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Welcome to Nature's Sol first set of crochet instructions on Instructable. Please give me any comments or helpful hints for my future instructions.

Step 1: What Do I Need?

All of my toy styled crochet products are crocheted in the round. This means that there is no end to any round. You use stitch markers to keep track of your rounds and you just crochet in non-ending circles. 

This gives you a finished product without unsightly seams.

There are MANY crochet instruction sites on the web. You need to know how to chain, single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st).

The slide shows what supplies you need. The music button and doll/bear joints are optional. I am going to do a similar instruction for a "shelf" Santa as a decoration which will not jointed legs.

Step 2: The Santa Head

Using yarn color of your choice of “flesh” tone yarn.

Chain 4, sl st to form a ring, ch 1, turn.

8 sc within the ring = 8 sc total

Do the rounds continuously so there is not a seam.

Step 3: Santa Head Continued

Row 1:  4 x (sc, 2sc in next sc) = 12 sc total
Row 2:  4 x (sc in next 2 sc, 2sc tog in next sc) = 16 sc total
Row 3:  4 x (sc in next 3 sc, 2sc tog in next sc) = 20 sc total
Row 4:  4 x (sc in next 4 sc, 2sc tog in next sc) = 24 sc total
Row 5:  4 x (sc in next 5 sc, 2sc tog in next sc) = 28 sc total
Row 6:  4 x (sc in next 6 sc, 2sc tog in next sc) = 32 sc total

Step 4: Finish Up That Santa Head and Give Him Some Eyes.

Row 7:  4 x (sc in next 7 sc, 2sc tog in next sc) = 36 sc total
Row 8 – 13:  6 rows of 36 sc = 216 sc total
I stopped tracking rows and just made 216 single crochets. Then I started counting again as I began the decreasing rows.

Row 14: 4 x (sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc tog) = 32 sc total Row 15: 4 x (sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc tog) = 28 sc total Row 16: 4 x (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc tog) = 24 sc total Row 17: 4 x (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc tog) = 20 sc total

Tie off – leave long “tail” to be used later to attach the head to the body.

Place eyes and stuff.

I placed my eyes 8 rows up from the finish and approximately 2 stitches from each other.

Step 5: Oh, My Goodness - Santa's Bald!

Wrap white yarn around a business card sized cardboard.

Each strand will be a single strand of hair.

Cut ONE side of the yarn wrap.

After cutting the one side of the yarn wrap. Separate and straighten the strands

Step 6: Giving Santa a Hair Transplant

Begin at approximately the 4th row up from “neck.”

Insert a crochet hook and loop strand over end.

Pull strand through. NOT ALL THE WAY through. Just the looped end.

Bring the two end strands through the loop that was pulled through.

Pull tight.

Step 7: Put a Hat on His Head

With red, chain 44, slip stitch into a ring.
Row 1:  44 sc in the ring, change to white
Row 2 – 4:  44 sc each row (in white).
Change to RED.

Row 5:  1 row of 44 sc
Row 6:  4 x (9 sc, 2 sc tog) = 40 sc total
Row 7 – 8:  40 sc
Row 9:  4 x (8 sc, 2 sc tog) = 36 sc total
Row 10:  1 row 36 sc
Row 11:  4 x (7 sc, 2 sc tog) = 32 sc total
Row 12:  32 sc

Step 8: Top the Hat Off

Row 13:  4 x (6 sc, 2 sc tog) = 28 sc total
Row 14 – 16:  28 sc total
Row 17:  4 x (5 sc, 2 sc tog) = 24 sc total
Row 18:  24 sc
Row 19:  4 x (4 sc, 2 sc tog) = 20 sc total
Row 20 - 21:  20 sc
Row 22:  4 x (3 sc, 2 sc tog) = 16 sc total
Row 22-23:  16 sc
Row 24:  4 x (2 sc, 2 sc tog) = 12 sc total
Row 24 - 25:  12 sc
Row 26:  2 sc tog, 8 sc, 2 sc tog = 10 sc total
Row 27 – 28: 8 sc  
Remainder rows:  2 sc tog until the tip is closed.

Step 9:

I wrapped white yarn around the card that the music button came on.

You can use any item which will give you the length of the pompom you wish to end up with.

Thread the end of the yarn onto a needle. Take this needle and bring it through one end of the wrapped yarn.

Do this a couple of times to tie off the pompon at its center.

Wrap the threaded end around the “middle” of your pompom a few times, pulling the bundle tight with each wrap. Then tie a knot. Cut the thread leaving a 3” tail to be used to attach the pompom to the hat.

Step 10: Put the Pom in the PomPom

After tying the pompom tightly around the middle – cut the opposite side.

Fluff the pompom and you can trim any uneven edges or you can even make it shorter if you wish.

Using the “tail” from tying around the bundle of yarn – attach the pompom to the tip of the hat.

I then took the tail and wrapped about an inch up from the hat “bundling” the pompom again.

Step 11: Put the Jingle Bells in Santa's Hat

I then took the tail and wrapped about an inch up from the hat “bundling” the pompom again. Tie it off and blend the tail into the pompom.

