23 May 2017

Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor



I recently decided that I wanted to make a new toy for my son. He is at a phase where he loves to grasp an object in each hand and stretch it as wide as his arms (or the object) will allow. My husband suggested making a snake that could either coil up or stretch depending on how it is handled.

I opened up my favorite book of snake images, "Serpentine" by Mark Laita, and was immediately drawn to the dramatic color transitions of the red-tailed boa constrictor. Further in the book, there is also an image of a boa skeleton that curls back and forth is a most dramatic fashion. These were the inspiration for this snake.




Mark Laita's Boa Constrictor photography:





I used a 3.75mm (F) hook with light worsted weight yarn (Knit Picks Mighty Stitch). I used less than 1 skein (200 yds) of each color (white, maroon, and black). The snake measures about 66 inches when stretched out and about 2 inches diameter at its widest point.



Special Stitches:
Invisible Decrease (sc2tog): Insert your hook in the first stitch and pull up a loop. Insert your hook in the second stitch and pull up a loop. Pull that same loop through both loops on the hook.
Reverse sc: Insert your hook in the stitch from back to front and pull up a loop. Then, pull a loop through both loops on the hook.




In white:
Row 1:  ch 3, sc in the second ch from the hook, 3 sc in the next st, working in the same ch as the first sc: 2 sc in the same ch.
      This makes a slight oval shape with 6 sc around the initial 2 chains (3 in each ch). Work in a spiral from here and throughout.
Row 2:  sc in each st around. (6 sts)
Row 3:  [sc 2, 2 sc in the next st] twice. (8 sts)
Row 4:  [sc 3, 2 sc in the next st] twice. (10 sts)
Row 5:  [sc 3, 2 sc in the next st, sc] twice. (12 sts)
Row 6:  [sc 3, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc] twice. (16 sts)
Row 7:  [sc 4, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc 2] twice. (20 sts)
Row 8:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Row 9:  [sc 5, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc 3] twice. (24 sts)
Row 10:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 11:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 12:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 13:  [sc 4, (sc2tog) 3 times, sc 2] twice. (18 sts)
Row 14:  [sc 3, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc] twice. (14 sts)
Rows 15-20:  sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Rows 21-27:  sc 3, hdc, (hdc2tog) twice, hdc, sc 3, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts. (14 sts)
      Make sure to pull the hdc-decreases tight to prevent a large hole from appearing when you stuff the neck. If a gap does appear, you can weave a piece of yarn (over, under) through the stitches.
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the next st.
Row 28:  sc , hdc 2, sc 11. (14 sts)
Row 29:  sc, hdc 2, 2 hdc in the next st, hdc, sc 9. (15 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Skip 6 sts, join with a sl st in the next st.
Row 30:  sc in each st around. (15 sts)
Row 31:  sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st (see gif below), sc 8. (15 sts)


"sc in the side of
the marked stitch"

Row 32:  sc in the side of the next st (see gif below), sc 14. (15 sts)


"sc in the side of
the next stitch"

