Start at the tail end and cast on 4 sts.
1st row Knit, increasing 1 stitch at
beginning and end of row.
2nd row Purl whole row.
Repeat these 2 rows 12 times until
there are 28 stitches on your needle.
25th row Knit whole row.
26th row Purl whole row.
Repeat rows 25 and 26. changing
colour every 12.5cm. (5in) until work
measures 17cm. 6 3/4inch less than the
length you want the snake to be.
Shaping head end
Continue in stocking stitch until last
colour segment measures 8.7cm
3 1/2inch. Decrease 1 stitch at both ends
of every knit row until only 10
stitches remain on needle.
Underneath of head
Cast on 10 stitches. Work in stocking
stitch, increasing 1 stitch at both ends
of every knit row until there are 28
stitches on the needle.
25th row Knit
26th row Purl
Continue in stocking stitch, decreasing;
1 stitch at both ends of every 4th row
until 10 stitches rermain
TO MAKE up
With the wrong sides together and using matching coloured wool, start sewing the two long edges together, starting from the tail.
If you join just two segments at a time, and then stuff these before sewing up the next bit of seam, you will find it easier to get the snake's body an even thickness.
Make sure the tail is well pointed and stuff it firmly.
When you come to the head, join in the under head to it, sewing all round. Sew the straight edge of the under head piece to the straight edge of the last segment.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.