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Snowman Treat Ornament

By: Dorothy Minor for FaveCrafts.com
Snowman Treat Ornament
Snowman Treat Ornament
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"I have been creating snowman gift bags and thought a snowman treat holder ornament would be a companion to the bags. I used the same technique of creating a white body, changing to a colorful yarn to make the scarf and then white again for the head. To complete the snowman, I made two pieces and sewed on cute buttons for eyes, nose, and buttons on the belly. Then I sewed the two pieces together and crocheted with the scarf color around the top, adding a loop for hanging on the tree."

This was a Top Ten Ornament in the Best Ornament Contest 2016! Check out the top ten winners here, and be sure to check out all of the amazing ornament tutorial entries.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsYarn

Primary TechniqueCrochet

Easy

HolidayChristmas

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Crochet Hook H
  • Worsted weight yarn in white
  • Worsted weight yarn in color of choice for scarf
  • various buttons for eyes, mouth, and buttons on snowman's stomach
  • needle

Instructions

  1. Make 2 pieces R1: Ch 11 with white

  2. R2: sc in second ch from hook and across, 10 sc

  3. R3 – R7: sc in each sc across, 10 stitches

  4. R8: change to scarf color, sc across 10 sc and ch 7

  5. R9: sc in second ch from hook and across, 16 sc

  6. R10: change to white and sc across, 10 sc

  7. R 11 – R 16: sc in each sc across, 10 sc; end

  8. Sew buttons in place for eyes, mouth, and on snowman’s belly. Match front and back so scarf ends match.

  9. Using white, slip stitch or sew pieces together.

  10. R 17: Attach scarf color to top and sc around, 22 stitches. (Put a stitch on each side to make 22 total).

  11. R 18 – R 21: Sc around, 22 stitches, joining with sl stitch.

  12. On last round, ch 10 and slip stitch to sc to form a loop.

  13. Be sure to weave in all ends.

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This is such a cute idea! I am always looking for ideas on how to gift money, and this will definitely be added to my list! There are so many color options, I am excited to get started making a bunch of these! These will be the perfect gift for anyone at Christmas time!

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