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How to Knit a Snowman Doll (With Pattern)

I have been knitting for over 50 years and love to share this wonderful, relaxing and therapeutic craft with others.

This is my completed snowman doll.

This is my completed snowman doll.

I love knitting and I love knitted dolls. This is one of five Christmas-themed dolls I have designed, and I thought I would share the pattern with you. I will be using text and photos for this tutorial.

This snowman doll pattern is suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced knitters.

Materials You Will Need

• Approx. 50 g white chunky knit yarn (Yarn A)

• Approx. 25 g black chunky knit yarn (Yarn B)

• Small amount of brown chunky knit yarn

• Small amount of orange chunky knit yarn

• Small amount of red double knit yarn

• One pair of 4.5 mm knitting needles

• One pair of 3 mm needles

• 4 x 4.5 mm double-pointed needles (DPNs)

• Toy filling

• A darning needle

Before You Begin

  • Stocking stitch is always started with a knit row, unless otherwise stated.
  • If you haven’t got chunky yarn, then double knit used double throughout will suffice. I used double knit doubled throughout with the exception of the snowman's scarf.
  • Remember to leave long enough tails on all of the knitted pieces, as these are best for sewing up.
  • When sewing in the eyes, nose and mouth, tie a single knot in a piece of yarn, leaving about a 2 cm tail. Starting at the back of the head, push the needle through to the front at the point where you want to place the features, pull until the knot and tail disappear and then sew as required. If a little of the tail still shows, then pull it gently and carefully snip with scissors close to the body.

Step 1: Knit the Body and Head

For the body and head, you'll make one piece.

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  1. Using 4.5 mm knitting needles and colour A, cast on 25 stitches.
  2. Stocking stitch 30 rows. Break yarn, leaving a long tail.
  3. Thread the tail of yarn through all 30 stitches and remove from the knitting needle. Pull up tightly and secure with a couple of stitches.
  4. Making sure the seam is on the centre back and with right sides facing, pin and sew the side seam together using a back stitch (see photo 1). Or you could mattress stitch (with wrong sides together), whatever is your usual preference.
  5. Turn right-side out and fill with toy filling. These toys are meant to be plump, so you don’t have to spare the toy filling. Pack it nice and tight.
  6. Oversew the bottom of the snowman doll with the side seam on the back in the centre (see photo 2).
  7. Thread your darning needle with a long length of white yarn, and about 12 rows down from the top of the head, weave the yarn in and out through the stitches in a straight line until you are back at where you started. Pull nice and firmly to form a neck and secure.

You are now ready to add the character.

Step 2: Knit the Hat

You'll make one hat.

  1. Using colour B and 4.5 mm needles, cast on 32 sts.
  2. Ss 16 rows. Cast off.
  3. Pin and sew the side seam together using a back stitch with wrong sides together, or if you prefer, mattress stitch with right sides together.

How to Knit the Top of the Hat

  1. Using 3 of your 4.5 mm DPNs and colour B, pick up and knit 30 sts around the cast-off edge of the hat—so, pick up 10 sts on each of the three DPNs.
  2. Keep knitting in the round, working k2tog every 6th st until 12 sts are left.
  3. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail to thread into your darning needle, and then through the remaining 12 sts, pull up tightly and secure—but don’t cut the tail off yet.

How to Make the Hat Brim

  1. Using colour B and 4.5 mm needles, cast on 34 sts.
  2. For row 1, knit.
  3. For row 2, purl.
  4. For row 3, purl.
  5. For row 4, purl.
  6. For row 5, knit.
  7. Cast off.

Pin and Sew Hat Brim to Hat Crown

  1. Fold in half-length ways—the knit stitch is the right side—and slip stitch along the cast-on and cast-off edges. Fit to base of hat, pin, sew and secure in place (see photo 3).
  2. It doesn’t matter that this will not look like a perfect circle on the top of the hat. It is meant to have a battered/distorted look. You can stuff very lightly if you want to.
  3. Run the remaining thread invisibly through the centre of the hat, and then catch the top of his head, pull to ruffle the hat slightly. To give it the battered look, then secure your yarn invisibly under the hat. You can squash the hat down using the palm of your hand to finish the battered hat look (see photo 4).
  4. Sew the hat in place using slip stitches just under the hat and catching the top of the head all the way round (see photo 5).
Photo 5: Sew the hat in place.

