Saturday, November 17, 2018

Christmas Cheer Cuddlers - Santa

Today, I want to share my second pattern in my "CHRISTMAS CHEER CUDDLERS" - Santa Claus.  All of my Cuddlers are made from the same basic pattern with feature variations to individualize.

I made these Rag doll style which means they are not overly stuffed with Polyfil.  These are perfect for the kids, for decorating around the house, attach to a wreath, nestle in or under your tree, sit on your shelf/table/mantle/bed...just lots of different ways to show off each one...

So, I hope you all will enjoy making your very own SANTA!!!

Christmas Cheer Cuddlers - Santa Pattern
Size:   approx. 18" tall

Gauge:  Not important for this project

Materials:
--4.0mm & 5.0mm hooks
--#4 worsted weight yarn in Red, Aran White, Black, Green and Gold (I used RHSS yarn)
--less than 15 inches of Bernat Pipsqueak yarn in White for the boot cuffs
--(2) 15mm black safety eyes - eyes
--Polyfil--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together
HDC:  half double crochet
DC:  double crochet
TC:  triple crochet
FLO:  front loops only
Sk:  skip
Rep:  repeat
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Santa:

Directions:
Head/Body Panel (make 2):
1.  With Red yarn and 5.0mm hook, Ch15.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 12 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
4.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 14 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
5.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 16 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (20)
6-20.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (20)
21.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 16 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
22.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 14 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
23.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 12 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
24.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 10 st, SC2tog.  FO Red yarn and join Aran yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
25.  With Aran color, 1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
26.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 10 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
27.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 12 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
28-35.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
36.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 12 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
37.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 10 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
38.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 8 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
39.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and weave ends.  (10)

Make a second panel.  One panel is your front piece and the second panel is your back piece.  Before joining the two panels together, you will need to make the features for the front side.

Eyes:
1.  Attach safety eyes at Rows 34 or 35.
 Mustache:
1.  With White yarn and 4.0mm hook, Ch12.  SC in 2nd ch from hook. DC in the next ch. TC in next 2 ch.  HDC in next ch.  Sl st in next ch.  HDC in next ch.  TC in next 2 ch.  DC in next ch.  SC in last ch.  (11)
2.  Ch4.  Sl st into first ch.  Rotate and work on the base ch.  SC in the first 4 ch.  Sl st into the next 3 ch.  SC in the  last 4 ch.  Ch4.  Sl st into the first ch.  FO and leave a long enough tail to attach.  (see below pic for placement)


Mouth:
1.  With Red yarn and 5.0mm hook, Ch6.  Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  SC in the next ch.  Sl st in each of the last 2 ch.  FO and leave a long enough tail for attaching.  (4 sl st and 1 st)  (see below pic for placement)

Beard/Hair:
1.  With White yarn and 5.0mm hook, join yarn at the end stitch of Row 37 with a sl st and Ch1.  Into same st, *SC.  Sk next st.  Then work 5 DC into the next st.*  Rep 2 more times.  Now you should be ready to work across Row 25.  Ch12.  Work from * to * up the opposite side 3 times.
2.  For the beard portion, join the yarn into the Ch12 space.  HDC 12 times.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
3.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
4.  *SC in first st, Sk next st.  5 DC into next st.  Sk next st. * Rep across.  SC in last st.  FO.

For the Back Panel, you will only complete step 1, omitting the Ch12 portion.  You will only want the hair on each side of the face portion.  (See below pic.)  

Arms (make 2):
For the arms, you are going to make 2 arms (1 on each side) for each panel:
1.  With 5.0mm hook, join Red yarn at Row 18 with a sl st and Ch1.  SC into same st.  SC in the end stitches of Row 19-21.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
3-6.  Rep #2.  At the end of Row 6, FO Red yarn and join White yarn.  Ch1.  (4)
7.  You will work this Row in the FLO.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in the next 2 st, 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
8.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and weave ends. 

Hands (make 2):
For the hands, you are only going to make 2.  The hands will not be joined until you are joining the Front and Back Panels together.
1.  With Green yarn and 5.0mm hook, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (12)
3.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (12)
4.  SC2tog.  Rep 5 more times.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6)
5.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6)
6-7.  Rep #5.  At the end of Round 7, FO and leave a tail for attaching.
8.  For the thumb, I made a Ch4.  Sl st into first ch.  (picot stitch created) FO and attach to the side. 

Legs/Boots (make 2):
For the legs/boots, you are going to make 2 (1 on each side) for each panel: 
1.  With Red yarn and 5.0mm hook, join yarn in the last st of Row 1 with a sl st and Ch1.  SC in same st.  SC into the next 3 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
3-8.  Rep #2.  At the end of Row 8, FO Red yarn and join black yarn.  Ch1.  (4)
Boots:
9.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
10-11.  Rep #9.
12.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch3.  Turn. (make sure your Ch3 is on the outside since this is forming the boot shape)
13.  SC in the 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
14.  SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching.  (6)
Make 2nd leg for panel.  Then, repeat 2 more times for the second panel.  

Now, you are ready to start the assembly portion.

Assembly:
1.  Whipstitch join the front and back panels together.  Be sure to position the hands between the Front and Back arm sections to attach.  If so desired, you can SC around your Cuddler.  Just make sure, whichever method you decide on, that you use the correct yarn color for joining together (red to red sections; white to white sections; black to black sections). 
2.  Before you finish off joining, add Polyfil.  Remember, this is made Rag Doll style so don't over-stuff.
3.  With Pipsqueak yarn and tapestry needle, whipstitch around top of Boot to make a cuff.

Now, you are ready to continue with making the Belt, Buckle and Hat...


Belt:
1.  With Black yarn and 5.0mm hook, Ch41.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Leave a long tail for joining belt to body.  

Buckle:
1.  With Gold yarn and 5.0mm hook, Ch25.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO.  Leave a long tail for joining buckle to the belt and body.

See my pics for belt/buckle placement. 

Hat:
1.  With White yarn and 5.0mm hook, Ch30.  Sl st join to first ch to form a ring.  SC in each st around.  (30)
2-4.  1 SC in each st around.  At the end of Round 4, FO White yarn and join Red yarn.  Ch1.  (30)
5.  1 SC in each st around. Sl st join and Ch1.  (1)
6-12.  Rep #5.
13.  SC2tog, 1 SC in the next 3 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (24)
14.  SC2tog, 1 SC in the next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (18)
15.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (18)
16.  SC2tog, 1 SC in the next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (12)
17.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (12)
18.  SC2tog.  Rep 5 more times.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (6)
19-24.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  At the end of Round 24, FO and weave ends.  (6)

Pompom:
1.  With White yarn, I wrapped 20-25 times around 3 fingers.  Tied double knot in the center and then trimmed with scissors.  Fluff and attach pompom to tip. 

Use White yarn and tapestry needle to attach hat around top of head.  I also used Red yarn and tapestry needle and made a few whipstitches to make the hat's bent shape near the top.

And, that's it!!!!  Super cute and easy project to complete in one evening.  Below, you will find the links to the Turkey and the Snowman Cuddlers.  Click on the links to go directly to the patterns...



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