Using colour A: Cast on 1 sts.
M1 in next st. (2sts)
Work 6 rows in st st
Working in Stocking Stitch, M1 st at either end of next and every following fourth row until there are 28 sts
Continue in Stocking Stitch on these 28 stitches until work measures 92cm ending on a purl row
Row 1 – K1, M1, K11, M2, K11, M1, K1 (32 sts)
Row 2 & each alternate row – Purl
Row 3 – K1, M1, K13, M2, K13, M1, K1 (36 sts)
Row5 – K1, M1, Knit to last 2 sts, M1, K1 (38 sts)
Row 7 – Knit to end
Row 9 - Knit to end
Row 11 - Knit to end
Row 13 – K1, S1, K1 PSSO K14, S1, K1 PSSO, K2tog, K14, K2tog, K1 (34 sts)
Row 15 – Knit to end
Row 17 – K1, S1, K1 PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (32 sts)
Row 19 – K1, S1, K1 PSSO, K11, S1, K1 PSSO, K2tog, K11, K2tog, K1 (28 sts)
Row 21 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (26 sts)
Row 23 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (24 sts)
Row 25 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (22 sts)
Row 27 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, K6, S1, K1 PSSO, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K1 (18 sts)
Row 29 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (16 sts)
Row 31 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, K3, S1, K1 PSSO, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K1 (12 sts)
Row 32 – Purl
Jaw (Make 1 piece)
Using Colour A: Cast on 11 stitches.
Working in stocking stitch M1 st at each end of every knit row until there are 35 sts.
Work 7 rows in stocking stitch
Row 1 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (33 sts)
Row 2 – Purl to end
Row 3 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (31 sts)
Row 4 – Purl to end
Row 5 - K1, S1, K1 PSSO, K12, K2tog, K11, K2tog, K1 (28 sts)
Tongue (Make 2 alike)
Using colour B: Cast on 8 sts
Complete 8 rows in stocking stitch (end on a purl row).
Row 1 – Knit 4 sts turn
Row 2 – P2tog P2 (3 sts)
Row 3 – K1, K2tog (2 sts)
Row 4 – K2tog (1 st)
Fasten off stitch and secure. Rejoin yarn and complete tongue shaping as follows
Row 1 – Knit to end of row (4 sts)
Row 2 - P2, P2 tog (3 sts)
Row 3 – K2tog, K1 (2 sts)
Row 4 – P2tog (1 st)
Fasten off stitch and secure.
To make up
With right sides facing and using yarn B carefully sew up the front and side edges of the tongue. Turn the tongue so it is the correct way out, taking care to fully extend the forks .
Position the flat end tongue on the right side of the snakes head in line with its mouth, but have the forked end pointing back towards the snakes body. Place the lower jaw onto the top of the head so that the right side of both pieces face each other. Using yarn A carefully sew along the bottom and sides the head ensuring that the tongue is securely anchored into the head. Do not sew up the top of the head. If you would prefer not to knit a tongue for the snake a small piece of red or pink felt cut into an appropriate shape could also be attached to the snake. However care must be taken when washing to ensure the colour does not run from the felt.
Turn the snakes head the correct way out. Attach the eyes and sew on nostrils and eye brows if required using a dark coloured yarn. Apply stuffing to the head and carefully sew up the underside of the jaw. I have used either back stitch or chain stitches for embroidering the features. I have included a libary of faces (below) from some of the snakes I have made previously to browse through if you would like further inspiration
Sew together the 6 rows of stocking stitch at the end of the tail to perform a narrow tube. Attach the bells to this tube.
This snake can be ironed flat like a traditional scarf or left to adopt the natural curve of the knitting which makes it look more like the body the body of a snake.
This scarf is not a toy. Children should be not be left unsupervised with this scarf. Small parts on this scarf notably the bells and eyes could be a choking hazard and the scarf should be checked regularly to ensure they remain securely attached.
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