Thursday, 1 December 2016

Comfy Festive Make: crocheted decorative Snowman


Mr Snowman stands at 12cm tall (16cm including hat) once complete.  He'll make a great addition to any festive display.  I hope you enjoy making him!  I'd love to see your snowman - do leave me a message at www.facebook.com/ComfyMarmalade, I'd love to hear from you xxx


Materials:
  • DK wool (white for the body and orange for the nose, and whichever colours you like for the hat and the scarf
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • 6mm safety eyes x 5 (2 for the eyes and 3 for the buttons)
  • Stuffing (if you want to add some weight to your snowman, you can always insert a fabric bag with pellets or rice in; I find mine stands up well on his own with just standard stuffing)

Notes:
  • This pattern is written using UK terminology.
  • Don't join each round with a slip stitch; this pattern is arigurumi in style in that each row is simply a continuation of the one before.
  • This is not a toy, although he should be very safe if you use safety eyes.
  • Please don't replicate this pattern or sell it on or promote it as your own.  If you wish to make these items and sell them on you may sell the finished product; if you can link back to my pattern or give Comfy Marmalade credit for the pattern even better!

Main body section:
  • With white wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Round 2: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 3: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 4: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (35)
  • Round 5: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 4st*, continue to end (42)
  • Rounds 6 - 15: 1dc in each st (42)
  • Round 16: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 4st*, continue to end (35)
  • Round 17: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 18: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 19: *dc2tog, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (14)
  • Attach your safety eyes as buttons now, between rows 10 and 11, 12 and 13 and 14 and 15.
  • Stuff the body.
  • Round 20: dc2tog, continue to end (7)
  • Fasten off.  Weave the wool in and out of the 7st and pull gently to close the space.  Weave in the ends.



Head:
  • With white wool, make a magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Round 2: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 3: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 4: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (35)
  • Rounds 5 - 9: 1dc in each st (35)
  • Round 10: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 11: *dc2tog, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 12: *dc2tog, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (14)
  • Attach your safety eyes now, between rows 7 and 8, and with approx 4st between them.
  • Stuff the head.
  • Round 12: dc2tog, continue to end (7)
  • Fasten off.  Weave the wool in and out of the 7st and pull gently to close the space.  Weave in the ends.

Hat:
Every fancy snowman needs a hat, right?  I've gone for a top hat and I've plumped for grey rather than black, for two reasons.  Firstly, I find grey wool much easier to work with than black as I can see the stitches much better, especially in the artificial lighting / lack of daylight we have at this time of the year.  Secondly, I just like the colour grey!
  • Magic ring, ch1, 7dc (7)
  • Round 1: 2dc in each st (14)
  • Round 2: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next st*, continue to end (21)
  • Round 3: back loops only for this round - 1dc in each st (21)
  • Rounds 4 - 10: 1dc in each st (21)
  • Round 11: front loops only for this round - 1dc in each st (21)
  • Round 12: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 2st*, continue to end (28)
  • Round 13: *2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3st*, continue to end (35)
  • Round 14: sl st in each st (35)
  • Fasten off and weave in ends.

Scarf:
I've done my scarf in a mid-blue colour but again, you can choose any colour you like.
  • Ch 4
  • Row 1: 1dc in 2nd st from hook and in each st thereafter (3)
  • Row 2: ch1, 1dc in each st (3)
  • Repeat row 2 until your scarf is the length you require.  For my snowman, I stopped at around 28cm.
  • Fasten off and weave in ends.

Nose:
I've gone for a traditional carrot nose here.
  • Ch 5.
  • Round 1: 1dc in 2nd st from hook and in each st thereafter (4)
  • Round 2: 1dc in 2nd st from hook and in each st thereafter (3)
  • Round 3: 1dc in 2nd st from hook and in each st thereafter (2)
  • Round 4: 1dc in 2nd st from hook (1)
  • Fasten off, leaving with a reasonable length of wool.  Fold your nose so that the ch6 that you started with becomes the base of the carrot and the single stitch you finished with becomes the point.
  • Sew up the sides of the carrot, no need to stuff as its so small!

Making up your snowman:
  • Using a length of white wool, you need to secure the head to the body.  Find the two 'ends' of the head and body - that is, where you finished them - and put these two together to become the neck. Don't worry if this doesn't look too neat; your sewing will be masked by the scarf shortly.  Make sure you line up the 'face' of the snowman (i.e. the eyes) and the buttons down his front.
  • Now for the hat - it's up to you whether you have it at a jaunty angle, or whether you want it straight on top.  I quite like jaunty myself…  Using the same coloured thread as your hat, attach the hat to the snowman's head.  You need to do this around the base of the hat, not the brim, so that the brim of the hat sticks out.
  • Next the scarf.  It's up to you whether you sew the scarf to the snowman or whether you just secure it with a knot.  I've secured mine to the snowman using the same coloured wool as the scarf.  I've not done masses of stitches, just the odd one here and there to keep it in place.
  • Finally you need to secure the carrot to the face.

Voila!  Your snowman is complete!





Or is it…

Here's the fun part - why don't you customise your snowman yourself and add on further details?  What about a flower for his hat?  Perhaps you could crochet a snowlady to keep Mr Snowman company on those cold winter nights?  Or you could add a mouth with embroidery thread if you wish.  Anything goes…

I hope you've enjoyed making Mr Snowman - I certainly enjoyed creating him.  This is one of the first patterns I've produced and I'd love some constructive comments if you have the time or the inclination.  How easy did you find the pattern to follow?  Have I missed anything out?  Did it all make sense?  I'm not looking for compliments, I'd just like honest opinions of how well your snowman has turned out and how the pattern worked out for you.  It will help me when I'm writing future patterns.  There's a comments section below just waiting to be completed…!

Thanks again, bye for now xx

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