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Tiny snowmen

Tiny snowmen

The Snowmen pictured here are easy to knit and ideal as a Christmas decoration:

You will need
Knitting needles, 3.25mm
White double-knitting yarn, plus scraps of coloured yarn
Scraps of felt, black and brown
Sewing thread, black and brown
Sewing needle
Tiny black pompons
Polyester toy filling

Snowman (made in one piece)
With 4.00 mm needles and white yarn, cast on 12 sts
Row 1: inc1 in each st (24 sts).
Beg with a p row, work 13 rows in stocking stitch.
Row 15 (shape neck): k1, (k2tog, k4) 3 times, k2tog, k1 (20 sts).
Row 16: (p2, p2tog) 5 times(15 sts)Row 17: (k2, inc1) 5 times (20 sts).
Beg with a p row, cont in stocking stitch for a further 7 rows.
Row 25: k2tog 10 times (10 sts).
Row 26: p2tog 5 times.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread through rem 5 sts.

Hat band
Cast on 28 sts in coloured yarn, cut yarn and thread through all sts then fasten off by tying two yarn ends together.

Cast on 4 sts and knit a strip 18cm long.

Carrot nose
Cast on 11sts.
Knit 1 row.
Purl 1 row.
Row 3: k9, turn.
Row 4: p to end.
Row 5: k8, turn.
Row 6: p to end.
Row 7: k7, turn.
Row 8: p to end.
Cast off knitwise.

Making up
Pull up yarn to close gap at top of snowman's head, then, with right sides together, stitch seam using back stitch. Turn right sides out and stuff through hole in base, then thread yarn through stitches on cast-on edge and pull up to close hole. Thread a length of yarn through stitches around neck and pull up and fasten off. Roll up nose to form a carrot shape, stitching securely, and attach to head.
Make small pompoms and stitch to each end of scarf.
Sew on small black pompons for eyes and buttons.

To make a hat, cut a 5cm diameter felt circle then cut a 3cm diameter circle from its centre; cut a strip 10cm x 1.7cm. Stitch short ends of strip together to make a ring, then stitch brim and crown in place. Stitch the hat to the snowman's head and tie hand band in place.
If you add a loop of ribbon to the top of the snowman’s hat, it could be hung from the branches of a Christmas tree.

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