Row 33:  sc in each st around. (15 sts)
Row 34:  sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (15 sts)
Row 35:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 14. (15 sts)
Row 36:  sc in each st around. (15 sts)
Row 37:  sc 3, 2 sc in the next st, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (16 sts)
Row 38:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 15. (16 sts)
Row 39:  sc in each st around. (16 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 40:  sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (16 sts)
Row 41:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 15. (16 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 42:  sc in each st around. (16 sts)
Row 43:  sc 4, 2 sc in the next st, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 8, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 7, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (17 sts)
Row 44:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 16. (17 sts)
Row 45:  sc in each st around. (17 sts)
Row 46:  sc 9, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 8, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 7, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (17 sts)
Row 47:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 16. (17 sts)
Row 48:  sc in each st around. (17 sts)
Row 49:  sc 5, 2 sc in the next st, sc 4, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 9, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 8, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (18 sts)
Row 50:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 17. (18 sts)
Row 51:  sc in each st around. (18 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 52:  sc 10, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 9, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 8, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (18 sts)
Row 53:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 17. (18 sts)
Row 54:  sc in each st around. (18 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 55:  sc 5, 2 sc in the next st, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (19 sts)
Row 56:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 18. (19 sts)
Row 57:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 58:  sc 12, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 10, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 9, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (19 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 59:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 18. (19 sts)
Row 60:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 61:  sc 11, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 10, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 9, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (19 sts)
Row 62:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 18, marking the 10th st. (19 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 63:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 64:  sc 5, 2 sc in the next st, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 65:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 18. (20 sts)
Row 66:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 67:  sc 12, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 68:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (20 sts)
Row 69:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Row 70:  sc 12, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 71:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (20 sts)
Row 72:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Row 73:  sc 6, 2 sc in the next st, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 74:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 75:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
Row 76:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 77:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
Row 78:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 79:  sc 13, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 80:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
Row 81:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
Row 82:  sc 7, 2 sc in the next st, sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 83:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 84:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 85:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 86:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 87:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 88:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 89:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 90:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 91:  sc 7, 2 sc in the next st, sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 13, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 92:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
Row 93:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 94:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 13, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 95:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
Row 96:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 97:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 32, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 98:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 99:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 100:  sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 101:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 102:  sc in each st around, marking the 14th st. (24 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 103:  sc 16, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts)
Row 104:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 105:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 106:  sc 16, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts)
Row 107:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 108:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 109:  sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 110:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 111:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 112:  sc 17, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
Row 113:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
Row 114:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 115:  sc 17, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
Row 116:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
Row 117:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 118:  sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 119:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 120:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 121:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8, mark the last st. (26 sts)
- sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 122:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 123:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 124:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 125:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 126:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the next st.
Row 127:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 128:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 129:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 130:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 131:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 132:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 133:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8, mark the last st. (26 sts)
- sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 134:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 135:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 136:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 137:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 138:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 139:  sc 8, sc2tog, sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
Row 140:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
Row 141:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 142:  sc 17, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
Row 143:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
Row 144:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 145:  sc 17, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 146:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 147:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 148:  sc 9, sc2tog, sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 149:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 150:  sc in each st around, marking the 12th st. (24 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 151:  sc 16, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts)
Row 152:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 153:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 154:  sc 16, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts)
Row 155:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 156:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 157:  sc 7, sc2tog, sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 158:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 159:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 160:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 13, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 161:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
Row 162:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
- sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the next st.
Row 163:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 13, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 164:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
Row 165:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 166:  sc 7, sc2tog, sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 167:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 168:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 169:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 170:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 171:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 172:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 173:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 174:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 175:  sc 6, sc2tog, sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 176:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 177:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 178:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 179:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 180:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 181:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 182:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 183:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 184:  sc 7, sc2tog, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 185:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 186:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
Row 187:  sc 13, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 188:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
Row 189:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
Row 190:  sc 13, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 191:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 192:  sc in each st around, marking the 11th st. (21 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 193:  sc 6, sc2tog, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 194:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (20 sts)
Row 195:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Row 196:  sc 12, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 197:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (20 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 198:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 199:  sc 6, sc2tog, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 10, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 9, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (19 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 200:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (19 sts)
Row 201:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 202:  sc 11, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 10, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 9, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (19 sts)
Row 203:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (19 sts)
Row 204:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 205:  sc 5, sc2tog, sc 4, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 9, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 8, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (18 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 206:  sc in each st around. (18 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 207:  - sc in each st around. (18 sts)
Row 208:  - sc 11, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 9, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 8, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (18 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 209:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 17. (18 sts)
Row 210:  - sc in each st around. (18 sts)
Row 211:  - sc 4, sc2tog, sc 4, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 8, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 7, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (17 sts)
Row 212:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 16. (17 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 213:  - sc in each st around. (17 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 214:  - sc 9, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 8, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 7, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (17 sts)
Row 215:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 16. (17 sts)
Row 216:  - sc in each st around. (17 sts)
Row 217:  - sc 4, sc2tog, sc 4, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (16 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 218:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 15. (16 sts)
Row 219:  - sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (16 sts)
Row 220:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 15. (16 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 221:  - sc in each st around. (16 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 222:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (15 sts)
Row 223:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 14. (15 sts)
Row 224:  - sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (15 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 225:  - sc in each st around. (15 sts)
Row 226:  - sc in each st around, marking the 8th st. (15 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 227:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (14 sts)
Row 228:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 13. (14 sts)
Row 229:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Row 230:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (14 sts)
Row 231:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 13. (14 sts)
Row 232:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Row 233:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (14 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 234:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Row 235:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 236:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Row 237:  - sc 4, sc2tog, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 6. (13 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 238:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 12. (13 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 239:  - sc in each st around. (13 sts)
Row 240:  - sc in each st around. (13 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 241:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 6. (13 sts)
Row 242:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 12. (13 sts)
Row 243:  - sc in each st around. (13 sts)
Row 244:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 6. (13 sts)
Row 245:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 12. (13 sts)
Row 246:  - sc in each st around. (13 sts)
Row 247:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 2, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 5, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 4, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 6. (12 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 248:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 249:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 250:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 251:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (12 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 252:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 253:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 254:  - sc in each st around, marking the 6th st. (12 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 255:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (12 sts)
Row 256:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 11. (12 sts)
Row 257:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 258:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 2, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6 ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (11 sts)
Row 259:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 10. (11 sts)
Row 260:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
Row 261:  - sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 5, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 4, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (11 sts)
Row 262:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 10. (11 sts)
Row 263:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
Row 264:  - sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 5, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 4, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (11 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 265:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
Row 266:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
Row 267:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 268:  - sc 2, sc2tog, sc 2, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 4, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 3, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (10 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 269:  - sc in each st around. (10 sts)
Row 270:  - sc in each st around. (10 sts)
Row 271:  - sc in each st around. (10 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 272:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 6. (9 sts)
Row 273:  - sc in each st around. (9 sts)
Row 274:  - sc in each st around. (9 sts)
Row 275:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 5. (8 sts)
Row 276:  - sc in each st around. (8 sts)
Row 277:  - sc in each st around. (8 sts)
Row 278:  - sc 2, sc2tog, sc 4. (7 sts)
Row 279:  - sc in each st around. (7 sts)
Row 280:  - sc in each st around. (7 sts)
Row 281:  - sc, sc2tog, sc 4. (6 sts)
Row 282:  - sc in each st around. (6 sts)
Row 283:  - sc in each st around. (6 sts)
Row 284:  - sc, sc2tog, sc 3. (5 sts)
Row 285:  - sc in each st around. (5 sts)
Row 286:  - sc in each st around. (5 sts)
Row 287:  - sc2tog, sc 3. (4 sts)
- sl st 2. Tie off.





