© June Gilbank 2023
A small but perfectly proportioned no-sew baby snake! The narrow body makes it easy to pose in a variety of realistic positions, and you can make your snakes as long or short as you want.
Make a baby snake in a single colour, use a variegated yarn for easy colour patterning, or combine it with my Ultimate Stripes technique to make a tiny striped snake!
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This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to www.planetjune.com/babysnake
|invdec||invisible decrease Note: If you prefer, you may use a standard sc2tog decrease in place of each invdec.|
|sc||single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)|
Samples are approx 13-15″ (33-38cm) long, but you can make yours as long as you want by adding more repeats to the body! (Your gauge and yarn choice will affect the finished size slightly.)
Gauge is unimportant for this pattern, provided the pieces are crocheted sufficiently tightly that they will not gape visibly when stuffed. To test a swatch, crochet the first 3 rounds and then push a piece of fibrefill behind it:
This pattern does not include stuffing reminders! The snake is crocheted in one continuous piece, so you should pause every couple of inches as you crochet the body of your snake to add a small amount of stuffing. (A stuffing tool works very well for this!)
Your snake should be bendy and poseable, not rigid, so, once you get past the head, you don’t need to stuff it as firmly as you usually stuff amigurumi. Add just enough stuffing to fill the body, so it remains flexible.
Try to avoid forcing the stuffing into clumps as you stuff; you can squeeze and squash the snake from the outside to redistribute and smooth out the stuffing.
Make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in magic ring. (5 st)
Rnd 2: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) twice, sc in next st. (7 st)
Rnd 3: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) twice, sc in next 3 st. (9 st)
Note: In the next round (Rnd 4), complete the increase (‘2 sc in next st’), then mark the stitch you have just completed by slipping a stitch marker or a scrap of contrasting yarn through the stitch before you continue. This marks the top of the head and will be a reference for the position of the eyes.
Rnd 4: sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st. (10 st)
Rnd 5: sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next st. (11 st)
Rnd 6: sc in next 2 st, invdec, sc in next st, invdec, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st. (10 st)
Stuff head and attach animal eyes (if using) halfway up either side of the head (2 or 3 stitches to either side of the marker you placed at Rnd 4), using the marker as a guide to which side is the top of the head.
Rnd 7: (sc in next st, invdec) twice, sc in next 4 st. (8 st)
Do not fasten off; continue to Body (below).
Rnd 1: sc in each st around. (8 st)
Repeat Rnd 1 as many times as you want. (The tapered tail will add about 2″/5cm additional length.)
For each of my samples, I made 50 rounds for the body.
Do not fasten off; continue to Tail (below).
Rnd 1: invdec, sc in next 6 st. (7 st)
Rnds 2-3: sc in each st around. (7 st)
Rnd 4: invdec, sc in next 5 st. (6 st)
Rnds 5-6: sc in each st around. (6 st)
Rnd 7: invdec, sc in next 4 st. (5 st)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around. (5 st)
Rnd 9: invdec, sc in next 3 st. (4 st)
Fasten off, stitch the remaining hole closed and weave in the end.
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