Snowman Snowball Amigurumi

 It's snowing here in Illinois, so this pattern seemed appropriate. Scroll down for the PDF version, plus instructions on how to make your own DIY jingle bell noisemaker.

Snowman Snowball Amigurumi
Crochet hook, size F/3.75mm
Cotton yarn, 4 ply
     2 oz. white
     1 oz. hat color of your choice
     < 1 oz. black and orange
Yarn or tapestry needle
Special Stitches:  
 Back Post Half Double Crochet: Yarn over.  Insert your hook around the post of the stitch you’re working into from the back to the front and around to the back again. Yarn over again and pull through so that you have three loops on your hook.  Yarn over once more and pull through all three loops to complete the stitch.

Start at the base of the head with white yarn 
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in the second ch from the hook (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc 6 times around (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc in the next st] repeat 6 times around (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [Inc, Sc in the next 2 sts] rep 6 times [24 sts]
Rnd 5: [Inc, Sc 5] rep 4 (28 sts)
Rnd 6: [Inc, Sc 6] rep 4 (32 sts)
Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 7] rep 4 (36 sts)
Rnd 8: [Inc, Sc 8] rep 4 (40 sts)
Rnds 9-10: Sc 40 (40 sts)
Rnd 11: [Inc, Sc 7] rep 5 (45 sts)
Rnds 12-15: Sc 45 (45 sts)
Rnd 16: [Dec, Sc 7] rep 4 times (40 sts) 
Switch to the color of yarn you have chosen for your snowman’s hat.
Rnd 17: Back Post Half Double Crochet 40 (40 sts)
Rnd 18: Working in the BLO, [Dec, Sc 8] rep 4 (36 sts)
Go back to working in both loops for the rest of the pattern.

Detail of the snowman's hat brim

Rnd 19: [Dec, Sc 7] rep 4 (32 sts)
Rnd 20: [Dec, Sc 6] rep 4 (28 sts)
Rnd 21: [Dec, Sc 5] rep 4 (24 sts)
Begin to fill with stuffing.  If you want to insert a noisemaker, do so now. 
Rnd 22: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 6 (18 sts)
Rnd 23: [Dec, Sc] rep 6 (12 sts)

Rnd 24: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Finish off.  Weave in ends.  
Use orange yarn.  
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in the second ch from the hook.  (6 sts)
Rnd 2: [Inc, Sc] rep 3 times around (9 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 9 (9 sts)
Finish off, leaving end open. 

Use White Yarn.  You are welcome to substitute a basic yarn pom-pom if you wish.  
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in the second ch from the hook. 
Rnd 2: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 2 times around (8 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc, Sc] rep 4 times (12 sts)
Finish off, leaving end open.  
Sew the white pom-pom to the top of the snowman’s hat, covering the closure.  If you rotate your amigurumi, you’ll see a slight jog where you switched to BPHDC stitches.  Make sure you leave this “jog” in the back where it is less visible.  Sew the carrot nose to the middle of the snowman’s face.  Use black yarn to make French knot eyes and stitch on a mouth.  Feel free to embellish as you wish.

DIY Jingle Bell Noise Making Insert

There are many noise-making inserts available to buy online from everywhere from Etsy to Amazon.  However, sometimes you don’t have one lying around when project inspiration hits and you have to make do.  I’ve used several methods but my favorite so far is to use small jingle bells in a plastic canvas case.


Yarn Needle
Spare yarn in any color
Small Jingle bells
Plastic Canvas
  One piece measuring 10 squares by 25 squares
  Two pieces measuring 8 squares by 8 squares.


First you need to cut the two 8x8 pieces to make them fit the ends of your tube.  To do this you will cut off the three corner squares (shown colored black in the picture) off of each corner.

Next, thread your needle with yarn.  Take the long piece of plastic canvas and curl it into a short tube.

Now, start stitching the two ends together.  Holding the loose tail down with your thumb, insert your needle in the last square of the bottom edge and then bring it back up through the last square of the top edge.  Continue stitching down the tube, forming your stitches over the loose tail to anchor it.

When you’ve finished the tube, place the first 8x8 square on top and begin stitching to attatch it.

There’s no need to line things up exactly or make it look too tidy; no one will see the insert once it’s inside your toy.
Turn the tube over.  Put your jingle bells inside.  Top with the other 8x8 square and sew it on just as you did the other.  When you’re finished, run the threaded needle  through one of the rows of stitches to anchor it.  Then cut off the excess and you’re done!

Snowman Snowball Amigurumi PDF

Miscellany: DIY Jingle Bell Insert