Friday, December 04, 2009

Tiny Christmas Angel, a free crochet pattern for you

I had planned to do a series of quick to make Christmas patterns, but as usual, things have not gone as I planned. But I do want to share with you the pattern for this sweet little angel. She is tiny, only about 2 1/2" long, but she makes a cute ornament for the tree or a nice little surprise to tuck into a Christmas card. I designed an Angel similar to this one a few years ago as part of a set of bookmarks I was making at the time. My daughter, Bethany pointed out that the earlier version had no arms, poor thing! This new and improved version does have arms, so I hope Bethany will approve!
The pattern requires knowledge of the basic crochet stitches, plus how to make both tr clusters and dc clusters, so it has a skill level of Intermediate. Still, it is very quick to make, and not really hard, just a little involved. After you make the first one, each following one will go much quicker!

Tiny Christmas Angel
by Elizabeth Ann White
for BellaCrochet

Size: About 2 1/2” long
Skill level: Intermediate
25 yards size 10 cotton crochet thread
Fabric Glue
Heavy spray starch
Size 7 Steel hook

Special Stitches:
For 3 tr cluster: (yo 2 times, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull hook through, yo, work off 2 loops, yo, work off next 2 loops) 3 times, yo, work off all 4 loops on hook
For 2 dc cluster: Yo, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, insert hook in same st or sp, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook

Rnd 1: Starting at head, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made)
Row 2: For this Row, work steps A-D:
A: For First Wing, (ch 4, 3 tr cluster-see Special Stitches,- ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sl st) in first st ;
B: For Dress Foundation, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next st, (2 dc, ch 3, sl st) in next st ;
C: For Second Wing, (sl st, ch 4, 3 tr cluster, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sl st) in next st;
D: For Halo, (ch 2, hdc in 2nd ch from hook) 5 times, sl st in last st of Rnd 1, fasten off.
Row 3: Join with sl st in top of first ch-3 on Dress Foundation, ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) 4 times, turn.
Rows 4-6: Ch 4, dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) across, turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 2, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next dc) across. Fasten off.
The individual pieces: Angel, Arms and Bow

For Arms, ch 3, 2 dc cluster (see Special Stitches) in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in second ch from hook (for hands), ch 3, 2 dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1. Fasten off.
Place Arms on Angel as shown, glue in place. Spray Angel with heavy starch and allow to dry. For Bow, tie a 6" strand of thread into a bow; glue to Row 2 between Wings. Trim ends of thread. If desired, for hanging loop, glue ends of a folded 8" strand of thread to back of Rnd 1.
Merry Christmas! I hope you will enjoy her!

Update on Dec. 15, 2016: I want to thank everyone who has visited this page since the pattern was published 7 years ago; it has become the most visited page on my blog!
I love seeing the creative things folks have done with my pattern. Helen Tkacz had an especially clever idea that she has graciously allowed me to share with all of you. Helen says:

"Thank you for your “Tiny Christmas Angel” from 2009. I first made your pattern 2 ½ years ago. Liked it so much, I made a bunch. My craft circle friends said, “You should join them together and make them into a garland”. So I did! I did not give each one a bow or hands as your pattern does, but I still made over 400 of them to decorate my tree." 

Helen's Angel Garland
I think it is adorable! Thank you, Helen!!!

Copyright BellaCrochet, 2009. All rights reserved.

NOTE FROM ANN: If you like this pattern, I hope you will also check out my Littlest Angel pattern


Faith said...

She is precious.....what a perfect little anagel for a little tree...
just right...


crochethuahua said...

So tiny and cute! Thanks Ann!

Becky said...

She is really cute! Can't wait to make up a few of these -- maybe even use them as gift tag holders!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Gabby said...

This is so adorable! You are so kind to share.

Unique2wh0 said...

Thank you very much Ann she is sweet and can be used anytime of the year ^j^ Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for angels in thread!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.....I love to crochet thread angels!


Christina Broad said...

They are just beautiful, thanks for sharing the pattern.. :))

Lee Ann said...

What a beautiful angel! Thank you very much for posting this. :)
Lee Ann H
Crochet...Gotta Love It! Blog
Crochet...Gotta Love It! Website (crochet names and rosary patterns)

Tamara - Moogly said...

These are really lovely, thank you for sharing the pattern! I featured it this morning on Moogly:

Tammy Go said...

Thank you for sharing.Is adorable!!

Nightengale said...

So cute! Thanks Elizabeth!

Tee Murphy said...

Love this little angel, I will use it for embellishing a ornament. Thank you Elizabeth.