Monday, January 9, 2023

Crochet King Snake - FREE CROCHET PATTERN

I was attending a craft fair earlier this month, and I needed to make a variety of items at reasonable prices. HOWEVER, the market needed a raffle item valued at $25+, and none of my items were priced that high. My items were all smaller plushies priced with kids in mind. So I began searching some crochet groups on Facebook to try and get some ideas. I saw a really cool snake pattern that everyone was commenting on. When I initially attempted the pattern, I found it was just WAY to big for the blanket yarn, and while I needed a larger finished product, I didn't want one THAT large. So I went to work trying different possibilities to make a smaller, BABY snake. Then I needed to decide on color combinations... and I decided to make this one more realistic! I looked up a ton of different snake color combinations to find one that would look amazing in crochet, and I found one- the KING SNAKE!





But I didn't stop there, I also admired the color combinations of a CORAL snake, which is similar to the King Snake, but with different sized stripes. So I made adjustments to the first pattern to make a realistic looking coral snake. 




The coral snake color option is only available in the PAID PDF version of the pattern. It is exactly the same pattern, just different color changes in different rows. It looks awesome, so I hope you check it out! You can get the pattern on ETSY:




I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you are wondering, I ended up making 6 of these snakes in a variety of colors for the market and I SOLD OUT, and got two more custom order requests that I filled in the weeks after the event. I'd say that's a pretty successful design!




Materials Needed:

  • 36 Yds (54g): Red - Bernat Blanket Yarn
  • 20 Yds (30g): Black - Bernat Blanket Yarn
  • 10 Yds (15g): White - Bernat Blanket Yarn
  • 8mm Crochet Hook
  • Polyfill
  • Sewing Needle
  • 16mm Safety eyes (or embroider eyes)

Gauge:

Using Bernat Blanket yarn and an 8mm Crochet hook the snake measures 34” long with a 2” diameter.

Pattern Notes:

  • To create clean & crisp stripes this pattern is worked in the round, one row at a time. Start each row with a ch 1, and sc in the same space as the ch-1, or slip stitch from the previous row. The ch-1 does not count as a stitch. End each row with a slip stitch into the first sc from that row.
  • When you sc2tog, make the initial ch1 and then draw a loop through the same space, and draw another loop through the next sc, and then yarn over and draw through the 3 loops on the hook. This will decrease the row by one sc.
  • Fasten off yarn at each color change. Then start the new color with a slip knot already on the hook, working the single crochet directly into the same space you ended the previous row.
  • Lightly stuff after every 4-5 rows. Do not stuff excessively, or it will not bend or pretzel.
  • Make one in every color! These are a big hit at markets!


Written Pattern:

Head & Body

With RED ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Sl st in top of first sc.

Rnd 2: 1 sc in same st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around, Sl st to first sc. (9 sts)

Rnd 3: 1 sc in each st around, Sl st to top of first sc. (9 sts)

Rnd 4: 1 sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 3 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 2 sts. (13 sts)

Rnd 5: 1 sc in next 2 st, sc 3 tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts, sc 3 tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts. (9 sts)

Rnd 6: 1 sc in each st around. (9 sts) 

Insert safety eyes or embroidered into the middle SC of the 3SC increase stitch in row 4.

Rnd 7: 1 sc in each st around. (9 sts)

Change to black yarn.

Rnd 8-9: 1 sc in each st around. (9 sts)

Change to white yarn.

Rnd 10-11: 1 sc in each st around. (9 sts)

Change to black yarn.

Rnd 12-13: 1 sc in each st around. (9 sts)

Change to red yarn (or main body color).

Rnd 14-17: 1 sc in each st around. (9 sts)

Repeat rows 8-17 FOUR times (5 times the pattern repeats).


