22 May 2017

Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor



I recently decided that I wanted to make a new toy for my son. He is at a phase where he loves to grasp an object in each hand and stretch it as wide as his arms (or the object) will allow. My husband suggested making a snake that could either coil up or stretch depending on how it is handled.

I opened up my favorite book of snake images, "Serpentine" by Mark Laita, and was immediately drawn to the dramatic color transitions of the red-tailed boa constrictor. Further in the book, there is also an image of a boa skeleton that curls back and forth is a most dramatic fashion. These were the inspiration for this snake.




Mark Laita's Boa Constrictor photography:





I used a 3.75mm (F) hook with light worsted weight yarn (Knit Picks Mighty Stitch). I used less than 1 skein (200 yds) of each color (white, maroon, and black). The snake measures about 66 inches when stretched out and about 2 inches diameter at its widest point.



Special Stitches:
Invisible Decrease (sc2tog): Insert your hook in the first stitch and pull up a loop. Insert your hook in the second stitch and pull up a loop. Pull that same loop through both loops on the hook.
Reverse sc: Insert your hook in the stitch from back to front and pull up a loop. Then, pull a loop through both loops on the hook.




In white:
Row 1:  ch 3, sc in the second ch from the hook, 3 sc in the next st, working in the same ch as the first sc: 2 sc in the same ch.
      This makes a slight oval shape with 6 sc around the initial 2 chains (3 in each ch). Work in a spiral from here and throughout.
Row 2:  sc in each st around. (6 sts)
Row 3:  [sc 2, 2 sc in the next st] twice. (8 sts)
Row 4:  [sc 3, 2 sc in the next st] twice. (10 sts)
Row 5:  [sc 3, 2 sc in the next st, sc] twice. (12 sts)
Row 6:  [sc 3, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc] twice. (16 sts)
Row 7:  [sc 4, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc 2] twice. (20 sts)
Row 8:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Row 9:  [sc 5, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc 3] twice. (24 sts)
Row 10:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 11:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 12:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 13:  [sc 4, (sc2tog) 3 times, sc 2] twice. (18 sts)
Row 14:  [sc 3, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc] twice. (14 sts)
Rows 15-20:  sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Rows 21-27:  sc 3, hdc, (hdc2tog) twice, hdc, sc 3, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts. (14 sts)
      Make sure to pull the hdc-decreases tight to prevent a large hole from appearing when you stuff the neck. If a gap does appear, you can weave a piece of yarn (over, under) through the stitches.
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the next st.
Row 28:  sc , hdc 2, sc 11. (14 sts)
Row 29:  sc, hdc 2, 2 hdc in the next st, hdc, sc 9. (15 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Skip 6 sts, join with a sl st in the next st.
Row 30:  sc in each st around. (15 sts)
Row 31:  sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st (see gif below), sc 8. (15 sts)


"sc in the side of
the marked stitch"

Row 32:  sc in the side of the next st (see gif below), sc 14. (15 sts)


"sc in the side of
the next stitch"

