Christmas angel pattern

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I am afraid that this pattern can only be considered as an addition to the pattern found here – Christmas Crib from a book by Jean Greenhowe. You will need this book to complete the pattern.

I have tried to keep my layout consistent with hers.

Now available as a pdf – Christmas Angel pattern


Make basic figure, using light yellow for body, skin colour for neck and head and light yellow for hair.

Overskirt & top

Cast on 73 stitches in white
K 1 row.
Next row: K1 (K2tog, yrn, K1, yrn, Sl1, K1, psso, K1) 12 times
Next row: P to end
Repeat last two rows 16 times

Next row:  K1, K2 tog to end. – 37 sts
St-st 9 rows

Next Row: (waistline) K11, K2tog, K12, K2tog, K10 – 35 sts.
St-st 6 rows.

Next Row: K1, K2tog to end – 18 sts
K 2 rows.
Cast off.

[NOTE: psso is abbreviation for ‘pass slipped stitch over’ – Sl1, K1, psso gives a mirror image to K2tog.]

Join, leaving enough of a gap at top to go over the head. Put over body and complete joining up the back.


Cast on 36sts in white.
1st row: P.
2nd row: K1, (yf, k2tog, K1) 11 times, yf, K2tog.
3rd row: P.
Cast off.

Join row ends and sew round waist with st-st side out.


Make two basic sleeves in white and basic hands to match face. Sew in place.

Knit ‘Main hair piece’ as for Joseph in light yellow.


Complete as for Mary with blue eyes and red mouth.


Cast on 36 stitches in gold.
Beginning with K row st-st 5 rows.

Work picot edge

Next row: K2tog, (yrn, K2tog) to end – 35 sts.
Beginning with a K row, st-st 5 rows. Cast off.

Oversew row ends together. Fold in half, join cast on edge to cast off and placing seam at lower centre back catch round head.

[I think you need 5 rows after picot but do how many you need to fold evenly for picot and join cast on and cast off edges.]

Angel Wings

To make one wing.

Cast on 35 stitches in white.

1st row: Repeat (P1, K1) to last stitch P1.  This is the right side.

2nd row: Repeat (K1, P1) to last stitch K1.

3rd row: Repeat (P1, K1) to last stitch P1.

4th row: Cast off first two stitches then purl to end.

5th row: Cast off first two stitches. Repeat (K1, P1) to last stitch K1.

6th row: Repeat (P1, K1) to last stitch P1.

7th row: Repeat (K1, P1) to last stitch K1.

8th row: Cast off first two stitches then purl to end.

9th row: Cast off first two stitches. Repeat (P1, K1) to last stitch P1.

Now repeat 2nd to 9th rows three more times.

Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows once.

Cast off.

Fold in half and oversew edges.

Make a second wing and sew both at centre back, just below garter stitch neckline.

21 thoughts on “Christmas angel pattern

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to write out this pattern. Too late for our travelling Nativity this year, but plenty of time to get it ready for next!


  2. Thank you so much for this pattern ,,my husband and I have done the ,Greenhowe nativity for our grandchildren ,but we’re so disappointed not to have camels or an angel,thanks to you one part is solved ,there are patterns available but don’t match in with this set ,,,,,

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  3. Many thanks for this pattern. My knit and natter group are knitting the Christmas crib pattern for this coming Christmas. I had been trawling the web for a suitable angel. But couldn’t find one the right size and in keeping with the other figures. So many thanks. It was easy and looks lovely

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  4. Thank you so much for this. Will definitely give it a go! Wouldn’t have had a clue how to go about doing the wings but that seems straightforward enough… it would need to be for me!! I think I’m going to keep the dress plain though. Lovely and all as it is, I feel it would be more in keeping with the rest of the crib that way… and a bit easier 🙂

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    1. I wanted to make the angel seem other worldly with light suffusing from their robe but you are right about it matching the others better if plain and the outer skirt was never quite as I wanted it to be.


    1. I can only think that your problem is one I have met which is knowing how many rows to do. Basically, you cast on the number of stitches indicated. Row 1: you cast off two then knit to the end. Rows 2-5: you follow the instructions as given, which basically increases the number of stitches by one either side of the centre. After this for row 6: you cast off 2 then knit to end and you continue each row casting off 2 and knitting to end until all you have is two stitches left and then you cast them off and you are done. I have known people in my craft group who stop after row 5. Hope this is what you need.


  5. I’m not understanding the wings, and your explanation seems completely different from the actual pattern rows, so it has me confused. Row 1 is p1 k1, not cast off two and knit to the end and so on, and what do you mean by increases the stitches at the center, I see no inc at all, I’m not a novice knitter but I’m not expert either, help!

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    1. I really don’t understand the question I have looked at my Christmas Angel post and it doesn’t say anything about increasing because you start at the top and decrease as you go down and then make each wing separately. Is it possible you are talking about my paid for “Three Small Angels” pattern that is totally different? I can’t see anywhere in that where it say ” increases the stitches at the center” (but it is late and I am really tired.) That pattern does include an increase though. It also has a list of explanatory abbreviations at the end. Perhaps you could get back to me and clarify which pattern you are talking about.


    1. Glad you worked out what was wrong.
      I have now read all the comments on the Christmas Angel pattern page and seen that the comment you were referring to is concerning my Three Small Angels paid pattern and that it just ended up there because of where the person added the comment. People who have problems with my paid patterns on Ravelry normally email me at the address given to them by Ravelry.


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