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How to make Sally, the i-cord snake!  For more details see my blog

Here's what you'll need:

- 2 US size 5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles
- worsted weight acrylic yarn
- scrap yarn for eyes, and tongue
- yarn needle
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Step 1:

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1.  Cast on 5 stitches

2.  Slide stitches to the other end of the needle

Step 2:

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3.  Do not turn the work and keep the working yarn strand in the back and...

4.  Knit like you normally would

Step 3:

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5.  Keep repeating: "Knit 5 stitches, slide the work to the other end of the needle, do not turn work, knit 5 stitches."  After a couple of rows, photo 5 shows what the back will look like. 

6.  After a while, your i-cord should look like photo 6.  As you go, pull on the i-cord to even out the back.  It's supposed to look the same all the way around.  It's basically just a long skinny stockinette tube.

Keep knitting until the i-cord measures 20 inches.

Step 4:

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Shaping the head:

7. kfb, knit 3, kfb (7 stitches)

Keep knitting the i-cord for 6 more rows.

8. Photo 8 is a view of the back of the work after a couple rounds of forming the head.

(Note: kfb means to increase by knitting into the front and back of the stitch)

Step 5:

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9.  K2tog, knit 3, k2tog (5 stitches)

10.  k2tog, knit 1, k2tog (3 stitches)

(Note: k2tog means to decrease by knitting 2 stitches together)

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11.  Bind off and cut yarn.  Stitch up the end of Sally's tail.  Weave in ends.

Step 7:

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Stitch on some eyes and add a tongue!

Step 8:

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Grab a little colorful box, cut up some green yarn to make grass and give little Sally a home!  Enjoy!
DmitryDzz1 year ago

Very nice snake and touching photos!

Oooh, I've been wanting to do an I-cord for a long time now! What a fun project!

bdickson1 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago

You should!!