Saturday, 8 May 2010

Snakes - free knitting pattern

As you may know, I knit puppets for the charity Operation Christmas Child. Unfortunately, this charity does not accept hand-knitted stuffed toys without a CE mark due to EU regulations, so the puppets fit the bill on that count. I have searched extensively on the web for other patterns of knitted toys that are not stuffed, but have failed to find very many. If anyone knows of any, I would be very pleased to hear from you.

So last year I designed a toy snake to knit for the charity and would like to share it with you now.

Cuddly knitted snake pattern

Curley Snake
Smooth Snake
You will need oddments of chunky (or thicker) knitting wool for the body and small oddments of contrasting wool for face and tongue.
Double pointed or circular needles size 6mm (or larger depending on wool thickness.) Crochet hook.
[It is also possible, in fact easier, to work this pattern using straight needles - see **]

Cast on 2 sts. Leave an end of about 15" (40 cm) for sewing up.

1st row: P.
2nd row: Increase knitwise in each st. (4 sts).
3rd row: P.
4th row: K inc. knitwise in 1st and last sts. (6 sts). *
5th row: P
6th row: Sl 1 K1 psso, K2 , K2 tog. (4 sts)
7th row: P
8th row: Sl 1 K1 psso, K2 tog. (2 sts)
9th row: P
10th row: Increase knitwise in each st. (4 sts).
11th row: P
12th row: K inc. knitwise in 1st and last sts. (6 sts).
13th row: P
14th row: Sl 1 K1 psso, K2 , K2 tog. (4 sts)
15th row: P

*If you want a slightly larger head, repeat this and the next row for 8 sts and decrease on the next 2 rows. Repeat the extra increase and decrease after the 13th row.

Working on these 4 sts knit 1 row then slide the sts to the opposite end of the needle and knit again.
** If using straight needles, just slip all four stitches back onto the left-hand needle, and knit again. I have found that even when using a circular needle, this is quicker than sliding the sts to the other end. (To make a curly snake, instead of knitting the 4 stitches, knit into front and back of first st, K1, K2 tog.) Keep knitting in this way until this body tube measures 12 – 15 inches or required length for snake. (This way of knitting is known sometimes as an i-cord.)

K2 tog. Twice.

Cast off. Break wool and secure the end by sewing into the end of the tail.

This is how the finished knitted snake looks before making up, with a sort of double 'bump' at one end.

To make up: (this may look a bit complicated, but it's not - just stick with it!)

In contrasting wool, crochet a chain about 4" (10cm) long. This forms the snake's tongue. Break off the wool, leaving a tail of about 15 " to work the features with.

Thread a needle with the 'working' end of the crochet chain.

Insert the needle from the front at the base of the top bump - the one nearest the tail.

Bring the needle up one stitch above and through the last chain stitch to secure it.

Now sew a smile around the tongue...

...and some eyes. Fasten off the contrasting wool at the back of the face.

Fold the two bumps in half at the thinnest part...

...and oversew around the edge of the head on the right side using the tail of wool you left when casting on.

Add your snake to your pile!

If you have any problems with the pattern, please leave a comment and I'll try to resolve it. If you enjoyed making the snake, please let me know too!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Janet thanks for "popping" into my blog.
    The shoebox appeals are a great idea, we always do some at Christmas. I love it, its great fun making up the boxes.
    Vivienne x


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