Meet Betty! This Beautiful Ball Python is the latest reptile to join our crochet pattern library. As versatile as she is pretty, she is sure to be a critter you can’t help but create over and over again!
“When are you going to make a snake?”
I have heard this question a lot over the years I have been designing. After Gayle and Ruby have joined us this year, I knew it was finally time to add a snake to our growing herp collection. And what better snake to start with than the wonderful and varied ball python. Sweet natured snakes that have an almost endless array of possible markings, I just know she will become a favorite face!
Choosing your ball python version!
Betty’s pattern comes with 4 variations with endless possibilities of color combinations!
- Let it Flow: This version is worked with a multicolor or striping yarn, and working the pattern without making any color changes.
- Graph Version 1: This version is the most complex, working 3 active colors at once to create a more defined and detailed snake. Using tonal yarn adds even more dept to this variation!
- Graph Version 2: This uses 2 colors to create a more blocky pattern very similar to the albino color morph patterns. This is a bit easier to work while juggling only 2 active colors.
- Blank Graph: I have also included a blank graph so that you can create your own markings! Match your pet or get creative! The sky is the limit here!
Unlike most of my amigurumi, Betty is worked in rows (with no magic circle needed!). While the graph work and color changes involved in her more detailed versions place her in the intermediate level, I feel the let it flow version is more on the easier side.
To make Betty, you will be using worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook. While I absolutely love how Malabrigo Rios works up for her pattern, you can use any weight 4 yarn (such as paintbox aran). Yardage used per color will vary depending on the version that you are creating, however Betty uses about 85 yards in total.
You will also need 12mm eyes, and a fiberfill stuffing. I particularly like the crafter’s choice Poly fil for this as it is a dry packing, denser texture and I find it easier to work with.
Betty’s crochet pattern can be found for purchase in my Etsy, Ravelry & Lovecrafts shops!
Fun facts about Ball Pythons
- Ball pythons curl up into a ball when feeling defensive.
- No two ball pythons look the same!
- They are one of the smallest python species, with an average length of 2-4 ft. Females can reach up to 5 ft long.
- Ball pythons have over 100 tiny pointed teeth to help hold their prey.
- While they have rather poor vision, ball pythons use heat sensing pits to help locate meals.