A while back I came across the most amazing Medusa wig (by Outfitters Wig) on Pinterest, and immediately new I needed to make my own version using yarn-y snakes in place of their slimy, rubber sisters. Thankfully, my friend, Jennifer Perkins throws the most amazing Halloween party (you may’ve seen her decorations and tutorials on the Tuesday Morning blog, DIYNetwork.com, Craft Gawker, Treetopia.com, etc.) every year, so I had motivation to make it, and an excuse to wear it (outside of the house.) I found the perfect wig at Goodwill (don’t worry, though; it was brand new, so this will be a lice-free Halloween!), and already had green, kettle-dyed yarn for the snakes in my stash. Along with some small, plastic snakes, a bunch of bobby pins (to haphazardly style the wig with), and the Snuggly Snakes pattern from my latest book, and I was good to go. The result was a maker’s Medusa that had people’s heads’ turning, and eyes averting. Here’s the how-to scoop!
Use the instructions (excerpted from my book, Finger Knitting Fun) to make the snakes, then follow these steps to make then wig ready:
- Use yarn and tapestry needle to whip-stitch underside of snake (tube) closed.
- Feed floral wire through snake body; using pliers, fold wire over a stitch of knitting to secure, then trim excess with wire cutters.
- Using needle and thread, hand sew snake end to the wig cap.
- Bend wire to make snake come alive!
- Repeat process for all snakes. Note: I made my snakes in differing lengths. Play with it and have fun!
Medusa (aka Snuggly) Snakes
• bulky yarn scraps
• set of colorful googly eyes OR black beads
• yarn needle
• hot glue gun or fabric glue
• felt scraps
18″ (45.5 cm) long
Step 1. Yarn-wrap around four fingers—4 stitches.
Step 2. Finger knit until the piece measures 18″ (45.5 cm).
Step 3. Fasten off.
Step 4. Using a needle and yarn, sew a stitch on the underside of where you want your snake’s head to end to cinch it.
Step 1. Weave in ends.
Step 2. Cut tongue template from felt scrap.
Step 3. Glue on eyes and tongue.