<b>Supplies:</b> - Size 5 (3.75mm) double-pointed needles (dpns) - Brown or dark tan Double Knitting (DK) yarn for head - Black or gray fuzzY mohair or 2-plY yarn for hair - Polyester fiber toy stuffing - 2 x 4-hole buttons for eyes 3/4 in (l8mm) - Felt for lips - Tapestry needle - Sewing needle and thread - Glue - Hairspray - Large cookie jar for display - Stick
<b>Make the Head:</b> Cast on 18 stitches and divide between 3 needles. Join for knitting in the round. Knit 6 rounds. Kl, *klf&b, k2* repeat from * to * until 2 stitches remain, k lf&b, kl (24 st). Knit 1 round. K1f&b, repeat to end of round (48 st). Knit 11 rounds. K2, k2tog, k2tog, knit to last 6 stitches then ssk, ssk, k 2 (44 st). Knit 2 rounds. K2tog to end of roun d (22 sts). K2, k2tog, knit to last 4 stitches then ssk, k2 (20 st). K2 tog to end of round (10 st). Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches, pulling gently to close the top of the head.
<b>Attach the Hair:</b> Stuff and shape the head evenly and firmly. Using a tapestry needle and yarn the same color as the yarn for the hair, sew large (1 in/2.5cm) backstitches around the crown of the head, marking the hairline. For each 1 in (2.5cm) backstitch, cut ten to twelve 12in (30cm) lengths of mohair (or whatever yarn you are using for the hair). Thread these lengths through the backstitch until the stitch lies in the center and smooth out the yarn evenly so that it "fills" the whole stitch. Using a regular sewing needle and cotton, sew the section of hair into place, working parallel to the original backstitch. Repeat for each section, working all the way around the head until all hair is in place. The hair can then be gathered up and secured into a loose ponytail on top of the head. When you have a style you're happy with, you can give it a light spritz of hairspray to keep it in place.
<b>Decorate the Head:</b> To finish, you can accessorize your shrunken head with chicken bones and feathers threaded into the hair.
Cut a thin strip of felt for the lips and glue it into place. When the glue is dry, sew over the mouth with several long stitches using a lighter colored yarn.
Using a contrasting yarn or thread, sew the buttons in place for the eyes. lf you like, you can sew a large "X" over each button to enhance the effect of the eyes being sewn shut.
Reprinted with permission from <A href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762444177/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0762444177&linkCode=as2&tag=craftfocom-20">"Knitmare on Elm Street"</a> © 2012 by Hannah Simpson, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.