Oak Snake by Barbara Tomlinson

Oak Snake

September 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
206 - 251 yards (188 - 230 m)
One size
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The color Grand Canyon is perfect for making an oak snake. To see a real one go to my blog for a video. I didn’t do the pretty pattern of a real one but this gray and beige yarn reminds me of the coloring of this snake. I mostly was going for the shape of the snake with this pattern. The prototype is seven feet long, the record length for this kind of snake. You could make yours whatever length you want.

The tail starts out as icord and increases gradually for a few inches. Then you start knitting back and forth in stockinette. The rolling of the fabric makes the snake shape. The middle 6 feet or so are easy TV knitting. Row count between increase rows isn’t critical. I just did it by eye every 14 rows or so. When I got the snake as wide as I thought looked real I knit like that until it was 5 feet long. Then I did a steady decrease for the neck part of the snake.

The head is worked in the round with increases, decreases, and short rows. It may be complicated but it’s small and doesn’t take long. The results are good.

The head has a fabric pillow inside to hold the stuffing since the body part of the snake is not seamed up. There are photos and details on my blog.