9 comments:

  1. Wow! That looks really great! And the pattern is so detailed, awesome job on it all!

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  2. Lost me on the description on row 31 ( mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6)

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  3. Hello Don,
    You are making a little flap of 3 rows (worked back and forth), then you continue in rounds. So, first you sc 7. Mark the 7th stitch because you will need it later in the round. Then turn, skip 1 st, and sc 6 back along the 7 stitches just made. (I use reverse single crochets here for looks, but it's not important). Then you turn again, skip 1 st, and sc 5 along the 6 stitches just made, sc around the marked stitch, and continue around to the start of the round.

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    1. It's amazing how you can put together crochet patterns like this one. I hope you will come out with video on this snake because I think it's the only way I can make one. I did try and my snake looks like it was run over by a car and dragged for miles. I'm a huge fan and follower of yours and won't give up this project.

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  4. Hello thanks for sharing your pattern. I gave a question on row 94 says to sc32 but I windup in the middle of the row not close to the side stich help

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    1. Thank you, Audrey!
      That is a typo. It should say sc 13. I have corrected it now.

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    2. This is an awesome snake!! I love it!! Thank you so much!!

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  5. Hi! This is an amazing pattern, thanks for sharing.
    I have 1 question in Row 121, not sure how to do that row. Is it supposed to be reverse sc 76 and then sc 65?

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    1. Oh, gosh. Another typo. So sorry about that! It should read "reverse sc 17, then sc 16". Thank you for pointing it out.

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