The Swedish Snail

Jun 16, 2008
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Author

Stina Svensson

Introduction

This is a snail that is very easy to make. You crochet two different cylinders and then sew them together. I put a little bell inside the body and gave it to my niece who likes everything that makes a sound (she's three months). Since I gave it to a baby I made eyes that won't be too easy to tear off.

Materials List

Any yarn will do, it depends on what size you want the snail to be... I used 100% cotton, the size is called 8/4, 100 grams give 340 meters.

Choose the colors that you like, I used pink (color A) and red (color B). Most of the skeins are still left so you don't need much.

Beside the two colors for body and shell you also need black (color C) and white (color D) for the eyes.

Stuffing of some kind

Needle for weaving in ends

Hook: Depends on the yarn, I used 2,5

Finished Size

Depends on the yarn being used

Gauge

I am sorry but I have no idea, and again, it depends on the yarn...

Notes

Work in a continuous spiral, do not join rounds!

When decreasing stitches I use invisible decrease. The hook is inserted in the front loop of two stitches and yarn pulled through both front loops at the same time and then you have two loops on the hook and then yarn over and pull through both loops.

I always do things the easiest way which means i usually don't bother to weave in ends, I just trap them inside the different parts as I crochet. Of course is the last piece an exception.

The Pattern

The Body

Ch 2 with color A

sc 6 in second stitch, make sure the end of the yarn is joined so you can pull it and make the hole "disappear".

2 sc into every sc (12)

(1 sc into next sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (18)

Continue sc. Do not join rounds, work in a spiral. Fill body with stuffing of your choice as you crochet. Put a bell in the body if you like. Or two. Or three... When body is approximately 15 centimeters/6 inches:

(1 sc in next st, sc next 2 sts together using invisible decrease in front loops) 6 times (12)

sc next 2 sts together using invisible decrease in front loops) 6 times (6)

Cut off yarn. With needle, pull yarn trough the front loops, pull. Weave in end.

The Shell

Ch 2 with color B

sc 6 in second stitch, make sure the end of the yarn is joined so you can pull it and make the hole "disappear".

2 sc into every sc (12)

(1 sc into next 3 sc, 2sc into next sc) 3 times (15)

Continue sc. Do not join rounds, work in a spiral. Fill shell with stuffing as you crochet but don't stuff it too much! It should be a little flat in order to roll it. When shell is approximately 45 centimeters/18 inches:

(1 sc in next 3 st, sc next 2 sts together using invisible decrease in front loops) 6 times (12)

2 sc into next 6 sc

turn and repeat once.

Cut off yarn. Leave end for assembling with the body.

The Eyes

Don't forget to make two!

Ch 2 with color C

sc 6 in second stitch, make sure the end of the yarn is joined so you can pull it and make the hole "disappear".

Change color to D

2 sc into every sc (12) make two-three rounds, then 2 invisible decreases per round until there are about four st left.

Cut off yarn, leave enough to sew the eye to the body.

Assembling

Start with one side of the shell and sew it with the same color as shell to the next layer as you roll it together. This is probably the most complicated part of this pattern! It took me a while, but it gets steadier this way, I promise! When it's sewed into a roll and looks like a "bun", you may want to take the needle right through all the different layers a couple of times just to make sure it will hold. Then, saw it onto the body. Weave in end.

Decide where you want the eyes and saw them on. Make sure they are securely fastened if you're giving the snail to a baby.

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heidihill wrote
on Jan 2, 2012 6:01 PM

that little snail is adorable!

heidihill wrote
on Jan 2, 2012 6:01 PM

that little snail is adorable!