Olwen the Snowman

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Olwen, meaning “white footprint” in Welsh, is a cute snowman featuring chunky cables on his belly. Complete with a pom pom hat and a carrot nose, Olwen is a stylish addition to your winter home.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Size 14” tall. Arm span of 14” wide.

Gauge: 10 sts and 11 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc in MC

Materials

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Lana Grande (100% Wool; 87 yards [80 meters]/100 grams): 6010 Ecru (MC, 2 balls)

Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% Wool; 220 yards [201 meters]/100 grams): 9463 Pumpkin (CC1, 1 ball), 2441 River Rock (CC2, 1 ball), 2411 Cafe (CC3, 1 ball), 9488 Christmas Red Heather (CC4, 1 ball)

Hook: US size J/10 (6.0 mm); US size F/5 (3.75 mm)

Notions: Polyester fiberfill, tapestry needle, sewing needle, white thread, two ⅝” black buttons

Abbreviations

Blo – Back loop only

FPhdc – Front post half double crochet

FPsc – Front post single crochet

Sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together

Sk – Skip

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up. The snowman’s nose, arms, scarf, and hat are made separately and attached at the end.

Pattern

Body

With MC and larger hook, work an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: Work 5 sc into adjustable ring. Do not sl st to join. (5 sc in adjustable ring at the end of this rnd)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around. (10 sc)

Rnd 3: Work 2 sc in each st around. (20 sc)

Rnd 4: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 9 more times. (30 sc)

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 9 more times. (40 sc)

Rnd 6: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 9 more times. (50 sc)

Rnd 7: *Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 4 more times. (55 sc)
Rnds 8-10: *Sc in next 5 sts, FPsc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * 4 more times. (35 sc and 20 FPsc)

Rnd 11: *Sc in first 5 sts, sk next 2 sts, FPhdc in next 2 sts, go back to the 2 skipped sts and FPhdc in those 2 sts, making sure that these cross in front of the other 2 FPhdc you just completed, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * 4 more times. (35 sc and 20 FPhdc forming 5 cable twists)

Rnds 12-23: Rep Rnds 8-11.

Rnd 24: *Sc in first 3 sts, sc2tog, FPsc in next 4 sts, sc2tog; rep from * 4 more times. (25 sc and 20 FPsc)

Rnd 25: *Sc in first st, sc2tog, FPsc in the next 4 sts, sc2tog; rep from * 4 more times. (15 sc and 20 FPsc)

Rnd 26: *Sc2tog, FPsc in next 4 sts, sc in next st; rep from * 4 more times. (10 sc and 20 FPsc)

Rnd 27: Sc in first st, *sk next 2 sts, FPhdc in next 2 sts, go back to the 2 skipped sts and FPhdc in those 2 sts, making sure that these cross in front of the other 2 FPhdc you just completed, sc2tog; rep from * 4 more times. This will take you into the next rnd by 1 st. (5 sc and 20 FPhdc forming 5 cable twists)

This completes the lower portion of the body. Stuff the Body.

Rnd 28: *FPsc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 4 more times. (10 sc, 20 FPsc)

Rnd 29:  *FPsc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts; rep from * 4 more times. (20 sc, 20 FPsc)

Rnd 30: *Fpsc in next 4 sts, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * 4 more times.

Rnd 31: *Sk 2, FPhdc in next 2 sts, go back to the 2 skipped sts and FPhdc in those 2 sts, making sure that these cross in front of the other 2 FPhdc you just completed, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * 4 more times. (20 sc and 20 FPhdc forming 5 cable twists)

Rnds 32-34: *Fpsc in next 4 sts, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * 4 more times.

Rnds 35-42: Rep Rnds 31-34. Your cable twist rows will be Rnds 35 and 39.

Rnd 43: *Sk next 2 sts, FPhdc in next 2 sts, go back to the 2 skipped sts and FPhdc in those 2 sts, making sure that these cross in front of the other 2 FPhdc you just completed, sc2tog twice; rep from * 4 more times. (10 sc and 20 FPhdc forming 5 cable twists)

Rnd 44: Sc2tog 15 times, including into the tops of the FPhdc from the rnd before. (15 sc)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, tie off. Finish stuffing the Body and the head.

Weave the tail through each st in Rnd 44. Pull tight to close up the hole at the top of the head and tie off.

Nose

With smaller hook and CC1, make an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: Work 4 sc into adjustable ring. Pull ring tight. (4 sc in this rnd)

Rnd 2: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * once more. (6 sc)

Rnd 3: Sc into each st. (6 sc)

Rnd 4: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * twice more. (9 sc)

Rnds 5-6: Sc into each st. (9 sc)

Rnd 7: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * twice more. (12 sc)

Rnds 8-9: Sc in each st. (12 sc)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, tie off.

Arms

With smaller hook and CC2, ch 10.

Being careful not to twist ch, sl st to first ch to make a ring. Work following rnds into the sts of the ring, not into the ring itself.

Rnds 1-17: Sc in each st. (10 sc)

You should have a long tube now. Flatten the tube and work the next sts flat, going through both the bottom and top st of the tube at once. You should have two parallel lines of 5 sts ready to work in front of you. These will form the hand.

Row 1: Sc in next 5 sts, ch 3, turn.

Row 2: Dc in first st, ch 2, sl in the same st you just dc into, ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, dc a second time in st you just dc into, ch 1, turn. (5 dc in the row and 1 dc standing alone to form the thumb)

Row 3: Sk first 2 sts, 5 hdc in next st, sk next 2 sts, sl st in last st of the row before the thumb. This should make the end of the hand look like a mitten top. Cut yarn and tie off.

Make a second arm in the same way.

Scarf

With larger hook and CC3, ch 9.

Row 1: Sk first ch, sc blo in next 8 ch, ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-40: Sc blo in each st, ch 1, turn.

Cut yarn, tie off.

Hat

With CC4 and smaller hook, make an adjustable loop.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 9 dc in loop, pull loop tight, sl st to 3rd ch to join. (10 dc in loop)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in next 9 sts, sl st to 3rd ch to join rnd. (20 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 8 more times, sl st to 3rd ch to join rnd. (30 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 8 more times, sl st to 3rd ch to join rnd. (40 dc)

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * 8 more times, sl st to 3rd ch to join rnd. (50 dc)

Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in each st, sl st to the 3rd ch to join rnd.

Rnds 7-13: Rep Rnd 6

Rnds 14-15: Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st to ch in the beg of rnd to join.

Cut yarn, tie off.

Finishing

Cut a length of MC about 20” and thread onto yarn needle, and find the narrowest part of the neck. Use the yarn needle to weave in and out of every other stitch around the neck. Pull tight and tie. Go around the neck a second time if it feels necessary.

Lightly stuff nose and sew onto Snowman’s face in the middle of a cable, around Rnds 32-34.

Stuff Arms firmly. Roll the finished arms between your palms to minimize the amount of stuffing showing through the stitches, and firm up the stuffing. Sew the Arms to the sides of the body, in lines with the two cables that run on either side of the Nose. Attach them around Rnd 23.

Sew on the button for Eyes. You want the Eyes to be just above the Nose, with about 2 to 3 stitches between each side of the Nose and each eye. The Eyes should be just barely above the nose.

Tie Scarf around the neck with the loose ends slightly off-center.

Add a pompom to the Hat if desired. Position on Snowman’s head.

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