How to Knit a Snail

How to Knit a Snail #Knitting

How to Knit a Snail #Knitting by Susie Johns

If you’re after a knitting project to keep you occupied for a few evenings, this super cute snail (that also makes an excellent pin cushion by the way!) might just be the answer.

It’s also a great project for beginner knitters looking for a project to develop their skills further.

Imagery and text courtesy of Knitted Woodland Creatures by Susie Johns published by GMC Publications

How to Knit a Snail

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Information you’ll need

Finished size

Snail measures 7 inches (17.5 centimetres) long and about 1.5 inches (3.5 centimetres) wide at the widest point, and the shell measures approximately 4 inches (10 centimetres) in diameter.

Materials

Tension

24 sts and 32 rows to 4 inches (10 centimetres), measured over st st using 3.25 millimetre needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Did you know?

Snails love wet conditions. When it rains, they head off to look for food.

How to make

Top of body
Using 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 3 sts using two-needle method.

  • Row 1 (RS): K each st tbl.
  • Row 2: Purl.
  • Row 3: K1, inc2, k1 (5 sts).
  • Row 4: Purl.
  • Row 5: Knit.
  • Row 6: Purl.
  • Row 7: (K1, inc1) twice, k1 (7 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 11: K1, inc1, k3, inc1, k1 (9 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 15: K1, inc1, k5, inc1, k1 (11 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.
  • Row 21: K1, inc1, k7, inc1, k1 (13 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.
  • Row 27: K1, inc1, k9, inc1, k1 (15 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.
  • Row 33: K1, inc1, k11, inc1, k1 (17 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.
  • Row 39: K8, turn.
  • Row 40: Purl to end.
  • Row 41: K7, turn.
  • Row 42: Purl to end.
  • Row 43: K6, turn.
  • Row 44: Purl to end.
  • Row 45: K5, turn.
  • Row 46: Purl to end.
  • Row 47: K4, turn.
  • Row 48: Purl to end.
  • Row 49: K3, turn.
  • Row 50: Purl to end.
  • Row 51: Knit all sts.
  • Row 52: P8, turn.
  • Row 53: Knit to end.
  • Row 54: P7, turn.
  • Row 55: Knit to end.
  • Row 56: P6, turn.
  • Row 57: Knit to end.
  • Row 58: P5, turn.
  • Row 59: Knit to end.
  • Row 60: P4, turn.
  • Row 61: Knit to end.
  • Row 62: P3, turn.
  • Row 63: Knit to end.
  • Row 64: Purl all sts.
  • Beg with a knit row, work 4 rows in st st.
  • Row 69: K5, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k5 (15 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 73: K5, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, k5 (13 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 77: K11, turn.
  • Row 78: P9, turn.
  • Row 79: K7, turn.
  • Row 80: P5, turn.
  • Row 81: K3, turn.
  • Row 82: P1, turn.
  • Row 83: Knit to end.
  • Row 84: Purl.
  • Row 85: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, k1 (11 sts).
  • Row 86: Purl.
  • Row 87: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, k1 (9 sts).
  • Row 88: (P2tog) twice, k1, (p2tog) twice.
  • Cast off rem 5 sts.

Underside of body
Using 3.25mm needles and B, cast on 2 sts using two-needle method.

  • Row 1 (WS): K each st tbl.
  • Row 2: Purl.
  • Row 3: (Inc1) twice (4 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 7: K1, (inc1) twice, k1 (6 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 11: K1, inc1, k2, inc1, k1 (8 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 31 rows in st st.
  • Row 43: K4, M1, k4 (9 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 21 rows in st st.
  • Row 65: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k1 (7 sts).
  • Row 66: Purl.
  • Row 67: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, k1.
  • Cast off rem 5 sts purlwise.

Shell
Using 3.25mm needles and C, cast on 30 sts using two-needle method.

