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Knitted Scary Santa (With Pattern)

I have been knitting for over 50 years and love to share this wonderful, relaxing and therapeutic craft with others.

Completed Scary Santa

Completed Scary Santa

Scary Santa Doll

So the holiday season is upon us, and our thoughts go to gifts, food, family, friends and decorations. This Scary Santa is for those who enjoy alternatives. Do you or someone you know love the gothic scene? Or crime thrillers? Or horror movies? This doll could be a fun gift for them. Have fun.

Neccesary Materials

  • 50 grams of black chunky yarn (Yarn A)
  • Small amount of purple chunky yarn (Yarn B)
  • Small amount of white double knit yarn (Yarn C)
  • Small amount of flesh chunky yarn (Yarn D)
  • Small amount of grey chunky yarn (Yarn E)
  • One pair of 4.5 mm knitting needles, or 4mm if preferred
  • Toy filling
  • A sewing-up needle
  • A red alcohol colouring pen
  • A small amount of red double knit yarn
  • A white pipe cleaner
  • 2 x 3mm double pointed knitting needles

Before You Begin

  • If you haven’t got chunky yarn, then double knit (dk) used doubled throughout will suffice. I used dk yarn doubled throughout, including the sewing up.
  • This doll is knitted flat and then seamed. Remember to leave long enough cast on and cast off tails on all of your knitted pieces as these are best for sewing up your doll.
  • All sewing up is done on the right sides of the doll unless otherwise stated.
  • Always use glass head pins when sewing up or marking out. They are much easier to see than dressmakers pins and safer.


Approximately 16.51 cm in length.


Not essential for this pattern.


  • K - knit
  • P - purl
  • K2tog - knit 2 stitches together
  • KFB - knit into the front and back of a stitch.

Step 1: Knit The Head And Body

  1. Using 4.5 mm knitting needles and colour A, cast on 25 stitches.
  2. Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 15 rows.
  3. Change to colour D, and starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 10 rows.
  4. Cast off purl wise.

How to Sew Up the Body and Head

  1. With right sides together and making sure the seam is on the centre back, sew the side seam together using a back stitch and changing colours as you go (see photo 1). Or you could do ladder/mattress stitch (with wrong sides together)—whatever is your usual preference.
  2. Then, keeping the seam still on the centre back, sew along the bottom edge (see photo 1).
  3. Turn right-side out and fill with toy filling. These toys are meant to be plump, so you don’t have to spare the filling!
  4. Over-sew the top edge together. You now have a small pillow shape, ready to add the character (see photo 2).

Step 2: Knit the Shoes

Remember that you'll be making two shoes.

  1. With 4.5 mm knitting needles and colour A, cast on 4 stitches.
  2. Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 13 rows.
  3. For row 14, knit.
  4. For rows 15–23, starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 9 rows.
  5. Cast off purl wise.

How to Sew Up the Shoes

  1. With wrong sides together, fold the cast-on edge of the shoe up to just below the ridges of the knit row at row 14.
  2. Whip stitch the side seams together.
  3. Stuff the shoe very lightly in the toe.
  4. Now take the cast-off edge and roll backwards until you meet the ridges of the knit row at row 14—so, coming from the other end of the shoe and rolling under.
  5. Sew in place . By making the shoe in this way, you are creating a little heel so that your Santa will be free standing.
  6. Repeat with the second shoe.

Step 3: Knit the Arms

  1. With colour A, cast on 4 stitches.
  2. Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 4 rows.
  3. You don't have to cut yarn A at this stage, just carry it up the side by twisting yarn A and D together at the beginning of every knit row.
  4. Change to yarn D and starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 8 rows.
  5. Cut yarn D.
  6. Change back to yarn A, and starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 5 rows.
  7. Knit the next two rows.
  8. Cast off.

How to Sew Up the Arms

  1. With the wrong sides together and with the cast-on edge not quite meeting the cast-off edge—so, just under the last two knit rows—fold the arm in half and whip stitch the side seams, changing the colours from black to flesh where necessary.
  2. Stuff the arms lightly at the hand end.
  3. Attach them securely to Santa's body by sewing along the 2 knit rows at the cast off edge for the back of the arm .
  4. Then, bring your needle round to the front of the arm and sew in place.
  5. Use your picture as a placement guide (see photo 2).
Scary Santa Photo 2

