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Crocheting a Chain Stitch Snake

One of the easiest projects for crochet has got to be my cute little chain stitch snake. You can’t mess it up. And it’s a great way to practice your chain stitching, helping you feel confident in your crocheting, producing something that resembles a real thing!

Chain Stitching a Crocheted Snake

Crocheting a Chain Stitch Snake

Follow along with my pattern below. Sssssss…

Chain Ssssstitching a Crochet Snake


  • yarn, any color or weight. A medium gauge is best for beginners.
  • crochet hook, any size – mine is a letter I pictured below
  • scissors

Crochet Snake Supplies

1. Make a slip knot with your yarn onto your hook, leaving a 3-4 inch tail.

2. Chain stitch 50 chains.

Chain Stitch a Crochet Snake

3. Turning back, single crochet (sc) back 4 stitches.

Single Crochet Snake

4. Turning again, in a circle for the snake’s head, single crochet (sc) 4 more stitches.

More Single Crochets for a Snake

5. Stitch a slip-stitch into the end of your work (yarning over and pulling your yarn through both loops) to form the circle. Cut the end, about 3-4 inches, and slip it through the loop all the way to tie it off.

Slip Stitch a Snake

Tying off a Crochet Snake

6. Trim the end of your tail about 1-2 inches to create the snake’s tongue. Spread the yarn apart to make it slithering.

Making the Crochet Snake Tongue

7. I also tied 3 knots in the back tail of the snake for a rattlesnake look.

Tying Knots in the Crochet Snake Tail

Now you’ve got your snake. Sssssssee? So easy! And even if you only sort of follow my instructions, you’ll still end up with something similar and you’ll have yourself a fun playful snake. I love to make these on the plane and give them out to little ones who need a small toy to play with on the plane.

Making a Crochet Yarn Snake

You’ll be making them all over the place. Snake families!

Family of Crocheted Snakes

The kids will love playing with them. Or making them along with you! My daughter has been making these too, getting better and better at using a hook. We’ve also made finger crochet snakes that are super fun to make as well.

Finger Crochet a Rattle Snake Tutorial #crochetaday

Have fun with crochet!

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  1. Oh my gosh, these are the cutest things EVER! There is a new roller coaster opening this summer at an amusement park new my house with a copperhead theme. I’m going to surprise my queue line buddies with a little souvenir! Thank you so much!!

  2. Oh! I’ll be making some of these for my reptile-fanatic friends :D Maybe adding in some googly eyes would be cute too! These remind me of the twisted-yarn critter bookmarks my great gran used to make for me every year ~ I went through dozens of bookmarks and she loved to indulge both my passion for books and for animals :D

  3. I’ve made one for each of my boys with some scrap yarn. I love this so much. As someone who’s been crocheting for a couple of weeks only, it’s cool to have something so quick & easy to “show off”. Thanks!

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