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When they’re not vying to determine which species will slowly take over the world, snails and slugs make cute house pets. Knit some up for your friends and hide them in unusual places.

The pattern, which calls for fingering weight yarn, is a tiny bit fiddly, but very fast and super cute!

You’ll need:
– Koigu yarn or other fingering-weight sock yarn in as many colors as you like
– Size 1 or 2 double pointed needles
– Tapestry needle
– Tiny bit of black embroidery thread and needle
– Tiny bit of polyfil or yarn scraps for stuffing

Gauge: N/A!

Abbreviations:
k = knit
kfb = knit into front and back of stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
rnd(s) = round(s)
dpn(s) = double-pointed needle(s)

—–Pattern starts here!—–

Snail / Slug Body
Cast on 4 sts onto one dpn.
Work one round in i-cord fashion: kfb, k1, kfb, k1 (6 sts)
Now, distriubte the 6 sts onto 3 dpns and join to work in a rnd.
Next rnd: kfb, k2, kfb, k2 (8 sts)
Knit 18 rnds.
Stuff a tiny amount of polyfil or scrap yarn into the open end, to form a head-like bump in the piece.
Break yarn and draw tightly through sts.

Antennae
Cast on 2 sts onto one dpn, and work 9 rows in i-cord. Break yarn and draw through sts.

With your tapestry needle, thread the antennae through two sts on the top of the head of the body, placed 3 sts from the end you closed off.

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Weave the loose ends of the antennae back through the i-cord and out through the body below. (It might be a bit tight, but do the best you can.)

For each eye, make two of the tiniest stitches in black embroidery thread just below each antenna. (I don’t recommend using french knots, because they will slip right through your knitting.)

If you’re making a slug, you’re done! For a snail, continue on with a contrasting color for the shell.

Snail shell
Cast on 12 sts onto 3 dpns and join to work in a rnd.
Rnd 1: knit
Rnd 2: [kfb, k2] to end (16 sts)
Rnds 3-9: knit (7 rnds)
Rnd 10: [k2tog] twice, k to last 4 sts, [k2tog] twice (12 sts)
Rnds 11-25: knit (15 rnds)
Break yarn and draw tightly through sts.

Making up shell
Weave loose end of at the tip of the shell back through the piece. Stuff and roll tightly into a coil. Work yarn through the coil with a tapestry needle to secure. Work yarn back through toward the open end of the shell and secure with a few stitches of mattress stitch.

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Sew open end of shell to snail body with backstitch. And there’s your snail!

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Whose side are you on??

© 2008 Anna Hrachovec / Mochimochi Land

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