Making Knitted Snowmen with your Knitting Machine

Making Knitted Snowmen with your Knitting Machine main article image
Posted on January 17, 2022 by Kate Wilson
262
0
0

If you live in a part of the world that gets snow on a regular basis, you either love it or you hate it. Me? I’m slightly indifferent. I love how it looks, but I don’t like driving in it. I’ll admit that, as I’ve gotten older, it’s become less and less fun to play in the snow, at least for extended periods of time. But one thing I do love about snow? Snowmen. Building snowmen is a great activity for a snow day, and lets you get creative (and work up a thirst for some hot chocolate!). But how can you build a snowman when it isn’t snowing? Try knitting one.

Yes, knitting. And you don’t have to freeze yourself in the process! Using a circular knitting machine, you can knit cute, adorable snowmen and accessories that make great home décor and gifts. If you’ve read my previous knitting machine articles, like Mommy and Me Hats with Your Knitting Machine, you’ve already seen the basic skills and techniques necessary to make a knitted, stuffed snowman.

I’m going to walk you through how to make a snowman with a 22 pin knitting machine, as well as a 46 pin knitting machine. You can use whatever size knitting machine you want – these two are just the ones that I use the most. You’ll also need some beginner crocheting skills for scarves, eyes, and carrot noses, but if you can’t crochet – no worries! I have alternate ideas at the end of the tutorial.

Miniature Snowman Supplies:

You’ll Need…

  • 22 pin knitting machine
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Worsted weight yarn in white
  • Worsted weight yarn in burgundy (or your choice of color for hat and scarf)
  • Worsted weight yarn in orange
  • Worsted weight yarn in black
  • Poly-fil stuffing
  • Crochet hook, size 3.5mm
  • Crochet hook, size 5mm

For The Body:

  • Using worsted weight white yarn, cast onto your 22 pin knitting machine (The best tutorial I’ve found for casting on and off can be found HERE). Make sure to go slowly, especially for your first couple of rows. Knit 70 rows and cast off using your yarn needle.
  • Take the yarn from the end where you just cast off, and pull until the round collapses into a tight, cinched hole, like a drawstring bag. Leave the long tail of yarn and go to the other end of your work and do the same thing. Once you’ve done that, you’ll essentially have a long tube with a string at either end.
  • Fold the tube in on itself, pushing one end up inside the other end, creating a double layer. Using your needle, take the yarn tail from the inside and thread it through the top, right next to the other yarn tail. Double knot the two pieces of yarn together, and then thread them both back through to the inside. Double knot them again and then cut the excess yarn off. This closure will be the bottom of the snowman.
  • Fill your double layer with Poly-fil, making sure to stuff it evenly. Using a yarn needle and white yarn, weave the yarn in and out through the stitches around the top of the opening to create a drawstring. Pull and tie tightly – Don’t worry too much about how it looks, because this will be covered by the snowman’s hat.
  • Now you have an oblong shape, almost like a capsule. Cut a length of white yarn – about 8 inches – and wrap it around the capsule, about 1/3 to ½ of the way down. Tie tightly into a knot, forming two sections of the snowman – one above and one below the yarn. This will be covered by the scarf, so don’t worry about weaving your ends in and instead just trim the yarn close to the knot.

For The Hat:

  • Using your 22 pin knitting machine, cast on with worsted weight yarn in burgundy, and knit 40 rows and cast off.
  • Just like above, take the yarn from the end where you just cast off, and pull until the round collapses into a tight, cinched hole, like a drawstring bag. Leave the long tail of yarn and go to the other end of your work and do the same thing. Once you’ve done that, you’ll essentially have a long tube with a string at either end.
  • Fold the tube in on itself, pushing one end up inside the other end, creating a double layer. Using your needle, take the yarn tail from the inside and thread it through the top, right next to the other yarn tail. Double knot the two pieces of yarn together, and then thread them both back through to the inside. Now you have a hat for your snowman!

For The Scarf:

  • Using a 5mm crochet hook, chain 38. Half double crochet in the second chain from the hook, and each chain after. Cut your yarn and weave in your ends.

For the Eyes:

  • Using a 3.5mm crochet hook and black yarn, chain 2. Work 6 single crochet into the second chain from the hook, and slip stitch into the first stitch, making a circle. Tie off your ends and trim them and repeat for eye #2.

