Slithering Snake by Joan Rowe

Slithering Snake

January 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in st st
US 4 - 3.5 mm
160 - 170 yards (146 - 155 m)
30" long
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This Slithering snake is made with no sewn seams except kitchener st. The body is closed with Kitchener st and the head is knitted on to the body. It uses garter and seed st. It is a pattern that a new knitter might attempt as a challenge, but will be easy for more experienced knitters.

Techniques needed are wrap and turn (w&t), knitted cast-on, Kitchener st closure, picking up edge stitches, and circular knitting on dp needles, although circular knitting is only used to close the underside of the head.

Use any yarn that includes at least 50% wool in order to hold the shape. I used Noro Kureyon sock yarn, which has long colorways. If you use a similar yarn (approx. 200 yards/50g) and size 4 needles you will need approximately 35g yarn – a little more if you need to match colors. However, you may use any weight yarn, so long as you use a needle size to give a tight weave so that the stuffing does not show through. If you use a heavier weight yarn the final size will be quite a bit bigger. The eyes are sewn on with a small amount of black yarn.

You will need straight and/or 2 circular needles and a set of double point needles, pipe cleaners (chenille sticks) and fiberfill.