Row 33:  sc in each st around. (15 sts)
Row 34:  sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (15 sts)
Row 35:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 14. (15 sts)
Row 36:  sc in each st around. (15 sts)
Row 37:  sc 3, 2 sc in the next st, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (16 sts)
Row 38:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 15. (16 sts)
Row 39:  sc in each st around. (16 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 40:  sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (16 sts)
Row 41:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 15. (16 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 42:  sc in each st around. (16 sts)
Row 43:  sc 4, 2 sc in the next st, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 8, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 7, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (17 sts)
Row 44:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 16. (17 sts)
Row 45:  sc in each st around. (17 sts)
Row 46:  sc 9, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 8, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 7, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (17 sts)
Row 47:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 16. (17 sts)
Row 48:  sc in each st around. (17 sts)
Row 49:  sc 5, 2 sc in the next st, sc 4, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 9, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 8, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (18 sts)
Row 50:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 17. (18 sts)
Row 51:  sc in each st around. (18 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 52:  sc 10, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 9, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 8, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (18 sts)
Row 53:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 17. (18 sts)
Row 54:  sc in each st around. (18 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 55:  sc 5, 2 sc in the next st, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (19 sts)
Row 56:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 18. (19 sts)
Row 57:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 58:  sc 12, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 10, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 9, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (19 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 59:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 18. (19 sts)
Row 60:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 61:  sc 11, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 10, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 9, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (19 sts)
Row 62:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 18, marking the 10th st. (19 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 63:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 64:  sc 5, 2 sc in the next st, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 65:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 18. (20 sts)
Row 66:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 67:  sc 12, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 68:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (20 sts)
Row 69:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Row 70:  sc 12, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 71:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (20 sts)
Row 72:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Row 73:  sc 6, 2 sc in the next st, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 74:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 75:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
Row 76:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 77:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
Row 78:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 79:  sc 13, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 80:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
Row 81:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
Row 82:  sc 7, 2 sc in the next st, sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 83:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 84:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 85:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 86:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 87:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 88:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 89:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 90:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 91:  sc 7, 2 sc in the next st, sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 13, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 92:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
Row 93:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 94:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 13, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 95:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
Row 96:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 97:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 32, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 98:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 99:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 100:  sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 101:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 102:  sc in each st around, marking the 14th st. (24 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 103:  sc 16, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts)
Row 104:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 105:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 106:  sc 16, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts)
Row 107:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 108:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 109:  sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 110:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 111:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 112:  sc 17, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
Row 113:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
Row 114:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 115:  sc 17, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
Row 116:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
Row 117:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 118:  sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 119:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 120:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 121:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8, mark the last st. (26 sts)
- sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 122:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 123:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 124:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 125:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 126:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the next st.
Row 127:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 128:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 129:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 130:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 131:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 132:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 133:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8, mark the last st. (26 sts)
- sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 134:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 135:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
Row 136:  sc 18, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 17, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 16, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (26 sts)
Row 137:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 25. (26 sts)
Row 138:  sc in each st around. (26 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 139:  sc 8, sc2tog, sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
Row 140:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
Row 141:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 142:  sc 17, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
Row 143:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 24. (25 sts)
Row 144:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 145:  sc 17, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 16, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 15, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (25 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 146:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 147:  sc in each st around. (25 sts)
Row 148:  sc 9, sc2tog, sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 149:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 150:  sc in each st around, marking the 12th st. (24 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 151:  sc 16, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts)
Row 152:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 153:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 154:  sc 16, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (24 sts)
Row 155:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 23. (24 sts)
Row 156:  sc in each st around. (24 sts)
Row 157:  sc 7, sc2tog, sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 15, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 14, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 158:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 159:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 160:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 13, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 161:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
Row 162:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
- sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the next st.
Row 163:  sc 15, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 14, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 13, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (23 sts)
Row 164:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 22. (23 sts)
Row 165:  sc in each st around. (23 sts)
