the American economy and eclections, nice to read something different. Eugene

    Comment by Eugene — October 22, 2008 @ 5:52 am

  6. Thank you so much for your pattern. I noticed a few other slugs out there as well, but I like yours the best. I made a couple of the bigs one for my husband and me.

    Comment by Jenni Elyse — October 30, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  7. […] slug from the show Futurama. Watch the show. Hilarious on several levels. You can get the pattern from Hooks & Needles for free. I think it is a great way to learn to crochet, too, because for the little slimy bit at […]

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  8. You are the coolest! OMG! I am a beginning crocheter and a huge fan of Futurama, and I was so excited when I found this pattern on Crochet Pattern Central. I decided to check out your site and was even more excited to find a pattern for Nibbler! I’ve added your site to my blogroll and I’m eagerly awaiting your next Futurama-inspired pattern — maybe the baby Omicronian from the episode The Problem with Popplers?

    Comment by Anne — March 18, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  9. This pattern is really cool and quite easy, and the instructions are great! Thanks a lot!
    I do have one problem with the antennas though, and it would be great if you could clarify for me what exactly do you mean by “slip stitch through both loops”? Which two loops would that be?
    I did what I thought was obvious and it didn’t quite look like your pictures, with the bulk at the end of the antenna.
    I chained 15 as shown how to do in your (great) tutorials, and then trc once at the end, also as you showed, and then simply slip stitched all the way down to the first stitch in the chain. What exactly am I missing here?

    Comment by Jim — May 9, 2009 @ 8:43 am

  10. It looks like someone is selling your brain slug on Etsy. I do love the patten though. My friends have all been begging me to make them a brain slug.

    Comment by Sam — May 25, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

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