Twig the Snowman African Flower Crochet Pattern by Heidi Bears
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Twig the Snowman African Flower Crochet Pattern

Crochet
December 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
1.75 mm
approximately 11cm tall
US
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Please note: This listing is for a downloadable PDF of the pattern instructions for making Twig the Snowman …there is no hard copy of the pattern available, nor a finished item. The pattern is available only in English :)

Twig the Snowman is the nineteenth of my patterns that makes use of the African Flower crochet motif and variations thereof, joined in a specific order to make a recognizable 3D item. I love this African Flower pattern and the creative possibilities of using it to make 3D items :) Twig the Snowman is an excellent stash buster project, as you only need to use very small amounts of leftover sock yarn to make a motif.

:: Steps to making your Twig the Snowman ornament ::

  1. NB: First read the whole pattern through properly, so you have a good overview.

  2. Make sure you know how to crochet the African Flower pentagon and square motifs. I have included both written and charted instructions for them in this pattern.

  3. I have written this pattern as a sew-up pattern not a Join-as-you-go. This is such a small project, I wanted to make it a shorter pattern and for once, cater to those who don’t want to JAYG :)

  4. Either choose your yarn for this project or use the sock yarn that you have left over from other projects. Make all the required motifs for your snowman, up to Round 5. Once they have all been completed, you will sew them together, following the instructions in the pattern.

: : Materials Requirements : :

The snowman that was crocheted for this pattern, was made using sock weight/fingering/#1 weight yarn. Using this weight yarn will give you a snowman measuring approximately 11 cm tall.

ALL THE CROCHET STITCHES USED IN THIS PATTERN ARE BASED ON AMERICAN CROCHET TERMS

Sock weight / Fingering weight yarn/ #1 in colors of your choice… this little snowman ornament is a great stash busting project as you can use small amounts of sock yarn for each motif, and the more colourful the prettier :) . Although I can’t tell you how much yardage of each color I used I can tell you that the total weight of yarn for the snowman was around 20g (unstuffed).

The yardage for the sock yarn I used is around 320m/100g (350yds/100g). It is a superwash merino yarn, but you can use any alternative fingering weight yarn you like…I suggest that animal fibre yarns would be preferable, as they have more stretch, making the stuffing and shaping of the snowman easier. Try to use a yarn with a similar yardage per 100g. If you use a heavier weight yarn and a larger hook, the snowman will be bigger than the one made in sock yarn, and you will obviously need more polyester stuffing.

Crochet Hook 1.75mm

If you are planning to make your snowman in a heavier weight yarn, adjust your hook size accordingly…however, use the smallest hook size possible for the weight of yarn that you can manage. Note that the hook size recommended by the yarn manufacturer would not be the correct size to use for this project…Since the snowman is stuffed, your stitch density will need to be tighter than usual to prevent the stuffing from popping out. Make a test motif in your chosen yarn and hook to see which would be the best size to use.

Polyester toy stuffing Haemostats (optional for stuffing)
Scissors Tapestry Needle Long doll making needle
Two Brown pipe cleaners

Eyes (plastic safety eyes or glass wire-looped eyes). PLEASE NOTE THAT ATTACHED EYES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR TOYS CREATED FOR CHILDREN! They can be a suffocation hazard. If you are making this ornament for a child, rather embroider the eyes using embroidery thread! I have used 5mm wire looped glass eyes. These can easily be sourced from sellers on eBay and Etsy.

: : Skills Requirements : :

Basic Crocheting Skills: Chain stitch (ch) , Single Crochet (sc), Double Crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), Slip Stitch (sl st), joining in a new color yarn, Magic Ring (MR)
Basic sewing skills Sewing the motifs together, Sewing the hat and nose to the head

I have tried very hard to make sure that there are no errors in this pattern, however, if a gremlin has crept in and you find an error, please kindly let me know via pm on Ravelry :)
Thank you and Happy crocheting!
xxx heidi