The Spring Snail crochet pattern was inspired by all the wet weather we’ve been having recently. Personally I could do with a little less rain but it’s perfect snail weather. I’m not a huge outdoor person but I’ve always liked snails, I find them so fascinating.
I love a lot of texture in crochet and since this is such a simple design I really wanted to add some interest to the shell. By working half double crochet in the third loop we get this beautiful spiral effect.
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- DK Weight Yarn in beige, yellow and your choice of colour for the shell and flower (I used Paintbox Cotton DK in light caramel, buttercup yellow, blood orange and paper white)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- 8mm safety eyes
- Polyester Fiberfill
- Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- inc – increase
- hdc-inc – half double crochet increase
- invdec – invisible decrease
- sl st – slip stitch
- st/s – stitch/es
- (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round
- […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 3″ (8cm) x 4″ (10cm) when using the materials listed.
Pieces are worked in a continuous spiral starting with a magic ring unless otherwise specified. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker.
Gauge is not important in this pattern. Use a hook size to match your chosen yarn. Make sure that your stitches are tight enough to prevent stuffing showing through and adjust hook size if necessary.
All stitches for the shell pieces after R1 are worked in the third loop.
Identifying the third loop in half double crochet
If you look at the top of your work, you’ll see the front loop and back loop of each stitch. Tip your work towards you and you’ll see an extra bar behind each stitch. This is the third loop and what you’ll be working into for the shell portion of this project.
SHELL (make 2)
R1: 8 hdc in magic ring (8)
Work in the third loop only for the rest of the shell.
R2: [Hdc-inc] x8 (16)
R3: [Hdc, hdc-inc] x8 (24)
R4: Hdc, hdc-inc, [2 hdc, hdc-inc] x7, hdc (32)
R5: [3 hdc, hdc-inc] x8 (40)
R6: 2 hdc, hdc-inc, [4 hdc, hdc-inc] x7, 2 hdc (48)
R7: [Hdc] x48 (48)
Sc in next st, sl st in next and fasten off invisibly, leaving a long tail for sewing. You need it to be long enough to sew the shell pieces together and sew the shell to the body.
Repeat for the 2nd piece but weave in end after fastening off.
HEAD AND BODY (beige)
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: [Inc] x6 (12)
R3: [Sc, inc] x6 (18)
R4: Sc, inc, [2 sc, inc] x5, sc (24)
R5: [3 sc, inc] x6 (30)
R6-9: [Sc] x30 (30)
R10: [3 sc, invdec] x6 (24)
R11-12: [Sc] x24 (24)
Insert safety eyes between R6 and R7, 10 stitches apart. Make sure they look even from both sides.
R13: Sc, invdec, [2 sc, invdec] x5, sc (18)
R14: [Sc] x18 (18)
R15: [Sc, invdec] x6 (12)
Stuff the head firmly but do not stuff the rest of the body.
R16-42: [Sc] x12 (12)
R43: Sc, invdec, [2 sc, invdec] x2, sc (9)
R44: [Sc] x9 (9)
R45: [Sc, invdec] x3 (6)
Fasten off and weave in end.
ANTENNA (make 2, beige)
R1: Ch 6, sl st in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (5)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
FLOWER (starting in yellow)
R1: 5 sc in magic ring, change colour in last sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
R2: [Ch 2, 2 dc in same st, ch 2, sl st in same st. Sl st in next st] x4. In the last st – ch 2, 2 dc in same st, ch 2, sl st in same st (5 petals)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
- Place shell pieces wrong sides together and whip stitch together through the back loops only. Start stuffing when you are 3/4 of the way around. Avoid over stuffing so the stuffing doesn’t show through your stitches.
- Using the leftover yarn tail from the shell, sew the shell to the head/body piece by going up one side of the body, across at the back of the head, down the other side of the body and across at the tail. Fasten off and weave in end.
- Sew antenna to the head above the eyes, 2 rounds from the centre of the magic ring.
- Sew flower to the shell. I chose to place it by the head but you can position it wherever you like.
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