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.  Since I sell these shoes, please do not make them for personal profit.




 Peg Nativity Pieces

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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