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Free Crochet Pattern: Sid the Snowman

Free Crochet Pattern: Sid the Snowman

There’s a chill in the air and I’m barely restraining myself from putting up Christmas decorations. (I’m trying to wait until after Thanksgiving, lol.) But that hasn’t stopped me from diving into Christmas-y crochet patterns! This free crochet pattern: Sid the Snowman is almost completely no sew and can be worked up in a single day!

Snow has always fascinated me. For most of my life, I’ve lived in hot climates, usually too hot to ever get snow. However, there was a freak cold front when I was a kid and I got to build a snowman for the first time.

He was lopsided and derpy-looking, but I was proud and named him Sid, after the sloth from the movie Ice Age.

Now we can have snowmen regardless of the weather!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Sid the Snowman

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Free Crochet Pattern: Sid the Snowman

Materials

This project is a great stash buster and you can use several kinds of yarn, but I do recommend matching the yarn weight that I use in the pattern. Or at least keep the ratio the same. For example, if you use a DK weight for Color A, use a DK weight for Color B and go smaller (a sport or fingering weight) for the nose (Color C).

  • Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton (worsted)
    • Color A: Ivory (90yds)
  • Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (worsted)
    • Color B: Maize (20yds)
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala (DK)
    • Color C: Sprite: orange (8yds)
  • Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable (worsted)
    • Color D: Burgundy (10yds)
  • D/3-3.25mm hook
  • Stitch markers (preferably the locking kind)
  • Poly-fill
  • Tapestry Needle
  • 10mm Safety eyes 
  • 2 buttons (½ in – ¾ in wide)
  • Black embroidery thread
  • 3-4 marbles (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins

Stitch Abbreviations

(**) – See Project Notes section

  • MR – magic ring (**)
  • Sc – single crochet (**)
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Inc – increase (**)
  • Dec – decrease (**)
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Ch – chain
  • BLsc – back loop single crochet
  • Ssc – surface single crochet
  • French knot – embroidery stitch

Project Notes

  • Final dimensions: H: 4.75in. x W: 3in.
  • This project is written in US terminology.
  • Sid is worked in the round as one piece with only the nose sewn on.
  • There will be several points when the pattern will specify that you pause and embroider, sew, or attach another strand of yarn. Follow these instructions in order.
  • Unless otherwise specified, work in continuous rounds without using a slip stitch to join rows.
  • Move stitch markers up every row as you go.
  • Magic Ring: Create a magic ring and work the specified number of single crochet into it (ex. MR6 = 6sc into the ring).
  • Single Crochet: Unless otherwise specified, this project uses the yarn under technique. Insert your hook into the stitch, yarn under, pull up a loop (2 loops on your hook), yarn over, and pull through both loops.
  • Increase: work 2sc into the same stitch.
  • Decrease: Unless otherwise specified, use the invisible decrease method. Insert your hook into the front loop of the next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch, yarn over and pull through the first loop (3 loops on the hook), then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Pattern

There are a few spots in this pattern that are a bit tricky and if you’d like the printable pdf with bonus tips, customization instructions, and 20+ photos, you can get it in my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Carrot Nose

Using Color C.

Ch6, sl st in the first ch to form a ring. 

Row 1: sc in the same st that you sl st into (place your stitch marker here), 5sc. (6)

Row 2: dec, 4sc. (5)

Row 3: dec, 3sc. (4)

Row 4: sc around. (4)

Fasten off and sew the hole closed at a point. Weave the remaining tail down through the tip of the nose and tie a knot in the foundation chain, being sure not to pull too tight and distort the nose. Don’t stuff.

Body

Start with Color A.

Row 0: MR6 Place your stitch marker in the first st.

Row 1: inc 6 times. (12)

Row 2: [inc, sc] 6 times. (18)

Row 3: [sc, inc, sc] 6 times. (24)

Row 4: [inc, 3sc] 6 times. (30)

Row 5: [2sc, inc, 2sc] 6 times. (36)

Row 6: [inc, 5sc] 6 times. (42)

Row 7: [3sc, inc, 3sc] 6 times. (48)

Row 8: BLsc in each st around. (48)

Rows 9-17: sc around. (48)

Row 18: [3sc, dec, 3sc] 6 times. (42)

Row 19: [dec, 5sc] 6 times. (36)

Pause here.

Determine which side you want to be the front of your snowman. 

Pin your two buttons vertically on Sid. Depending on how large or small your buttons are, space them accordingly. I place my bottom button between Rows 11-12 and the top between Rows 16-17. (These buttons will determine the center line of your project and will help guide how you position the face later.)

I used extra scrap yarn (Color A) and a tapestry needle to sew my buttons on, but if your button holes are too small, use a regular needle and sewing thread (that matches Color A). Sew on your buttons.

