Monday, January 31, 2011

Amigurumi Nativity: Crocheted Joseph Pattern

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Every Christmas my goal is to come up with a pattern for a new nativity figure. 

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Last year was Mary and baby Jesus and this year is Joseph! (Update 2/1/12: there's an angel too)

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Joseph Amigurumi Pattern

Notes on this pattern:

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  • There are a few color changes in this pattern. Aside from that, the most complicated part of the pattern to crochet is the headband which is crocheted in the round (as opposed to in a spiral which is the traditional amigurumi way). There are also a few pieces that are crocheted flat.
  • The finished size of the figure is 5 inches.
Materials needed:
  • Bulky weight yarn in a flesh color, blue (for headcloth and robe), red (for body and headband) and brown (for beard and hair). I used Lion Brand Jiffy.
  • Size H (5.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stuffing
  • Optional: Bean bag plastic pellets. Putting some of these in the bottom of the Joseph figure can help it balance better. Make sure the pellets are large enough that they won't work their way through the crochet stitches. Pellets are not recommended if small children may have access to the figure.
Abbreviations used in this pattern:
  • Rnd = round, when doing continuous crochet
  • Row = row, when doing flat crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • ch = chain
  • slp st = slip stitch
  • sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together, aka a decrease. (I recommend using falwyn's invisible decrease.) sc3tog = single crochet three stitches together.
The pattern:

Joseph's Arm
Make two using spiral crochet. Begin with flesh color:
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4 sts).
Rnd 2: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] two times (6 sts).
Rnd 3: sc around (6 sts).
Color change to red:
Rnd 4: sc around (6 sts).
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] three times (9 sts).
Rnd 6: sc around (9 sts).
Rnd 7: sc around (9 sts).
Rnd 8: sc around (9 sts).
Rnd 9: sc around (9 sts).
Rnd 10: sc around (9 sts).
Bind off, leaving tail to use to sew arm to body. Stuff arm.

Joseph's Head and Body
Using spiral crochet. Beginning with flesh color:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 sts).
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] six times (18 sts).
Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc 2] six times (24 sts).
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc 3] six times (30 sts).
Rnd 6: sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 7: sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 8: [sc2tog, sc 3] six times (24 sts).
Rnd 9: [sc2tog, sc 2] six times (18 sts).
Rnd 10: [sc2tog, sc 1] six times (12 sts).
Color change to red:
Rnd 11: sc around (12 sts).
Rnd 12: [2 sc in next st, sc 3] three times (15 sts).
Rnd 13: [2 sc in next st, sc 4] three times (18 sts).
Rnd 14: [2 sc in next st, sc 5] three times (21 sts).
Rnd 15: [2 sc in next st, sc 6] three times (24 sts).
Rnd 16: [2 sc in next st, sc 7] three times (27 sts).
Rnd 17: [2 sc in next st, sc 8] three times (30 sts).
Rnd 18: [2 sc in next st, sc 9] three times (33 sts).
Rnd 19: sc around (33 sts).
Rnd 20: [2 sc in next st, sc 10] three times (36 sts).
Rnd 21: sc around (36 sts).
Rnd 22: sc around (36 sts).
Sew arms to body underneath head. Stuff head and upper part of body (stuffing it partially now is easier than trying to stuff the whole thing as you are closing it up).
Rnd 23: [sc2tog, sc 4] six times (30 sts).
Rnd 24: [sc2tog, sc 3] six times (24 sts).
Rnd 25: [sc2tog, sc 2] six times (18 sts).
Rnd 26: [sc2tog, sc 1] six times (12 sts).
Stuff the rest of the body. Add plastic bean bag pellets if desired.
Rnd 27: [sc2tog] six times (6 sts).
Bind off, closing hole and weaving in tail.

