I seem to be on a bit of a critter kick lately. First a bumble bee and now a snail! Even if you’re not a fan of real-life crawlies, it just goes to show that anything can be cute in crochet form.
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as our Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. However, this one is a little different in that the shell pieces are actually worked in the round, yet the pieces are still technically flat and then joined together (it’s all very meta). But, no worries, the only additional technique you will need to know is the magic ring. There are lots of tutorials on Youtube if you’re unsure!
This cheerful Snail has 11 separate pieces, including the flower. Please note that, while this pattern is not difficult, there is a fair amount of sewing, attaching and assembling involved.
This one is also a little different from my other patterns in that the assembly is done a bit differently. This is because, normally, the face of the amigurumi is stitched onto the main panels and then all the limbs and so on are attached to those as well. However, this time, the shell pieces are acting as the main panels and the body and tail actually get attached to them, so the face and antennae assembly is incorporated into the instructions in the body panel section this time. Just keep an eye out for that! If you’re not sure what the heck I’m even talking about, don’t worry, it will all make sense as you follow along.
Her finished measurements are approximately 20cm/8″ wide and 15cm/6″ from top to bottom.
Let’s get started. Here’s what I used:
**If you’d prefer a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive, formatted, and ad-free PDF can be purchased HERE.**
- 3.25mm hook for main (I use THESE hooks!);
- 3.5mm hook for flower;
- Loops & Threads Colorwheel in Light Coral (50g);
- Loops & Threads Colorwheel in Bright Mint (50 g);
- Light weight cotton yarn in pink for the cheeks;
- Bernat Handicrafter in Chamomile for flower;
- Black crochet thread for mouth and eyes (I use THIS kind!);
- Tapestry needle
A quick note on the yarn I use in this pattern. It seems that the Loops & Threads Colorwheel line is no longer available in many big box stores. It hasn’t been available at my local Michaels since it was first introduced, at least, which is pretty heartbreaking since the colour palette was absolutely gorgeous (sigh). Alas, if you’re interested in using similar colourways for this snail as I did, there are similar options in Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice HERE and HERE.
I also found that the Colorwheel line was a finer worsted weight yarn than most, so I used a 3.25mm hook when crocheting with it. However, if you’re using any other regular worsted weight yarn, I recommend using a 3.5mm.
Okay, phew, I think that’s all of the housekeeping out of the way. Let’s go!
Shell (make 2 panels) in Light Coral:
*Work in continuous rounds (i.e. do not join rounds!)*
Rnd 1: MR 8 sc (8 sts)
All of the following rows for the shell (rows 2-7) are worked in the Back Loops Only!
Rnd 2: Inc around (16 sts)
Rnd 3: [Sc, inc], repeat [ ] around (24 sts)
Rnd 4: [Hdc inc, hdc 2], repeat [ ] around (32 sts)
Rnd 5: [Hdc inc, hdc 3], repeat [ ] around (40 sts)
Rnd 6: [Hdc 4, hdc inc], repeat [ ] around (48 sts)
Rnd 7: [Dc 5, dc inc], repeat [ ] around (56 sts)
Repeat rounds 1-7 for second panel, EXCEPT, instead of working rows 2-7 in the BLO, you will work these rows in the Front Loops Only! This ensures the spiral is facing out on both pieces when you join them later. Tie off. Put these aside for assembly later.
Anntennae (make 4 panels in twos as explained below) in Bright Mint:
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Row 1: Ch 3, sc across (2 sts)
Rows 2-5: Sc across (2 sts)
Row 6: Inc twice (4 sts)
Row 7: Sc across (4 sts)
Row 8: Dec twice (2 sts)
Row 9: Dec (1 st)
Tie off. Repeat rows 1-9 for second panel but do not tie off. Put both panels together, matching up all sides. Chain 1 and begin single crocheting the panels together by crocheting around the entire piece. Join with a slst to beginning st and tie off. Repeat all of the above for second antenna. Put these aside for the body assembly in the next step.
Body (make 2 panels) in Bright Mint:
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Row 1: Ch 9, sc across (8 sts)
Row 2: Inc, sc 7 (9 sts)
Row 3: Dec, sc 6, inc (9 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc 8 (10 sts)
Row 5: Dec, sc 7, inc (10 sts)
Row 6: Inc, sc 9 (11 sts)
Row 7: Dec, sc 8, inc (11 sts)
Row 8: Inc, sc 10, (12 sts)
Row 9: Dec, sc 9, inc (12 sts)
Row 10: Inc, sc 11 (13 sts)
Row 11: Dec, sc 10, inc (13 sts)
Row 12: Sc 11, dec (12 sts)
Rows 13-18: Sc across (12 sts)
Row 19: Dec, sc 8, dec (10 sts)
Row 20: Sc across (10 sts)
Row 21: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts)
Row 22: Dec, hdc, dc 2, hdc, dec (6 sts)
Tie off. Repeat rows 1-22 for second panel.
