by Sandra Petit
Angel sitting on Sytrofoam cone on Moira's sofa :-)
Materials: small amount
worsted weight white cotton yarn; F hook, #16 needle, white chenille pipe
cleaner, small red heart sequin
Size: 5 1/2" tall with a 5" wing span
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time allotment: approx. 1 to 1 1/2 hr per angel
shell = 3 dc
corner = (shell, ch 3, shell)
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
ea = each
hk = hook
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
tch = turning chain
yo = yarn over
As you can see there are
several parts to the angel. We will begin by making the
body, move on to the wings, then the
head and the halo. Then we'll put
it all together and add the sequin heart. I will take you through, step by
step, and provide options (separate page) so you can make YOUR angel unique.
I assume you know the
basic crochet stitches. If you do not, please go on over to my crochet web site,
http://www.crochetcabana.com and get
familiar with the slip stitch, chain, single crochet, half-double crochet and
double crochet. You won't find Moira's Angel pattern there though. It is only
for you, loyal readers of A Time for Angels. :-)
The body of the angel is
made up of a plain granny square.
There are two different methods for joining the rounds of a granny square. One
is joining the first round with a double crochet and the succeeding rounds with
a single crochet or half-double crochet. This is the method Moira used in A Time
for Angels. The second is to join each round with a slip stitch and slip stitch
to the corner. I have that method on the options page.
with dc join:
square begins just as most other crochet, with a foundation chain. From there
things change somewhat from a straight row project because the granny square is
worked in rounds - branching out from the middle, getting larger, until it is
the size you want. In this case, we are going to make a 3-round granny. Most
grannies are also worked on one side without turning. We will do this one that
Because white doesn't
always show up well, and I have pictures already taken and used in another
tutorial, I will use pictures in different colors and materials as I go along.
The steps are the same. Just use the proper materials for your angel.
First you have to make the circle or ring into which you
will work. To do this make a foundation chain of 5
insert hook into first chain you made, right next to the slip knot,
yarn over and pull through both loops to complete a slip
stitch and form a ring. You can wiggle your finger in the center to see
the hole better
To start your first round, chain 3
working into the center hole created by your ring, work 2
double crochets, that completes your first corner of round 1,
then chain 3 again to separate your corners
continuing to work in the center ring, work 3 double
crochets (3 dcs are considered a shell), this completes your second corner
of round 1
chain 3, work 3 more double crochets completing your
third corner of round 1
chain 3, work 3 more double crochets to complete the last
corner shell of round 1
To finish this round, we need to join to the
beginning. We will use the double crochet to join.
YO, insert hook into top chain of
beginning ch-3, yo and pull through (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2
loops, yo, pull through rem 2 loops)
Here is how it looks in the white cotton
You should have four shells, made up of 3 dcs each.
These are your four corners.
Round 2: chain 3 to bring your round up to the proper
height, in same space work (2 double crochets, chain 3, 3 double crochets)
You've made the first corner of your second round.
chain 1 between corners
work a (shell, chain 3, shell) for your second corner
of this round
chain 1, work third corner (shell, ch 3, shell)
chain 1, work your fourth corner, shown here in white
finish this corner we need to join to the first stitch
hdc in top of beg ch-3. (8 shells)
can use a sc for this and the round 3 join if you prefer
3 will be made in much the same manner as the previous round but you will
have a "side". First you
in same space work 2 dcs
This first shell makes up
the first side because it is between the two corners.
You will chain 1 between your side shell
and your corners and chain 3 between corner shells
Continue as before
(corner in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp) three times, then ch
1, corner in next ch-3 sp, ch 1,
Now you need to join again but this join is your final one, so you are
actually finishing off.
You can join with a slip stitch or you can use the
Invisible Finish Off below. Either way, leave
a long end for sewing sides together
There should be 12 shells on this round.
After you've finished off, you're ready to
Finish the Body
Invisible Finish Off
complete last chain
between shells, pull yarn through, cut yarn about 18" from end (long enough
to use for sewing later), thread in a large eye needle, insert needle from
front to back, into top two strand of stitch to left of the beginning chain.
Not into the beginning chain, but in the stitch to the left of it. Pull yarn
through to back.
