This is a crochet pattern review of Sydney the Snake designed by Die Hard Designs. Review done by Candace of T&C Crafters for EyeLoveKnots.
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A few weeks ago, I saw a designer that I follow on Instagram share the crochet pattern for Sydney the Snake by Die Hard Designs. I have been on a huge blanket yarn kick after scoring a huge deal on some Bernat Blanket O’Go yarn a few weeks ago, and I knew this snake would be a great addition to my pattern collection.
The Sydney the Snake crochet pattern is a fantastic and easy no-sew design that works up quickly. It is fully customizable in size and color, and can be made with any type of yarn. The no-sew design makes it an excellent amigurumi pattern for those who hate having to attach the different pieces to create their finished project.
So far I have made two of these cuties and my kids both love them! They are so soft and plushy, and are fun to play with, wear around your neck, and curl up into different shapes. I plan on making a bunch more of these for my upcoming craft shows. If you sell your finished pieces or need a great gift idea for a snake-lover, this pattern is perfect for you!
Materials I Used:
- Bernat Blanket Yarn – I used two of the colors from Bernat Blanket O’Go in Scuba
- J10/6mm Crochet Hook – I prefer Clover Amour Ergonomic Hooks
- Black Felt for Eyes (You could also use 8mm Safety Eyes (also TONS of options on Amazon))
- Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
- Polyfil Stuffing
- Yarn Needle
- Sydney the Snake, Paid Crochet Pattern from DieHardResin via Etsy
This pattern can be easily adjusted to almost any weight of yarn for a variety of different looks. The designer suggests using either blanket yarn or velvet yarn to get the best outcome. I have only tried out the blanket yarn, but I plan on also trying out the pattern with velvet, worsted weight, and velvet and worsted weight held together.
The hook size you use is dependent on the type of yarn you are using. In the pattern, the designer suggests using between a G6/4mm and J10/6mm hook depending on your yarn preference. I used a J10/6mm hook because I was using a chunky yarn. If you are using a much smaller weight yarn, you may need to reduce your hook size to even smaller than a G6/4mm hook.
In the notes section of the pattern, the designer recommends using stitch markers for working in the round. I did not include this in the materials section because I personally did not use any. When working in the round like this, I prefer to just keep track of the counts of stitches rather than use a stitch marker, but if you like to have the visual reminder of where you are, stitch markers may be really helpful for this project.
For the eyes of the snake, I chose to use felt eyes attached with hot glue rather than plastic safety eyes. From having my own little kids who like to stick all their toys in their mouths, I worry about safety eyes. Especially in crocheted projects where the stitches are larger, there is a possibility that they can come loose. To play it safe for children, I use felt eyes that would not cause damage to a child or pet if swallowed. If you know you are making your snake for someone that doesn’t have small children or animals, safety eyes would look great!
This pattern uses a surprisingly limited amount of polyfil stuffing. When stuffing the snake, you will want to just put enough stuffing in the body to make it squishy without overstuffing. If you put too much stuffing in the snake, the body will not bend and it will stick straight back. The only part of the snake that I stuffed firmly was the head.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Snake?
This project works up really quickly, and the time required varies depending on the length of the snake. The head of the snake takes only about ten minutes to make. From there, the longer you want your snake to be, the more time you will need to invest. I made my snakes three feet long, which took about two and a half hours per snake.
My finished snakes measured 37.5 inches long and 2.5 inches in diameter throughout the body of the snake. The head portion of the snake is 3.5 inches long and 3.5 inches in diameter.
Gauge is not provided for this pattern and is not important. You will just want to make sure your stitches are tight enough together that stuffing cannot come out. If you notice gaps between your stitches, you will want to go down a hook size to prevent this problem.
If you want to make sure that your snake turns out the same size as mine, when using a J10/6mm crochet hook with blanket yarn, a magic circle with six single crochets should measure 1 inch in diameter, and after a second round of increases in each stitch, it should measure approximately 1.75 inches in diameter.
To work up your own Sydney the Snake, the designer recommends having a basic understanding of amigurumi as well as intermediate crochet skills. You will need to be able to single crochet, increase, decrease, and work in the round beginning with a magic circle. This pattern is no-sew and made as one piece, so you do not have to worry about attaching any pieces at the end or during the project.
The pattern for Sydney the Snake is quite concise, but that is all that is needed. There are clear directions on how to make the head of the snake, including where to place the eyes. Once the head is made, you just repeat the pattern all the way until the point where you are ready to make the tail. There are no measurements or row counts provided for how long to make your snake.
I chose to make my snakes three feet long because that was the length I felt looked nice for letting them loop around. When looking at finished pieces on Etsy, I saw some makers selling them as short as 23 inches and as long as 5 to 6 feet. I personally prefer the longer snakes because I like looping them around rather than having them lay straight.
There are no color changes provided in the pattern, but you can add color changes at any point in the pattern. In the pictures provided on the pattern, there are a lot of different looks that you can use for inspiration. I think the solid-color snakes are cute, but I look forward to trying out some with stripes as well.
To finish the snake, the pattern describes how to complete the final rows by decreasing the width of the body to create a pointed tail. The tail was about 3-4 inches long, so if you are aiming for a specific length, you will want to start this process right before you get to your desired length.
When stuffing the snake, it is important to not over-stuff the body. The designer included this in the notes, and I quickly realized why. If you stuff the snake too firmly, it will prevent it from being able to curve and drape like it should. It is also important to make sure that you stuff the snake as you go. Doing this helps to create consistency in the body, whereas stuffing at the end would create lumps.
The Sydney the Snake crochet pattern has been very popular with over 400 copies sold! By trying it out, you will easily be able to see why makers love this easy, no-sew project that works up in no time. If you know someone that would love a plushy snake, I definitely recommend you try out this pattern! Be sure to share your finished pieces with us by tagging @die.hard.designs, @eyeloveknots, and @tandc_crafters on Instagram! We can’t wait to see what you make!
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T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet says
Cute snakes! Mon son really likes the blue snake.
Thanks so much! I think the blue one is my favorite too!