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 Meri's Chenille Christmas Angel

An Original Design by Meri Abrams (c) 1997

Donated to Crochet Partners and Posted Here With Permission.

(see below regarding reprints)


MATERIALS


I use FibreCraft 18mm wooden doll beads; don't they look cute! Those faces are just smiling for a body to land on!


Lion Chenille: Sandstone
Honeysuckle: Burgandy
Hook Size: 0

DIRECTIONS:

Angel's Skirt:

Row 1:  5 ch, sl st to form lp, 1 ch, turn;
Row 2:  10 hdc in lp, sl st to join, 3 ch, turn;
Row 3:  15 dc, sl st to join, 1 ch, turn;
Row 4:  20 hdc, sl st to join, 3 ch, turn;
Row 5:  *sl st at base of 3 ch; 1 hdc in nxt st* 10 times, 2 ch, turn;
Row 6:  sl st at top of rw 5 (this is on the outside of the skirt - don't be concerned if a ridge forms on the outside, with the chenille, it blends in nice and is under the wing and arm of the angel); 5 sl up to center hole, 3 ch, sl st in 2nd sl st of rw 6 from hk to form lp, 3 ch, turn;

This is how the angel skirt should look after Row 6


First Angel Wing:

Row 7:  *sc in lp of rw 6; 3 ch* 2 times, sl to join, 3 ch, turn;
Row 8:  *sc in lp of rw 7; 3 ch* 3 times, sl to join, 3 ch, turn; (note: there should now be 4 lps at the end of rw 8)
Row 9:  *sc in lp of rw 8; 3 ch* 4 times, sl to join, 4 sc dn side of wing to base, sl st to join, 3 ch, turn;

Attaching Wooden Head Bead:

Pull enough yarn on the loop on your hook so that the loop is approximately 5 inches long; pull this entire loop through to the underside of the skirt at the base of the wing; (note: do not pull through the center loop); you should have a loop hanging down from the skirt and a strand of yarn at the base of the first wing;

This is how the angel skirt, first wing and loop should look before wooden head bead is attached

   


Angel before the top-knot.

 

Pull the loop back up through the center hole and through the base of the wooden head bead; tie a knot as close to the top hole of the bead as you can get it; you will have a large loop at the top of the knot. (You could use this as a hanger, but I don't. I prefer to have a little top-knot on the head and the hanger on the back.)


Top-Knot:

Draw the loop through center loop several times, also through loops in knot; just "knot" it up until there is no more yarn left in the loop; it will stay knotted on the top of the head; remove hook;

Neck:

Using the strand at the base of the first wing, wrap it around the angel's neck about 6 times to form a neck; sl st at the shoulder or the first wing;

First Angel Arm:

5 ch; 3 hdc back through 3 ch, 1 sc in last ch; sl st at base of first wing (or top of shoulder) to join;
sl st through hdc's from rw 2 to center of back neck;

Hanger:

30 ch; sl st to center of back neck to join;
sl st through hdc's from rw 2 over to opposite shouder;
1 sl st through a loop wrapped around the neck; gently pull (centers head);
sl st to base of opposite shoulder;

Angel with first wing, top-knot, first arm, and back hanger.

   


Angel before trim is added.

Second Angel Wing:

Row 10:  ch 3, sl st about 2 sc down opposit side of skirt; 3 ch, turn;
Row 11:  *sc in lp of rw 10; 3 ch* 2 times, sl to join, 3 ch, turn;
Row 12:  *sc in lp of rw 11; 3 ch* 3 times, sl to join, 3 ch, turn; (note: there should now be 4 lps at the end of row 12)
Row 13:  *sc in lp of rw 12; 3 ch* 4 times, sl to join, 4 sc dn side of wing to base, sl st to join;

Second Angel Arm:

5 ch; 3 hdc back through 3 ch, 1 sc in last ch; sl st at base of second wing (or top of shoulder) to join;
Snip yarn off about 3 inches from last sl st;
Tie a knot; pull end through to underside of angel skirt;
Snip off end so it will not show;

Trim (Burgandy Honeysuckle)

Hem:

Tie on at hem of angel skirt (I started under one of the wings);
sc in each st around the base of the angel skirt;
Where there is a loop formed by 3 sc, sc in that loop 3 times; sl st to join;
Tie off and weave in on underside;

Wreath:

Tie on at base of one of the arms, 4 ch, sl st to 3rd ch from hook to form ring;
6 hdc in loop; sl st to other arm;
Tie off; weave in on underside of wreath;

Bow in Top-Knot:

Cut off a 24" piece of Burgandy Honeysuckle;
Fold in half so you have a two-stranded piece;
Snip the loop in half and keep even;
Insert hook through the base of the top-knot; pull two-stranded pice half-way through;
Make a bow-tie at the top of the top-knot;
I allow the long strands to flow down the back so they hang out under the bottom.

Embellishments:

You can other little embellishements to your Chenille Angel: Buttons, pearl beads, silk flowers are just a few!

I hope you enjoy making the Chenille Christmas Angel! I wish for all of you a Happy Holiday Season!

 

© Copyright, November 1997 by Meridel Abrams. All Rights Reserved.

 

NOTE: This pattern is for personal use only. Please don't post it in any form without designer's express permission. This is an original design by Meri Abrams and is posted at the CP Pattern Library with permission..

Please direct reprint requests to designer at XlXmeriXlX@aol.com. (The designer's address was valid when this pattern was posted. If it is no longer valid, please check one of the internet search engines for an updated address.)

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