I am now re-working most of the Father Christmas pattern to suit me! I like easy, simple projects that end up looking pretty good ... I'm not really a knitter who likes to be completely challenged, baffled and confused when it comes to directions.
So, with that in mind, I'm knitting Father Christmas differently! Right now, I have the body (I did the lower body and upper body, along with the head, as all one piece) and the two legs. I am just about to start the arms. I am going to experiment with the infamous "loop stitch," but if it, too, becomes more of a nuisance than a pleasure, I'm going to try latching the yarn in on the ends in a sort of fringe, instead.
I'll keep you posted!