Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Knitted Snowman

It was a bleak wintry sky this morning. Still no snow, but cold enough for it.

Obviously we need to bring a little snow into our homes since the weather isn't providing it for us. Why not knit up a little frosty snowman? 

I used fingering weight yarn and size 2.25mm (1US) needles, but you can use any type of yarn and needles best suited for that yarn. This little snowman is 2 inches tall without the hat, and 2 3/4 inches tall including the hat.

Knitted Snowman

What You Need:
White yarn for snowman; Black yarn for hat
Set of 4 double-pointed needles (dpn's)
Small amount of fibre fill

Knitting Terms:
k = knit
p = purl
kfb = knit in front and back of one stitch
k2tog = knit two stitches together as one
st / sts = stitch / stitches

Using white yarn, cast on 6 stitches and distribute 2 sts on each of 3 dpn's
Join for knitting in the round.

Rnd 1: kfb of each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *kfb, k1, repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 3: k
Rnd 4: *kfb, k2, repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 5 - Rnd 10: k
Rnd 11: *k2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 12: *k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Rnd 13: k
Rnd 14: *kfb, k1, repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 15: k
Rnd 16: *kfb, k2, repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 17 - Rnd 22: k
Rnd 23: *k2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 24: k
Rnd 25: *k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of rnd (12 sts)

stuff with fibre fill at this point

Rnd 26: *k2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Rnd 27: *k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of rnd (6 sts)
Rnd 28: k
Rnd 29:  k2tog to end of rnd (3 sts)

Break yarn, thread through darning needle and draw through last 3 sts. Embroider eyes, "coal" mouth and carrot nose. Run a single thread straight through his body, leaving about an inch of thread extending out from the body on both sides for arms. Tie a piece of yarn around his neck for a scarf.

Snowman's Bowler Hat

What You Need:
Small amount of Black yarn
Set of 4 dpn's
Small amount of fibre fill


  • Cast on 3 sts, leave on one needle
  • kfb of each st, use a separate needle each time you knit into one stitch, so that you have 2 sts on each of three dpn's
  • Join for knitting in the round.

Rnd 1: kfb of each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *kfb, k1, repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 3: *kfb, k2, repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 4 - Rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: *k2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 8: *k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Rnd 9: k
Rnd 10: k
Rnd 11: *kfb, k1, repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 12: k
Rnd 13: k
Rnd 14: bind off loosely

Stuff the hat with a tiny bit of fibre fill to give it some shape. Using black yarn, sew hat to top of snowman. You can embellish the hat with bits of embroidery thread for leaves & berries, or a silver band around the hat ... whatever you like.

I still haven't got my house back in order, and the kitchen still isn't quite finished. The four inadequately small drawers are being painted now, and all the utensils they hold are strewn across the countertop. No point in taking photos just yet. We all keep walking into the kitchen and pondering the look of the newly painted cupboards. It looks so bright compared to the darker stained wood. A ceiling fan still needs to be purchased, curtains need to be finished up and hung and we need to decide how best to cover the patio door. A day doesn't go by that I'm not reorganizing the cupboards. I've gotten rid of all kinds of dishes, but oddly enough there seems to be less space in there. It's frustrating me no end, and I won't stop shifting dishes around until I'm satisfied. My husband keeps reminding me that we most likely won't have huge gatherings here any more, so we can get rid of a lot of extra plates and glasses. I'm loathe to take such drastic measures and take my time deciding on each dish. I pared down my cookie tin collection and had two bags full of tins to take to the goodwill!

I still have to go deep into the back of my coat cupboard in the basement, open the tiny door to the crawlspace and with my flashlight crawl on hands and knees into the cold, dark and dusty interior to find the Christmas boxes of decorations and drag them out. Not a prospect I'm looking forward to. There are a lot of spiders in there :P  Of course whenever I crawl in there, I can't help but look over all the other stuff stored in there with a critical eye and drag out a bit more to send out the door. It's starting to be a catchall place, not a place to store seasonal items. 

