I have had a pattern for a knitted Father Christmas for several years and it has always looked a bit intimidating. All it took was a nudge in the right direction.
For the knitting nerds out there, this project is knit in the round, toe/foot up, with a few pieces added at the end. You also stuff a little as you go.
I ordered the yarn specified in the pattern, and used the stated needles. (If you know me, then you'll understand why this is newsworthy.) The yarn came from a family owned company in Nebraska called Brown Sheep. They have an interesting story and you can read about it here. But they only sell wholesale, so I ended up ordering through a place called Paradise Fibers. I was a little surprised that they still sold the same wool in the same colors since the pattern is at least 10 years old.
My goal was to finish before Thanksgiving, well in time for the Christmas rush.
The finished Father Christmas turned out somewhat bigger than I had imagined, at about 16 inches. I hadn't paid close attention to the measurements so was a little surprised at the size.
I had intentionally ordered extra red yarn, to be on the safe side. (another newsworthy statement for me) So I ended up with enough leftover yarn to make two smaller versions. You can easily downsize a pattern by changing the weight of the yarn or size of the needles, but since I had the yarn, I did a little math and adjusted the numbers to about a two-third size. I also decided to add a belt and integrate the beard, fringe and hat as I knitted, so there wasn't much to do at the end except the eyes and buttons. The smaller version is about 10 inches long.
I've included a few "work in progress" photos for those that might be interested.
And then the smaller size ones.