Thursday, 15 December 2016

CHRISTMAS ANGEL 1

crochet angel motif

CHRISTMAS ANGEL 1


Christmas is around the corner .. and I thought I’d add a few Christmassy cheery ideas to my blog.. and what’s the *bestest* thing on your Christmas tree.. Yup, the Angel.  While I was browsing through the internet, I’ve found quite a few charts for lovely angels, so if you like what you find here, do follow me so that you can get all the other blogs direct to your fingertips .. literally J

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Inspired by this photo with its attached graph / chart , here are my pattern notes.


Materials usedToday I have used our lovely Indian Red Rose Metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook ; blocking materials (Check end of blog)

Size made : Length : 5.5” ; Width : 4.5”

Difficulty level : Intermediate Skill level

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ . In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

How to do a double treble crochet (dtr) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byc31njfIHc

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8


Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                               sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                         hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                                 yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                       sc : Single crochet
trc : Treble / Triple crochet
dtr : Double treble crochet



Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

 This is a really cute little angel that can be made for hanging off your tree or just like that.  I think that if you make two parts of this, attach them along the sides, and lightly stuff it with polyfill and glitter, this will make a cute little angel for the top of your tree too.. do go ahead and try that out, won’t you? 

However, as this is a pretty lacy creation, may I suggest that you put your polyfill into a stocking that matches the yarn color used (or stocking net that we use for making flowers) and then put in your polyfill .. AND IF that does work out, when you share it on all the social media and DO REMEMBER to credit me.  Thanks.



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Start with a magic circle and 16 dc in that circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. Pull lightly to close.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

In the following round, we’ll create the halo around the angel’s head.  
For this, we will use a trc or a treble crochet as well as a dtr which is a double treble crochet. Please check under “stitches used” for a “how to”.  Thanks

Round 2 : sl-st in the 1st 6 dc ; ch 3; 
*sk next dc, dc in the ; ch 2, sk next dc, trc in the next dc ; 
[ch 2, sk next dc, dtr in the next dc] ; rep [to] once ; 
(ch 2, dtr in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 
rep [to] once ; 
ch 2, sk next dc, dc in the next dc ; 
ch 3, sk next dc, sl-st in the next dc & in the next 5 dc ; 
ch 3, sk next dc ; dc in the next dc ; ch 3 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  

We will now work side to side on the body of the little angel.

crochet angel motif


Row 2 : 5 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next dc ; 
5 dc in the next ch-3 sp.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in the next dc* ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; *ch 2, dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

In the following row, we will use a Shell stitch, which is (dc ; ch 3, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Row 5 : dc in the 1st dc ; *ch 2, sk dc, Shell st in the next ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

In the following row, we’ll add 2 dc to the Shell stitch, so let’s call this Shell A, and this will be (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same ch-sp.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, Shell st in the next ch-2 sp ; 
[Shell st in the next 3 Shell sts] ; 
(Shell A st in the next 4 Shell st) ; 
rep [to] once ; Shell st in the last ch-2 sp ; 
ch 3, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

In the following row, we’re creating yet another Shell stitch, so let’s call this Shell B, and this will be (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc) all in the same ch-sp.

Row 7 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, Shell st in the next ch-3 sp ; 
[Shell st in the next 4 Shell sts] ; 
(Shell B, st in the next 4 Shell A st) ; 
rep [to] once ; Shell st in the last ch-2 sp ; ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

We have now finished the wings of the little angel.
Fasten off yarn.  Weave in ends.

crochet angel motif

We will now continue with the skirt of our angel.  You will have fastened off at the right hand side of your motif.  So you will come back to the last Shell B you have made and re-attach yarn at the 1st dc of your Shell B.

Row 8 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
sk 2 dc, Shell B st in the next 4 Shell B sts ; 
sk next 2 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 9 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
sk 2 dc, (Shell B st in the next Shell B st ; dc in the sp between 2 Shell B sts) ; 
rep (to) till end ; sk next 2 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 10 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
sk 2 dc, (Shell B st in the next Shell B st ; [dc ; ch 1, dc in the next dc]) ; 
rep (to) till end ; sk next 3 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 11 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
sk 2 dc, (Shell B st in the next Shell B st ; 
[dc ; ch 2, dc in the next ch-1 sp]) ; 
rep (to) till end ; sk next 3 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 12 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
sk 2 dc, (Shell B st in the next Shell B st ; 
[Shell A in the next ch-2 sp]) ; 
rep (to) till end ; sk next 3 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 13 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
sk 2 dc, (Shell B st in the next Shell B st ; 
[Shell B in the next Shell A st]) ; 
rep (to) till end ; sk next 3 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 14 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
sk 2 dc, Shell B st in the next Shell B st ; 
(ch 1, Shell B st in the next Shell B st) ; 
rep (to) till end ; sk next 2 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 15 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
sk 2 dc, Shell B st in the next Shell B st ; 
(ch 2, Shell B st in the next Shell B st) ; 
rep (to) till end ; sk next 3 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Row 16 : dc in the 1st dc ; sk 2 dc, 
*(4 dc ; ch 1, 4 dc in the next Shell B st) ; 
[dc ; ch 2, dc in the next ch-2 sp]* ; 
rep *to* till end ; sk next 3 dc and dc in the next dc.  Turn.

Now for the grand finale, we will work one continuous row of finishing all around the lovely angel motif.  Take a quick break.. put your beautiful work down and admire it for a bit.. OK.. back to work ;)

So let’s visualise what we’re going to do now.  
You’re at the bottom edge of your angel motif.  
We will first work along the edge of this skirt and work along the skirt edge up to the wings & head
we will then work the underside of the wing, up to the head, around the head and down the wing to the other side of the dress.
We will be working along the vertical dc for the skirt portion. So how do we calculate ‘stitches’.  
Usually when working along the vertical dc bar, we assume these are 2 sc.  Then there is the space/stitch between 2 vertical dc.  This is the space that we will be using to place an sc as well.  OK great.. let’s start.

Row 17 : sc in the 1st dc ;
Turn and work along one side of skirt ;
[2 sc in each vertical dc ; sc in the sp between 2 vertical dc] ;
rep [to] 7 times ;
Turn and work along the underside of the 1st wing ;
{dc ; ch 3, dc} in the next 6 ch-3 sps ; ch 2, dc in the last dc ;
Turn and work along the top side of the 1st wing ;
rep [to] 6 times ;
Turn and work back down along this side of the angel – 
first the top side of the wing ;
Sl-st in all the sc till the 1st corner wing {to} ch-3 sp ;
Turn and work along the underside of the wing ;
(sc ; ch 2, sc) all in the ch-3 sp ;
rep (to) 6 times ;
Turn and work along the side of skirt ;
rep (to) 8 times.
Fasten off and weave in ends for this side.

Re-attach yarn at the bottom edge of the other side  of the angel skirt and repeat instructions of Row 17 for the other side.

Note : You may want to run a row of sc around the top of the halo as well, and in case you do, then work that in when you reach the neck section for one side, and then sl-st all the way back till the neck & wing again.

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