This post consists of an introduction and a pattern for an angel Christmas decoration.
This year a Christmas tree festival is planned with village organisations invited to decorate a tree. An enthusiastic crafter came to choir practice with some ideas.
My last attempt at making an angel was not as successful as I had hoped. This time I hadn’t really planned to make one. I have been taking a break from knitting due to painful thumbs, but I decided I needed the headspace, which knitting gives me, so I began knitting a child’s hat.
‘What has this to do with angels?’ I hear you mutter. The yarn I used was a similar shade to some decorations the crafter had brought to show us. It was lustrous. I thought, ‘This would make an angel’.
During the night in a half-awake state I formed an idea of how to knit an angel.
Pattern for an angel
Oddments of double knitting yarn in colours suitable for angel and hair. Wool or embroidery thread for eyes and mouth. 1 pair 3.75mm knitting needles. Safety pin. Tapestry or darning needle. Small amount of toy stuffing. Crochet hook.
Skirt, body and head knitted in one piece
Cast on 32 sts using DK yarn and 3.75mm knitting needles.
Knit 6 rows.
Stocking stitch 8 rows.
Next row: (K.14, k 2 tog.) twice. 30sts.
Continuing in stocking stitch work 3 rows.
Next row (K 13, k.2.tog.) twice. 28 sts.
Continue decreasing 2 sts every 2 rows until 16 sts. remain.
Work 15 rows for the body.
*Next row: Cast off two sts. k. until 8 sts remain. Turn.
Next row: Cast off two sts. p. to end. **
Cut yarn and leave 4 sts on a safety pin.
Rejoin yarn to LHS of work.
Work from * to **.
Transfer sts. from safety pin to the empty knitting needle and purl across them.
Change colour here for the head if required.
Work 8 rows on the 8 sts..
Cut the yarn leaving a long length for making up.
Using a tapestry needle or darning needle draw the thread through the 8 stitches and secure firmly.
Arms (Knit 2)
Cast on 6 sts and work 28 rows in stocking stitch.
To make up
Sew eyes and mouth on face (I did mine after stuffing the head, which was not easy!)
Join side of head and stuff it firmly with polyester toy stuffing.
Stitch around base of head to gather for neck.
Join shoulder seams and side seam of body.
Stitch back and front of body together at top of skirt to secure stuffing. (I used running stitch going round twice to give the impression of back stitch.)
Fold arms in two lengthwise and join seams, gathering ends slightly. Attach to body at shoulder.
How you make the hair is open to your imagination.
I crocheted a solid base for the hair using a contrasting yarn. Then I looked up how to make looped fur in a crochet book. I worked some loops by winding the yarn twice round my finger and the crochet hook and drawing the yarn through the loops and securing them to the base with a slip stitch.
Attach hair to head.
Draw the shape of one wing on stiff paper such as a used envelope and cut it out. Place the centre line of the pattern to the fold in a piece of felt and cut around the pattern.
Sew wings to body along the centre line.
Crochet a chain to the desired length and attach firmly to head.
I made the harp from part of a hat from a Christmas cracker. I stitched dark grey thread for the strings. The harp is stitched to the two hands and the body of the angel.
How did your angel turn out? Mine measures 8 inches in height from the hem of the skirt to the top of the unruly mop of hair.