Saturday, 9 February 2013

Free Crochet Snake Pattern - Chinese New Year 2013

Happy Chinese New Year my lovelies!

Well it had to be done. I enjoyed designing a Chinese dragon so much last year that I had to attempt a snake for this Chinese New Year and I'm quite pleased with how cute he turned out, which is something said for a snake!

So what will you need;

You will need:
  1. Some green yarn. I used DK/Light worsted weight yarn for this snake
  2. Some scraps of black yarn for the eyes
  3. A length of red yarn for the tongue
  4. A 3.5mm crochet hook or any hook suitable for the yarn you are using
  5. Some toy stuffing. You don't need very much so you can use scraps of left over yarn if you like
  6. A single length of florist wire. You can get this from your local florists or you can use some thin wire from your local hardware store. The wire is optional though, it just allows you to shape your snake when he is finished.
And here is how to do it:

Round 1
Using your green yarn, ch5, 2sc in 2nd st from hook, 1sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in last st - (6)

Round 2.
Turning your work clockwise and crocheting into your foundation row sts, work 2sc in 1st foundation row st, 1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last st - (12 sts in total from rounds 1 and 2).

Want to know how to crochet into your foundation stitches? Check out our tutorial here.

Rounds 3 - 4
1sc in ea st around - (12)

Round 5
2sc in next st, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last 3 sts - (16)

Round 6
sc2tog twice, 1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog twice, 1sc in next 4 sts - (12)

Round 7
1sc in ea st around - (12)

Round 8
sc2tog, 1sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog, 1sc in next 3 sts - (10)

Rounds 9 - 50
1sc in ea st around - (10)

Pause your work here.

Taking your florist wire, bend it in half but make a small triangle shape at the end as shown in the photo. Push your wire into your snake body, making sure the triangle end is in the head area.

Stuff your snake body, but not the head, as best as you can. You don't want it to be too stiff.

Bend the two ends of your wire over, wrapping a small amount of toy stuffing around any sharp ends.

Finishing rounds

sc2tog and repeat until your snake tail is closed, making sure to hide your tail ends inside your snake body.

Tip* A clever way of hiding your tail ends inside your work instead of outside is to thread your yarn into your project and out another side, it doesn't matter where, then pull your yarn tight, scrunching up your project a little, cut your yarn and then allow your project to spring back into place, the tail end of your yarn should end up inside your project, hidden away!

Next steps

Gentle squeeze your snake head into shape as per the photo.

Now sew some eyes onto your snake using your black yarn, using the same tip above to hide your ends inside your snake.
Now make the tongue. 

To do this get your length of red yarn and tie a knot in the middle, leaving a small loop, see photo.

Now tie lots of knots on top of this knot until you have the desired length of your tongue.

Thread the two ends into your snake and thread them back again to the tongue, tie another knot so the tongue is fixed into place and then hide your tail ends inside your snake.

Using some scissors cut the loop you made previously to create the fork in the snake's tongue. You may want to make it shorter so cut to shape.

And now he's done!

Bend your snake into shape and enjoy!

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