This is the amigurumi snowman that I made especially for Jennifer of Make Lounge. Isn't he charming? I think it's those dark coal eyes and smile that melts your heart.
When making the snowman, it’s easiest to think about working it in three parts: the bottom, abdomen, and head. And then of course all his cute accessories.
- 50g of white yarn for the snowman (or snowwoman)
- A bit of black yarn for the top hat
- A bit of orange yarn for the carrot nose
- Some yarn of any color for his scarf
- Some twigs from your yard to use as arms
- Crochet hook
- 2 plastic eyes or felt for eyes
- Small handful of beans
- Fiberfill stuffing
I used a US9 (5.5mm) crochet needle with a similar weight yarn and my snowman was about 6 inches tall. I usually prefer to use wool yarn, but an acrylic and wool blend is what I had available. Wool is a lot more elastic and nicer to work with. Exact gauge is not essential for this project, but I usually make sure that my yarn semi-matches my needle.
I was originally going to use twigs as arms, but the weather has been so wet recently. Remember that if the toy is for a child that it’s safer to sew on felt eyes and not use twigs as arms. I also included “beans” as one of the materials, because I found it helpful to put some beans in the bottom to add some weight. You can put as much as you think your snowman would need to be able to stand up. I used lentil beans because that was what was in my cupboard. I wrapped them up securely in some plastic wrap and placed this little packet inside my snowman after finishing round 11. It took up about half the space in the bottom. I'm sure practically anything can be used to give him some weight. But remember, if the toy is for a child, use your best judgment as to what to stuff him with.
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
sc2tog: Insert your hook into the stitch and draw up a loop. With the loop still on your needle, insert your hook into the next stitch and then draw up another loop. Yarn over, and then draw up all 3 loops on your hook.
Part 1: The Bottom
Rnd 1: 5 sc
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* (15)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* (20)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* (25)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* (30)
Rnd 7-11: sc in each sc around (30)
*begin to stuff*
Rnd 12: *sc in next 4, sc2tog* (25)
Rnd 13: *sc in next 3, sc2tog* (20)
Rnd 14: *sc in next 2, sc2tog* (15)
Part 2: The Abdomen
Rnd 15: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* (20)
Rnd 16: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* (25)
Rnd 17-20: sc in each sc around (25)
*begin to stuff*
Rnd 21: *sc in next 3, sc2tog* (20)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 2, sc2tog* (15)
Rnd 23: *sc in next 1, sc2tog* (10)
Part 3: The Head
Rnd 24: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* (15)
Rnd 25: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* (20)
Rnd 26-28: sc in each sc around (20)
*begin to stuff*
Rnd 29: *sc in next 2, sc2tog* (15)
Rnd 30: *sc in next 1, sc2tog* (10)
Rnd 31: *sc2tog* (5)
Rnd 1: 4 sc
Rnd 2-4: sc in each sc around (4)
Tie-off with a long tail to sew to face.
Top Hat: No snowman is complete without a hat!
Rnd 1: 6 sc
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: sc through back loop only (12)
Rnd 4-5: sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 6: 2 sc in each sc around through front loops only (24)
Scarf: For his scarf, I improvised a simple cable knit scarf and added some fringe. Don't be afraid to improvise, it's the funniest part of knitting and crocheting. Just make sure the scarf will fit comfortably around the snowman's neck. My scarf is about 1in x 7in.
- Weave in ends.
- Sew on eyes, nose, and a smile.
- Sew on top hat.
- Sew on scarf.
- Place twigs in his side for his arms.
Since it doesn't really snow in London, Barcelona, San Diego, or the Bay Area I suppose amigurumi snowmen is the most I'll see of the white stuff this holiday season!