A Little Snow(man) in July

From guest blogger Joan Barnett

I admit to loving snowmen. I collect them in all shapes and sizes. I have ceramic snowmen, a yarn ball snowman holding an old wooden spool of Dual Duty thread, a dog snowman-you get the picture, I have a collection. Some stay out all year and some only come out at Christmas time.

I was walking through the yarn area the other day on my way to a meeting and spotted a knit snowman made from Red Heart Super Saver. I was charmed by his knit in sweater, scarf and hat. He even had a knit carrot nose! I think I mentioned that I love snowmen but I also love small knit things and I wondered what would happen if I made my snowman from sock yarn?

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I followed the pattern as it was written using Heart & Sole sock yarn and US size 1 double point needles. I improvised a bit on the sweater. The original is done completely in seed stitch but I wanted to give my snowman a sweater with a little more detail so I added cables. There are a million ways to customize his sweater, I might make the next one a striped sweater in my school colors.

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WARNING: If you are offended by nudity, don’t look at the next picture, which is a nude snowman!

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I liked the way the designer wrote the instructions for assembling the snowman by stuffing him as you go. It made the finishing so much easier!

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Here he is with one arm done and the second on the needles. The other snowmen in progress were my versions of the original pattern but smaller. Did I mention I like miniature things? I cut the pattern down sort of the same way you would cut down a recipe.

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Here is my finished little snowman all ready to give his friend a Christmas present. His hat and scarf were made in color 3934 Sorbet.

Here are the 4 snowmen I made, each a little smaller than the one before. The finished heights without the hats are: original pattern in sock yarn 7”, mini snowman 6 ¼” and the tiny snowmen 5”. The original in Super Saver was 12 ½” tall.

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The mini snowman (with a wreath) has his sweater knit in a Twisted Stitch pattern as a pullover eliminating the front opening.  His hat and scarf were made in color 3936 Bayou.

I knit the smallest snowmen’s sweaters separately as cardigans and stuffed the arms. The tiny one on the left has a long toboggan hat folded folded over with a tassel. His hat and sweater were made in color 3931 Victorian. The one on the right has a cute little cap with a lace scarf. His hat, sweater, and scarf were made with yarn from my stash.