Free Crochet Snail Pattern

 

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I know that many people are not big fans of snails but I find them very cute. This Amigurumi snail reminds me of my childhood when I used to collect snails in my parents’ garden, keep them in a shoe box and feed them salad. But don’t worry…I always let them go at the end of the day. 🙂 If you like the idea of having a snail farm but are not so keen on these slimey creatures then you can crochet yourself a few cuddly ones using my free crochet snail pattern. This pattern is super easy so it is an ideal project for all beginners out there.

 

Free Crochet Snail Pattern – Notes

Skill level: basic crochet skills and knowledge

Finished size – length: 13cm / 5 inches

Finished size – height: 16cm / 6.5 inches

Free Crochet Snail Pattern – Materials and Equipment

Yarn I used:

– Fine Sport #2 = 4 ply

– 55% cotton and 45% acrylic

– 1x ball of yellow yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 35 – (50g/160m)

– 1x ball of multicolour yarn – YarnArt Jeans Tropical – colour 616 – (50g/160m)

 

I like to purchase my YarnArt Jeans from Amazon HERE or from Etsy HERE. If you would like to check some great substitutes for YarnArt Jeans then have a read of my Best Yarn for Making Amigurumi tutorial. You can find the substitutes towards the end of the article.

Or just simply use any 100% cotton that will work just as well. You can also use 100% acrylic if you prefer to work with this type of yarn.

Other materials used: polyester fibre fill, a long piece of thin black yarn for mouth embroidery, heavy stuffing to add weight to the shell – e.g. glass or metal beads/pellets, dried beans or poly pellets

Crochet hook: I used 2.5mm = B/1, if using different weight of yarn then refer to hook size recommendations on the yarn but go one size smaller. I highly recommend this ergonomic crochet hook set from Amazon as it comes in a stylish case and with other accessories such as stitch markers etc.

Other equipment used: scissors, yarn needle, pins with large heads, stitch marker or thin yarn to use instead, 8mm safety eyes

Choking hazard warning: the use of safety eyes or buttons poses a choking risk for children under the age of 3 therefore I recommend using embroidery instead.

Free Crochet Snail Pattern – Abbreviations Used

This pattern is written using US crochet terminology

MR: magic ring

ST: stitch

SC: single crochet stitch

HDC: half double crochet stitch

DC: double crochet stitch

TC: treble crochet stitch

CH: chain stitch

SL: slip stitch

INC: increase = two single crochet stitches in the same stitch

L INC: large increase = three single crochet stitches in the same stitch

INV DEC: invisible decrease = insert the hook into the front loop of the first stitch (two loops on hook) and immediately insert it again into the front loop of the next stitch (three loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the hook (two loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through the two loops on the hook to finish your invisible decrease

BLO: back loops only

FO: fasten off

(…..) x 6: repeat the pattern inside the brackets by the given number (in this example, repeat the pattern in the brackets 6 times)

{…}: number shown inside these brackets equals the number of total stitches at the end of each round

Free Crochet Snail Pattern – Let’s Get Started!

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How to Crochet the Head and Body

Crochet from the front of the head to the back of the body.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: SC in next 2 ST, INC, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {36}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8: SC in next 3 ST, INC, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {48}

R9-R14 (6 rounds): SC in each ST around {48} – leave your stitch marker in at the start of R11 as you will need to refer to it when placing the eyes

R15: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {42}

R16: SC in each ST around {42}

R17: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

R18: SC in each ST around {36}

You can now place the eyes:

– stuff the head well first

– place eyes between rounds R11 and R12 with 8 stitches in between them

– it helps to use pins with large heads to first mark the spots where the eyes will be placed – you can make a decision whether you are happy with the placement and if it looks symmetrical before you insert the safety eyes; the safety eyes usually make a large hole in between the stitches so it is not recommended to change the placement of the eyes once they are in (Pic H1)

– you can now insert the safety eyes and put the safety backs on (Pic H2)

 

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Continue to stuff gradually.

