18 Days Left Until Christmas!
When I was a kid, our neighbors, the Rumsches, gave my brothers and me soup can Santas one year at Christmas. They were made by their Grandma Harriet. I thought they were so clever. And, they were filled with candy! That never hurts.
I've always had a mind to recreate the soup can Santa. Here's my version.
- Clean, empty soup can with a circumference of about 9 inches (I used a can of chicken broth with a tabbed top; this worked out great because you end up with a nice smooth rim)
- Felt--red, pink, white, blue and black
- Red and white worsted weight yarn
- Size 8 double pointed needles
Step 1: Knit cap as follows. Because it's small, you will have to use double-pointed needles. I happen to love working with dp needles and I think they get a bad rap. Give it a go; it'll be fine! If you really can't do it, knit this on two needles (remembering to purl every other row to get the stockinette stitch), then seam it up the back.
- co 44 with white yarn
- *k2 p2* for 5 rounds
- Change to red yarn and knit until your work measures 3.5 inches from the bottom; begin decreasing for crown
- 1: *k9, k2 tog*
- 2: k even
- 3: *k8, K2 tog*
- 4: k even
- 5: *k7, k2 tog*
- 6: k even
- 7: *k6, K2 tog*
- 8: k even
- 9: *k5, k2 tog*
- 10: k even
- 11: *k4, K2 tog*
- 12: *k3, K2 tog*
- 13: *k2, K2 tog*
- 14: *k1, k2 tog*
- 15: *k2 tog*
- Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches and pull up to close the hole on top. Tie off. Work in all ends. Make a pompom out of white yarn and tie to top of cap.
Step 3: Cut out felt pieces using template provided below. Glue pieces on can.
Cost: Pretty darn cheap
Time to complete: From soup to Santa in 2-4 hours, depending on how fast you can knit
Skill Level: An intermediate knitter or confident beginner could knit the cap. The rest could be done by an 8 year old.
There we go, day 7 is in the bag. On to week 2 of the Retro Craft Virtual Advent Calendar.
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