Knit by Bit: Woolly the Snowman
This week, some fun for the children! Make Woolly the Snowman with three balls of yarn and some buttons!
Sometimes it’s nice to make something from yarn that isn’t knitted – we have often talked about how we can make our yarn stand out and be deliciously decorative, or how a skein is too pretty to knit – so here’s a little project for the children to make with three balls of yarn (or more!)
You can use any yarn, of course, but we have used a super chunky, chunky and 4ply trio for our snowman here. Rowan Big Wool is the yarn on the base, a delicious super chunky 100% merino yarn that has a lustrous bounce. There are some stunning FREE patterns for this brilliant yarn, Rowan design is fabulously clever with big needles, and in 24 shades, we just love these ideas! I have knitted this Anise cardigan twice, and it’s lovely to knit and wear – double moss stitch looks fantastic in this giant wool.
In the middle, I’ve used Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky, an absolute stalwart of the chunky yarn world – brilliant quality and deliciously soft. In 37 glorious shades, this is a yarn for any chunky weight pattern. It’s vibrant, and it has gorgeous loft and softness too. There are some fabulous pattens and pattern books written especially for this yarn – have a look here.
The top ball is the utterly delicious MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino. If you are a 4ply fan, this is the softest, most tender yarn and perfect for any fine knitwear but especially for children and babies – in a range of brights and pastels that we love. It has a firm twist, so it makes for wonderful stitch definition, and that’s really fantastic when you are working on fair isle or any kind of decorative stitch. There are lots of fabulous free patterns to inspire you – take a look here! We love these brilliant christmas ornaments! Click the image below to download the pattern!
So – Woolly the Snowman. There’s not much to it! Simply secure one ball on top of the other with a shorter knitting needle, and I stuck my eyes and button on with a tiny dab of PVA glue (it picks straight off again and doesn’t ruin the yarn). Then I used two double pointed needles for arms. You can make a carrot nose from paper, or knit one!
Sing-a-long with me, Woolly the snowman was a jolly squishy chap, with two googly eyes and button coat, and two arms made out of knitting needles…. (WIP!)
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Last updated: November 23rd, 2015.