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Santa Knitting Pattern

Christmas is fast approaching, so time to start making your Christmas crafts.

Here is a free knitting pattern for making a Santa Claus doll.
The body has been handknit using pure DK weight wool and size 4mm knitting needles. I have used merino wool roving for the body stuffing, so that this can be felted in the washing machine.

Knit Santa doll

Santa Knitting Pattern

Body
Cast on 24 st
1 WS -Knit
2 RS – Purl
3 WS – K5, m1, k2, m1, k10, m1, k2, m1, k5
4 RS – Purl
5 WS – - K6, m1, k2, m1, k12, m1, k2, m1, k6
6 RS – Purl
7 WS – - K7, m1, k2, m1, k14, m1, k2, m1, k7
Knit 20 rows in stocking stitch
28 WS – k6, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k12, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k6
29 RS – p6, p2 tog, p2, p2tog, p12, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p6
30 WS – k5, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k5
31 RS – – p4, p2 tog, p2, p2tog, p8, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p4
32 WS – k3, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k3
33 WS – k2, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k3

Neck
Knit 3 rows in stocking stitch

Head
37 WS – k3, m1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k2, m1, k3
38 RS – p4, m1, p2, ,m1, p8, m1, p2, m1, p4
39 WS – k5, m1, k2, m1, k10, m1, k, m1, k5
Knit 11 rows stocking stitch
51 WS – k4, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k8, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k4
52 RS – p3, p2 tog, p2, p 2 tog, p6, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p3
53 WS – k2, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k4, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k2
Cast off

Arms
– Knit 2
Cast on 12 stitches
Knit 18 rows in stocking stitch
19 WS – k1, ( k2 tog) twice, k2, ( k2 tog) twice, k1
20 RS – Purl
21 WS – k2, (m1, k2) 3 times
22 RS – Purl
23 WS – k2, m1, k3, m1, k4, m1, k2
Knit 5 rows in stocking stitch
45 WS – k1, ( k2 tog) 6 times, k1
Break off yarn and thread through remaining stitches
Legs
Cast on 15 stitches
Knit 4 rows stocking stitch
5 WS – k4, k2 tog, k3, k2 tog, k4
Knit 20 rows stocking stitch

Shape Feet
21 WS – k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1
22 RS – purl
23 WS – k8, m1, k1, m1, k8
24 RS – purl
25 WS – k9, m1, k1, m1, k7, turn, do not work remaining stitches on left hand needle
26 RS – sl 1, purl 16, turn
27 WS – sl1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k6, turn
28 RS – sl 1, p 14, turn
29 WS – sl 1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k3, turn
30 RS sl1, p8, turn
31 WS – sl 1, knit to end of row
Cast off

Finishing

Body
Sew the top of the head and back seam using a blanket stitch.
Stuff the body with merino wool roving.
Sew the bottom seam using a blanket stitch.

Neck
Using 1 strand of wool yarn, without an end knot, insert a tapestry needle at the back seam, under the first row of the head increase. Weave the needle through the stitches in the neck and pull the thread to tighten the neck. Tie a double knot and weave the yarn ends into the doll.

Arms
Using a blanket stitch, sew the sides of the arms together and fill the arms with wool stuffing.
Using the decrease stitches on the shoulders as a guide, sew the top of the arm to the shoulder area of the body.
Using the same method as for the neck, tighten the wrists with a strand of yarn.

Legs
Fold the cast-off edge in half and stitch together with a blanket stitch to create the foot of the doll.
Fill with wool roving and continue to stitch up the back of the leg.
Fill the leg with wool roving and sew up the top opening.
Stitch the legs to the bottom of the body.

knitted Santa

Machine Felted Santa

After knitting, I washed Santa in the washing machine set on a gentle cycle, along with a few tea towels.

Felted Santa doll

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Christmas Craft Books and Patterns

Mini Christmas Knits (Twenty to Make)
Highlighting the small charms of the holidays, the 20 step-by-step Christmas projects collected here will add to the warmth of the season. With each project requiring just small scraps of yarn, knitters will enjoy applying their skills to such novelty projects as miniature Christmas stockings, holly leaves, small reindeer, a snowman, an egg cozy, knitted gingerbread cookies, and a wee Christmas sweater.

‘Twas the Knits Before Christmas
‘Twas the Knits Before Christmas features the poem, accompanied by beautiful color illustrations. Interspersed are patterns for creating a knitted scene that includes mom and dad, the children, Santa, eight reindeer, the moon, stockings, and toys.

Knit Christmas Stockings!: 19 Patterns for Stockings and Ornaments
The 19 fun, simple-to-follow patterns presented here make it easy for even first-time knitters to create beautiful stockings, not to mention delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree.

more Christmas Pattern Books

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Handknit and Felted Mittens

This is a knitting pattern for making handfelted wool mittens using handspun yarn.
I used handspun merino wool and felted the mittens after knitting. I also added a trim to the cuff of the mittens using Sami-style woven braid. You could also embroider a design into the edge.

I have a fairly small hand – so this pattern will need to be adjusted for larger sizes to fit your hand. Since the mittens will be felted, allow for about 10-15% shrinkage.

Mitten Knitting Pattern

Cast on 35 stitches.
Knit 2 rows in the round.
Purl one row.
Knit 12 rows – or about 2.5 inches in length.
The handwoven trim (or embroidery) will be added into this cuff section of the mitten.
Knit 14 rows or about 3 inches.
You can measure the length of this section to your hand – it should be from the bottom of your wrist to the start of your thumb.
Place 7 stitches onto a stitch holder. This will be for the thumb.
Continue knitting in the round on the remaining stitches (28 stitches), until the mitten reaches the top of your fingers. (18 rows)
Decrease 4 times per row as follows:
Slip stitch, knit 1, psso. Knit 10, knit 2 together, slip stitch, knit 1 psso, knit 12, knit 2 together.
SS, K1, psso, K8, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K8, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K6, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K6, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K4, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K4, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K2, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K2, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, k2 tog.
Sew remaining stitches together.
To knit the Thumb:
Using double pointed needles pick up the 7 stitches from the stitch holder.
Pick up an additional9 stitches to form the base of the thumb (16 stitches)
Knit in the round until the thumb measures the length of your thumb. (9 rows)

Decrease on the thumb:
In a similar fashion to the decreases at the top of the mitt, decrease 4 stitches per row.
SS, K1, psso, K6, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K6, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K4, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K4, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K2, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K2, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, k2 tog.
Sew remaining stitches together.
Sew in all yarn ends on the reverse side of the mittens.

How to Felt the Mittens

I use a large bucket of hot water and a spray bottle filled with cold water and dish detergent.
Soak the mittens in the hot water and place them onto a bamboo felting matt.
If you don’t have one, you can use a large sheet of bubble wrap instead.
Spray the mittens with the cold soapy water and rub the outside of the mittens vigoursly to produce suds.
Turn the mittens over and spray the other side of the mittens as well.
Roll the mittens up in the bamboo matt and roll it back and forth on a table.
Unroll the felting matt and turn the mittens around, spray more soapy water.
Reroll the matt and keep rolling.
Unroll the matt again and dip the mittens in the hot water.
Spray more soapy water, rub the mittens and roll some more.
This felting process will take some time, so keep repeating the dipping in hot water, add more soap and roll again.
The mittens will look like they are stretching first, so don’t be alarmed. They will eventually shrink and begin to felt.
knitted mitten
felted mitten

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