Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Crochet Nativity

Here is a blog-post version of my "Peg" Nativity Pieces pattern.  You may print a copy of this post.  Click on a photo to enlarge. The pattern is also a free PDF via Ravelry.  You will need the latest version of Adobe to open the PDF.   Please do not sell or redistribute pattern as your own.  





 Peg Nativity Pieces

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I’m excited to share with you this Christmas post!

I have two little ones in the home for Christmas this year, and they love to touch everything!  Sounds like a typical 3-year-old and 18-month-old.  I want them to learn about the meaning of Christmas; that we celebrate the birth and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  I let them look at my nativity scenes to show “Mommy Mary,” “Baby Jesus,” and “Daddy Joseph.”  Naturally, they were pretty excited about the figures, and wanted to hold them forever!

Of course, those nativity pieces are for mommy.  But I decided that I could whip up some more durable and plush nativity pieces for each of them.  I was considering making the out of wooden peg pieces, but I was trying not to buy any extra supplies.  I have a lot of yarn on-hand, so that was the best choice!  With a little bit of poly fiberfill, I could make pieces that are “peg” style without any of the risks of them actually being wood (like my furniture getting dinged because my boy loves pounding things).

In this set, Joseph stands at 4 inches (10 cm) tall, Mary is 3.75 inches (9.5 cm) tall, and Baby Jesus is 2.5 inches (6.3 cm) long.  I came up with the three pieces (and made two sets!) in one evening.  It doesn’t take much yarn, either!

I’m going to provide a free pattern for your use.  I hope other children can enjoy learning about Jesus’ entrance into this world and the sacrifices made by Mary and Joseph to ensure God’s will.  Merry Christmas!
Supplies:
  • G hook
  • Yarn: Skin color (ex: tan), Clothing color (ex: purple), Veil Color (ex: cream)
  • Poly Fiberfill
  • Beans (optional, helps Mary and Joseph stand up)

MARY: Start with Skin Color.  Ch 2. 
     Rnd 1: 5 sc into the first ch.  (done in amigurumi style, so don’t sl st to first)
     Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st. (10 sc)
     Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next.  Repeat around. (15)
     Rnds 4 - 6: 1 sc in each st. (15)
     Rnd 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in next.  Repeat around. (10)
     Rnd 8: sc2tog. Repeat around. (5)
     Rnd 9: 2 sc in each st. (10)
   Change yarn to Clothing Color.DSCN8525
     Rnd 10: 1 sc in each st. (10)
     Rnd 11: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next.  Repeat around. (15)
     Rnd 12: 1 sc in each st. (15)
     Rnd 13: 2 sc in first st.  1 sc in each of next two sts.  Repeat around. (20)
     Rnd 14: 1 sc in each st. (20)
     Rnd 15: 2 sc in first st.  1 sc in each of next three sts.  Repeat around.  (25)
     Rnd 16: 1 sc in each st. (25)
     Rnd 17: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next three sts.  Repeat around.  (20)
   Fill doll with poly fiberfill.
     Rnd 18: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next two sts. Repeat around. (15)
     Rnd 19: sc2tog,1 sc in next st. Repeat around (10)
   Put in beans now, if desired.
     Rnd 20: sc2tog. Repeat around. (5)
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a sting long enough to sew hole closed.  Sew hole closed and hide yarn inside doll.

Veil (Granny Sqaure): Using Veil Color, ch 4 (counts as ch 1 plus dc)
     Rnd 1: 2 dc in first ch.  Ch 2.  *Continue in same ch sp: (3 dc, ch 2).  Repeat from * two more times.  Sl st to top of first ch-4.
     Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc plus ch 1).  *In next ch-2 sp: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc).  Ch 1.  Repeat from * two more times.  In next ch-2 sp (same as starting ch): (3 dc, ch 2, 2 dc).  Sl st to top of starting ch. Sl st into ch-1 sp.
     Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc).  In ch-1 sp: 2 dc, ch 1.  *In next ch-2 sp: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1).  In next ch-1 sp: 3 dc, ch 1.  Repeat from * two more times.   In last ch-2 sp: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1).  Sl st to top of starting ch.
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a tail about 10 inches (25.5 cm) long to use to attach veil to MARY’s head.  Center granny square over head and attach.  Tie off and weave in loose ends.

