Olaf by DROPS Design

DROPS Christmas: Crochet DROPS snowman in "Paris".

DROPS Extra 0-1065
DROPS design: Pattern no w-537
Yarn group C or A + A
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Measurements:
Width: approx. 15 cm (with arm)
Height: approx. 16 cm
Materials: DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio
50 g colour no 16, white (1 ball = 2 snowmen)
Some left-over: colour no 12, red
Some left-over yarn colour no 10, dark turquoise
Some left-over yarn colour no 15, black
Some left-over yarn, colour no 13, orange

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3 mm – or size needed to get 20 dc = width 10 cm.

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Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
MAGIC CIRCLE:
When piece is worked in the round, start with this technique to avoid hole in the middle (instead of ch-ring): Hold the yarn end and wind the yarn one time around the index finger to make a loop. Hold the loop with left thumb and middle finger, place the yarn over left index finger. Insert hook through the loop, make a YO and pull yarn through loop, work 1 ch, then work dc around the loop. When the desired no of dc have been reached, pull the yarn end to tighten the loop. Fasten the yarn end at the back.

WORK IN THE ROUND IN A CIRCLE:
After last dc on the round, continue to next round with 1 dc in next dc (= 1st dc from previous round). NOTE: Insert a marker at the beg of round between last dc on round and 1st dc on next round, move the marker upwards when working.

CROCHET INFO (applies to head and scarf):
Beg every row with 1 ch, work dc in every dc on row.

CROCHET TOG:
Work 1 dc but wait with last pull through (= 2 sts on hook), then work next dc but on last pull through, pull yarn through all sts on hook = 1 dc dec.

COLOUR CHANGE:
To get a nice colour change work last dc on round as follows: Insert hook in last st, get yarn, make a YO with the new colour and pull it through all sts on hook. NOTE: Do not cut the threads.
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SNOWMAN:
First work in the round for body, then back and forth for head. Make a MAGIC CIRCLE - read explanation above - with white Paris on hook size 3 mm.
ROUND 1: Work 6 dc in the magic circle.
ROUND 2: READ WORK IN THE ROUND IN A CIRCLE! Work 2 dc in every dc = 12 dc.
ROUND 3: * 1 dc in next dc, work 2 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 18 dc.
ROUND 4: * 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, work 2 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 24 dc.
ROUND 5: * 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, work 2 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 32 dc.
ROUND 6: * 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, work 2 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 40 dc.
ROUND 7: Work 1 dc in every dc.
Then work back and forth for head as follows:
ROW 1: Work 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc, turn.
ROW 2: READ CROCHET INFO! Work 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc in every dc until 1 dc remains, 2 dc in last dc = 8 dc, turn.
ROW 3: Work 1 dc in every dc, turn.
ROW 4: Work 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc in every dc until 1 dc remains, 2 dc in last dc = 10 dc, turn.
ROW 5-6: Work 1 dc in every dc, turn.
ROW 7: Work the first 2 dc tog, READ CROCHET TOG, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc, work the last 2 dc tog = 8 dc, turn piece.
ROW 8: Work the first 2 dc tog, 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, work the last 2 dc tog = 6 dc, turn piece.
ROW 9: Work the first 2 dc tog, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, work the last 2 dc tog = 4 dc, fasten off.
Work another snowman (= back piece).

ARM:
Worked back and forth. With black work 9 ch (= ch-row), turn and work 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st in each of the next 2 ch, * 4 ch, turn and work 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st in each of the next 2 ch *, repeat from *-* 1 more time, work 1 sl st in last ch worked on ch-row, 1 sl st in each of the next 5 ch on ch-row, fasten off. Work another arm the same way.

