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Knit Snake

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Knit Snake

Knit Snake.

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Child's Play:

This knit snake is a really easy project, even for people who have never used double-pointed needles before. It's almost all straight knitting, except for a little increasing at the beginning and a little decreasing at the end.

This snake would be a fun toy for any child, or a good early project for a young knitter who would like to knit her or his own toys.

Materials:

  • 70 yards of worsted weight green yarn
  • 3 size 6 US double-pointed needles
  • scissors
  • polyester filling
  • yarn needle
  • a small amount of black yarn, optional

Gauge

About 4.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch knit in the round. Gauge is not critical, but you want a firm fabric.

Size

Finished size is 24 inches long and about 5 inches around when stuffed. You can make yours smaller or larger if desired.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 4 stitches. Put 2 stitches on each of 2 double-pointed needles and join in the round.
  2. Knit two rows.
  3. On the next row, knit into the front and back of the first stitch on each needle--6 stitches total.
  4. Knit the next row.
  5. Increase on the first stitch on each needle again--8 stitches.
  6. Knit the next row.
  7. Continue in this manner until you have 20 stitches total.
  8. Knit every row until the piece measures about 23.5 inches.
  9. On the next row, knit two together at the beginning and end of each needle--16 stitches.
  10. Knit two rows.
  11. Decrease as before--12 stitches.
  12. Knit one row.
  13. Bind off. Cut yarn, leaving tail for sewing.

Finishing:

To finish the snake, give him eyes. I used the duplicate stitch to make the eyes on my snake. These can be knit on using black yarn, or you can attach googly eyes or felt eyes if desired.

Stuff the snake with the fiber filling, making sure to evenly spread the stuffing through the body.

Sew up the mouth. Weave in yarn end.

Pattern Tips:

From the "do as I say, not as I do" file, it would be a good idea to stuff the snake as you go if you really want the stuffing to be smooth throughout. It's a little tricky to get stuffing through the small opening of the snake's mouth and pushed all the way to the bottom of the body.

If you want to wait to stuff the snake, a great tool to help is a long, large needle (I used a size 15 US). The knob end is broad enough to help you push the stuffing down, and the length of the needle makes it much easier to get the stuffing where you want it than if you were just using your hands.

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