I think that snakes are my favorite things to make using variegated yarns. The stripes work up so nicely. This particular yarn is Vanna's Choice Charcoal Print. Any variegated yarn should work fine. Plus, since it's a toy plain ol' cheap Red Heart would work perfectly. I just wrote this pattern down as I went, so sometimes the stitches may seem off. Just work them like the pattern says and you should get a snake with a more realistically shaped head. If you guys have any suggestions or run into any problems, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edit 8/14/2012: I've added some alternate directions for the tail. I find it makes the tail a little bit more life-like.
- any yarn you'd like, just make sure you change the hook size so that your gauge is tight and none of the stuffing is falling out. This takes anywhere from 1 oz of yarn to several skeins, depending on how long you want the snake to be. I usually try to use an entire skein of this particular yarn. It's 3.5 oz.
- f hook
- yarn needle
- safety eyes, or a contrasting color yarn to embroider eyes on your snake.
- sc = single crochet
- ch = chain
- dec = decrease
- st = stitch
-Ch 5. sc in second chain from hook and in next 2 chs. Work 3 sc in end ch. Working in opposite side of ch, sc in next two bumps. Work 2 sc in last bump. 10 sts total.
Work continues in a spiral, so remember to mark your first stitch somehow.
-Round 2: Sc in next 4 sts. 3 sc in next st. Repeat around.
-Round 3-5: Sc around
-Round 6: 2 sc in next st. Sc in next 4 sts. 2 sc in next st. Sc in next st. 2 sc in next st. Sc in next 4 sts. 2 sc in next st. Sc in next st.
-Round 7 & 8: Sc around for 2 rounds.
-Round 9: Sc. 2 sc in next st. Sc in next 5. 2sc. Sc in next 2. 2 sc. Sc in next 5. 2 sc. Sc.
-Round 10-12: Sc around
-Round 13: Work a decrease every 2 sc. It doesn't work out exactly just make sure you end up with a multiple of 3 stitches at the end. I believe I worked sc, [dec, sc in next 2 st.] Repeat around to last 5 sts. Dec, sc,dec.
-Round 14: [Sc, dec] around to last stitch. Sc in last stitch. Stuff head and put eyes on.
-Round 15: Dec, sc in remaining sts. This should leave you with ten stitches.
Sc around, stuffing as you go, until the snake is desired length.
Sc 3, dec. Repeat. (8sts)
Sc around for five rounds.
Sc 2,dec. Repeat. (6 sts)
Sc around 5 rounds.
Sc, dec around. (4)
Sc around for 3 rounds.
Cut yarn, leaving enough to sew tail closed.
Alternate tail: If you want a more streamlined tail, Just decrease one at the beginning of the round. I started using markers again at this point. I decreased, then worked a few rounds. Let's say 10. Then I decreased at the beginning again, worked 10 rounds. Then I only worked 5 rounds between decrease rounds, etc., until I only had a few stitches left.
Be sure to email me at email@example.com if you've got any questions or if you'd like to share some of the snakes you've made. Please feel free to make these as gifts, and share the pattern. Just be sure to credit me or link to my blog. Thank you! Please do not sell the pattern.