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36sts.

P1. 42sts. K1, (P4, K2) to last 5sts, P4, K1. P1, (C4B, P1, inc in next st) to last 5sts, C4B, inc in last st. 49sts. K2, (P4, K3) to last 5sts, P4, K1. P1, (K4, inc in next st, P2) to last 6sts, K4, inc in next st, P1. 56sts. K3, (P4, K4) to last 5sts, P4, K1. P1, (K4, inc in next st, K1tbl, P2) to last 7sts, K4, inc in next st, K1tbl, P1. 63sts.

K1, P1tbl, K2, (P4, K2, P1tbl, K2) to last 5sts, P4, K1.

*P1, (C4B, P2, K1tbl, P2) to last 8sts, C4B, P2, K1tbl, P1.

K1, P1tbl, K2, (P4, K2, P1tbl, K2) to last 5sts, P4, K1.

P1, (K4, P2, K1tbl, P2) to last 8sts, K4, P2, K1tbl, P1.

K1, P1tbl, K2, (P4, K2, P1tbl, K2) to last 5sts, P4, K1. Rep last 2 rows again. Work from * again.

*P1, (C4B, p2­tog, K1tbl, p2­tog) to last 8sts, C4B, p2­tog, K1tbl, P1. 50sts. (K1, p1tbl, K1, P4) to last st, K1. P1, (K4, P1, K1tbl, P1) to end. (K1, P1tbl, K1, P4) to last st, K1. P1, (K4, p3­tog) to end. 36sts. (K1, P4) to last st, K1. P1, (K2, k2­tog, P1) to end. 29sts. Purl. (K1, P1) to last st, K1. (P1, K1) to last st, P1. (P1, K1, P1, K1, inc in next 2sts) to last 5sts, P1, K1, P1, K1, inc in last st. 38sts. (P1, K1) to end. (K1, P1, K1, P1, inc in next 2sts) to last 2sts, K1, P1. 50sts.

(K1, P1) to end. Cont in dou­ble moss st and work 18 rows.

K1, P1, (k2­tog, p2­tog, K1, P1) to end. 34sts. Work 3 rows dou­ble moss st.

K1, P1, (k2­tog, p2­tog, K1, P1) to last 2sts, K1, P1. 24sts. Work 3 rows dou­ble moss st.

(k2­tog, p2­tog) to end. 12sts. Cut yarn and thread through. Pull up sts tightly and sew head seam to neck. Gather round cast on sts and pull up tightly. Sew seam for about 16cm (6in). Turn right side out. Put the red lentils into a plas­tic food bag and, leav­ing some air space, tie a knot. Insert a lit­tle stuff­ing into base of snow­man, then add bag. Add more fill­ing all the way around the base so that the bag is not seen. Sew seam to body, adding more fill­ing around the whole base as you are sewing. Stuff head with fill­ing. Sew re­main­ing seam, adding fill­ing where nec­es­sary. Place two but­tons for eyes slightly over half way up head with about 3.5cm (1½in) be­tween them. Check back seam is at cen­tre back, then sew eyes in po­si­tion. Use four ball-shaped but­tons for coals to make a curved mouth shape with the two low­est but­tons start­ing 3cm (1¼in) up from base of head. Sew in place se­curely. Us­ing the tem­plate on page 99, cut a nose from or­ange felt. Curl up tightly to cre­ate a cone shape and sew edges to­gether. Place on face at cen­tre of space be­tween eyes and mouth and sew in place. Use three small wooden tog­gle but­tons to dec­o­rate body.

Stick arms (make 2)

Us­ing two strands of Sand­stone to­gether, cast on 20sts. St-st 6 rows. Cast off. Gather round sts at one end and pull up tightly. Sew seam with re­verse st-st to out­side for 3cm (1¼in). Fold one pipe cleaner in half and twist lightly. Insert folded end into arm, then sew re­main­ing seam. Stretch­ing arm slightly, trim pipe cleaner to fit. Gather round stitches of this end and pull up tightly, cov­er­ing the pipe cleaner com­pletely. Make a lit­tle mini branch for each arm by cast­ing on 4sts, then cast­ing off us­ing two strands of sand­stone to­gether. Us­ing the tem­plates on page 99, cut four mit­tens from jute. Place two to­gether and sew seam, leav­ing a gap at en­trance (don't worry if the fab­ric be­gins to fray a lit­tle, it will add to the char­ac­ter of your snow­man). Push arm in­side mit­ten, leav­ing 6.5cm (2½in) of arm show­ing, then sew across mit­ten, right through arm to se­cure. Sew mini branch to arm near mit­ten. Pin arms at side of body in line with top tog­gle but­ton on chest. En­sure they are even and sew to body se­curely. Bend arms into de­sired po­si­tion. Take a length of tar­tan and fray the ends. Wrap around the neck and sew in place.

Hat Brim

Us­ing 2 strands of Black to­gether, cast on 8sts.

Knit. Inc in ev­ery st. 16sts. Next row: Next row: Next row: Cast off. Gather round cast on sts and pull up tightly. Sew seam to edge.

Hat

Us­ing 2 strands of Black to­gether, cast on 26sts. St-st 8 rows. Cast off. Fold, then join seam from top to bot­tom.

Top

(K1, inc in next st) to end. 24sts*. (K1, inc in next st) to end. 36sts. (K2, inc in next st) to end. 48sts. Work as for brim to *. Knit one more row. Cast off. With right-side fac­ing, place top on top of hat and sew seam to­gether. Stuff with fill­ing. Place hat on top of brim and sew to­gether se­curely. Use a length of yarn to sew from top cen­tre of hat through to cen­tre of brim a couple times to shape hat. Take a length of string and wrap around the hat. Sew the ends to­gether in a knot. Place the hat on top of the head, po­si­tioned slightly to one side, then sew se­curely in place to fin­ish. You've done it!

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