My latest design, Green Tython, was just published in the Spring 2012 edition of Petite Purls. As always with Petite Purls, this edition is full of delightful children designs, which I encourage you to check out. The added bonus is that they are all available for free. 😀
You will find the pattern here.
This design was inspired by my 8-year old son, Logan, who is fascinated by snakes. I modeled the tie after the Green Python, a constrictor snake as I thought the tie would be a whimsical reminder of this fact.
Boy from about 4 to 12 years
Length: 105 cm / 41 inches (without tongue)
Width: 8.25 cm / 3.25 inches at widest point
Knit Picks® Felici Sock Yarn 75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 218 yards / 198 meters per 1.76 ounce / 50 gram skein;
Model knit in Green Veggies colorway (no longer available); suggested alternate #24401 Aquarium; 1 skein
Recommended needle sizes
US 1½/2.5 mm 30 inch or longer (for magic loop)
a little bit of red yarn in a similar weight for the tongue
black yarn or thread to embroider the eyes
36 sts and 46 rounds = 4 inches in St st.
Gauge is not critical to this design
Toe-up cast on, knitting in the round, simple cable, increases, decreases, simple embroidery
The tie is knit in the round from the wide end up (bottom of the tie) and shaped with increases and decreases and is totally seamless. The back of the tie is knit in St st throughout. It can be left as is for a classic look or a tongue and eyes can be added for the full snake look.