Crochet a Christmas angel

Ho ho ho! Oh 'tis the season to be jolly so we thought we would share with you this free pattern to crochet an angel as featured in our sister mag Simply Knitting

If you like this free angel crochet pattern and want to make more then get your mitts on the pattern for the whole nativity in issue 87

How to make a crochet angel

You will need:

Materials:

 

Hayfield Bonus Toytime DK (100% acrylic, 25g/70m) 1 ball of each:

Flesh Tone (963)

Sunflower (978)

White (961)

DMC Lumina (L3821) gold lurex thread

DMC Colour Infusions gold memory wire

 

Polyester toy stuffing

Plastic granules for toy stuffing (available from fredaldous.co.uk)

Clear plastic bottle lid approx 4cm diameter

A white sock

Black embroidery thread

Black seed beads

PVA glue

Tapestry needle (needle with a blunt point and large eye)

Standard sewing thread

Tools:

 

A 3.5mm crochet hook

A 2.5mm crochet hook

Measurements

14cm high

Abbreviations (UK terms are used throughout)

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ch chain

dc double

ss slip stitch

st(s) stitch(es)

tr treble

2dc tog work 2 double crochet together as follows: insert hook into st, yarn round hook and draw yarn through, insert hook into next st, yarn round hook and draw yarn through. Yarn round hook and draw through all loops on hook.

Start crocheting here:

Note The pattern is worked with a 3.5mm crochet hook unless stated otherwise.

 

BODY

With White, make a magic loop as follows:

About 30cm from the end of the yarn, wind the yarn twice around the index finger of your left hand (if you’re right-handed). Insert the hook under the two strands on your finger, pick up the working yarn (the yarn running to the ball) and pull it under the two strands so that you have a loop of yarn on your hook. Pick up the working yarn again, and pull it through the loop on the hook – this counts as 1 ch.

Work 10 dc into the loop. Ss to the first ch of the round to join it into a circle. Pull on the tail end of yarn (the free end not attached to the ball) to pull the loop closed.

Round 1 Ch 1, 2 dc in each st, ss to first ch.
[20 sts]

Round 2 Ch 1, (2 dc in next st, 1 dc) 10 times, ss to first ch. [30 sts]

Round 3 Ch 1, 1 dc in each st, ss to first ch.

Round 4 Ch 1, 1 dc in each st worked in the back loop of the sts on the previous row, ss to first ch.

Round 5 Ch 1, 1 dc in each st, ss to first ch.

Continue rows of dc as round 5 until base measures 5cm high.

 

WEIGHTING AND STUFFING THE BASE

At this point put the plastic bottle lid in the base and stuff this portion of the body as follows:

Put plastic granules in the toe of the sock to make a small ball that will fit inside the base of the body. Tie a knot in the sock and trim off the remaining sock with a pair of scissors so that it isn’t too bulky.

Make a small hole in the centre of the bottle lid using a needle. Thread a tapestry needle with the tail end from the magic loop at the base of the body, take it through the central hole in the lid and through the ball of plastic granules. To secure, take the thread back through the granules and the lid and pull tight so that the bottle lid and the granules sit snugly in the base of the body. You may find it easier to turn the body piece inside out to achieve this, and then turn it back over the lid and stuffing when finished. Secure the thread to the base of the body with a couple of stitches and fasten off. When you top up the stuffing after the next piece of the body is completed, use polyester toy stuffing.

 

SHAPING

Next round Ch 1, (2dc tog, 3 dc) 6 times, ss to first ch. [24 sts]

Next round Ch 1, 1 dc in each st, ss to first ch.

Next round Ch 1, (2dc tog, 4 dc) 4 times, ss to first ch. [20 sts]

Next round Ch 1, 1 dc in each st, ss to first ch.

Next round Ch 1, (2dc tog, 3 dc) 4 times, ss to first ch. [16 sts]

Next round Ch 1, 1 dc in each st, ss to first ch.

Next round Ch 1, (2dc tog, 2 dc) 4 times, ss to first ch. [12 sts]

 

Put the toy stuffing in the top portion of the body.

Next round Ch 1, (2dc tog) 6 times, ss to first ch. [6 sts]

Make sure the body is stuffed firmly, fasten off and leave a long end to sew up the remaining hole.

 

HANDS AND ARMS

Starting with skin tone, ch 2 and 6 dc in the ch furthest from the hook. Ch 1 and work 1 dc in each st for 12 sts, working in a spiral without closing off the round with a ss. Join in the arm colour and continue the spiral until hand and arm measures 6cm.

