Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Snowman Mitten


My SIL Aubrey came up with the best Christmas tradition this year. She suggested making Christmas ornaments and exchanging them between the SIL's. What a fun idea! Something handmade, from the heart.

So my quest began, and I decided I wanted to do little mitten snowmen. Many pattern prototypes later I ended up with this cute little guy. Well, actually he's not really that little and that poses a bit of a problem because he would be HUGE on a Christmas tree. Seriously, I can almost stick my hand in him. So...I'm probably going to have to develop a smaller knitting pattern or possibly make one out of felt. I'm still undecided. I'll let you know. Either way, the pattern for this not-so-little guy is below.

Although he's too big for an ornament, I can't wait to add him to my Christmas decor!


Skill Level: Just Beyond Beginner

Supplies:
Size 6 knitting needles
Black Yarn (worsted weight)
White Yarn (worsted weight)
Red Yarn (worsted weight)
Orange Embroidery Floss
Black Embroidery Floss
Various Red Buttons
3 Black Buttons
4" of 3/8" Ribbon
Thread

Instructions:

Mitten:

Using black yarn, cast on 30 sts.

Work in stockinette stitch for 6 rows (Rows 1-6)

Switch to red yarn, work in stockinette stitch for 3 rows (Rows 7-9)

Switch to black yarn, work in stockinette stitch for 3 rows (Rows 10-12)

Switch to white yarn, work in stockinette stitch for 10 rows (Rows 13-22)

Row 23: Switch to red yarn, knit across.

Row 24: P1, purl in front and back of next st, P26, purl in front and back of next st, P1

Row 25: K1, knit in front and back of next st, K28, knit in front and back of next st, K1

Row 26: P1, purl in front and back of next st, P30, purl in front and back of next st, P1

Row 27: Switch to white yarn, K1, knit in front and back of next st, K32, knit in front and back of next st, K1

Row 28: P1, purl in front and back of next st, P34, purl in front and back of next st, P1

Row 29: knit

Row 30: purl

Row 31: K1, K2tog, K34, K2tog, K1

Row 32: P1, P2tog, P32, P2tog, P1

Row 33: Bind off first 3 sts, knit to end

Row 34: Bind off first 3 sts, purl to end

Row 35: Knit

Row 36: Purl

Row 37: Knit

Row 38: P1, P2 tog, P9, P2 tog, P1 leave last 15 sts unworked

Row 39: K1, k2 tog, K7, K2 tog, K1

Row 40: P1, P2 tog, P5, P2 tog, P1

Row 41: K1, k2 tog, K3, K2 tog, K1

Row 43: P1, P2 tog, P1, P2 tog, P1

Bind off remaining five stitches

Join white yarn to remaining 15 sts. Repeat Rows 38-43.

Fold mitten in half (right-sides together) and stitch along the edge. Flip the mitten right-side out.

Scarf:

Using red yarn, cast on 10 sts. Work in stockinette stitch for 1 1/2 inches. Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Draw tail through remaining sts. Fold in half (right-sides together) and stitch along edge opposite fold. Flip right-side out.

Assembly:

Sew red scarf to bottom red stripe on the mitten.

Stitch red buttons to red scarf.

Stitch a column of black buttons down the belly of the snowman mitten.

Using a satin stitch and black embroidery floss, stitch two eyes on the snowman's face.

Using black embroidery floss, stitch a smile on the snowman's face.

Using a satin stitch and orange embroidery floss, stitch a triangular "carrot" nose on the face.

Fold ribbon in half and stitch to inside of left mitten corner.

2 comments:

Shana said...

So CUTE! Love it! Thanks for posting the pattern!

Rae said...

OK--absolutely adorable!!

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