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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Here's one of the things I've been up to lately. Our guild had a Christmas contest in November, which inspired a lot of us to do some fun Christmas knitting. Here was my contribution from an original design and he won 1st prize! Yea! Admittedly, I was inspired by some of Alan Dart's various toy patterns, but this Santa is different in construction and extra accessories. I've just now written up the pattern and am offering it for $10 through Pay Pal.
It's actually a few patterns wrapped into one, since the hat, mittens, knapsack and tiny teddy bear can be used separately as Christmas tree ornaments or package toppers. All of the instructions for ornaments as well as the complete Santa are included in the 13 page pdf file. I have two versions of the pattern, one hand knit and one machine knit. The end product should look the same.
For the machine knit pattern, a midgauge knitting machine is used, but actually any machine can be used with suitable yarn. This one measures 19" tall and about 6" wide at the belly. Sporting a Norwegian scarf and lugging a knapsack full of goodies, he's an authentic Claus. No ribber is required to knit him and you only have to be a beginner on the machine to get him done.
For the hand knit pattern, all pieces are knit flat and seamed. I used size 8 knitting needles.
When ordering please specify hand or machine. If by machine, an additional .stp file will be sent for the scarf in case you have DesignaKnit.
I have to admit, I think he's one of the cuter things I've designed. He'll be stationed at a place of honor this Christmas. Probably on the fireplace mantel.