Little Angel Knitting Pattern

Dec 18, 2015 | Knitting Pattern | 2 comments

I’ve got another little knit Christmas ornament to share with you today. One that, like the simple ball, also doubles as a toy. I know this because my one-year-old found the little angel sitting on my desk when I’d finished her and, with an excited squeak, grabbed her and crawled away, delighted with his new treasure. Ha! We’ll see whether my little angel makes it to the tree or lives her life in the baby’s toy basket.

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Little Angel Knitting Pattern 

A note about gauge: although exact gauge is not important for a figurine, you should choose yarn and needles that combine to create a firm, stiff fabric, so that your angel holds her shape. This often means picking a needle one or two sizes smaller than that recommended on the yarn label.

A note about embroidery detailsI’ve made a lot of little dolls in this style, and know that the embroidery details can sometimes be tricky. It’s best, after knitting the body and head, to work the details from the top down (as I describe here) halo, to face, and finally wings. That way you don’t have to fold or move any bulky material out of the way when you’re doing delicate work with the embroidery thread. 

Materials: Worsted weight scrap yarn in pale blue, tan, gold, and white. 4 DPNs size 3 or similar, gold embroidery thread and black/brown embroidery thread and needle.
 
Abbreviations: DPNs = double pointed needles
K = knit
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together into 1
Kfb = knit into the front and back of the stitch
M1 = make one stitch by picking up and knitting the yarn that is part of the row below, and forms a bar between the stitches on your left and right hand needles
P = purl
SKPO = slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over to decrease by 1 stitch
YO = yarn over. wrap the yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch
Body and Head
With pale blue, cast on 36 stitches and divide evenly over 3 DPNs (12 stitches per needle)
Round 1 (and all odd rounds through round 13): Knit 
Round 2: [K2tog, K4, YO, K4, SKPO] repeat 3 times for the round
you now have 33 stitches on your needles, having decreased 6 times and increased 3 times.
Round 4: [K2tog, K3, YO, K4, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 30 stitches
Round 6: [K2tog, K3, YO, K3, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 27 stitches
Round 8: [K2tog, K2, YO, K3, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 24 stitches
Round 10: [K2tog, K2, YO, K2, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 21 stitches
Round 12: [K2tog, K1, YO, K2, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 18 stitches
Round 14: [K2tog] repeat 9 times: 9 stitches
Switch to tan
Round 15: Knit
Round 16: [Kfb, K1, Kfb] repeat 3 times: 15 stitches
Round 17: Knit
Round 18: [Kfb, K3, Kfb] repeat 3 times: 21 stitches
Rounds 19-22: Knit
Round 23: [K2tog, K1] repeat 7 times: 14 stitches (you may have to shift the stitches around on the needles a bit to complete this round)
Round 24: [K2tog] repeat 7 times: 7 stitches
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail about 6 inches long, thread this through the remaining stitches, knot and pull tight.

Halo
With gold, CO 2 stitches
knit as an i-cord until the gold band is the right length to pass around angel’s head.
BO
Turn your knitted cord into a loop by pulling the yarn tails into the cord’s other end. Cut off any excess yarn tails.
Use yellow embroidery thread to “sew” the halo onto the angel’s head

Face
use black/brown embroidery thread to embroider eyes and a mouth onto your angel 

Wings
knit flat
with white, CO 4
Row 1 (and all odd rows through 13): K all stitches
Row 2: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1: 6 stitches
Row 4: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1: 8 stitches
Row 6: K1, M1, K6, M1, K1: 10 stitches
Row 8: K all stitches
Row 10: SKPO, K6, K2tog: 8 stitches
Row 12: SKPO, K4, K2tog: 6 stitches
Row 14: SKPO, K2, K2tog: 4 stitches
Row 15: P all stitches
Row 16K1, M1, K2, M1, K1: 6 stitches
Row 17 (and all odd rows through 27): K all stitches
Row 18: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1: 8 stitches
Row 20: K1, M1, K6, M1, K1: 10 stitches
Row 22: K all stitches
Row 24: SKPO, K6, K2tog: 8 stitches
Row 26: SKPO, K4, K2tog: 6 stitches
Row 28: SKPO, K2, K2tog: 4 stitches
BO
The wings should bend slightly along row 15 (the purl row). Attach this row to the angel’s back with a bit of scrap yarn or white embroidery thread. 

Now that I have 2 candy canes, 6 balls with various decoration, and one little Angel, I think I’m done with ornaments for the year. Our tree is small. It won’t be full, but it will be homey and sweet, and thus, just right. Plus, I’ve still got one last knit Christmas present I need to finish up (that I can’t wait to share with you after the holidays). 

It’s really been exciting over the past few weeks to see how many others out there are making an ornament or two for their holiday decorations. Please keep sharing your creations on instagram (@yarnbirdy), Facebook (@yarnbirdy) and Ravelry!