Friday, 31 July 2015

Baba's Little Snowman

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Baba's Little Snowman

MATERIALS: 
30 g knitting worsted, white; Color A
30 g or less of Color B for hat and scarf
Small amounts of brown, black, orange and red for arms, face and heart
3 mm circular needle, 80 cm long, for Magic Loop;
OR 4 dpn 3mm for knitting in the round,
OR 2 regular straight 3mm needles for knitting flat (see Adaptations)
Needle for embroidering, sewing up the seam and weaving in ends
Polyester filling
About 2 ml tiny polystyrene beads
A small sachet bag or other little bag to contain the beads

GAUGE
Gauge is not important as long as it is consistent throughout. Figure will be about 4 inches (10 cm) tall.

ABBREVIATIONS
K = Knit
P = Purl
Kfb = Knit into the front and then into the back of the stitch; increase of one stitch
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together; decrease of one stitch
* = repeat the previous sequence to the end of the row
Rem = remaining
Sts = stitches
Dpn = double-pointed needles

NOTES
Baba’s Little Snowman is knitted in Stocking Stitch (aka Stockinette). In Magic Loop or knitting in the round, every round is knitted. (See Adaptations  to work flat.)

SNOWMAN
BODY AND HEAD
Cast on 6 stitches with White; join for Magic Loop
Rnd 1: Knit
Rnd 2: (Kfb)* [12 sts]
Rnd 3: Knit
Rnd 4: (Kfb)* [24 sts]
Rnd 5: K
Rnd 6: (K1, Kfb)* [36 sts]
Rnd 7-19: K
Rnd 20: (K2tog)* [18 sts]
Rnd 21: K
Rnd 22: (Kfb, K2)* [24 sts]
Rnd 23-31: K
Rnd 32: (K2tog)* [12 sts]
Rnd 33: K
Rnd 34: (K2tog)* [6 sts].  Stuff, first placing the little bag of polystyrene beads in the bottom. Break yarn, leaving a long tail, which you will thread through the remaining stitches, pulling tight and tying to close.

ARMS (Make 2)
With Brown, cast on 4. Work I-Cord for 12 rows. Break yarn with a 12” long tail, thread through remaining stitches and tie tightly. Holding one arm on each side of the body at the neck, use the long tail(s) to sew the arms in place.

FINISHING
Weave in ends. Embroider eyes, nose and mouth. Embroider or cross stitch heart.
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PINK SCARF
Cast on 6. Knit 40 rows or as desired, in Garter Stitch (knit every row). Bind off. Weave in ends.

PINK HAT (knit flat in Garter Stitch)
Cast on 24.
Row 1-18: K
Row 19: (K2tog)* [12]
Row 20: K
Row 21: (K2tog)* [6]. Break yarn with 12” or more tail. Thread through remaining stitches and tie tightly. Use the yarn tail to sew up the back of the hat on the wrong side. Weave in ends. Turn right side out.

BLUE SCARF
Cast on 6.
Rows 1-2: Knit
Rows 3: K2, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 4: K1, P1, K1, P1, K2
Repeat rows 3 & 4 pattern through Row 38
Row 39-40: Knit
Bind off. Weave in ends.

BLUE HAT
Cast on 24. Join for Magic Loop or to work in the round.
Rnd 1-18: Rib Knit in (K1, P1)* pattern
Rnd 19: (K2tog)* [12]
Rnd 20: K
Rnd 21: (K2tog)* [6]. Break yarn with long tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and tie.

GREEN SCARF
Cast on 4.

Work I-cord for 40 rounds. Break yarn leaving long tail. Thread tail through rem sts, pull tight and tie. Weave in ends.

GREEN HAT
Cast on 24. Join for Magic Loop or to work in the round.
Rnd 1-4: Rib Knit in (K1, P1)* pattern
Rnd 5-18: Stocking Stitch (knit every round)
Rnd 19: (K2tog)* [12]
Rnd 20: (K1, K2tog)* [8]
Rnd 21: (K2tog)* [4]
Rnd 22-34: Work I-cord. Break yarn with long tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and tie. Weave in ends.


ADAPTATIONS
If you are not comfortable with the Magic Loop or with knitting on double-pointed needles, or if you only have regular knitting needles, you can knit the snowman flat and sew up the seam in the back. Working flat, one row is knitted and the next row is purled for Stocking Stitch. Sew a seam down the back of the Snowman, leaving about an inch and a half open at the bottom to stuff, then finish the seam. If you prefer not to purl, or just to achieve a different look, you can work the Snowman flat in Garter Stitch, that is, knitting every row. Sew a seam down the back and stuff as above. Finish as above.






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