The pattern is Lisa Wilt's Let It Snowman - and it's a free Ravelry download. I decided to microsize it - so I used fingering weight yarn and size US 1 needles to make my snowman. I had to really microsize the nose, so I used fingering weight yarn and size US 000 needles for the nose. Otherwise I followed the pattern.
Let's go through it step-by-step so you can start making your own adorable little snowmen for Christmas.
I started with snowballs. Using Knit Picks Palette in white and US Size 1 needles, I knit the body of the snowmen and overstuffed them. Trust me, they look cuter when they're really plump.
Then I knit four smaller snowballs for heads. Once again, I overstuffed them to make them really round.
Then using US size 000 and Knit Picks Palette orange, I knit the smallest i-cord carrot noses you've ever seen. I knit five rounds instead of the recommended four rounds because I thought it was the right porportion, given the microsizing I improvised. When you're done knitting your mini-i-cord nose, thread a darning needle and pull the end of the yarn down through the carrot nose so it's on the same side as the starting tail.
Now is the perfect time to sew the carrot nose and seed eyes to the snowman's face. You should plan on securing the thread and yarn from the eyes and nose to the very top of the head. The orange yarn actually pulled back into the fiberfill heads. This way, the threads will eventually be hidden under the snowman's hat.
Using the ends of yarn, attach the snowman's head to the body. Weave in the loose ends.
See - you now have a naked snowman. He's cute, but he definitely needs some clothes.
Using US Size 1 needles and bobs and bits of leftover mohair (I suggest Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Debbie Bliss Party Angel or Knit Picks Aloft) - knit some itty bitty scarves and weave in the loose ends. The mohair hat and scarf is the part that makes these ornaments so adorable. Don't scimp here by substituting with ordinary fingering weight yarn. It's just not as cute.
Now, knit up some matching mohair hats. They are really small, but trust me, they work.
Using the end of yarn at the tip of the hat, attach an itty bitty bell (I found mine at Jo-Ann's Fabrics) or use a decorative bead. Also, fold the hat over about 90 degrees and tack it in place. Roll the brim of the hat up and sew it to the snowman's head, being careful not to let the stitches show.
Sew some gold 1/8 inch ribbon in a loop to the back of the hat and you're done.
I asked my guys how many I should make. The answers I got ranged from 20, to 36, to 50. Hmmm. I take that to mean they like them!
OK - go ahead. Make your own Let It Snowman. How many will you make?