Monday, November 29, 2010

Snake, Not on a Plane

People sometimes ask about instant gratification projects. Toys are always very high on my list for that particular topic.


This was an extremely fast project. As with all of Susan B. Anderson’s toy patterns, it’s written for 4 DPNs. This particular snake was knit with a single 50g skein of self-patterning sock yarn.


I did one more set of increases, working the body of the snake over 30 stitches instead of 24. I though 24 looked a little puny, but that was a pretty simple mod. I also ignored the suggested length and just knit until I was nearly out of yarn. I also skipped the “force the snake to curl” step. I figure this way he can be whatever shape he wants, whenever he wants.


The tongue was knit from a teeney little scrap of sock yarn I found at the store. I figured sewn-on yarn eyes wouldn’t stand out on the orange/black background of the snake head. So I used some invisible thread out of my quilting stash and two white sequins from a $0.99 package at JoAnn’s.


This guy is headed to my niece for Christmas. Gotta love handknit toys for the under-4 set!


Nate the Snake

Pattern: Curly Snake by Susan B. Anderson from Itty Bitty Toys
Yarn: Zitron Lifestyle
Color: 1863 Multi
Quantity: 1 skein/169 yards
Needles: US 3/3.25mm wood DPNs
Started: 19 October 2010
Knitting Finished: 30 October 2010
Embellishments Finished: 26 November 2010
Mods: Knit over 30 sts rather than the 24 directed by the pattern. Ignored length guidelines and did not forcibly curl the snake.


Sarah said...

I am not a snake person in any respect, but this one is super cute!

Donna Lee said...

I love the self patterning yarn for the snake. He's all stripey.

I made a snake puppet last year for my nephew. I am not a snake fan but they are one of the easy things to knit.

floribunda said...

that is so cool! I'll have to put a snake or two on my to-do list -- maybe I could use up some of my sock leftovers...

Jen said...

Love the photos. :)

Zonda said...

Love that snake!! Great pictures too :0 Good sock yarn stash busting too :)

turtlegirl76 said...

Now that's a snake I'll be in the same room with! Cute!