I haven't got one decoration up, only a few presents purchased, no Christmas treats baked, no cards sent out. I'm cutting things a little too close for comfort this year. I think next year I won't be saying "Let's decorate the __room before Christmas this year!".  What was I thinking.


  1. Good Morning my Chilly Friend,
    I certainly understand your frustration over the remodeling process, but as a I look through your posts, I see a kitchen coming together perfectly. You are a wise soul to work on other projects as well, through the process and just look at your darling knitted Christmas creations. A jolly Santa (Ho! Ho! as my 2 year old grandson would say) and darling snowman. I collect snowmen so I very partial to him:)
    Hang in there-be careful around those wicked spiders, I despise them-more than just about anything.
    Warm humid Texas hugs,

  2. Good morning, I love your little snowman

  3. Very nice photos of the sky! Your knitted snowman is a good idea for those who don't want to get cold making a real one.

  4. I love snowmen better than snow. However, it isn't white here either and it would be nice to have snow for Christmas! Your snowman is a cutie! When we build our house I'm requesting DEEP kitchen drawers.

  5. LOL! at least you've got your snowman! and so cute too! Hang in there


  6. Here, we are on our second day of constant freezing drizzle. The ground is a sheet of ice. Every trip to the barn is a thrillride.
    The carpenter is coming in less than 2 hours, and I am having something like pre-party hostess jitters...did the first carpenter REALLY buy enough 2x4s and OSB, as he said he did? Are there REALLY enough nails and such? Is there anything - besides the ice and sleet and bitter cold - that will slow the construction process, once underway? It makes me feel a little sick when I think about how much this fellow will cost per hour. I'm happy he's coming, but I still feel kind of dizzy and sick.
    Now, don't you feel absolutely thrilled with your beautiful kitchen project that you are doing all by yourself? :)

  7. Lovely little snowman, I find it hard to get rid of larger items too. I always think they would come in handy in the future, you know for grandchildren & such like when the time arrives. Good luck with retrieving your Christmas decs, I send Mike & Harry into the attic for mine.

  8. He is so cute!! I love his smile :)

  9. This snowman is fantastic Wendy!!!! Can you come to my house and teach me how to make these?!?!?! And I am SO FAR behind on all shopping....cutting it close here too and now I am starting to feel the crunch!!! Happy week to you lady!! Nicole xoxo

  10. Love your snowman! Turning loose of things is hard for me, clothes, yeah, that's easy, but other things, even if I haven't used them in forever are harder.

  11. Hello Wendy

    Your little snowman is just perfect, and your photos are magical I love the skeleton trees against the sky - just beautiful.


  12. That little snowman is so cute and a perfect friend for your little santa, thank you for the pattern Wendy. I love your header it's really lovely and of course your pictures are always beautiful. Don't worry about things not been done it's not the end of the world, if you don't, I actually managed to get the tree up yesterday and now I have to find a place to put all the ornaments and stuff that were where the tree is stood now, I think I will put it all in the Summer house at the bottom of the garden, that is officially my new dumping ground, I have even put some of my wool stash in there. Good luck with the spiders! xxx

  13. OH thakn you for this tuto !!!! I love this snowman, so cute and lovely !!!! and of course your pics are wonderful !! Take care !

  14. You'll get it done. I'm more organized than usual this year, which has been a relief, but most years I just have to scramble a little and it all works out fine. I love your snowman, he's really sweet. Hopefully this winter will be kinder to you.

  15. Love the sky shots and the cute snowman! Enjoy your evening!

  16. How fabulous is that little snowman!! Too too cute! I wish that I lived near to you as I would come and rescue some of those kitchen things that you are letting to and stuff them into my already overstuffed cupboards!! You are being very good having a good sort out, I am sure that it is something that most of us could do with having a go at. I hope that the kitchen is all done and is looking wonderful very soon! xx


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