Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Amigurumi Nativity: Crocheted Angel Pattern

Here are the previous nativity patterns: Mary and baby Jesus, Joseph.

Angel Amigurumi Pattern

Notes on this pattern:
  • My patterns are free and may not be sold. Please do not reproduce or repost patterns or instructions from without my permission. For information on selling items created from my patterns, please view the FAQ.
  • Most of this pattern is continuous crochet and there are a few color changes. The wings are crocheted flat.
  • I like to make all the accessories first so they are ready to be sewed on when I make the body. That's why they're listed first in the pattern.
  • The finished size of the figure is 5 inches.
Materials needed:
  • Bulky weight yarn in a flesh color, white (for body and wings) and brown (for hair). I used Lion Brand Jiffy. Optional: you can also a fluffy or feathery white yarn for the wings.
  • Optional: gold embroidery floss (for decoration on sleeves)
  • Wired gold cord or floral wire and unwired gold cord (for the halo)
  • Thread that matches the hair color
  • 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:

Angel's Hair
Use spiral crochet with the brown (hair color) yarn to make the wig cap:
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).
Go to my amigurumi wig instruction page and follow Steps 2-5 to add hair to the wig cap.

Angel's Wings 

Make two. Crocheted flat using white yarn (the same yarn as the body or the optional fluffy/feathery yarn). Leave a long tail at the start to use to sew the wing to the body.
Row 1: ch 9. sc in second chain from hook. sc in each chain 7 more times (for a total of 8 sts).
Row 2: ch 2. sc in second chain from hook. sc 7 (for a total of 8 sts). ch 1 and turn.
Row 3: sc 5. slp st 1 and turn.
Row 4: *sc 4. ch 1 and turn.
Row 5: sc 4. slp st 1 in earlier row and turn.
Row 6: *sc 3. ch 1 and turn.
Row 7: sc 3. slp st 1 in earlier row. Bind off, leaving long tail to sew to body.

* When doing a single crochet after a slip stitch, do not do the single crochet in the slip stitch. Instead, skip over the slip stitch and do it in the next single crochet (see video).

Angel'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 white:
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. If desired, used gold embroidery floss to decorate the sleeves. Stuff arm.

Angel'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 white:
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).
Stuff the head. Sew the wig to the head (see Step 6 here). Sew arms to body underneath head. Sew wings behind arms. Stuff the 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.

Step 1 if you do not have wired gold cord: cut a 9 inch length of regular gold cord and a 11 inch length of floral wire. Run the floral wire through the middle of the gold cord until one inch of the wire is exposed on either end of the cord. Go to Step 2.
Step 1 if you do have wired gold cord: Cut an 11 inch length. Remove an inch of the cord from each end, leaving the wire exposed.
Step 2: If needed, use glue or Fray Check to keep the raw ends of the cord from unraveling.
Step 3: Holding the ends together, twist about two inches away from the ends to create a circle. Twist all the way down to the wire ends.

Final Construction
Trim and style hair. Place halo on head by sticking the bare ends of the wire into the head. If desired, sew the angel's hands together in prayer. Pair with Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus and enjoy your nativity!


CODY CLARK said...

These are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing them! What are you planning on doing for this year?

Cat Carlisle said...

Glad you like them! I will be busier than usual the next few months so I am planning on doing something small this year like a sheep.

Redloon said...

Hello again! after making many many many of the mary and jesus dolls, and several josephs and angels, I cannot wait to see what you come up with this year. I am in france visiting my aunt and uncle this christmas and have started a set of nativity dolls for them, promising to add more as you make them!!! thank you so much, once again! have a happy xmas and a brilliant new year! regards, Muna (from pakistan) the bad penny who always turns up!

Cat Carlisle said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too!

This year I am making a sheep. I have done three out of the seven I need to make before Christmas so I am in a rush to get the last few done! The pattern is going to take a little work before I can put it here because to make the sheep's body extra fluffy and wooly, I used a super bulky yarn. I doubt most people are going to be able to find that yarn so I am going to write an alternate pattern using the less bulky yarn I used to make the other figures.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the easy to follow angel wing video! It was the perfect way to complete my flying pig (pigasus).

Anonymous said...

How tall are these? SO CUTE!

Cat Carlisle said...

Thanks. The finished size is about 5 inches.

Ria Li said...

dear cat carlisle, i am gernan and may be i use the wrong words, please excuse me ��
i have an important private question with theme translation into german ... please may you give me your private email adress or contact me, i'll be happy if you'll contact me
Ria Jäger

Cat Carlisle said...

Ria Jäger: Please go to this link and leave a comment with your email address and I will contact you:

Amanda Park said...

Hello thank you for sharing these I have completed Mary Joseph and the Angel is there any more patterns to complete the nativity I'd so I'd love to have them

Amanda Park said...

The Angel wing video got me through I needed it thanks

Cat Carlisle said...

Amanda, I have one more pattern, a sheep:

Unfortunately I haven't been able to work on any new figures for the past few years. However if you want to add wise men and shepherds, it should be possible to tweak the Joseph pattern and add different decorations like crowns and shepherd's crooks. Here's an example of someone who did that:

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