My toy snake pattern is based on a carpet python. This variety is not venomous, therefore I have no qualms about encouraging children to play with a toy version.
With the enormous trends nowadays towards conservation, and education in this area, giving a child a gift like this helps educate and improve their awareness concerning the place these creatures have in our environment. It will also peak their interest in learning more about reptiles, their habitat, food requirements, and what needs to be done in order to preserve their place in the world.
“Peter” , the python snake is the only toy snake I have ever made. I’m quite happy with the way he turned out. If you wanted to make him longer, simply increase the number of chain you start with. If you would like him to be fatter, just work extra rows of pattern. Tension is not a big concern with my toy snake pattern because he will stretch when he is stuffed.
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Soft Toy Snake Pattern.
Materials: 25g ball 5ply dark brown synthetic yarn, 25g ball yellow synthetic yarn, 2 amber beads [eyes], small amount black synthetic yarn, darning needle, sewing needle and thread, fibre fill, 3.50mm crochet hook, 2.00mm crochet hook.
Measurements: 11cm [4.5ins] – girth, approximately 53cm [21ins] long.
Using dk brown and 3.50mm hook, begin by working 125ch.
1st Row: Work 1dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into each of next 6ch, *[miss 1ch, 1dc into next ch] 12 times, 1dc into each of next 5dc, 2dc into next ch, [1dc into each of next ch] 19 times. Repeat from * 3 times, finishing with ss across last 7 sts. Do not turn. Do not fasten off.
2nd Row:: Working along opposite side, ss across 1st 7 sts [do not fasten off], attach yellow yarn and work 1dc into next ch. * Drag br yarn behind work and work 1dc into each of next 3ch, drag yellow behind work and work 1dc in next ch. Repeat from * finishing with 1dc into last 7sts [tail].
3rd Row: Work ss around end of tail and along 1st 7sts on other side. Work y dc to correspond with other side, work br dc between these y dc, adjusting the number of sts to keep pattern correct. Sometimes this will mean you have just one br dc between the y dc. Dc around head in br.
4th Row: Work 1 y dc into st before y dc on previous row, and 1 y dc into next st so that the dc sit like this - l forming the start of a diamond. Work br dc between y dc groups. l l Adjust stitches as you go keeping pattern correct. Ss around tail.
5th Row: Work as per 4th row, working dc around head.
6th Row: Work 1 y dc below 2 y dc of 4th row, so that the dc look like this – l finishing the diamond. Work br dc between y dc adjusting the sts to keep l lpattern correct. This finished the diamond. Leave tail. l l
7th Row: Drag yarn across to other side and work to correspond with 6th row. Fasten off y.
8th Row: Working in br and only into fr lp of previous row, work in tr dec over every 4th and 5th st.
9th Row: Dec 4 times around head and continue as 8th row. Turn.
10th Row: * Work 1tr into each of 1st 2 tr, dec. Repeat from * finishing before head Turn.
11th Row: Work 1tr in each tr. Fasten off.
Attach yarn to other side and work as per 10th row. Join edges together with dc, decreasing around curves to keep pattern correct.
Using darning needle and br yarn, sew gap under tail.
Stuff with fibre fill. I used my crochet hook to help feed the fillilng piece by piece, through the body.
Use darning needle and br yarn and run a gathering stitch along the edge under the head. Pull the thread to tighten this edge, and fasten off.
Working in black yarn and using 2.00mm crochet hook, work 9ch, miss 1st ch, ss along next 5ch, work 3ch. Fasten off.
With needle and thread, sew beads in place for eyes, and attach tongue.
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