Row 166:  sc 7, sc2tog, sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 167:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 168:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 169:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 170:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 171:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 172:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 173:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 174:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 175:  sc 6, sc2tog, sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 176:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 177:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 178:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 179:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 180:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 181:  sc 14, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 13, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 12, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (22 sts)
Row 182:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 21. (22 sts)
Row 183:  sc in each st around. (22 sts)
Row 184:  sc 7, sc2tog, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 185:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 186:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
Row 187:  sc 13, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 188:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
Row 189:  sc in each st around. (21 sts)
Row 190:  sc 13, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 12, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 11, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (21 sts)
Row 191:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 20. (21 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 192:  sc in each st around, marking the 11th st. (21 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 193:  sc 6, sc2tog, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 194:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (20 sts)
Row 195:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
Row 196:  sc 12, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 11, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 10, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (20 sts)
Row 197:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (20 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 198:  sc in each st around. (20 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 199:  sc 6, sc2tog, sc 5, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 10, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 9, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (19 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 200:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (19 sts)
Row 201:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 202:  sc 11, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 10, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 9, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (19 sts)
Row 203:  sc in the side of the next st, sc 19. (19 sts)
Row 204:  sc in each st around. (19 sts)
Row 205:  sc 5, sc2tog, sc 4, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 9, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 8, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (18 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 206:  sc in each st around. (18 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 207:  - sc in each st around. (18 sts)
Row 208:  - sc 11, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 9, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 8, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (18 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 209:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 17. (18 sts)
Row 210:  - sc in each st around. (18 sts)
Row 211:  - sc 4, sc2tog, sc 4, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 8, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 7, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (17 sts)
Row 212:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 16. (17 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 213:  - sc in each st around. (17 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 214:  - sc 9, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 8, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 7, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (17 sts)
Row 215:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 16. (17 sts)
Row 216:  - sc in each st around. (17 sts)
Row 217:  - sc 4, sc2tog, sc 4, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (16 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 218:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 15. (16 sts)
Row 219:  - sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (16 sts)
Row 220:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 15. (16 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 221:  - sc in each st around. (16 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 222:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 8. (15 sts)
Row 223:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 14. (15 sts)
Row 224:  - sc 8, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 7, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 6, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (15 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 225:  - sc in each st around. (15 sts)
Row 226:  - sc in each st around, marking the 8th st. (15 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 227:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (14 sts)
Row 228:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 13. (14 sts)
Row 229:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Row 230:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (14 sts)
Row 231:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 13. (14 sts)
Row 232:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Row 233:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 7. (14 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 234:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Row 235:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 236:  - sc in each st around. (14 sts)
Row 237:  - sc 4, sc2tog, sc 3, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 6. (13 sts, ending 1 st past the start of the round)
Row 238:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 12. (13 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 239:  - sc in each st around. (13 sts)
Row 240:  - sc in each st around. (13 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 241:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 6. (13 sts)
Row 242:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 12. (13 sts)
Row 243:  - sc in each st around. (13 sts)
Row 244:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 6. (13 sts)
Row 245:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 12. (13 sts)
Row 246:  - sc in each st around. (13 sts)
Row 247:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 2, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 5, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 4, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 6. (12 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 248:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 249:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 250:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 251:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (12 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 252:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 253:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 254:  - sc in each st around, marking the 6th st. (12 sts)
- Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 255:  - sc 7, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (12 sts)
Row 256:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 11. (12 sts)
Row 257:  - sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Row 258:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 2, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 6 ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 5, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (11 sts)
Row 259:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 10. (11 sts)
Row 260:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
Row 261:  - sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 5, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 4, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (11 sts)
Row 262:  - sc in the side of the next st, sc 10. (11 sts)
Row 263:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
Row 264:  - sc 6, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 5, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 4, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (11 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 265:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
Row 266:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
Row 267:  - sc in each st around. (11 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In white:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 268:  - sc 2, sc2tog, sc 2, mark the side of the last st, ch, turn, skip 1 st, reverse sc 4, ch, turn, skip 1 st, sc 3, skip the ch, sc in the side of the marked st, sc 5. (10 sts)
- Mark the previous st. sc in the side of the next st, sc 1, sl st 1. Tie off.

In black:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 269:  - sc in each st around. (10 sts)
Row 270:  - sc in each st around. (10 sts)
Row 271:  - sc in each st around. (10 sts)
- Mark the previous st. Sl st 1. Tie off.

In maroon:
- Join with a sl st in the marked st.
Row 272:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 6. (9 sts)
Row 273:  - sc in each st around. (9 sts)
Row 274:  - sc in each st around. (9 sts)
Row 275:  - sc 3, sc2tog, sc 5. (8 sts)
Row 276:  - sc in each st around. (8 sts)
Row 277:  - sc in each st around. (8 sts)
Row 278:  - sc 2, sc2tog, sc 4. (7 sts)
Row 279:  - sc in each st around. (7 sts)
Row 280:  - sc in each st around. (7 sts)
Row 281:  - sc, sc2tog, sc 4. (6 sts)
Row 282:  - sc in each st around. (6 sts)
Row 283:  - sc in each st around. (6 sts)
Row 284:  - sc, sc2tog, sc 3. (5 sts)
Row 285:  - sc in each st around. (5 sts)
Row 286:  - sc in each st around. (5 sts)
Row 287:  - sc2tog, sc 3. (4 sts)
- sl st 2. Tie off.






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