Materials; Cygnet Superwash pure merino DK in white (208), red (298) and black (217) *
Polyester toy stuffing
Gold elastic cord (25cm) for tie **
Tension; 26sts x 32rows over 10cm in stocking stitch
Finished size; approx. 10cm high x 6.5cm wide, excluding scarf
Cast on 5 in red.
r1: inc in all sts (10)
r2 and all even rows: p
r3: inc in all sts (20)
r5: k2, inc, *k4, inc* x3, k2 (24)
r7: k2, inc, *k5, inc* x3, k3 (28)
r9: k2, inc, *k6, inc* x3, k4 (32)
r11: k2, inc, *k7, inc* x3, k5 (36)
3 rows st-st
Change to black
k 1 row
Reverse st-st 3 rows.
Change back to red, st-st 2 rows
r21: k2, k2tog, *k5, k2tog* x4, k4 (31)
r23: k2, k2tog, *k4, k2tog* x4, k3 (26)
r25: k2, k2tog, *k3, k2tog* x4, k2 (21)
r27: change to white, work 5 rows st-st
3 rows rev st-st
Change to red
r31: k2, k2tog, *k2, k2tog* x4, k1 (16)
r32: p8, turn, k8, turn, p to end
r33: k1, k2tog, *k1, k2tog* x4, k1 (11)
r34: p6, turn, k6, turn, p to end
r35: k2tog x5, k1 (6)
r36: p3, turn, k3, turn, p to end
r37: k2tog x3
Change to white
r38 and all following even rows: p
r39: inc in all sts (6)
r41: *k1, inc* x3 (9)
r43: *k1, k2tog* x3 (6)
r45: k2tog x3
Cut yarn and thread though remaining 3sts.
Cast on 6
r1: (k1, p1) x3
r2: (p1, k1) x3
These 2 rows form the moss stitch pattern, repeat to a total of 16 rows.
Cast on 20sts.
r15: (k1, p1) to end
r16: work 23sts, turn
r17: work to end
r18: work 20sts, turn
r19: work to end
r20: work 17sts, turn
r21: work to end
r22: work 15sts, turn
r24: work 13sts, turn
r26: work 11sts, turn
r28: work all sts
r29: cast off 20sts, continue in moss to end of row
Complete 16 rows more
Sew up seam at back of beard.
Add french knots for the eyes in black yarn. Place these 4sts apart, just under the reverse knit band at the bottom of the hat.
Stitch up the white bobble first and stuff, then stitch the rest of the centre back leaving a small gap, stuff, finish stitching.
Santa tends to lean and look a bit wonky, who doesn’t after a sherry? So to keep his balance right whilst hanging on the tree you might like to follow the diagram below.
Slide the beard on over his head to cover the colour change between body and face.
*available at John Lewis, Oxford Street, London. Please note that any DK yarn would be suitable.
** sample uses cord from Kleins in London’s Soho (www.kleins.co.uk).