Photo 5: Sew the hat in place.

Step 3: Knit the Scarf

  1. Using size 3 mm needles and your single strand of red double knit yarn (or the colour of your choice), cast on 5 sts.
  2. Garter stitch to the length required (I knit to 30 cm).
  3. Cast off.

If your scarf is a bit long, then you can always tie knots at both ends as I have. This will shorten the look and add to the weathered look (see photo 5).

Step 4: Knit the Arms

For the arms, make two. You'll use an I-Cord technique.

  1. Using your 2 of your 4.5mm DPNs, cast on 3 sts in brown chunky yarn (or double knit doubled).
  2. For row 1, knit 3 stitches. Do not turn your needle, but push the 3 stitches to the other end of the DPN.
  3. For row 2, pull yarn firmly and knit 3 stitches. Push the 3 stitches to the end of the needle. Note how the yarn carries across the back of you work. That’s good, it’s supposed to, and it’s what gives its tubular shape.
  4. Remember to pull the yarn firmly at the beginning of each row.
  5. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your I-Cord measures 5.7 cm.
  6. Make another I-Cord 2.5 cm long.
  7. Attach the 2.5 cm I-Cord to the 5.7 cm piece to form hands. See the photo for placement details.
  8. Repeat from the beginning for second arm (see photo 6).
  9. Using your picture as a placement guide, attach firmly and securely to your snowman’s body.
Photo 6: I-Cord arm complete (top) and attaching the second arm pieces together.

Photo 6: I-Cord arm complete (top) and attaching the second arm pieces together.

Step 5: Knit the Shoes

  1. For the shoes, make two.
  2. With 4.5 mm knitting needles and colour B, cast on 4 stitches.
  3. Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 13 rows.
  4. For row 14, knit.
  5. For rows 15–23, starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 9 rows.
  6. Cast off purl wise.

How to Sew Up the Shoes

In photo 7, I have demonstrated the making up of the snowman's shoes by knitting a bright red one for the camera, as the black shoe did not show very well.

  1. With wrong sides together, fold the cast-on edge of the shoe up to just below the ridges of the knit row at row 14.
  2. Whip stitch the side seams together.
  3. Stuff the shoe very lightly in the toe.
  4. Now, take the cast-off edge and roll backwards until you meet the ridges of the knit row at row 14 (so, coming from the other end of the shoe and rolling under).
  5. Sew in place (see photo 8). By making the shoe in this way, you are creating a little heel so that your snowman will be free standing.
  6. Repeat with the second shoe (see photo 9).

Step 6: Create the Face

  1. Follow the sewing facial features guide at the top of this article, in the "Before You Begin" section.
  2. Mark out the facial features with glass head pins until you are satisfied with the look (see photo 10).
  3. Using a small amount of black yarn with your picture as a guide, sew on the eyes and mouth using straight stitches and/or French knots.

How to Knit the Nose

  1. Using your 4.5 mm DPNs and orange chunky knit yarn (or double knit doubled), cast on 2 sts.
  2. Using the same I-Cord technique as given for the arms, knit 3 rows.
  3. Knit 2 together.
  4. Knit 1. Cast off.
  5. Using your picture as a placement guide and making sure it’s the cast-on edge that is attached to the snowman’s face, attach firmly and securely. You can stiffen the nose by running your tail end of yarn through the nose and back again while you are attaching it to the snowman's face.
Photo 10: Mark out facial features with glass head pins until satisfied with the look.

Photo 10: Mark out facial features with glass head pins until satisfied with the look.

You Did It! You Completed Your Knitted Snowman

If you got this far, well done—and if you didn't, well done anyway. All practice is good, and my knitted dolls are quick enough to make them over again.

I hope you enjoyed the pattern, and do stop by again as there are plenty more where that came from, such as this Santa doll pattern. I'm happy to answer any questions you may having regarding the process of making any of my dolls.

Photo 11. Ta-dah! Your snowman is complete. You've done it.

Photo 11. Ta-dah! Your snowman is complete. You've done it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Sue Creftor


Sue Creftor (author) from Eastbourne East Sussex on November 18, 2019:

Thank you.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 15, 2019:

Cute! My mum knitted a Santa Claus last year. I'll be sure to pass this guide along to her.