A BIT TRICKY

Simply Crochet - - THE SNOWMAN -

YOU WILL NEED

■ DROPS Cot­ton Merino (50% wool, 50% cot­ton, 50g/110m)

2 balls of Yarn A Off White (01) 1 ball of each:

Yarn B Rust (25)

Yarn C Black (02)

■ DROPS Karisma (100% wool, 50g/100m), 1 ball of

Yarn D Light Olive (45)

■ A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook

■ 5mm safety eyes (2)

■ Thin plas­tic, ap­prox 10x10cm

(eg. ice cream lid)

■ Stitch mark­ers

■ Toy stuff­ing

For yarn stock­ists con­tact Wool Ware­house 01926 882818 www.wool­ware­house.co.uk TEN­SION

Ten­sion is not crit­i­cal for this project

MEA­SURE­MENTS

Snowman mea­sures 27cm (10 in) tall

ABBREVIATIONS

For a full list, see page 92 Ray­mond Briggs’ The Snowman has a place in many fam­ily Christ­mas tra­di­tions, and this cro­cheted ver­sion is the per­fect hand­made gift for young fans of the orig­i­nal pic­ture book, an­i­ma­tion and the new nov­el­i­sa­tion. Happy 40th an­niver­sary to The Snowman!

NOTES

The Snowman is worked in a con­tin­u­ous spi­ral, with­out clos­ing off each round with a ss. You may find it help­ful to mark the first st of the round, mov­ing the stitch marker up as you work.

The Body of the Snowman is worked up from the Sec­ond Leg. Each foot has a plas­tic disc in the base to help main­tain the shape. Cut 2 cir­cles, ap­prox 3cm in di­am­e­ter, from thin plas­tic or card­board to use as foot sup­ports.

ARMS

With Yarn A, make a magic loop.

Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st through­out), 6dc into the loop. [6 dc]

Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12 dc]

Round 3 (2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts) 3 times. [15 dc]

Rounds 4-17 Dc in each st around.

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

FIRST LEG

With Yarn A, make a magic loop.

Round 1-2 (RS) Repeat Rounds 1-2 of Arms.

Round 3 (2dc in next st, dc in next st) 6 times. [18 dc]

Round 4 (2dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts) 6 times. [24 dc]

Round 5 Dc in the bl of each st around.

Rounds 6-7 Dc in each st around.

In­sert foot sup­port (see Notes).

Round 8 Dc in next 6 sts, (dc in next 2 sts, dc2­tog) 3 times, dc in last 6 sts. [21 dc]

Round 9 Dc in next 6 sts, (dc in next st, dc2­tog) 3 times, dc last 6 sts. [18 dc]

Rounds 10-18 Repeat Round 6.

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

SEC­OND LEG AND BODY

Repeat Rounds 1-18 of the First Leg with­out fas­ten­ing off.

Round 19 Dc in the next 4 sts on the Sec­ond Leg, place the First Leg to the left of the Sec­ond Leg so that both feet point in the same di­rec­tion away from you, dc in the next 15 sts on the First Leg, skip last 3 sts on the First Leg, skip the next 3 sts on the Sec­ond Leg, dc in the next 11 sts on the Sec­ond Leg. [30 dc]

Round 20 (2dc in next dc, dc in next 9 sts) 3 times. [33 dc]

Round 21 (2dc in next dc, dc in next 10 sts) 3 times. [36 dc]

Round 22 (2dc in next dc, dc in next 11 sts) 3 times. [39 dc] To get his rounded shape, Il­laria has care­fully planned out her in­creases and de­creases Round 23 (2dc in next dc, dc in next 12 sts) 3 times. [42 dc]

Round 24 (2dc in next dc, dc in next 13 sts) 3 times. [45 dc]

Round 25 (2dc in next dc, dc in next 14 sts) 3 times. [48 dc]

Round 26 (2dc in next dc, dc in next 15 sts) 3 times. [51 dc]

Round 27 (2dc in next dc, dc in next 16 sts) 3 times. [54 dc]

Rounds 28-34 Dc in each st around. Stuff Legs and con­tinue stuff­ing as you go.

Round 35 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 16 sts) 3 times. [51 dc]

Round 36 Repeat Round 28.

Round 37 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 15 sts) 3 times. [48 dc]

Round 38 Repeat Round 28.

Round 39 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 14 sts) 3 times. [45 dc]

Round 40 Repeat Round 28.

Round 41 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 13 sts) 3 times. [42 dc]

Do not fas­ten off.

JOIN THE ARMS

The last st worked should be in line with the cen­tre of the side of the left Leg.

Round 42 Po­si­tion an Arm close to the Body, *dc through the next 3 sts of the Body and 3 sts on the Arm work­ing from the WS of the Arm and the RS of the Body, dc in next 14 sts on the Body; repeat from * to join the sec­ond Arm, dc in next 8 sts on the Body.

[42 dc]

Round 43 *Dc in the 12 un­worked sts of the Arm, dc in next 14 sts of the Body; repeat from * once more, dc in next 8 sts. [60 dc] Stuff the Arms and con­tinue stuff­ing as you work.

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