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Snakes and Ladders

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Snakes and Ladders
Snakes and Ladders
Snakes and Ladders
Snakes and Ladders

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Garter stitch
  • Basic embroidery (for numbers)

Pattern Description:

Our large scale floor games are very popular because they can also be used as afghans, or hung on the wall.

The pattern includes instructions for the two variations that can be seen in the photos. One version is knitted, in ten strips, entirely from oddments of yarn and cost absolutely nothing to make. The bits of yarn were, individually, rather dull and uninteresting but together they create a very harmonious effect. The other was made on a knitting machine with a garter carriage, using a single colour as the background. You could also do this by hand but it might be rather tedious.

The numbers are embroidered on - which is very easy as the garter stitch construction acts as a grid for adding the stitches. The snakes and ladders can be made in various different ways.

These afghans have proved to be very popular with both groups and individual children. Children with impaired movement or problems with coordination can particularly benefit from the large scale of the game.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 125 cm (50") square


  • Aran: 20 metres (22 yards) per square
  • DK: 24 metres (26 yards) per square
  • Short knitting needles (approx 3.5 mm)
  • Oddments for snakes and ladders

You Will Also Need:

  • Black yarn for embroidery

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