Fasten off leaving a tail of yarn to use in sewing arm to body.

Make another arm and sew both to the top of the body. Fasten the top of each arm to the body, but also place a couple of stitches on the underside of the arm to join it to the body about 1.5cm from the top of the arm.

 

HEAD

Worked from the top of the head down.

With Flesh Tone, make a magic loop, ch 1 and 10 dc into the loop. Ss to the first ch before pulling up the loop.

Round 1 Ch 1, 2 dc in each st, ss to first ch. [20 sts]

Round 2 Ch 1, 1 dc in each st, ss to first ch.

Round 3 Repeat round 2.

Rounds 4-7 Ch 1, 1 dc in each st, ss to first ch.

Round 8 Ch 1, (2dc tog, 2 dc) 5 times, ss to first ch.
[15 sts]

Round 9 Ch 1, (2dc tog) 7 times, 1 dc, ss to first ch.
[8 sts]

Fasten off.

Stuff and sew up the remaining hole. Leave the end intact to sew to the body.

 

HAIR

With Sunflower make a magic loop, ch 1 and 6 dc into the ring. Ss to join to the first ch of the round before pulling up loop.

Round 1 Ch 1, 2 dc in each st, ss to first ch. [12 sts]

Round 2 Ch 1, (2 dc in next st, 1 dc) 6 times, ss to first ch. [18 sts]

Round 3 Ch 1, 18 dc, ss to first ch.

Round 4 Ch 1, (2 dc in next st, 2 dc) 6 times, ss to first ch. [24 sts]

Round 5 Ch 1, 24 dc, ss to first ch.

Row 6 Ch 1, 16 dc, turn.

Continue working another 6 rows of dc (as row 6) back and forth on these 16 sts.

Fasten off.

Roll the bottom of the hair up slightly and stitch in place, stitch to head.

 

WINGS (make 2)

With DMC Color Infusions gold memory wire, Ch 6, ss to join.

Row 1 Ch 3, 7 tr into ring, turn.

Row 2 Ch 7, tr in first st (skip st at base of ch), ch 3, tr in next, ch 3, tr in next, ch 3, skip 2 sts, dc in next. Ch 3, skip 1 st, dc in next.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

HALO

With DMC Color Infusions gold memory wire, ch 16 and ss to join into a ring. Weave in ends and attach to the head at one point at the back of the halo so that it ‘stands up’.

 

TRUMPET

Worked with a 2.5mm hook and DMC Lumina gold. Ch 12.

Row 1 11 dc, starting with second ch from hook, turn.

Row 2 Ch 1, 11 dc.

Fasten off leaving a long end.

Double a piece of DMC Color Infusions gold wire to the same length as this crochet strip. Twist the two pieces of wire together at either end, but leave a portion in the middle untwisted and with one of the strands pulled out to make a loop. This will form the trumpet handle.

Place this length of twisted wire along the length of the
crochet strip and sew up the two long edges of the strip around the wire to make the base of the trumpet, leaving the loop of the handle exposed. Fasten off.

 

TRUMPET BELL

Make a magic loop, ch 1 and 4 dc into the loop. Ss to the first dc to join before pulling up the loop. Continue working in a spiral without closing off each round with a ss as follows:

Round 1 (2 dc in next, 1 dc) twice. [6 sts]

Rounds 2 & 3 6 dc.

Round 4 (2 dc in next, 2 dc) twice. [8 sts]

Round 5 (2 dc in next, 1 dc) 4 times. [12 sts]

Round 6 (2 dc in next, 1 dc) 6 times. [18 sts]

Round 7 2 dc in every st of the round. [36 sts]

Fasten off. Use the long tail end to sew the bell to the base of the trumpet.

 

BELT

Worked with a 2.5mm hook and DMC Lumina gold. Make a chain approx. 30cm long and work one row of dc along it.

Fasten off and sew in ends.

Tie around angel.

 

TO MAKE UP

Using Flesh Tone, make several small straight stitches on top of one another to make the nose. Using a strand of black embroidery thread, sew two black seed beads for eyes, and backstitch eyebrows and a mouth.

Sew the wings to the back using standard sewing thread, the hand to the trumpet handle and the base of the trumpet to the mouth.

 

Lovely isn't she! What a lovely Christmas heirloom the nativity would make.

Have you had a go? We would love to see over on our Facebook page :)

 

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