Tail:

Rnd 58: Sc 2 tog, 1 sc in next 7 sts. (8 sts)

Rnd 59: 1 sc in each 8 sts. (8 sts)

Rnd 60: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next 6 sts. (7 sts)

Rnd 61: 1 sc in each 7 sts. (7 sts)

Rnd 62: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next 5 sts. (6 sts)

Rnd 63: 1 sc in each 6 sts. (6 sts)

Rnd 64: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4 sts. (5 sts)

Rnd 65: 1 sc in each 5 sts. (5 sts)

Rnd 66: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts. (4 sts)

Rnd 67: 1 sc in each 4 sts. (4 sts)

Rnd 68: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts. (3 sts)

Rnd 69: 1 sc in each 3 sts. (3 sts)

Rnd 70: Sk 1st st, Sl st into next 2 sts, fasten off, and weave in tail.


If you are using a thinner yarn it can sometimes be difficult to keep crocheting in the round with so few stitches. Feel free to end the tail and weave in ends once you cannot make any additional rounds. 


Need more help?? Purchase the PDF version of this pattern to get access to additional photographs and instructions on how to make clean color changes!



Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Autumn Leaves C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

This is a gorgeous time of year, when the leaves change color and nature seems to be falling asleep. We don't get a whole lot of color change here in San Diego, but the shorter nights and cooler weather does give us an Autumn vibe. We always get very excited when we drive by a tree that actually changes colors with the seasons! So here you can make your own Autumn themed blanket!








Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Plush Market Hearts - FREE CROCHET PATTERN

Hearts are a beautiful symbol of love. TEN YEARS AGO ago I crocheted some plush hearts for my girls. They loved them when I made them from worsted weight yarn, because they fit in their hands perfectly. I got a hold of some blanket yarn this summer, and wanted to make some new hearts to sell in my upcoming market. My (now older) kids love these ones just as much as the little ones. The blanket yarn makes them squishy and huggable! 



Just like last time, I used Mamachee Crochet patterns to make these plushies, except I made a few changes, detailed below.



Link to Crochet pattern:

https://mamachee.com/2011/01/16/crochet-pattern-little-heart-plushy/



Changes I made:

I used Bernat Blanket Yarn and an 8mm hook. Due to the thickness of the blanket yarn, I had to modify the pattern slightly. I skipped Round 2 and for Round 3 I did 2 SC stitches in each stitch. This still gets you 8 sts in that row for it to still work with the rest of the pattern. I follow the pattern for the rest of the heart- The one change really helps the shape of the tip with blanket yarn.


I hope you enjoy this pattern mod! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Celestial C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

When I was a kid, I loved the stars. I had a telescope and was fascinated by the expanse above us. I loved stars and the constellations. I loved the stories that history passed down to us with zodiacs and the constellations. I loved that navigation was possible using the stars as a compass. I designed this blanket for all those who love celestial beings, the sun, moon and stars! I was able to incorporate the Sun, Moon, and Stars in this design. I loved that I was able to include the phases of the moon. I think it made it look beautiful! I hope you enjoy this design!






Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Hearts C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

It's Valentine's Day Month! That means the stores are all full of hearts and candies and chocolates and LOVE!! To celebrate this LOVELY month, I have designed this love-filled blanket to give to your loved one! I hope you enjoy this design!




Thursday, January 20, 2022

Snowflake Throw - C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

Welcome to 2022 everyone! This is going to be a very exciting year of continued growth and progress, as well as a lot of crocheting! I have been busy designing new patterns and at the same time SUPER busy with a home renovation project. Right now our kitchen is halfway done, due to supply chain issues... We are waiting another few weeks to get our last cabinets! So while I am waiting, I polished off a few more patterns ready to go!

This is a new blanket design similar to my January Wall Hanging pattern from my e-book, A Year of Wall Hangings. I wanted to use similar designs from my wall hangings to make blankets, so here is the first one! This is the Snowflake Throw, and I hope you enjoy it!





Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Wrapped Present C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

I originally designed this blanket in the middle of the Christmas season of 2020. There was so much going on that I forgot to release it on time, so I decided to hold onto it until the 2021 season, so here it is! For Christmas this year, I wanted a way to remember a child's favorite thing about Christmas, THE PRESENTS! How lovely is this blanket design that looks like a wrapped present? I hope you enjoy it!