Now you will attach the facial features to the front body panel. Attach safety eyes or stitch on eyes using black crochet thread. Stitch on cheeks beneath each eye using light weight yarn in pink. Stitch on the mouth with black crochet thread.
Cut a length of Bright Mint yarn about 30 cm (12″) long and set it aside for later.
Put both body panels together, matching up all sides. Make sure the front of your Snail is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece. Starting on the left side of the head area, chain 1 and begin single crocheting the panels together by crocheting around the entire piece.
Stuff when you’ve crocheted about two-thirds of the way around.
When you’ve crocheted all the way down the left side, around the bottom and back up to the head area, stop here and pull up a long loop. Top up stuffing.
Now you will attach the antennae. With your tapestry needle and the length of Bright Mint yarn you set aside earlier, place the first antenna between the panels and attach it by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the antenna, and the bottom panel. When finished, tie a knot to secure and hide the yarn tails between the panels of the body. Do the same for the second antenna.
Continue single crocheting around the body. When you get to the antennae, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only, since this part is already sewn shut. Once you are past the antennae, continue single crocheting both panels together as normal.
Top up stuffing if necessary. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off. Set aside for assembly later.
Tail (make 2 panels) in Mint:
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Row 1: Ch 9, sc across (8 sts)
Row 2: Dec, sc 5, inc (8 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 5, dec (8 sts)
Row 4: Dec, sc 5, inc (8 sts)
Row 5: Inc, sc 5, dec (8 sts)
Repeat rows 1-5 for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together, matching up all sides. Chain 1 and sc around the entire piece. At the tip of the tail you will work the following: (Sc, ch 3, slst into 3rd ch, sc) all in the same stitch. This creates a picot at the tip which will make the tail a little pointier.
Stop here and stuff the tail. Once stuffed, continue crocheting around. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off. Set aside for assembly later.
Flower (make 1 or as many as you fancy!) in Chamomile:
Using a 3.5mm hook
Rnd 1: MR 10 sc (10 sts)
Rnd 2: *Work [sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc] all in same st, slst in next st.* Repeat from * around. Slst to beginning st to close. (5 petals)
Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing onto your snail.
Step 1: Body and Tail
We already have most of the assembly completed! Just a couple more steps to go before we’re done.
Here are all the pieces you should now have at this step.
Cut off two lengths of Light Coral yarn about 30 cms (12 inches) long each. Put them aside for later.
Place the two shell panels together, matching up all sides. The spirals should be facing out on both.
**Make sure the front of your Snail is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece.**
Starting on the top of the shell, begin attaching the shell panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in Light Coral.
Stop after about 7 or 8 stitches. Pull up a long loop and leave this for now.
Now, with your tapestry needle and a length of yarn that you set aside earlier, place the body between the panels and attach it by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the body, and the bottom panel. This is the fiddliest part of this pattern. The photo below shows where you will attach the shell to the body. You will match up point “A” on the shell to point “A” on the body and sew each stitch together down the side, until finally the point “B” on the shell is attached to point “B” on the body. When finished, tie a knot to secure and hide the yarn tails between the panels of the shell.
Continue single crocheting around the shell. When you get to the body, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only, since this part is already sewn shut. Once you are past the body, continue single crocheting both panels together as normal.
Stop about half-way across the bottom of the shell. Pull up a long loop.
Next, you will attach the tail. With your tapestry needle and a length of yarn that you set aside earlier, place the tail between the panels and attach it by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the tail, and the bottom panel. When finished, tie a knot to secure and hide the yarn tails between the panels of the shell.
Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting around the outside of the shell. Remember, when you get to the tail, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only.
Stop when you’ve crocheted about half-way up the shell. Pull up a long loop and leave this for now.
Stuff the shell.
Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting around the outside of the shell. Top up stuffing as you go. Close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
Step 2: Finishing Touches
Lastly, attach your flower to the shell and that’s it!
You’re done! Enjoy your Slowpoke Snail!
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4 thoughts on “Snail Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern”
I love these ragdoll patterns–thanks for continuing to put them out! Just thought I’d mention that my favorite yarn for these is Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Cotton”. They seem to be adding more & more colors to the line & they’re so pretty! It’s a much nicer cotton to use than any other I’ve tried.
Thanks for the tip, Emily! I’ve seen lots of crafters working with the “I Love This” brand and I’m always so jealous, since it’s not available in my area! 😭😩 The colourways look beautiful!
I’m not sure the stitch count is correct in the body section. It says to chain 9, and SC across for 8. then it says to increase, and then SC the next 7 which makes a total of 9, but then the next row says to decrease, which would not make the total for that row 9, it would be 8. Unless I’m missing something haha. Just wanted to point that out.
The last stitch of row 3 is an increase, so you will still have 9 stitches for that row (dec, sc 6, inc).