In the previous article I provided instructions for knitting a Santa doll.
Knit Santa Doll
Santa needs a Santa suit, so I thought that I would make him one from handmade felt.
I started by felting a fairly thin piece of red felt (approx 15″x15″ Square)
After felting I cut a piece of this felt that was wide enough to fit around Santa’s tummy, and long enough to fit his legs. Then I cut partly up the center of the piece of felt – to fit around his legs.
I hand stitched around the cut piece with a length of wool yarn, to strengthen the edges.
I then hand sewed the legs together with red wool yarn.
From the remaining red felt, I cut a slit into the fabric and a small oval for the neckline.
I fitted this around the Santa doll and then cut away small sections to shape the sleeves.
I hand stitched the sides and sleeves together.
Then I needle felted a trim around Santa’s jacket using white merino roving.
With remaining bits of the red felt I cut a triangle shape for his hat and then needle felted some white merino wool for the brim of his hat.
I hand spun a few ounces of black Shetland wool for knitting the Santa boots. You can use any pure wool yarn. The boots are knitted in a similar fashion to Santa’s legs.
Cast on 13 stitches
Knit 6 rows stocking stitch
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
Fit the boots around Santa’s feet and sew up the seams.
Needle felt a bit of wool fleece for his hair and beard. Then attach his hat to his head lightly with a bit of needle felting.
Christmas Crafts Books
Artful Christmas: 30 Elegant Craft Projects
Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!
Knit a Vintage Christmas: 22 Stocking, Ornament, and Gift Patterns from Christmas Past
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings: Classic Designs to Knit for the Holiday