Joseph’s Headcloth
See the pattern for Mary's Veil for photos on how the headcloth is crocheted. Crocheted flat. Using blue:
Row 1: ch 11. sc in second chain from hook. [sc in each chain] eight times (with first sc, a total of 9 sc). In 10th chain, 4 sc. Work back down the other side of the chain doing sc in each chain (total of 9 sc), ch 1 turn (22 sts).
Row 2: sc 9, 2 sc in next 4 sts, sc 9, ch 1 turn (26 sts).
Row 3: sc 9, 2 sc in next 8 sts, sc 9, ch 1 turn (34 sts).
Row 4: sc across, ch 1 turn (34 sts).
Row 5: sc across, ch 1 turn (34 sts).
Row 6: sc across, ch 1 turn (34 sts).
Row 7: sc across, ch 1 turn (34 sts).
Row 8: sc across, ch 1 turn (34 sts).
Row 9: sc across, ch 1 turn (34 sts).

You can stop there, but I like to run a chain of single crochet across the bottom to even out the edges. Here’s how to do it: After Row 9, ch 1 then sc across bottom (about 18 or 19 st). When you reach the end, ch 1 then slp st in first stitch on other edge. Bind off, weaving in tails.

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Unfinished bottom edge on headcloth.

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Single crochet across the bottom edge.

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Finished bottom edge on headcloth.

Joseph’s Headband
Crochet in the round in red:
Rnd 1: ch 26. Join by slp st in the first st (so you will have a circle)
Rnd 2: sc all. There will be a gap at the end so close it by slp st in the first st in the round.
Bind off, leaving tail to use to sew on headband.

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Chain 26.

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Join chain using slip stitch to form circle.

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Single crochet around circle.

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Close circle using slip stitch.

Joseph’s Robe
Crochet flat in blue:
Row 1: ch 11. sc in second chain from hook. sc in each chain 9 more times (for a total of 10 sts). ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: sc across, ch 1 and turn (10 sts).
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 and turn (10 sts).
Row 4: 2 sc in first st, sc 8, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (12 sts).
Row 5: sc across, ch 1 and turn (12 sts).
Row 6: sc across, ch 1 and turn (12 sts).
Row 7: 2 sc in first st, sc 10, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (14 sts).
Row 8: sc across, ch 1 and turn (14 sts).
Row 9: sc across, ch 1 and turn (14 sts).
Row 10: 2 sc in first st, sc 12, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (16 sts).
Row 11: sc across, ch 1 and turn (16 sts).
Row 12: sc across, ch 1 and turn (16 sts).
Row 13: 2 sc in first st, sc 14, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (18 sts).
Row 14: sc across, ch 1 and turn (18 sts).
Row 15: sc across, ch 1 and turn (18 sts).
Row 16: 2 sc in first st, sc 16, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (20 sts).
Row 17: sc across (20 sts).

Joseph's Robe Edging: Note that the stitch counts in parenthesis in this section are approximate and may vary. If you don’t end up using exactly the same number of stitches as I did, it’s okay.

1. Chain 1 and single crochet up the side, stopping about 2/5ths of the way from the top (9 sts).
2. To make the arm hole, chain enough stitches to be even with the top row (6 sts).
3. Use slip stitch to join the chain to the last stitch in the top row.
4. Chain 1, turn and single crochet back down the side (15 sts).
5. At the bottom corner, chain 1 and single crochet across the bottom row (21 sts).
6. At the end of the bottom row, repeat steps 1-4 for the next side. Then chain 1 and join it using a slip stitch into the first stitch in the bottom row. Bind off and weave in ends.

Here's a slide show showing how the edging on the robe is done:

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Joseph’s Beard
Crochet flat in brown (leave long tail for sewing to face):
Row 1: ch 8. sc in second chain from hook. sc in each chain 6 more times (for a total of 7 sts). ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: sc across, ch 1 and turn (7 sts).
Row 3: sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (5 sts).
Row 4: sc across, ch 1 and turn (5 sts).
Row 5: sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (3 sts).
Row 6: sc3tog (1 st).
Bind off and weave in tail.

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Final Construction
Put headcloth and headband on Joseph and sew them down. Sew beard to Joseph's face. Add hair if desired. Put on his robe by sticking the arms through the arm holes. If you want his arms to be down instead of sticking out, you can hold them down and use some yarn to sew them to his sides.
Pair Joseph with Mary and baby Jesus and enjoy your nativity!

17 comments:

Holly Days Closet said...

