Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Crochet Santa

 

Today is the final week of Cosy Crochet's Christmas month and I am finishing off with, I think, my favourite Christmas pattern for this year, my Santa.   Like Cookie the Elf, he is fully posable and I think that's part of his charm, but I just love how cute this Santa is. He has everything a Santa needs, a red coat with a white fluffy trim, matching trousers and hat, complete with bobble on the end, black boots and belt, a cute little nose and a big round belly, plus a super fluffy beard.

Santa is constructed in a very similar manner to Cookie the Elf, partly because they are both posable, but also because they are both dolls and if a pattern works why completely change it right?  Santa however, has much, much more detail than Cookie and I think its these details which really make me love him.   I could never have created Santa a year ago, I just didn't know then what I know now.   I hadn't even heard of surface crochet until this summer and now I absolutely love it!  Santa uses a lot of surface crochet.  His hat is attached using it, so is his beard, he boot and arm cuffs use it as does a lot of the details on his coat.   In fact I think all Santa's little details use it, it gives definition and textures especially as its combined with the really fluffy yarn you can get.

I decided to work all the white on Santa using a combination of yarn, so its actually two stranded, one strand of chunky yarn in white (well off white actually as they were out of pure white when I ordered it) and 1 strand of the really fluffy snowflake yarn that sirdar make.   I really wanted the fluffy yarn but it can be a pain to work with, adding a normal strand combats this problem slightly and the stitches are slightly easier to see than they otherwise would be.  But it also brings the thickness up a little as the fluffy yarn is just not as thick as the chunky yarn I used for the rest of Santa which makes him work so well.   The thickness of the chunky yarn combined with a 4mm hook is really what makes him so stable that allow him to sit up unaided when combined with the doll joints which make him completely posable.

Santa uses 1 ball of red chunky yarn and about a quarter of a ball of each of the white and black and half a ball of the fluffy white yarn.   In fact if you bought two balls of red and 1 of everything else you

would easily be able to make a pair of Santa's, and since they only took a couple of evenings to make there is still plenty of time to make 1, 2 or as many as you would like to add to your Christmas decorations.   His ability to move his limbs means Santa can sit in a window, or climb the stairs or even hang off the tree if you wanted him too.   He can stand, although he does need support for this as he isn't really heavy enough.   If you wanted to change this you could probably fill up his legs with something like a bag of rice and then he may well stand up too (although please note, I haven't tested this so it may not work!)

The pattern for Santa is completely FREE and you can get it below, so there really is no reason why everyone shouldn't have their own cuddly Santa in their house this Christmas!  Don't forget to show off your pictures on my social media channels if you make one.

See you next week,

Vicky x

Santa (with posable joints)

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make Santa

·        Painbox Simply Chunky – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Rose Red (313)

o   Paper white (300)

o   Pure Black (301)

o   Light Caramel (308)

o   Sirdar Snuggly Chunky Snowflake Yarn in Milky 25g

o   Odd amount of yellow or gold for sewing belt buckle

·        4mm hook

·        Stuffing

·        2 x 10mm safety eyes in black

·        5 x 25mm doll joints

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        s-sc – surface single crochet

·        sk – skip

·        b/l – back loops

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        There is no specific gauge for Santa, just work as tightly as possible.

·        Santa’s Legs, arms and head are worked first with part of the doll joint.  These are all attached to the body as it is made. 

·        Santa uses s-sc to add some of his details and his beard.  

·        For all white parts of this pattern hold 1 strand of chunky yarn with 1 strand of snowflake yarn and work together

·        This pattern is worked in the round, do not sl st together unless stated, use a stitch marker to make note of where your round begins.

·        The finished Santa is 40cm tall when stretched out and 28cm wide.   His arms, legs and head are fully posable.  

 

4.  Pattern

Arms – work 2 starting in black

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(sc inc, 2 sc) x6

24

5-8

Sc around

24

9

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

10

Sc around

18

11

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Switch to white

 

12

Sc around

12

13

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

14

Sc around

18

 

Switch to red

 

15-26

Sc around

18

27

13 sc, ch 1 , sk 1, 4sc

17 & ch 1

28

13 sc, sc in ch 1 gap, 4 sc

18

29

Sc around

18

 

Stuff arm and put pointed part of doll joint through ch 1 gap created in row 27

 

30

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

31

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st, cast off  and sew shut.   Sew in end.

 

 

Legs – work 2 starting in black

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6-8

Sc around

30

9

(sc, sc dec) x 4, 18 sc

26

10

(sc dec, sc) x 3, 5 sc, (sc dec) x 4, 4 sc

19

11

3 sc, sc dec, 14 sc

18

12-17

Sc around

18

 

Switch to white

 

18-20

Sc around

18

 

Switch to red

 

21-29

Sc around

18

30

17 sc , ch 1, sk 1, **

17 & ch 1

31

17 sc, sc in ch 1 gap **

18

32

Sc around

18

 

Stuff leg and put pointed part of doll joint through ch 1 gap created in row 29

 

33

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

34

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st, cast off  and sew shut.   Sew in end.