R19: SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {30}

R20: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {24}

R21: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 3 ST {21}

R22-R32 (11 rounds): SC in each ST around {21} – stop stuffing after R30

R33: SC in next 3 ST, INC, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 2, SC in next 3 ST {24}

R34-R35 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {24}

R36: (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 3 {27}

R37-R38 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {27}

R39: SC in next 4 ST, INC, (SC in next 8 ST, INC) x 2, SC in next 4 ST {30}

R40-R47 (8 rounds): SC in each ST around {30}

R48: SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 4 ST {27}

R49-R52 (4 rounds): SC in each ST around {27}

R53: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {24}

R54: SC in each ST around {24}

R55: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 3 ST {21}

R56: SC in each ST around {21}

R57: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {18}

R58: SC in each ST around {18}

R59: SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 2 ST {15}

R60: SC in each ST around {15}

R61: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {12}

R62: SC in each ST around {12}

R63: SC in next ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next ST {9}

R64: SC in each ST around {9}

R65: (SC in next ST, INV DEC) x 3 {6}

FO, close the hole with a needle and weave the yarn end in.

 

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How to Crochet the Shell

Crochet as a ball.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: SC in next 2 ST, INC, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {36}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8: SC in next 3 ST, INC, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {48}

R9: (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 6 {54}

R10: SC in next 4 ST, INC, (SC in next 8 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 4 ST {60}

R11: (SC in next 9 ST, INC) x 6 {66}

R12-R20 (9 rounds): SC in each ST around {66}

 

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Start stuffing gradually – if you would like your snail to sit upright, it is necessary to add some heavy stuffing inside the shell otherwise the snail will tip over. You can use e.g. glass or metal beads/pellets, dried beans or poly pellets. You can add these inside the shell directly together with the polyester fibre fill stuffing or you can place them into a small organza/cotton bag.

R21: (SC in next 9 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {60}

R22: SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 4 ST {54}

R23: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {48}

R24: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {42}

R25: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

R26: SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {30}

R27: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {24}

R28: SC in next ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next ST {18}

R29: (SC in next ST, INV DEC) x 6 {12}

R30: SC in each ST around {12}

FO and close the hole with a needle, weave yarn end in.

 

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How to Crochet the Antennae

Crochet from the top of the antenna downwards.

Crochet 2 antennae using the pattern below:

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3-R4 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {12}

Start stuffing

R5: INV DEC all around {6}

R6-R12 (7 rounds): SC in each ST around {6}

FO and leave a long piece of yarn for sewing.

How to Crochet the Bow

R1: Chain 5 STs

R2: 4xTC into the 1st CH ST of R1

R3: Chain 4 STs and SL ST into the 1st CH ST of R1

R4: Chain 4 STs

R5: 4xTC into the 1st CH ST of R1

R6: Chain 4 STs and SL ST into the 1st CH ST of R1

FO and wrap the yarn tail around the centre of the bow several times. Tie a knot with both yarn tails on the back of the bow and weave the yarn ends in.

 

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Free Crochet Snail Pattern – Assembly:

Antennae: Pin the antennae to the head first making sure that they look symmetrical from the front and the side. You can now sew them to the head. I attached them between R3 and R4 of the head.

Shell: Pin the shell to the body first making sure that the shell is placed in the centre of the body when looking from the front and back. Your snail should be able to sit upright if you added the heavy stuffing inside the shell. Start sewing from the back of the snail’s neck downwards.

Bow and mouth embroidery: You can sew the bow to the neck and embroider the mouth using a long piece of black thread yarn.

Free Crochet Snail Pattern – Your Finished Crochet Toy:

You have now finished your crochet toy. I hope you found my free crochet snail pattern easy to follow and enjoyed making the snail!

I would very much welcome your feedback so please do leave a comment in the comment box at the bottom of this page. And don’t forget that I love to see your finished toys so please share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #cuddlystitchescraft

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More Free Amigurumi patterns for you to enjoy:

Free Crochet Dragon Pattern
Free Crochet Sheep Pattern
Free Crochet Cow Pattern

 

 

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