Place the music button in the tip of the hat.

Fold the hat “tip” over towards the back. Tack in place with red yarn.

Step 12: The White Beard

The Beard

ch 8, turn
Row 1: sc in 2nd, 2x (sc in next ch), 3 sc in next ch, 3x (sc in next ch), ch 1, turn
Row 2:  3x (sc in sc ), 3x (2 sc in ch), 3x (sc in sc), ch 1, turn
Row 3:  sc in next 4 sts, 4 x (2 sc in next st), sc in next 4 sts, ch 1 turn
Row 4:  Sl st, sc, hsc, sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, hsc, sc, ch 1, turn
Row 5:  sl st in 2nd st, sc, hsc, sc in the next 4 sts, tr, 3tr, tr, sc in the next 4 sc, hsc, sc, sl st, finish off,

Leave a yarn tail to sew beard onto face.

Step 13: Add a Mustache and Some Eyebrows

Mustache
Chain 12, turn
Slip stitch in second chain, sc, hsc, 2x(sc),hsc,slip stitch to next chain, hsc, 2x(sc), hsc, sc, tie off

Leave “tail” to use to sew the mustache to the head.

The eyebrows are each a chain of 5 and attached to the face with the “tail” of the yarn.

Attach the moustache and beard to the face. Attach the hat.

Step 14: Give Him That Belly of Jelly

Body

ch 4, sl st to form a ring
Row 1:  ch 1, 2 sc in each ch = 8 sc total
Row 2:  4 x (sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next) =  12 sc total
Row 3:  4 x (sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next) = 16 sc total
Row 4:  4 x (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next) = 20 sc total
Row 5:  4 x (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next) = 24 sc total
Row 6:  4 x (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next) = 28 sc total
Row 7 – 11:  5 rows of 28 sc
Between the 6th and 7th row insert the “screw” side of the hip movable joint.

The crocheting may begin to “bowl.” This is not an issue. You will “flatten” the bottom when you stuff it.

Change to Black Yarn
Row 12 – 14:  3 rows of 28 sc, change to white yarn
Row 15 – 17:  3 rows of 28 sc, change to red yarn
Row 18 – 20: 3 rows of 28 sc

Step 15: Continue the Body

Begin decreasing rounds

Row 21:  4 x (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc tog) = 24 sc total
Row 22 – 23:  2 row of 24 sc
Row 24:  4 x (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc tog) = 20 sc total
Row 25 – 27:  3 row of 20 sc
Row 28:  4 x (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc tog) = 16 sc total

Tie off leaving long strand to attach the body to the head.

Stuff body, shaping and forming as you stuff. Make the bottom heavier/larger than the top. Do not overstuff.

Step 16: Give Him a Hand - and a Faux Thumb

Hands

Begin with white yarn.

ch 3, sl st to form ring, ch 1
Row 1:  2 sc in each chain = 6 sc total
Row 2:  3 x (sc, 2 sc in next sc) = 9 sc total
Row 3 – 5: 9 sc

Faux thumb
Do not continue on the row.

Chain 5, turn,

dc in 2nd chain from hook and in next 3 chs

Connect to the original beginning sc for next row.

Step 17: Go Up the Arm

Row 6 – 8:  9 sc each row

Stuff only the hand and forearm. Leave the rest of the arm “floppy.”

Change to red yarn.
Row 9 – 20: 9 sc each row

Tie off and attach to Santa at the neck.

Step 18: These Boots Were Made for Chimneys

Boots

With black
ch 3, sl st ring, ch 1
Row 1:  6 sc in ring
Row 2:  3 x (1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) = 9 sc total
Row 3:  3 x (2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) = 12 sc total
Row 5 – 10:  5 sc, ch 1, turn = 5 sc total

Step 19: Finishing the Sole of the Boot

Sc along outer edge of the sole of the boot.

The boot is composed of the 5x5 square and the circle that started the boot.
You will sc down the side of the 5x5 square (5 scs), then sc around the initial circle (7 scs total), then sc up the 5x5 square (5 scs).

Row 11 – 14:  23 sc

Step 20: Building the Sides of the Boot and Up

Sc 5 along side of boot.
Ch 5 and attach to opposite side of the boot.
Sc 14 around the cuff of the book for 12 rows.

Top of Boot

Ch 6, turn,
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 chs, ch 1, turn.

5 sc for 4 more rows.

Attach 5x5 square to the top of the boot with a needle and black yarn.


Step 21: Give Him a Leg to Stand On

Legs - make two

With red
ch 4, sl st ring, ch 1
Row 1:  8 sc in ring
Row 2:  4 x (1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) = 12 sc total
Row 3:  4 x (2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) = 16 sc total
Row 4 – 15:  16 sc

At about the 8th row, insert the hip joint at the between the 3rd and 4th row and continue the leg with it attached to the body.

Tie off after 15th row. No need for a long tail.

Stuff lightly. Especially keep the thigh lightly stuffed, trying to avoid making it look like turkey legs.

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Merry Christmas!
That is great! I love the details the most, like the beard, mustache and that pompom you made for the hat :D
Also, I had never heard of those doll joints! Those sound handy!

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