How to Make a Crochet Snowman

Create this simple snowman to use as an appliqué or an ornament for your Christmas tree. It's simple to create the body and head using a magic circle. The snowman is also fully customizable—make the circles as big as you want to fit your needs. Swap out the color of the buttons or scarf to match your sweater or shirt if using it for appliqué. However you make it, this easy-to-create crochet snowman will be a fun addition to your holiday decor. 

Tip

If you're using the snowman as an ornament, make a second snowman and sew the two together on top of one another to make make the snowman sturdier. If you want it to look more three-dimensional, stuff polyfill between the layers before sewing the pieces shut.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Yarn needle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Materials

  • Worsted weight white yarn
  • Worsted weight black yarn
  • Worsted weight red yarn (optional)
  • Orange embroidery thread
  • Black embroidery thread
  • 3 small black buttons
  • I hook

Instructions

  1. Make the Head and Body

    Use the white yarn to make the body. Make a magic circle. Chain one, half double crochet 10 stitches. Pull the tail to close the ring tight and slip stitch to join (10 stitches). Place a marker at the beginning stitch (optional). 

    Chain four. Crochet two double crochet stitches into each stitch around. Slip stitch to
    join (20 stitches). Cut your yarn and weave in your ends.

    The head is made in the same manner but will be smaller. Make another magic circle, chain one, half double crochet seven stitches. Pull the tail to close the ring tight and slip stitch to join (seven stitches). Chain one. Crochet two half double crochet into each stitch around. Slip stitch to join (14 stitches). Cut your yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail and weave in your ends.

    Crochet circle with red stitch marker and crochet hook.

    Debbie Wolfe 

  2. Attach the Head and Body

    Thread a tapestry needle with the 6-inch tail. Connect the head to the body of the snowman. It should only take about 4 to 5 stitches to connect the head to the body.

    Sewing to crochet circles together.

     Debbie Wolfe

  3. Create Its Hat

    With the black yarn, chain seven. Single crochet into the second chain from the hook and half double crochet into every chain after that (six stitches). Turn. Slip stitch. Chain one. Half double crochet into the next four stitches (four stitches). Turn. Chain one. Half double crochet across (four stitches). Turn. Chain one. Half double crochet across (four stitches). Cut your yarn leaving a 6-inch tail and weave in the ends.

    A crocheted black hat.

     Debbie Wolfe

  4. Connect the Hat

    Thread the 6-inch tail from the hat through a tapestry needle. Sew the hat on the head (smaller circle) of the snowman.

    A crocheted snowman with black hat.

    Debbie Wolfe

     

  5. Add the Finishing Details

    Sew the buttons in a row onto the body using three strands of the black embroidery thread and needle. For the nose, thread the embroidery needle with three strands of the orange embroidery thread. Use the satin stitch to make a triangle. For the eyes, thread an embroidery needle with three strands of black embroidery and make French knots

    A crocheted snowman.

     Debbie Wolfe

  6. Customize Your Snowman

    To make a scarf for the snowman, chain 21 with the red yarn. Cut your yarn and weave in your ends. Tie it around the snowman’s neck and it’s done.

    A crocheted snowman.

     Debbie Wolfe