Little Santa

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Santa Head

How to Knit a Little Santa

What you will need...

Total time - 1 Hour 10 Minutes Each

Complete Size 4 cm Width, 7 cm height

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn - White, red, pink, and black.

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Optional Pin/Plain Hairband - to Sew to the Back to form a Badge/Decorative hairband

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Before You Start...

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - K wise or P wise according to pattern. US - bind off

B&t tightly - Break off yarn and thread yarn through the remaining stitches on needle, pull up tightly and fasten off

TOP TIP

Sew up and add stitching in the suggested order to allow a neater finish when fastening off loose ends.

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How to Make it...

Made from two separate knitted head pieces. Pieces are sewn together with added stitching for facial features. Optional pin badge, hairband or finger-knitted loop to be sewn on your finished piece, to allow it to be used as an accessory.

Front Head Piece

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Make 1

Time - 20 Minutes

Piece Size 4 cm x 7 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarns White, Pink, Red

Beginning with the beard and using white yarn, cast on 5 sts

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (7 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (10sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 6, Inc Kwise, K 1 (12 sts)

Break off yarn and join on pink

Begining with a K row st-st 2 rows

Break off yarn and join on white

K 1, K2tog, K 6, K2tog, K 1 (10 sts)

K 1 row

Break off yarn and join on red

Beginning with a K row st-st 2 rows

st-st 6 further rows, dec 1 st at the start of every row (4 sts)

K2tog twice

P 1 row

Break off yarn and join on white

Inc Kwise into both sts (4 sts)

P1 row

Inc Kwise into every st (8 sts)

P1 row

K2tog to end (4sts)

B&t tightly

Rear Head Piece

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Make 1

Time - 15 Minutes Each

Piece Size 4 cm x 6 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarns White, Red

Beginning with the hair and using white yarn, cast on 5 sts

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (7 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (10sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 6, Inc Kwise, K 1 (12 sts)

Begining with a P row st-st 2 rows

K 1, K2tog, K 6, K2tog, K 1 (10 sts)

K 1 row

Break off yarn and join on red

Beginning with a K row st-st 2 rows

st-st 6 further rows, dec 1 st at the start of every row (4 sts)

K2tog twice

P2tog and fasten off

Piece it Together...

Stitching of facial features- Total of 15 Minutes

Sewing-up time - Total of 20 Minutes

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Facial Features

Using dark brown yarn, stitch two eyes onto the front santa main piece, within the small pink section. Continue to sew a small mouth onto the upper part of santa's beard, as shown in the picture.

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Sewing Up

With right side of st-st on the outside, begin at the bobble at the top of the hat. Pull up tightly and oversew rows ends, leaving a gap at the base. Poke in a small amount of stuffing to form bobble shape. Continue to sew across row ends of the rest of the hat, face and beard, leaving cast on edges open. Stuff the rest of the santa firmly and close gap in the seam.

Either fasten off all loose ends, or leave a length to be able to sew on the hairband or pin badge if desired.

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Fixing Hairband

Making a Hairband

Sew the hairband so it lies horizontally across the back of the santa. This will allow the santa to rest in the upright position in the hair.

Oversew several times to give it strength and longevity.

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Make it Different...

This little Santa makes a lovely addition to turn many things Christmassy. Due to the small size, it is great for putting in the hair, or to hang from a drawer, handle or window. Especially good for a handmade Christmas tree decoration!

There is also the option of knitting a Santa using just the single front main piece. This main piece may then be sewn onto something else, such as a stocking or cushion. Using the same pattern with larger needles, will make it slightly larger without adding any extra time.

Have a go at amending the pattern slightly to make this into a little elf. Instead of having the purl as the right side for the beard - flip the pattern to have the traditional st-st with the K-side being the right for this part also, to make a smooth face. Choose green for the main hat colour and there you have the basics for an elf. Experiment with some different facial features to make him a little bit cheeky!

Complete the collection by adding in a snowmanreindeer or angel!

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Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

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All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next!