Meet Frederick the Snowman

Or Fred to his friends.

Fred the Snowman

He’s a very happy chap.

Fred the Snowman

He even has his own Wooly Wormhead Minikins hat.

Fred the Snowman Plus Minikins hat

But it doesn’t fit him very well. So he gave it to Zingy, who now refuses to take it off.

Fred gave the hat to Zingy

If you’d like to make your own Snowman, here’s the pattern. If you make him, please do come back here and share your photos! I’d love to see lots of friends of Fred!

Materials
25g DK weight yarn (I used Jarol Heritage, 55% Wool, 25% Acrylic, 20% Nylon, 247m/100g))
10g DK weight yarn in red (I used Drops Karisma, 100% wool, 100m/50g)
3mm (US#2.5) dpns or circular needle.
Toy Filling
3 buttons (safety buttons if giving to a child) or felt
Thread for smile and sewing on buttons
Small fabric sachet with PVC beanbag granules (Optional) (SEE BELOW)
Darning needle

Gauge
24 sts and 32 rows to 4″ (Not essential as long as it is tight enough that no stuffing shows through.)

Size
Fred stands ~12cm (4.75″) tall.

Abbreviations

CO – Cast on
k – Knit
st – Stitch
sts – Stitches
kfb – Knit into front and back of stitch
k2tog – Knit two together
rep. – Repeat instructions in brackets
sl1 – Slip 1 stitch

Pattern

(Fred is knit from the bottom up.)
CO 6 st.
Knit 1 row. Join to work in the round taking care not to twist your stitches.
Round 1: kfb all sts. (12 sts)
Round 2: (kfb, k1) rep. to end. (18 sts)
Round 3: (kfb, k2) rep. to end. (24 sts)
Round 4: (kfb, k3) rep. to end. (30 sts)
Round 5: (kfb, k4) rep. to end. (36 sts)
Round 6: (kfb, k5) rep. to end. (42 sts)
Round 7: (kfb, k6) rep. to end. (48 sts)
Round 8: (kfb, k7) rep. to end. (54 sts)

Rounds 9-26: knit

At this point if you are using a small sachet to give him a bit of weight put it in now.

Round 27: (k7, k2tog) rep. to end. (48 sts)
Round 28: (k6, k2tog) rep. to end. (42 sts)
Round 29: (k5, k2tog) rep. to end. (36 sts)
Round 30: (k2tog) rep. to end.
Round 31: knit
Round 32: (kfb) rep. to end.
Round 33: (kfb, k5) rep. to end. (42 sts)
Round 34: (kfb, k6) rep. to end. (48 sts)
Round 35: (kfb, k7) rep. to end. (54 sts)

Rounds 36 – 49: knit

At this point, stuff Fred’s bottom half and sew on any facial features. Gently stuff Fred’s head. Don’t worry about stuffing his head fully at this point, it will make it difficult to knit, you can add small amounts gradually to finish him off as you come to close his head.

Round 50: (k7, k2tog) rep. to end. (48 sts)
Round 51: (k6, k2tog) rep. to end. (42 sts)
Round 52: (k5, k2tog) rep. to end. (36 sts)
Round 53: (k4, k2tog) rep. to end. (30 sts)
Round 54: (k3, k2tog) rep. to end. (24 sts)
Round 55: (k2, k2tog) rep. to end. (18 sts)
Round 56: (k1, k2tog) rep. to end. (12 sts)
Round 57: (k2tog) rep. to end. (6 sts)
Break yarn, thread through remaining 6 sts. and sew in end. Sit back and admire for a moment.

Scarf

CO 6 sts.
Row 1: sl1 purlwise, knit to end.
Repeat last row until scarf is desired length. Cast off. Sew in all ends.

Hat

Minikins hat

Mini PomPoms

I’ve seen this done with a fork but I wanted slightly smaller pompoms. Grab two pencils and tuck the end of the yarn between them.

Mini Pompom #1

Wrap and wrap and wrap. Make sure the wraps aren’t too spread out. Then using some thread, go between the pencils and tie. Gently slip the pencils out, tighten and secure the knot.

Mini Pompom #2

Using some small scissors snip through the loops.

Mini Pompom #3

Fluff up and trim any scraggly bits.

Mini Pompom #4

Enjoy!

Adding a Sachet

Using a small piece of fabric in a white or light colour and draw a circle roughly the size of your snowman’s base. I drew around my tin of pins but you can draw freehand, no one will see this sachet! Cut around the circle leaving a small gap.

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Pin together and sew along your line leaving a small gap to fill your sachet (you might want to leave a slightly bigger gap than I did, it was a bit fiddly!)

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Fill with PVC beanbag granules, a funnel is handy here. I improvised one out of paper. You can use lentils or dried peas however there is a chance they could harbour mites and you must avoid it getting damp. Hand stitch the small gap closed ensuring your stitches are close enough that the filling can’t escape.

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Now its ready to go in Fred’s bottom!

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