11 January 2014



CYNTHIA the PSYCHEDELIC
SNAKE
 
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NOT SUITABLE FOR SMALL CHILDREN

A mini snake approximately 32cms / 12 inches long. Bendy body due to the use of a pipe cleaner.

ABBREVIATIONS
st(s): stitch(es)
k: knit
p: purl
M1L: increase (make one left)
M1R: increase (make one right)
For increase tutorials see knitting help
sl: slip
psso: pass slip stitch over
pwt: pull wool through (thread yarn onto needle and then through sts on needle, pull tight and secure with a few sts) 


MATERIALS
four dpns size 3.00mm  (US 2½)
variegated dk (8 ply) yarn for snake body (eg Robin Paintbox)
oddments plain coloured dk (8 ply)  yarn for head
two dpns size 2.25mm (US 1) for tongue
oddments black 4 ply (fingering)  yarn for tongue
two beads (aprox 5mm)/small buttons or embroidery thread for eyes
pipe cleaner (length 30cms/12 ins)
fine fabric similar colour to snake body
darning needle
sewing needle
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner back.
  • Cut a strip of fabric, (in a similar colour to the yarn to be used for the snake body) approximately 1cm wide and approximately 60cms long.
  • Wrap strip around the pipe cleaner.

  • Secure end of fabric with a few stitches or glue. 

SNAKE HEAD AND BODY
Snake is knitted from the mouth to the tail.
The head is knitted flat in two pieces using two dpns size 3.00mm (US 2½) .
Cast on 3 sts with purple yarn, leaving a long yarn tail.
ROW 1: k.
ROW 2: p.
ROW 3: k1, M1L, k1, M1R, k1 (5 sts).
ROW 4: p.
ROW 5: k1, M1L, k3, M1R, k1 (7 sts).
ROW 6: p.
ROW 7: k.
ROW 8: p.
ROW 9: k.
ROW 10: p.
Break yarn and keep 7 sts on left needle. Cast on a further 3 sts, leaving a long yarn tail.

Rpt ROWS 1-10
Next rd joins the two pieces of mouth to form the neck.
Rd 1: k all 14 sts dividing the 14 sts as you knit between three needles
(4, 6, 4) and join in the rd.
Rd 2: k.
Rd 3: k.
Rd 4: (k2tog) rpt to end of rd (7 sts).
Place sts on one needle with the yarn on left hand side ready to i-cord.
BODY
Change to variegated yarn.
Continue with i-cord, pull yarn very tight at the back of work.
Continue working until the snake body measures the length of the pipe cleaner.
Next row: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog (5 sts).
Continue with i-cord for a further 1.5cms/0.5ins.
pwt.
Weave away all yarn tails. inside the snake, except the two tails at the tips of the mouth. 

INNER MOUTH
Knitted flat with two dpns size 3.00mm (US 2½)
Cast on 3 sts with pink yarn.
ROW 1: k.
ROW 2: p (right side).
ROW 3: k1, M1L, k1, M1R, k1 (5 sts).
ROW 4: p.
ROW 5: k.
ROW 6: p.
ROW 7: k.
ROW 8: k.
ROW 9: k.
ROW 10: p.
ROW 11: k.
ROW 12: p.
ROW 13: sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog (3 sts).
ROW 14: p.
Cast off.
Weave yarn tails away on knit side. 

TONGUE
Cast on 2 sts with 4 ply black yarn using 2.25mm (US 1).
Leave a long yarn tail which is one side of the forked tongue.
Continue with i-cord until work measures 3cms (1.25ins).
pwt - leave a long yarn tail.
Attach a second piece of yarn to cast on edge and secure with a few sts.
Trim two yarn ends and knot and trim again close to the knot.
 
TO ASSEMBLE
Insert covered pipe cleaner into the head through the mouth.



Push and manipulate along snake body.
Insert inner mouth (purl side facing outwards) inside head.
Using yarn tails of mouth over stitch two pieces together.

Sew tongue to the centre of the mouth.
Sew two beads on for eyes or embroider two French knots.


copyright Alison Hogg 2014

7 comments:

  1. Haha I love Cynthia, she's brilliant Ali, I love how she twists around your knitting basket!! :)
    Happy weekend,
    V xxx

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  2. Wow Ali Cynthia is sssimply ssssensational! Love her colourful curvy body and bright mouth!!
    Fab surprise! Wasn't expecting you to charm her up!!
    Ali x

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  3. Anonymous11/1/14 22:48

    Love the colours.

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  4. What a fun snake Cynthia is , not slimy at all

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  5. Where do you get your inspiration? Love her xx

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  6. Gorgeous Cynthia...she's lovely Ali!
    Hope you're having a great week,
    Susan x

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  7. Wonderful little snake, I love the colours! I also love how you photographed Cynthia, especially snaking round the basket handle!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen x

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