Scary Santa Photo 2

Step 4: Knit the Hat

  1. With colour B, cast on 30 stitches.
  2. Knit 2 rows in garter stitch.
  3. Change to colour A.
  4. Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 12 rows.
  5. Follow this pattern:
  • Row 13: k5, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k1, k5, k2tog, k5, k2tog. 26 stitches.
  • Row 14: Purl.
  • Row 15: k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1, k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog. 22 stitches.
  • Row 16: Purl.
  • Row 17: k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1, k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog. 18 stitches.
  • Row 18: Purl.
  • Row 19: k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog. 14 stitches.
  • Row 20: Purl.
  • Row 21: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog. 10 stitches.
  • Row 22: Purl.
  • Row 23: k2tog twice, k1, k2tog twice. 5 stitches.
  • Row 24: Purl.
  • Rows 25 to 30: Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 6 rows. Change to yarn B for the bobble on the top of the hat.
  • Row 31: KFB in 1st stitch, knit to last stitch, KFB in last stitch. 7 stitches.
  • Rows 32 to 37: Knit. Break yarn, leaving a long tail.

How to Sew Up the Hat

  1. Thread the tail through your sewing-up needle and through the 7 stitches on your knitting needle.
  2. Draw up tightly and sew sides together.
  3. Stuff the bobble tightly and stitch along the bottom of the bobble to stop the filling falling through.
  4. Pull tightly and fasten off.
  5. With wrong sides together, either ladder stitch or mattress stitch the hat together, swapping yarn colours as required.
  6. Attach the hat to Santa's head by running straight stitches in yarn B around the garter stitch purple band, catching the head just under the hat as you go.

Step 5: Knit the Belt

You'll only need to make one belt.

  1. Using colour B, cast on 30 stitches.
  2. Knit 1 row.
  3. Cast off knit wise.

How to Sew Up the Belt

  1. Sew the belt around Santa’s middle using a running stitch all the way round .
  2. Using some grey yarn, sew a square buckle to the middle of the belt using plain straight stitch. Use the picture as your placement guide.

Step 6: Create the Face and Beard


Before sewing in the eyes, I used a couple of pins with glass heads to place the eyes where I was most happy with them. Check the photo for the placement.

Layer 1: The eyes are layered. Starting with A small amount of black yarn, swiss darn four stitches in the area of one eye. Repeat with the second eye.

Layer 2: Starting with a small amount of white yarn, swiss darn two stitches in the centre of the black. Repeat for the second eye.

Layer 3: Starting with a small amount of red yarn, swiss darn one stitch in the centre of the white. Repeat for the second eye.


I stitched a nose using colour D by placing about 8 straight stitches all in the same place, with the top of the nose starting just between his eyes and ending one stitch down.


  1. Make the beard by first threading the needle with approximately an 18-inch piece of grey yarn (double knit, doubled).
  2. Position glass head pins around Santa's face, roughly in the shape you want his beard.
  3. Run your needle under one stitch at a time on Santa's face.
  4. Pull approx. an 8-cm length of yarn through and cut.
  5. Tie a knot to secure.
  6. Repeat until the beard is complete. Trim the beard to the required shape.
  7. To get the shaggy-beard look, you loosen each beard strand with the tip of your sewing-up needle and comb through.

Step 7: The Candy Cane

With your 3 mm double pointed needles & colour white- cast on 3 stitches

Row 1. Knit 3 stitches. Do not turn your needle but push the 3 stitches to the other end.

Row 2. Holding the pipe cleaner at the front of your work, pull the yarn firmly & knit 3 stitches, encompassing the pipe cleaner. Push the 3 stitches (with the pipe cleaner) to the end of the needle. Note how the yarn carries across the back of your pipe cleaner.

Remember to pull yarn firmly at the beginning of each row.

Do this for approximately 8 cm.

Cast off in the usual way.

You may notice a gap where the yarn has been carried across the pipe cleaner. This is fine, just thread one of the tail ends in your sewing up needle and stitch along the length to close. Fasten off.

Finishing the Candy Cane

Thread a single length of red double knit yarn in your sewing up needle.

Secure at one end of the candy cane and wrap the diagonal stripes around the length until you reach the other end. Finish wrapping by covering approximately 2 cm of the end of the candy cane in solid red.

Bend the candy cane into shape and sew to Scary Santa's hand.

Use the photos as a guide.

Step 8: The Blood Spots

I used French knots to make the blood spots but you could also use Swiss Darning or just a couple of small stitches on top of each other.

Whichever method you use, make random blood spots around the side of Scary Santa (The same side as the candy cane) and not forgetting one or two on his hat.

To finish use your red alcohol marker to smudge some blood in Scary Santa's beard/

Back View of Scary Santa

Back View of Scary Santa

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Sue Creftor