Here is the pattern that I used to create my knit Santa that I recently added to my Etsy store:
Although knitting is not my favorite, I love Santas and I must say this pattern worked up pretty fast because it is knit with two (2) strands of yarn and larger needles. The pattern was easy to follow and I definitely would recommend it to any knitter for adding to their Christmas decor.
Below are pictures of the completed Santa in my Etsy Store:
The pattern states that you can use worsted weight yarn instead of the boucle yarn which is a little harder to handle so I did my santa beard with worsted weight yarn and I think the finished doll is just as nice as the one with boucle yarn.