Introduction: Enormous Stripey Knitted Snake
This is a fairly easy project that mostly requires knitting in the round with no increases or decreases.
We made it (or rather him) to live in my little brother's playgroup, so it is rather enormous being around 240cm long, which works well with several kids playing in different places along the snake, but probably it should be scaled down for home use.
The idea came from my brother after I played Rikki-Tikki-Tavi with a rope and lots of kids in there.
The thing has to withhold the wildness 4-6 year-olds, so the yarn has to be as strong as possible.
We used yarn that is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic (Lana Gatto Summer), but acrylic should also work.
We used 50 grams (1 ball) of 2633, 2620, 2635,2629, 2675, 2630,2631 each - yellow, light blue, navy, black, ruby, purple and violet (I don't remember which is which), but any bright colours do. We also used 100 grams (2 balls)of green (2624), and lots of polyester toy stuffing.
Step 1: Head
Knitting the head is probably the most complicated part of the project, but actually its quite easy...
I will use some common knitting abbreviations, they are easy to find in the internet, or here http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-glossary(they even have a video of how to do it!)
CO 8 stitches and distribute them evenly between 4 dpns (double-pointed needles, the ones you knit socks with) and join the knitting to start the round.
Row 1: needle 1 - kfb, k1; needle 2-k1, kfb; needle 3 - kfb, k1; needle 4 - k1, kfb.
Row 2: k all.
Row 3: needle 1 - kfb, k2; needle 2-k2, kfb; needle 3 - kfb, k2; needle 4 - k2, kfb.
Row 4: k all.
Continue until you have 48 sts (12 on each needle).
Knit (k) 12 rows.
Row 1: needle 1 - k1, k2tog, k to end; needle 2 - k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1;
needle 3 - k1, k2tog, k to end; needle 4 - k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
Row 2: k all/
Row 3: as Row 1.
Continue until you have 40sts.
Sew on two buttons for eyes, or embroider them.
Step 2: Knit, Knit, Knit: the Body.
Begin knitting on the round with a different colour, and change colours every few rows to make colourful stripes. It can either be a pattern, or just random colour combination - this is the place to be creative...
In other words: knit, knit, knit... Until you run out of all the colourful yarn and have about a half of a ball of green left for the tail.
Keep stuffing in the process.
Step 3: Tail
From now on the pattern mostly depends on the amount of yarn you have left, so only follow them basically.
Row 1: k1, k2tog, k to end on each needle.
Knit 6 rows without decreases.
Row 8: As Row 1.
Knit another 4 rows.
Row 13: As Row 1.
Knit further 3 rows.
Work until you have almost no yarn and 2 stitches on each needle left.
Thread your 8 stitches on the leftover of the yarn, tighten and hide the end.
Remember to stuff in the process.
Step 4: Enjoy
You (or the kids) can hug it, cuddle it, use it to close the scary gap between the bed and the wall, hunt it, play tug-of-war...