So is he a "Santa Claus" or is he a "Father Christmas"? I never thought much about this until my friend Louise (an American) suggested there was a difference; in the ensuing discussion, it seems my guess did not gel with her view. I think she told me that Father Christmas is the traditional old chap and that Santa Claus is one in red with the white trim.
Anyway - which ever he is, I'm sure he'll make a nice little seasonal knitted toy.
This example knitted by my friend Jennie, and if you live around Ewell in Surrey in the UK you can find her work for sale at local craft fares .
Note that: the body is knitted with the yarn doubled (2 strands held together), and the clothes are single.
With white yarn (W) and 3mm needles and yarn used double, cast on 20 stitches and work 3½ inches in stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl).
Shape shoulders by casting Off 5 stitches at the beginning of
the next 2 rows. [10 sts].
Now increase 1 stitch at each end of every row until there are 18 stitches.
Work 14 rows straight for back of head.
Now decrease 1 stitch at each end of every row until 8 stitches remain.
Join the two halves together and stuff firmly.
Arms (Make 2)
With yarn C, cast on 14 stitches, and work 1 inch in stocking stitch, ending with a purl row. Break off C.
Join in W, and continue until work measures 2½ inches.
Fold in half lengthways and join seam, leaving top open for stuffing. Stuff and sew to body.
Legs (Make 2)
With yarn B, cast on 24 stitches, and work 1 inch in stocking stitch, ending with a purl row.
Next row: k8, cast off 8, k8 [16 sts]
Work across these 16 stitches for 1 inch, leaving 8 cast-off stitches for toe of boot. Break off B.
Join in yarn W, and continue straight until work measures 3½ in.
For the left front: with yarn W, cast on 16 stitches, and knit 4 rows. Break off W.
Continue in red (R) and white (W) thus:
Cast on 10 stitches at the beginning of the next row for the sleeve,
then work 1 inch straight on these 26 stitches, ending at the neck edge.
Work the right front to correspond, reversing all shaping.
With yarn R, p19 stitches from the from right front, cast on 10 stitches, then p19 from left front.
Continue in stocking stitch for l inch
Cast off 10 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then work 2½ inches, finishing with 4 rows of garter stitch in white (W).
Join side and sleeve seams of coat and fit on body, then join the front edges in white from neck to waist.
Trousers (Make 2)
With yarn W, cast on 30 stitches and k4 rows. Break off W.
Join in yarn R, and work in stocking stitch until piece measures 2½
inches, then increase 1 stitch at each end of the next and every alternate
Continue straight until work measures 5 inches from the start.
Join seams and fit on body.
Attach garments to body stitching round neck, wrists, waist of trousers and top of boots.
With yarn W, cast on 36 stitches, and knit 4 rows.
Join in R, and work straight in stocking stitch until piece measures
3½ inches. Then k2tog at the beginning of every row until 4 stitches
Fold in half lengthways and join seam from point to start of shaping.
Taking photo as a guide use blue for eyes and black for eyebrows and nose. Make moustache and beard with loops of white, sewing in position.
With yarn B, cast on 4 stitches, and work 5 inches in garter stitch,
(every row knit). Cast Off.
Sack (not shown in photo)
With white (or any colour of your choosing), cast on 34 stitches and
work 3 inches in stocking stitch. Cast off.
With double yarn (or make a 2-ply twisted rope) gather up sack and sling round shoulder and under arm.