Saturday, November 3, 2012

Knitted Snowman Family

My Knitted Snowman family!


This is such a fun winter knitting project! I love snowmen and have so many, but really I can never have enough of these cute little guys! My Mom sent me these knitting instructions long ago, so I'm not sure where they came from. My Mom is a fantastic knitter! Slippers, sweaters, vests, hats, and of course mittens! I was always amazed how she could knit with her eyes closed! She taught my younger sister and brother and I how to knit, I remember one time sitting on lawn chairs out in the front yard learning the craft. My little Sis even made a shrink (vest) she wore on the first day to kindergarten! My brother didn't stick with it; probably for fear of getting hurt on the playground! As for me I stick to the basics, mainly crafty stuff, once I made one mitten with 4 needles! Wow! Didn't do me much good in the winter!
 You can knit up a family of these adorable snowmen for the holidays in no time and it only takes two needles!

*Basic knitting skills are very helpful to make this project!
Material List
~6 styrofoam balls: 3 and 4 inches for large snowman, 2-1/2 and 3 inches for medium, 2 and 2-1/2 inches for small
~4 ounces white yarn for bodies
~4 ounces blue or whatever color you choose for hats and scarves
~Small amount of Black and red felt for eyes and mouth
~#5 standard knitting needles
~large eye sewing needle for yarn to sew up edges of snowman body and hat
~Hot glue or craft glue of your choice
~2-inch piece of cardboard

Directions

* Take top and bottom styrofoam balls and press firmly together to flatten, pull apart and glue in place to make snowman body form for all three.

 MR. SNOWMAN: With white yarn cast on 30 stitches for body. 

Work pattern as follows:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Purl to last 3 stitches, turn and knit back and count as Row 4. This makes a decrease row.
Row 5: Knit
Rows 6-7-8 Purl
Repeat this pattern until there are 9 decrease sections that fit over the  large snowman body form.
Bind off , sew edges together and pull over large snowman form.

HAT: With blue yarn cast on 44 stitches. 
Work 5 rows ribbing; knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch.
Then stockinette stitch; knit 1 row, purl 1 row until piece measures 2-1/2 inches.
Across next row knit 2 together, work 3 rows stockinette and 1 row 
knit 2 together. 
Draw up stitches. 
Sew seam and add pom-pom.

To make Pom-pom:
Wind 20 strands of yarn over 2-inch piece of cardboard.
Cut a piece of yarn and tie around center. 
Cut ends and trim into ball.

SCARF: 
With blue yarn cast on 50 stitches, work 4 rows of seed stitch(knit the purl, purl the knit), bind off. Add tassels.

TASSELS:
Cut four 4-inch lengths of blue yarn, pull ends through halfway end of scarf and tie. Repeat for other end of scarf.




MRS. SNOWMAN: With white yarn cast on 22 stitches for body.
Work pattern 8 times as for Mr. Snowman except there is 8 decrease sections. 
On decrease row, knit to last 2 stitches and turn.
Finish just like Mr. Snowman.

HAT: With blue yarn cast on 34 stitches.
Work 4 rows of ribbing, then stockinette for 2 inches.
Finish decrease and hat as for Mr. Snowman's hat.

SCARF: With Blue yarn cast on 40 stitches.
Work 2 rows of seed stitch.
Bind off. Add tassels half the size of Mr. Snowman's.



BABY SNOWMAN: With white yarn cast on 16 stitches for body.
Work pattern 6 times until there are 6 decrease sections.
On turn row (row 3) work to last 2 stitches, then turn. 
Finish just like Mr. and Mrs. Snowman.

HAT: With blue yarn cast on 27 stitches.
Work 3 rows of ribbing, then stockinette stitch to 1-3/4 inches.
Finish decrease and hat as for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman's hat.

SCARF: With blue cast on 35 stitches.
Work 2 rows of seed stitch.
Bind off.
Add tassels same as for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman.

Add faces cutting eyes nose and mouth from felt. Glue in place.

I have made these snowmen from different colors of yarn; green, red, making different colors for hats and scarves.  A great way to use up extra yarn! Variegated yarn is pretty too!
Enjoy!

If you have any questions please contact me at seastar42@msn.com.














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