Friday, March 12, 2010

My First Amigurumi Pattern: A Willy-Nilly Silly Snake

Please meet the Willy-Nilly Silly Snake.

For those of you who are just starting to crochet and are interested in doing amigurumi, I've written this very simple pattern. I've designed this snake to be super easy, super cute, and a great way to use up all those leftover bits of yarn lying about. :)

Before you start here are some helpful hints:
1. Learn the magic adjustable loop to start off your amigurumi. Here is a great tutorial at
2. Mark the end of each round with a stitch marker.
3. Stuff as you go. Especially if you are making a super long snake.

-- A multitude of colors of worsted weight yarn
-- For eyes 6mm plastic safety eyes, 6mm round black beads, or black yarn can be used
-- 1/4 inch wide grosgrain ribbon
-- Poly-fil stuffing
-- 4.5 mm crochet hook
-- yarn needle

-- sc (single crochet)
-- sc2tog (a decrease made my crocheting two stitches together)

Row 1: Work 6 sc into a magic loop
Row 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch
Row 3: (Work 1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat 6x
Row 4: Sc all the way around
Row 5: (Work 1 sc in each of first two stitches , 2 sc in next stitch) repeat 6x
Row 6-8: Sc all the way around
Row 9: (Work 1 sc in each of first two stitches, sc2tog) repeat 6x
Row 10: (Work 1 sc in first stitch, sc2tog) repeat 6x

You've formed the general shape of the snake head so now you can affix the eyes. Note that the end of your round will mark the underside of your snake so position eyes accordingly. If you don't have safety eyes or beads, you can simply embroider the eyes on with a simple french knot. I especially recommend embroidering the eyes if you're making this for a small child.

Now finish off the head . . .

Rows 11-14: Sc around

Now for the fun part! It's time to change colors. The body is done by single crocheting round and round with a variety of yarn. Work a specific stripe pattern or simply work willy-nilly. And feel free to make the snake as long as you like. It's up to you! :) Just be sure to join each new yarn on the underside of the snake so you don't see the pattern break on the top. Also, be sure to stuff as you go along!

Each following line is one row (not numbered because I do not know how many rows you've worked in the snake's body):

-- (Work 1 sc in first stitch, sc2tog) repeat 4x
-- Sc all the way around
-- Sc all the way around
-- (Work 1 sc in each of first two stitches, sc2tog) repeat 2x
-- Sc all the way around
-- (Work 1 sc in first stitch, sc2tog) repeat 2x
-- Slip stitch in next stitch. To close opening cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. With a yarn needle, thread yarn tail in and out of opening's rim and then pull taught to cinch it shut. Knot. Hide yarn tail by poking through snake's body.

Cut a length of grosgrain ribbon 1 3/4 in. long. Cut a "V" out of one end of ribbon to simulate a forked tongue. Stitch other end of ribbon to snake's face.

That's all there is to it! Hopefully, I've made the instructions clear enough to understand, but if anyone still has questions please feel free to ask.

One last thing . . . these softies will be up in the shop soon if anyone is interested.

Thank you for visiting! :)


Linda said...

Your blog is Super Cute and Super great, really the best crocheting blog ^_^
And thanks for this snake pattern, i will use it later when i will finish bunny i`m tryin to crochet^_^
Good Luck!

the enchanted pumpkin said...

so cute! i think i'll make one for mikey! and the cacti are adorable as always!

Ira said...

i'm making this snake right now. some questions please ^___^
- how long did you make your snake body?
- is it curling naturally or do you insert wire inside the snake body?
- where do you buy your plastic safety eyes? i want to buy it from too bad the shipping + insurance are way too expensive for me *i live in Indonesia* besides, they don't accept PayPal T__T

How much shipping cost to Indonesia actually? I wonder some site can offer low cost, and the other are high. Could you please give me some estimation? or is there a website that I could check?

Thank you very much ^___^

laura said...

hola,no entiendo tu idioma,pero tus cosas,me encantaron.te invito a ver mi blog.yo soy de uruguay no se si me vas a entender un saludo.laura

Shippymolkfred said...

Thanks for this lovely pattern.
Greetings from the Highlands

TATIANA said...

me encanto tu serpiente es preciosa
very nice the snake

Die Schaubude said...

So cute ...i really don't like snake's but this one is so cosy ;) greetings Tanja

Annabelle said...

How adorable! I crochet but have trouble with these little amigurumi patterns. Maybe I'll try this one - the instructions are great.


Mila said...

Cупер!!! Все работы очень интересные!!!))

Chantal said...

Your snake its so cute!!
i will do a snake soon

here, in chile, is very dificult to find patterns so thank you very very much
Greetings from chile
(PD: sorry about my bad english)

Laura said...

This is so cute! I totally understand wanting to copyright the pic, but it'd be great if the pattern were printable (unless I'm missing that somewhere?). I tried to put it in a Word doc so I could knit somewhere besides my computer and it won't let me copy it. Again, I totally get that - but it'd be nice to be able to make it portable :) Maybe upload a PDF version to Ravelry?