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Squishy Snail Amigurumi

Materials:

~100 yards of yarn for shell

~50 yards of yarn for body 

Tapestry needle (I prefer bent tip)

Scissors

Stuffing

Gauge Note:  Gauge is not important for this pattern. It can be worked with any weight of yarn you wish just be sure to choose an appropriate hook for your yarn (go down AT LEAST one size from the hook size listed on the label). The sample pictured in this tutorial is worked using Bernat Softee Chunky with a 6mm (J) hook.

Abbreviations:

MR=magic ring

sc=single crochet

sc2tog=single crochet 2 together (decrease)

BLOsc=back loop only single crochet

BLOsc2tog=back loop only single crochet together (decrease)

ss=slip stitch

FO=fasten off

Pattern Note: Both the body and head are worked in a spiral (no joins). Use a stitch marker to mark the end of the rounds so that you can easily keep track of where you are in the pattern.

 

Body: 

Round 1: 6 sc into MR. (6 sc)

Round 2: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat *to* until end of the round. (9sc)

Round 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat *to* until the last stitch, sc in last stitch. (13 sc)

Round 4: *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch*, repeat *to* until last stitch, 2 sc in last sc. (20 sc)

Round 5- 8: sc around. (20 sc)

Round 9: 4 sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, sc in next 4 sc. (20 sc)

Round 10-11: sc around. (20 sc)

Round 12: 3 sc2tog, sc in next 14 sc. (17 sc)

Round 13: 2 sc2tog, sc in next 13. (15 sc)

Round 14: sc2tog, sc in next 13. (14 sc)

-Begin to stuff the body firmly-

Round 15-18: sc around. (14 sc)

Round 19: sc2tog, sc in next 12 sc. (13 sc)

Round 20: sc2tog, sc in next 11 sc. (12 sc)

Round 21: sc2tog, sc in next 10sc. (11 sc)

Round 22: sc2tog, sc in next 9 sc. (10 sc)

Round 23: sc2tog, sc in next 8 sc. (9 sc)

-Don’t forget to continue stuffing the body!-

Round 24: sc around. (9 sc)

Round 25: sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog. (7 sc)

Round 26: 3 sc2tog, sc in last sc, ss in 1st sc of this round. (4 sc, 1 ss)

FO and weave in ends saving a scrap a few inches long for the eye stalks.

Eye Stalks:

-Using a tapestry needle and scrap of yarn in the same color as the body create the eye stalks by looping the yarn under the sc on the top center of the head between Round 4 and Round 5 (You can totally “eyeball” where center falls, no pun intended ;) ). I like to loop it a couple of times stitching in and out of the same holes to ensure it will not “pull”. Tie a knot on each of the ends to create the eyes.- SEE PICTURE BELOW

Shell:

Round 1: 8 sc into MR. (8 sc)

Round 2: 2 BLOsc into each sc around. (16 BLOsc)

Round 3: *BLOsc in next BLOsc, 2 BLOsc in next BLOsc* repeat *to* around. (24 BLOsc)

Round 4: *BLOsc in next 2 BLOsc, 2 BLOsc in next BLOsc* repeat *to* around. (32 BLOsc)

Round 5: *BLOsc in next 3 BLOsc, 2 BLOsc in next BLOsc* repeat *to* around. (40 BLOsc)

Round 6: *BLOsc in next 4 BLOsc, 2 BLOsc in next BLOsc* repeat *to* around. (48 BLOsc)

Round 7-10: sc around. (48 sc)

Round 11: *BLOsc in next 4 sc, BLOsc2tog* repeat *to* around. (40 BLOsc)

Round 12: *BLOsc in next 3 sc, BLOsc2tog* repeat *to* around. (32 BLOsc)

Attaching the Shell (don't worry , we will finish the shell below):

Stitch the shell to the body before stuffing and closing the shell. It makes it much easier to sew and hide your stitches as well as too attach the shell securely. I like to weave in the ends of the scrap piece on the inside of the shell for extra “hold”. Notice that I have not removed my stitch marker (the brown bobby pin) so that I can easily continue with the rounds once the shell is attached. 

Center the shell on top of the snail’s body. Use a yarn scrap to sew the shell to the body from INSIDE the shell (see photo below). This will allow you to attach your shell more securely and to hide your stitches. Weave in the ends of your attaching scrap to increase strength and durability of the attachment. You should not remove your stitch marker or working loop while attaching as you will be picking up where you left off when you finish this step. I like to remove my hook temporarily and pull the working loop so that it quite large so that I do not pull out any stitches accidentally and so that I can easily hold it out of the way while I sew. SEE PICTURE BELOW

Round 13: *BLOsc in next 2 sc, BLOsc2tog* repeat *to* around. (24 BLOsc)

-Stuff shell firmly.-

Round 14: *BLOsc in next sc, BLOsc2tog* repeat *to* around. (16 BLOsc)

Round 15:  BLOsc around. (8 BLOsc2tog)

Round 16:  BLOsc around. (4 BLOsc2tog)

FO, pull center closed and Weave in end.

 

Enjoy your SQUISHY SNAIL AMIGURUMI!! Thank you for supporting FrogShmog Patterns!