ASSEMBLY:
Fasten arms on each side of body (on back piece). With black embroider eyes and mouth on head on front piece, make 2 knots on body for buttons. Make 1 knot with orange for nose, see picture.
Place front piece and back piece on top of each other, WS against WS, and crochet them tog with white as follows: Work 1 sl st through both layers, * 2 ch, skip approx. 1 cm, 1 sl st in outer loops of edge sts *, repeat from *-* around the head and body. Finish with 1 sl st in 1st ch, fasten off.

HAT:
Worked in the round. Crochet 16 ch on hook size 3 mm with red and form a ring with 1 sl st in 1st ch.
ROUND 1-4: Work 1 ch, 1 dc in every ch = 16 dc, finish round with 1 sl st in 1st dc.
ROUND 5: 1 ch, * 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, work the next 2 dc tog *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 12 dc, finish with 1 sl st in 1st dc.
ROUND 6: 1 ch, * 1 dc in next dc, work the next 2 dc tog *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 8 dc, finish with 1 sl st in 1st dc.
ROUND 7: Work all sts tog 2 by 2 = 4 dc. Do not cut the yarn, work ch for approx. 12 cm for strap, finish with 1 sl st on last round, cut the yarn and keep approx. 20 cm for assembly.

ASSEMBLY:
With dark turquoise embroider 1 star on hat, see picture. Fasten hat on head.

SCARF:
Worked back and forth.
ROW 1: Work 4 ch with red on hook size 3 mm, turn and work 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch = 3 dc, turn.
ROW 2: Work 1 dc in every dc - but in last dc switch to dark turquoise - READ COLOUR CHANGE, turn.
ROW 3: Work 1 dc in every dc.
ROW 4: Work 1 dc in every dc - but in last dc switch to red.
Then repeat ROW 1-5 - i.e. work 1 dc in every st and switch colour every other row - until scarf measures approx. 30 cm (finish with 2 rows red), fasten off. Tie the scarf around the neck.

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Extra 0-1065) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size is only meant as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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5) How do I use the yarn calculator?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn calculator, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the calculator will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be calculated separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn calculator

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6) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn calculator, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn calculator will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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7) What size should I knit?

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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8) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a tension/gauge swatch

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9) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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10) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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11) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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13) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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14) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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15) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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16) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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17) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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18) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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19) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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20) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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21) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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22) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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23) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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24) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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25) Why does my garment pill?

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (5)

country flag Cristina wrote:

¡Precioso y muy fácil de hacer! El vídeo y las instrucciones se complementan a la perfección.

23.11.2018 - 11:11

country flag Dea wrote:

Ho trovato un refuso e un errore nella spiegazione del PUPAZZO DI NEVE. Dove c'è scritto "Fare un CERCHIO MAGICO- leggee..." (è il refuso) mentre al "GIRO 6: * 1 m.b in ognuna delle 2 m.b successive...", non sono 2, ma 3 le maglie . ^_^

09.11.2017 - 21:51

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Dea. Abbiamo corretto sia il refuso che l'errore. La ringraziamo per la segnalazione. Buon lavoro!

09.11.2017 - 22:38

country flag Marion Flood wrote:

Love the snowman but most of all I love the reminders during the pattern to read the notes. So clear and helpful. Also love the instructions stating the pattern is written in UK English...helps immensely for knowing which stitch to use. Might seem obvious to more experienced crocheters but to a slowly progressing novice it offers more certainty and confidence. Keep up the good work. Will be following closely for more projects!!

30.07.2016 - 01:01

country flag Monika Opočenská wrote:

Dobrý den, sněhuláka jsem dnes vyrobila, je moc krásný. Děkuji za skvělé návody a přeju krásné svátky :-) Monika

24.12.2014 - 09:43

country flag Solfrid wrote:

Stemmer det at det skal være 2 fm mellom økningene både i 4. og 5. omgang?

20.12.2014 - 21:28

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Solfrid. Ja, det er korrekt. Du har gentager i alt 8 gange over de 24 fm (4 fm per gentagelser) og har derefter 32 fm.

23.12.2014 - 16:29

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