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poo-t(u)l To move in a leisurely unhurried way,
with no real purpose


Wednesday, 9 December 2020

                                                                Christmas Angel  




For my Angel I used a variety of different textured yarns 
and when completed she measures approximately 13cm high.

I used the following yarn : 1 x Paintbox Cotton in 453 for the head, hands and base,  
1 x Sirdar Ophelia in 0107 for the dress, arms and wings 
1 x Bergere de France, Abakan in Ecru for the hair.
 I also used a small amount of Gold Twilleys Fingering to edge the wings.

I worked with a 2.5 mm hook for the main part of the angel and a 4.5mm 
and 2.5 mm hook for the wings.

You will also need 2 x small black safety eyes and some toy stuffing.

The Angel is worked from the top of the head down, in continuous rounds. 
You may find it helps to work with a stitch marker.

To make the body:
Round 1: Begin by making a Magic Circle and work 6 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 12 sts.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 18sts.
Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 24 sts.
Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 30 sts.  
Rounds 6 to 13: Work a round of DC, 30 sts.
Round 14: *DC in to each of the next 3 stitches then decrease 2 by DC the next 2 stitches together.* Repeat from * to * all the way around, 24 sts.
Round 15: Decrease by DC  2 stitches together all the way around, 12 sts.
Round 16: * DC in to the next stitch and then decrease by DC the next 2 stitches together.* Repeat from * to * all the way around, 8 sts.
Round 17: For this round you are now going to increase to start the shaping of the neck and body. Dc2 in to each stitch all the way around, 16 sts.
Round 18: Work a round of DC, 16 sts.
Round 19: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 24sts.
Rounds 20 and 21: Change to the white yarn and work a round of DC, 24 sts.
Round 22: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 32 sts.
Rounds 23 and 24: Work a Round of DC, 32 sts.
After completing Round 24 fix the safety eyes in place and stuff the head
Round 25: Work a Round of DC, 32 sts.
Round 26: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 40 sts.
Rounds 27 to 29: Work a Round of DC, 40 sts.
Round 30: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 48 sts.
Rounds 31 to 33: Work a Round of DC, 48 sts.
Round 34: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 5 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 56 sts.
Rounds 35 to 37: Work a Round of DC, 56 sts.
Round 38: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 6 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 64 sts.
Round 39: Work a Round of DC, 64 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.

The next stage is to make the additional parts for the angel. 
She will need two arms, a ruffle to go around the top neck 
edge of the dress and some wings.



To make the arms:
Round 1: Using the pink yarn make a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 9 sts.
Rounds 3 and 4: Work a round of DC, 9 sts. At the end of Round 4 change to the white yarn.
Now continue working rounds of 9 DC until the arm measaures approximately 5.5 cm . Finish off leaving a long tail. Make a second arm.

To make the Neck Ruffle:
Chain 25.
Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work 2 HTR in to each stitch all the way along the chain. At the end of the row Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: Work 1 HTR in to each stitch, all the way along the row. Finish off, leaving a long tail.
Using the long yarn tails on both of the arms and the neck ruffle sew the additional pieces on to the angel.
   
To make the wings:
The wings are made from a circle of crochet that’s folded in half and joined together around the edge.
Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 16 sts.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next  stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 24 sts.
Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 32 sts.
Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 40 sts.
Round 6: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 48 sts.
Round 7: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 5 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 56 sts.
Round 8: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 6 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 64 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Round 9: Work a round of DC, 64 sts.
Round 10: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 7 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 72 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Round 11: Work a round of DC, 72 sts.
Round 12: Work 2 DC in to each stitch all the way around. Finish off and sew in the ends.
   
To finish the wings fold the circle in half and using a 2.5mm hook and the Gold Twilleys Fingering join the two halves together by working 2 DC in to each stitch all the way around. Work this same edging along the straight edge too. Finish off and sew in the ends.


  
Attach the wings to the angels back by sewing them to the main body using a needle and some of the yarn.


To make the angels hair:
Using the Bergere de France yarn cut some lengths of yarn that are long enough to go from one side of the head across to the other. Lay them out on a flat surface to position them correctly, and then using a needle and some yarn sew them in to place on to the angels head. I stitched mine so it had a side parting and then attached a small bow and sewed some further stitches on the other side of the head too.
   


To finish your angel:
You are now going to stuff the angels body, and sew on the base. The base is made in the Pink yarn as follows:
Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 16 sts.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next  stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 24 sts.
Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 32 sts.
Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 40 sts.
Round 6: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 48 sts.
Round 7: Work a round of DC, 48 sts.
Round 8: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 5 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 56 sts.
Round 9: Work a round of DC, 56 sts.
Round 10: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 6 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 64 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Once your base is complete, use some soft toy stuffing to stuff the angels body.  Now take the base and with the right side facing outwards, place the base over the bottom of the body, rejoin your white yarn and join the base and the bottom edge of the dress together by working a round of DC.
   
To complete my angel I then worked a scalloped border on to the bottom of the dress by working the following pattern all the way around the bottom edge:

Working in to the front loop only, work  a *Sl St in to the first stitch, a DC into the next stitch , and then work a HTR, TR, HTR and DC all in to the following stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way around, finish off and sew in the ends.


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