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Shellby the Snail

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  • The pattern has row numbers for each step so you don’t lose your place
  • instructions for making the snail and photos
  • a list of abbreviations and explanation of some techniques
  • a materials list and recommended yarns.
  • The pattern is 3 pages and written in English.



Shellby is a quick to knit little snail. He would come in handy as a pincushion, or you could knit a group of snails (an escargatoire!) and hide them in the garden and have a treasure hunt with the kids!

TECHNIQUES: All pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight knitting needles. This pattern just uses 4 stitches: knit, purl, a kfb increase and a k2tog decrease. You will also need to know how to knit stripes (i.e. changing colour at the end of a row).

FINISHED SIZE: The snail is approximately 7cm tall and 10cm long.

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Materials you need at home:

  • A pair of straight 3.5mm knitting needles (US 4)
  • Double knitting yarns (DK or light worsted weight) in brown, pink and blue
  • Buttons to decorate
  • Toy filling