Bring yarn to front and insert into back
loop of last stitch completed, in this case the chain-1, draw through and
weave as normal to hold in place
Finishing the Body
With right side facing you, corner at the top, fold sides so they meet in
the center to form a cone shape. There will be a
"skirt" hanging lower than the rest.
Starting at top,
leave the top ch-3 open, insert needle in first dc of first shell and
whipstitch sides together. Finish off. Sew in ends. Turn piece inside out,
pulling right side to the front.
Holding the body upside down, attach yarn with a sl st in sp to left of
center joining at bottom of skirt,
Ch 3, 2 dcs in same sp.
Skip first dc of next shell.
In center dc of that shell work 1 sc.
(shell in next sp between shells, skip one dc, 1
sc in next dc) twice.
(At point of skirt wk 5 dc, skip next dc, in next
dc wk 1 sc, (shell in next sp, skip one dc, 1 sc in next dc) twice, shell in
final sp, join to top of beginning ch. Finish off. Sew in ends on
Sc dec: insert hk in st, yo, pull
through (2 loops on hk), insert hk in next st, yo, pull through, (3 loops on hk),
yo, pull through all 3 loops
Row 1: Ch 11,
sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across (10 scs)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each st across (10 scs)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts, sc
dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st (8 scs)
Row 4: repeat row 2 (8 scs)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sc
dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st (6 scs)
Row 6: repeat row 2 (6 scs)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (sc dec over next 2 sts) twice, sc in next st
Row 8: repeat row 2 (4 scs)
Row 9: ch 1, turn, (sc dec over next 2 sts) (2 scs)
Row 10: repeat row 2 (2 scs)
Row 11: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next st) twice (4 scs)
Row 12: repeat row 2 (4 scs)
Row 13: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, 2 scs in next 2 sts, sc in last st (6 scs)
Row 14: repeat row 2 (6 scs)
Row 15: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, 2 scs in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in
next st, sc in last st (8 scs)
Row 16: repeat row 2 (8 scs)
Row 17: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, 2 scs in next st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 scs in
next st, sc in last st (10 scs)
Row 18-19: repeat row 2 (10 scs), do not finish off.
ch 1, turn, 3 sc in first st for corner, sc in
next 8 sc, Insert hk in last stitch (corner st), yo , pull through (2 loops on
hk), place chenille stem along side (this will be top of wing), with hk above
stem, yo and pull through, completing a sc.
Wk 2 more sc in same st. Sc in each row along
side, covering stem as you go. Bend stem as needed to follow shape of wing.
At end of row, wk 1 sc in corner st, clip
leftover stem (at both ends) being careful not to clip threads, then complete 2
more sc for corner, sc in next 8 sts, working over loose strand so you don't
have to sew it in later, wk 3 scs in corner, 1 sc in each row along side. Join
with a sl st. Finish off. Sew in ends.
Rnd 1: ch 4, join
with a sl st to make a ring, ch 3, wk 9 dcs in ring, join with sl st to top of
beg ch (10dc)
Rnd 2: ch 1, wk 1 sc in same st, (2 scs in next st) around, join with sl st to
top of beg ch. Finish off. Sew in ends.
Starting about a half-inch in, wk scs around stem of 6" piece of chenille wire
(note: work over beg strand so you don't have to sew in), leave about a half
inch unworked. (20-25 sts) Do not finish off.
Carefully insert stem from left to right through holes at the
uppermost part of body (near point) behind the front stitches. This would be the
space where there is no shell. Take care that the stitches don't get caught as
you're pulling it through.
Holding stem up, above the body, bend the two pieces together and wrap ends
around one another so they won't move as you crochet over them. Be sure stitches
sit up around the outside, not the inside. Finish covering the unworked portion
with sc stitches. When complete, sew ends in, then turn so that the join is at
the bottom, where it will be hidden by the head.
Glue head (right side in front) to
top of body. Glue body to wings (right side in front), making sure the halo is
above the head and the chenille stem on the wings is at the top. Glue the red
sequin heart over the angel's "heart".
If you used plastic ring for the halo, you would have to glue that on the wings
BEFORE attaching the body.
below look different because one is standing on a Styrofoam cone and one is
lying on a flat surface.