For the Nose:

  • Using a 3.5mm crochet hook and orange yarn, chain 4. Single crochet in the first chain from the hook and each chain across (3 total). Tie and weave in your ends.

Assembly:

  • Wrap the scarf around the snowman’s neck. Using a yarn needle and matching yarn, stitch the scarf together where it overlaps – one or two small stitches should do. Tie off and weave in your ends.
  • Place the hat on the snowman’s head. You can sew it on for additional stability, but the hat is fairly snug and isn’t going to come off easily.
  • Sew the eyes and the nose onto the face of the snowman. You can use the same yarn that you used to make them or sewing thread in matching colors. (As an alternative, you can also use fabric glue or a low-temperature glue gun to glue the eyes and nose on.)

Now you’ve built a snowman! What do you think? Let’s try a bigger version next…

Making a Large Snowman

You’ll Need…

  • 46 or 48 pin knitting machine
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Worsted weight yarn in white
  • Worsted weight yarn in burgundy (or your choice of color for hat and scarf)
  • Worsted weight yarn in orange
  • Worsted weight yarn in black
  • Poly-fil stuffing
  • Crochet hook, size 5mm

For the Body:

  • Follow the instructions above, but with a 46 or 48 pin knitting machine, and knitting 150 rows.

For the Hat:

  • Follow the instructions above, but with a 46 pin or 48 pin knitting machine and knitting 60 rows.

For the Scarf:

  • With a 5 mm crochet hook and burgundy yarn, chain 70. Half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and each chain across. When you reach the end of the row, chain 2 and turn. Half double crochet in each space across. Chain 2, turn and repeat, giving you three rows of half double crochet. Tie and cut your ends, and weave them in.

For the Eyes:

  • Follow the instructions above, but with a 5mm crochet hook.

For the Nose:

  • Using a 5mm crochet hook, chain 5.
  • Single crochet in the first chain from the hook and each chain across (4).
  • Single crochet again in the last chain (#4), and then single crochet in each chain space around the bottom of the row, forming an oblong shape.
  • Slip stitch into the first stitch, and tie & cut your ends. Weave in.

Assembly:

  • Wrap the scarf around the snowman’s neck. Using a yarn needle and matching yarn, stitch the scarf together where it overlaps – one or two small stitches should do. Tie off and weave in your ends.
  • Place the hat on the snowman’s head. You can sew it on for additional stability, but the hat is fairly snug and isn’t going to come off easily.
  • Sew the eyes and the nose onto the face of the snowman. You can use the same yarn that you used to make them or sewing thread in matching colors. (As an alternative, you can also use fabric glue or a low-temperature glue gun to glue the eyes and nose on.)

Alternative Ideas:

If you can’t crochet, don’t worry! There are other options.

For the scarf: Use a length of ribbon or fabric

For the eyes: Use safety eyes (like I did in the larger snowman in the picture). Make sure to put the eyes on before you sew the body shut.

For the nose: Cut a triangle of orange felt or use these cute carrot-shaped buttons.

So, what did you think? Is this a project you want to try? Let me know in the comments!


Receive Digest

Receive a weekly digest that highlights the most popular articles on The Artistry.


To show your appreciation, you can add this article to your favorites or share it.


Making Knitted Snowmen with your Knitting Machine

Comments
No comments yet
Download all 4,878,656 designs for just $1
Free Graphics

Every week we release new premium Graphics for free, some available for a limited time only.

Continue
4659142 Graphics

Get access to 4,659,142 Graphics as part of our Graphics subscription. Check them out now.

Continue
Discount Deals

Our discount deals are premium products for just $1. Available for 1 week only, so act fast!

Continue

This article was written by

Download 4,878,656 designs

Try All Access for just $1

Buy Unlimited
Daily Gifts

Download Now

Read Next

Cricut Infusible Ink on Cotton and Hard Surfaces
45+ Funny and Interesting Cross-Stitch Quotes
Sublimation: Dos & Don’ts
Creative Invitations for Bridal Showers
55+ Amazing Birthday Card Ideas (2021)
Daily Gifts

Download Now
Discount Deals
Daily Gifts

Download Now
1 Year full access to 90.000+ Crafts for just $24.99
Subscribe