This is for sure going on my to do list my grand daughter loves my nativity's this way she can have her own and it won't brake.
Holly

Cathy said...

Glad you like it!

mamabanana said...

Thank you, Thank you Cathy, I have been waiting and waiting for this.... am just getting thru a couple of projects and then will make and post this..... adapted to pakistan, hehehehe, maybe with a turban?

Joanne Bridge-Linker said...

Thank you so much for these patterns! Since I found your Mary and Baby Jesus one I have been waiting for the next one to come out! I can't wait to make these and give them away at church!

Thank you again!!!!

Cathy said...

You all are very welcome and thank you for your patience! I was very rushed to design the pattern before Christmas. Once I had it figured out, I had to crochet six of them in about a day so I could mail them out. Unfortunately they didn't get to my family members before Christmas but they got them a few days later. :)

Six in one day burned me out and it took a while before I wanted to pick the hook up again to make one for myself and finalize the pattern. That's why it's taken me an extra month to get the pattern up!

mamabanana I can't wait to see what you come up with, let me know when you have some pictures up on Ravelry!

kabouters said...

i love it thanks for sharing

Cat Carlisle said...

You're welcome! :)

ABrady said...

Do you have any patterns for animals, wisemen, or shepherds?

Cat Carlisle said...

ABrady, I am doing one new doll each year so it will be a while before all the patterns are here! I am making them for my family as Christmas gifts so I usually design and make them in December, then post the new pattern in January once I have had time to type it up.

But if you are in a hurry to finish off your nativity, you don't have to wait on me to make more patterns. You can make a body for any of the other figures in the nativity by using the basic head, body and arm pattern from Joseph and changing the colors and decorations to fit. For example, give the doll wings and a halo and it becomes an angel, give it a crown and it's a wise man or a staff and it's a shepherd! Really from now on that is all I will be doing, just redecorating the basic body pattern to make new figures!

As far as animals, I will be making patterns for those too eventually, but if you need a pattern now I suggest looking at Crochet Pattern Central, which has free crochet patterns. Here is a whole section they have just of farm animal patterns.

Hope this helps!

Janna and Tyler said...

Can't wait for the next pattern, I hope you do an angel next.
Here's a picture of how mine turned out (I just used scrap colors that I already had):
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pcugYAdAlfYEJM_-5vTXAxs9ZtmuxW9WMf9fiVEZbbU?feat=directlink

Cat Carlisle said...

Thanks for the picture! You are in luck, because the doll I made this Christmas for my friends and family was an angel. I need to make one last doll (for myself, I ran out of time to do it before Christmas), write up the pattern and then I will be able to post it here (hopefully before the end of January).

annekreatief said...

thank you for sharing this patterns :-)..

Anne

Jenny said...

Hi! I am wanting to do a nativity scene as a Christmas present for my mum. Her mum used to knit little characters. I can't knit but I can crochet. Do you have any patterns for the 3 kings and shepherd's too?
Thank you for the patterns
Jenny

Cat Carlisle said...

Hi Jenny, glad you like the patterns. Right now I only have patterns for Mary and Jesus, Joseph, an angel and a sheep. I try to come up with one new pattern each year so at some point in the future there will probably be shepherds and wise men but it will not be any time soon. I think you could use the Joseph pattern as a base to make shepherds and wise men - just decorate them differently. The shepherds could have shepherd's crooks, the wise men could have crowns and gifts. Hope that helps!

Redloon said...

Hello again Cathy, thought of you today as i have started my umpteenth nativity set! This time they are going to friends of mine in Italy, who requested REALLY SMALL figurines for a miniature creche. Have Mary and jesus done and have started on Joseph today. She is Barely 7.5 cms tall! I will post Pics on Ravelry when I am done and put a link here for you to see! cant wait to see this year's pattern, which I am sure you are dreaming up for us already!!! hehehe thank you again for such a wonderful and adaptable pattern and for your generosity in sharing. muna

Cat Carlisle said...

I love tiny things so that sounds adorable! :)

Eloise Taylor said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful patterns . They are something to really be proud of. Thank you so much . Eloise Taylor

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