JOSEPH: Start with Skin Color. Ch 2.
     Rnd 1: 5 sc into the first ch. (done in amigurumi style, so don’t sl st to first)
     Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st. (10 sc)
     Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next. Repeat around. (15)
     Rnds 4 - 6: 1 sc in each st. (15)
     Rnd 7: sc2tog, 1 sc in next. Repeat around. (10)
DSCN8570     Rnd 8: sc2tog. Repeat around. (5)
   Change yarn to Clothing Color.
     Rnd 9: 2 sc in each st. (10)
     Rnd 10: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next. Repeat around. (15)
     Rnd 11: 2 sc in first st. 1 sc in each of next two sts. Repeat around. (20)
     Rnd 12 - 20 : 1 sc in each st. (20)
     Rnd 21: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next two sts. Repeat around. (15)
   Fill doll with poly fiberfill.
     Rnd 22: sc2tog,1 sc in next st. Repeat around (10)
   Put in beans now, if desired.
     Rnd 23: sc2tog. Repeat around. (5)
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a sting long enough to sew hole closed.  Sew hole closed and hide yarn inside doll.

BABY JESUS: Start with Skin Color.  Ch 2.
     Rnd 1: 5 sc into the first ch. (done in amigurumi style, so don’t sl st to first)
     Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st. (10 sc)
     Rnds 3 – 4: 1 sc in each st. (10)
   Change yarn to Clothing Color.
     Rnds 5 – 11: 1 sc in each st. (10)
   Fill doll with poly fiberfill.
     Rnd 12: sc2tog.  Repeat around.  (5)
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a sting long enough to sew hole closed.  Sew hole closed and hide yarn inside doll.
Swaddling Clothes (Half Granny Sqaure): Using Veil Color, ch 5 (counts as ch 1, dc, ch 1)DSCN8601
     Row 1: In first ch: 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc.  Turn.
     Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc plus ch 1).  In ch-1 sp: 3 dc, ch 1.  In ch-3 sp: (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1).  In last ch-1 sp: (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc).  Turn.
     Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc plus ch 1).  *In ch-1 sp: 3 dc, ch 1.  Repeat from * once more.  In ch-3 sp: (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1).  In next ch-1 sp: 3 dc, ch 1.  In last ch-1 sp: (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc.
   Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a tail about 10 inches (25.5 cm) long to use to attach to BABY JESUS’ body. Center 90-degree-angle of triangle over baby’s head.  Wrap other corners around body and sew into place. Tie off and weave in loose ends.


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Friday, December 7, 2012

Rock-a-bye

Refinished Bentwood RockerThis is a project that took me way too long to finish!  This rocking chair was given to me by my parents when I got married.  The chair is sentimental to me mainly because my family has a home video of me on that chair.  They had their camera hooked up to the TV, so I was watching myself on the television while they were recording everything!  I was on my feet on the chair and I was going up and down (extending my legs and then folding back up) and getting a kick out of it!  I was probably about 2 and a half.  It’s always funny to watch a kid laugh, even if it was your younger self!
The chair was all sorts of brown from the 1980s.  And so I wanted to change it up.  At first, all we could afford to do was to use some fabric I had on-hand and cover the brown cushions with white fabric and I glued a black nylon decorative rope around the edge to hide the staples.  It wasn’t what I really wanted, but it wasn’t as ugly. 
Sometime later we moved to our new place that has a backyard and a garage which meant I had room to work!  One of the first things I did after we moved here was to take the chair apart and then find some paint stripper and sand paper.
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It took a bit of work.  And this spring and summer were rather wet for this area, so there were some days that I just couldn’t work outside.  Finally, it was done!  I put all the pieces back together and painted and painted and painted.  My husband started off by using two cans of spray paint we already had.  But it needed a little more layering so we got a small can of paint.  I put on several more coats, with fine-sanding in between. 
During the stripping portion, I also removed the old, gross fabric from the back-rest and bottom of the chair pads.  The padding under the fabric had nearly disintegrated, so that made it very messy!  I only kept the wooden boards!  I went out and bought fabric (a very popular pick from JoAnn’s!) and new padding.  I used the wood as templates for cutting out the padding and the fabric.  I also put quilt batting on top of the padding for to make it extra plush.  I glued those all together and then once the frame was done, I glued the cushions back on.
My kids were so excited to sit on it once it was done (they were trying to sit on it in the middle of the construction phase!)!  It’s now in the kid room and I love it!
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Here’s a good resource if you want to do this to your own chair: My Red Rocker.