  • Row 1 (RS): K each st tbl.
  • Row 2: Purl.
  • Row 3: Knit.
  • Row 4: Purl.
  • Row 5: (K4, k2tog) 5 times (25 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 11 rows in st st.
  • Row 17: K23, turn.
  • Row 18: P21, turn.
  • Row 19: K19, turn.
  • Row 20: P17, turn.
  • Row 21: K15, turn.
  • Row 22: P13, turn.
  • Row 23: K11, turn.
  • Row 24: P9, turn.
  • Row 25: Knit to end.
  • Row 26: Purl.
  • Row 27: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (23 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 31: K21, turn.
  • Row 32: P19, turn.
  • Row 33: K17, turn.
  • Row 34: P15, turn.
  • Row 35: K13, turn.
  • Row 36: P11, turn.
  • Row 37: K9, turn.
  • Row 38: P7, turn.
  • Row 39: Knit to end.
  • Row 40: Purl.
  • Row 41: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (21 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 45: K19, turn.
  • Row 46: P17, turn.
  • Row 47: K15, turn.
  • Row 48: P13, turn.
  • Row 49: K11, turn.
  • Row 50: P9, turn.
  • Row 51: K7, turn.
  • Row 52: P5, turn.
  • Row 53: Knit to end.
  • Row 54: Purl.
  • Row 55: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (19 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 59: K17, turn.
  • Row 60: P15, turn.
  • Row 61: K13, turn.
  • Row 62: P11, turn.
  • Row 63: K9, turn.
  • Row 64: P7, turn.
  • Row 65: K5, turn.
  • Row 66: P3, turn.
  • Row 67: Knit to end.
  • Row 68: Purl.
  • Row 69: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (17 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 73: K15, turn.
  • Row 74: P13, turn.
  • Row 75: K11, turn.
  • Row 76: P9, turn.
  • Row 77: K7, turn.
  • Row 78: P5, turn.
  • Row 79: K3, turn.
  • Row 80: P1, turn.
  • Row 81: Knit to end.
  • Row 82: Purl.
  • Row 83: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (15 sts).
  • Row 84: Purl.
  • Row 85: K13, turn.
  • Row 86: P11, turn.
  • Row 87: K9, turn.
  • Row 88: P7, turn.
  • Row 89: K5, turn.
  • Row 90: P3, turn.
  • Row 91: Knit to end.
  • Row 92: Purl.
  • Row 93: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (13 sts).
  • Row 94: Purl.
  • Row 95: K11, turn.
  • Row 96: P9, turn.
  • Row 97: K7, turn.
  • Row 98: P5, turn.
  • Row 99: K3, turn.
  • Row 100: P1, turn.
  • Row 101: Knit to end.
  • Row 102: Purl.
  • Row 103: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (11 sts).
  • Row 104: Purl.
  • Row 105: K9, turn.
  • Row 106: P7, turn.
  • Row 107: K5, turn.
  • Row 108: P3, turn.
  • Row 109: Knit to end.
  • Row 110: Purl.
  • Row 111: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (9 sts).
  • Row 112: Purl.
  • Row 113: K7, turn.
  • Row 114: P5, turn.
  • Row 115: K3, turn.
  • Row 116: P1, turn.
    Row 117: Knit to end.
  • Row 118: Purl.
  • Row 119: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2 tog, k1 (7 sts).
  • Row 120: Purl.
  • Row 121: K5, turn.
  • Row 122: P3, turn.
  • Row 123: Knit to end.
  • Row 124: Purl.
  • Row 125: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2 tog, k1 (5 sts).
  • Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 129: Sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog (3 sts).
  • Row 130: Purl.
  • Cast off.

Eye stalks (make two)

Using 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 20 sts, using two-needle or cable method.
Row 1: K each st tbl.
Cast off.

Making up

Body

With purl side of upper body and knit side of the underside together, oversew the cast-on ends together, then oversew cast-off edges together. Stitch side seams in backstitch, using A and stitching one stitch in from the edges, to form a ridge all round; the grey yarn will be visible on the underside. Leave a small opening in one of the side seams, for stuffing. Stuff firmly (but do not overstuff) and stitch the opening closed.

Shell
To make up the shell, fold in half lengthways, with right sides (knit side) together and stitch side seam in backstitch. Turn right sides out and stuff. Stitch cast-on edge, which forms base of shell, to top of body, then coil the shell and secure with a number of stitches, taking some of these right through the shell to make it really firm.

Eyes
Fold each eye stalk in half lengthways and oversew long edges. Fold over about 1/8in (3 millimetres) at one end of each, to form the eye, then stitch the base of each eye stalk to the head.

How to Knit a Snail #Knitting by Susie Johns

How to Knit a Snail #Knitting by Susie Johns

How to Knit a Snail #Knitting by Susie Johns

 

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