Row 20: [2sc, dec, 2sc] 6 times. (30)

Row 21: [dec, 3sc] 6 times. (24)

Place a layer of stuffing on the bottom of your snowman. OPTIONAL: Place 3-4 marbles inside on top of this layer (this will give Sid some weight and help keep him from tipping over). 

Then continue stuffing. Periodically press the base of the snowman onto a table top to keep it as flat as possible.

Row 22: [sc, dec, sc] 6 times. (18)

Head

Stop adding stuffing. 

Row 23: [sc, inc, sc] 6 times. (24)

Row 24: [inc, 3sc] 6 times. (30)

Row 25: [2sc, inc, 2sc] 6 times. (36)

Row 26: [inc, 5sc] 6 times. (42)

Rows 27-34: sc around. (42)

Pause here.

On the same side as your buttons and using them as your center line, place your safety eyes between Rows 30-31 about 7 sts apart.

Then pin your nose between and below the eyes, between Rows 27-29. Use the yarn tail from the nose and your tapestry needle to sew on the nose. Tie off and tuck any remaining yarn down into the stuffing in the body.

Use sewing pins or stitch markers to mark the 4-5 spots where the mouth will be embroidered (see photo above or the tester photos below).

Using your black embroidery thread, create a French knot in each of these spots.

Row 35: [dec, 5sc] 6 times. (36)

Hat

Fasten off Color A. Attach Color B on top of Row 35 on the back side of your snowman.

For Rows 36-41 only: these rows are joined with a slip stitch and then ch1 to start the next row.

Rows 36-41: ch1, sc in the same st as the ch1, sc around, sl st to join. (36)

Fasten off Color A. Don’t stuff the head just yet.

Brim of the Top Hat

Using Color B.

The first row of the brim uses the surface single crochet technique. As you work the following rows, be sure your snowman’s head is oriented down toward your table/lap/etc. The following rows are also worked in continuous rounds without using a sl st to join each row.

Attach your yarn on the back side of your snowman on Row 36.

Row 1: Ssc around. (36) Place your stitch marker in the first st.

Row 2: [inc, 5sc] 6 times. (42)

Row 3: [3sc, inc, 3sc] 6 times. (48)

Row 4: [inc, 7sc] 6 times. (54) 

Fasten off and weave the remaining tail along the underside of the brim or back into the head.

Stuff the head until the stuffing is level with Row 39 or 40 of the head.

Top of the Top Hat

Using Color B.

Row 0: MR6 Place your stitch marker in the first st.

Row 1: inc 6 times. (12)

Row 2: [inc, sc] 6 times. (18)

Row 3: [sc, inc, sc] 6 times. (24)

Row 4: [inc, 3sc] 6 times. (30)

Row 5: [2sc, inc, 2sc] 6 times. (36)

Don’t fasten off.

Place the top of the hat on top of your snowman’s head, lining up the stitches with Row 41.

Row 6: sl st under all 4 loops (2 of Row 41 and 2 of Row 5) and repeat this, slip stitching around until the top of the hat is sealed. (36)

Fasten off and weave the remaining tail into the hat. 

Top Hat Detail

Using Color D.

Ch36

Wrap the chain around the base of the top hat and measure. If the chain is too long, remove a few chains. Likewise, if it is a little short, add a few chains.

Fasten off. Wrap your chain around the base of the top hat, where it meets the brim.

Use the yarn tails from each end and a tapestry needle to sew it in place and hide any remaining yarn in the head.

Scarf (optional)

I used the I-cord technique to create my scarf for Sid.

Using Color D.

Ch3

  1. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on the hook).
  2. Insert your hook into the last chain, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on the hook).
  3. Remove the two loops closest to the head of the hook from the hook and hold on to them. (Pro tip: use a bigger tapestry needle to hold them for you.)
  4. Ch1, then put the middle loop back on the hook, ch1. Put the last loop back on the hook, ch1. 

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the I-cord is as long as you want.

To fasten off, yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops, then yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops.

Weave in any ends and wrap Sid up so he stays warm!

Tester Photos

  • test of sid for free crochet pattern: sid the snowman
  • test of sid for free crochet pattern: sid the snowman
  • test of sid the snowman for blog post
  • sid the snowman for blog post
  • test of sid for free crochet pattern: sid the snowman
  • sid the snowman tester photo for blog post
  • test of sid for free crochet pattern: sid the snowman
  • test of sid for free crochet pattern: sid the snowman

Wrap Up

If you loved this pattern as much as my testers and I did, be sure to Pin it for later and share it with your friends! And be sure to share your Sid the Snowman with me on social media! Just tag me @cbfiberworks. I can’t wait to see how you dress and decorate Sid for the holiday season.

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