 

**note that you cannot use this round for both legs.   To create the opposite leg work as follows; row 30-  9 sc, ch1. Sk 1, 8 sc, row 31, 9sc, sc in ch1 gap, 8 sc

 

Head– in Light Caramel

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

8-15

Sc around

42

16

(5 sc, sc dec) x 6

36

17

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

18

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

19

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

20

Sc around

18

 

Add eyes between rows 9 and 10, 7 stitches apart

 

 

Stuff head

 

21-22

Sc around

18

23

(Sc, sc dec) x 6  in b/l

12

 

Add any extra stuffing and pointed part of doll joint so the point will come out of the centre of the next round.

 

24

Holding doll joint in place work (sc dec)x 6 around edge

6

 

Sl st and cast off and sew around so doll joint is in securely.

 

 

·        Sew a nose across 2 stitches and 2 rows 1 row down in the centre of the eyes in skin pink using a few stitches.

·        Sew a mouth in black centrally under the nose.

 

Body – in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c (do not pull tight head will be secured through here)

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

Sc around

18

5

(sc inc, 2 sc) x 6

24

6

Sc around

24

7

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

8

(sc, ch 1, sk 1, 13 sc) x 2

28 & 2 ch 1 gaps

9

(sc, sc in ch 1 gap, 2 sc, sc inc, 4 sc, sc inc, 4 sc, sc inc) x 2

36

10

Sc around

36

11

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

12

Sc around

42

13

(6 sc, sc inc) x 6

48

14-20

Sc around

48

 

Switch to brown

 

21

Sc around

48

 

Switch to red

 

22

Sc around

48

23

(6 sc, sc dec) x 6

42

24

(5 sc, sc dec) x 6

36

 

Add head and arms to the body – insert the doll joint through the gaps in round 1 & 8 and then secure through the body

 

25

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

26

(3 sc, ch1, sk 1, 11 sc) X 2

28 & 2 ch 1 gaps

27

(3 sc, sc in ch 1 gap, 11 sc) x 2

30

28

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

29

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Add legs through gaps in round 26 and secure doll joints through body.

Stuff body

 

30

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

31

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and sew shut.   Sew in ends

 

 

·        Sew belt buckle on to centre of belt.

 

Bottom of Coat – in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

 

Attach yarn in centre of coat underneath the belt rows using s-sc

 

1

S-sc around round under belt until back in centre (DO NOT JOIN), turn

 

2-6

sc around, do not join, turn

 

 

Cast off and switch to white

 

7

Attach yarn on edge of round 1 and work all the way down the edge, along the  bottom of row 6 and back up opposite edge in sc, turn

 

8

Repeat row 7 then cast off and sew in ends

 

  

·        s-sc around edge of Santa’s neck in white.

·        S-sc in white from centre of belt up to neck edge, around neck and then back down to the centre of the belt to create coat edge.

·        S-sc around centre row of each of the arm and leg cuffs in white.

 

Hat – in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

3 sc in magic circle

3

2

(sc, sc inc) x 2

6

3

Sc around

6

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

5

Sc around

8

6

(3sc, sc inc) x 2

10

7

Sc around

10

8

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

9

Sc around

12

10

(5 sc, sc inc) x 2

14

11

Sc around

14

12

(6 sc, sc inc) x 2

16

13

Sc around

16

14

(7 sc, sc inc) x 2

18

15

Sc around

18

16

(8 sc, sc inc) x 2

20

17

Sc around

20

18

(9 sc, sc inc) x 2

22

19

(10 sc, sc inc) x 2

24

20

(11 sc, sc inc) x 2

26

21

(12 sc, sc inc) x 2

28

22

(13 sc, sc inc) x 2

30

23

(14 sc, sc inc) x 2

32

24

(15 sc, sc inc) x 2

34

25

(16 sc, sc inc) x 2

36

26

(17 sc, sc inc) x 2

38

27

(18 sc, sc inc) x 2

40

28-30

Sc around

40

 

Switch to white

 

31-32

Sc around

40

33

s-sc hat to Santa’s Head in white

 

 

Cast off and sew in ends

 

 ·        Make a 2” pom pom in white and sew to the end of the hat.

 Beard – in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

S-sc 19 stitches along Santa’s face from his hat edge to the opposite side of his face, work 1 row down from the base of his nose, turn

19

2

Sc across, turn

19

3

7 sc, ch 5, sk 5, 7 sc, turn

14 & ch 5

4

7 sc, 5 sc in ch 5 gap, 7 sc, turn

19

5-6

Sc across, turn

19

7

Sc dec, 15 sc, sc dec, turn

17

8

Sc dec, 13 sc, sc dec, turn

15

9

Sc dec, 11 sc, sc dec, turn

13

10

Sc across, turn

13

11

Sc dec, 9 sc, sc dec, turn

11

12-13

Sc across, turn

11

 

Cast off and sew in ends

 

  

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