Clue #4 - Let’s finish the sweater!

It’s time to finish putting the sweater together, and give Santa a face! Follow our tips for the face - or design your own Santa - there’s no wrong way to do it!

Don’t forget that if you have any doubts you’ll find a list of resources at the bottom of the clue, and that you can also leave questions to our experts using the comment form at the bottom of the page.

We really hope you enjoyed knitting this sweater with us, and we really want to see how yours looks finished. So don’t forget to send pictures to the #dropsfan gallery!

Let’s get started!

Sew the raglan-seams top down to mid-under sleeve – sew inside the 1 edge stitch.
Sew the side seams inside the 1 edge stitch.

Knit up from the right side approx. 67-71-75-68-68-72 stitches around the neck (including the stitches on the thread in front) using short circular needle size 4.5 mm = US 7 and medium grey Air or grey Nepal (color a). Knit 1 round where you decrease evenly to 60-60-64-64-68-68 stitches. Then work rib in the round (= knit 2/ purl 2) for 2 cm = 3/4”. Change to raspberry Air or deep red Nepal (color b) and work rib in the round for 1 cm = 3/8”. Loosely bind off with knit over knit and purl over purl. The sweater measures approx. 36-40-44-48-52-56 cm = 14 1/4”-15 3/4”-17 1/4”-19”-20 1/2”-22” from the shoulder down.

POM POM (for hat):
Make a pom pom with off-white (color c) of approx. 5-6 cm = 2”-2 3/8” in diameter; leave 2 strands to fasten the pom pom with. Fasten the pom pom to the end of the loose hat on the front piece.

1 fringe= 1 strand of 45 cm = 17 3/4” using off-white (color c). Cut 18 fringes.
Each fringe is fastened above the purled stitch on the neck of the Santa. Fold the fringe double, thread the loop around the stitch, then thread the strand-ends through the loop and tighten. Fasten a similar fringe in each of the 17 remaining stitches over the purled stitch. Then tie a loose knot using all the strands; tie the knot approx. in the middle of the strands. Trim the beard to the required length.

1 fringe= 1 strand of 7 cm = 2 3/4” using off-white (color c). Cut 8 fringes.
Fold the fringes double and thread the loop around a stitch beneath a purled stitch on the face of Santa, then thread the strand-ends through the loop and tighten. Fasten a similar fringe beneath each of the purled stitches. Trim the moustache to the required length.

Using a left-over of black (color e), sew grafting stitches over 3 stitches and sew 1 stitch across the next stitch towards the middle.


Our sweater is now complete! And we can’t wait to see how yours looks like! 😁 Share pictures of your finished Christmas sweater on social media with hashtags #DROPSChristmasKAL and #SleepySantaSweater – and don’t forget to send them to the #dropsfan gallery!

Looking for the pattern to knit also the lovely Santa hat? You’ll find it in: children sizes and baby sizes.

Need some help?

Here’s a list of resources to help you finish the sweater!

Comments (3)

Elisabeth Peperkamp 01.12.2019 - 07:37:

De kerstkado'tjes zijn bijna klaar ben al aan de derde bezig met merino , basis groen, hartelijk dank voor het leuke patroon

Csákvári Zsuzsanna 27.11.2019 - 16:56:

How can I make a face on the Jumpers backside ? Make a mustach and eyes or do just a long hair for Santa?

DROPS Design 28.11.2019 - 10:26:

Dear Mrs Csákvári, you can make a face on the jumper's back piece as we show on the front piece, or create your own, there is no bad way to make the face, just follow your inspiration. Happy knitting!

Tina 26.11.2019 - 22:07:

Vielen Dank für einen weiteren tollen Pullover - es hat wie immer riesigen Spaß gemacht, bei einem KAL von Drops dabei zu sein :D

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