Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you one of my latest crochet creations.
I’ve been working on this for quite a while but couldn’t show you because it was a gift for my sister and she hadn’t seen it. My sister was here for a visit a few weeks ago and got to see it then. I’ve finally finished the whole collection and will show it in a few posts. There are 17 pieces in all so I thought I would space it out a bit.
Today I will start with the core figures. You may have guessed by the post title that it is a nativity.
Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus
When I was visiting my sister last February, for my nieces wedding, I gave her a choice of a couple things I thought she might like that I wanted to make for her. She had pinned a couple of crochet nativities that I saw and that was what she decided on. Her reasoning was that with her first child getting married she was hoping to be a grandma soon and wanted to have a child friendly nativity to share with her grandchildren.
I used the pattern from, surprisingly, Let’s Knit Magazine, a magazine published in the UK. The pattern was published in two parts and is available online for free. The first part can be found here and contains the Mary and Joseph patterns.
Mary & Joseph
Part two can be found here and contains the patterns for Baby Jesus, two shepherds, a sheep and the three wise men.
Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus
If you aren’t a hooker you might not know that patterns written in the UK use different terms than those written in the USA (here is a nice article about that). The first thing I had to do was convert the pattern to US terms. I also modified the pattern slightly for the arms of the figures. The pattern calls for the hands to be made separately from the arm and then sewn together. I didn’t want to be fiddling with sewing all those hands onto the sleeves so I adjusted the pattern to do the arms in one piece.
The yarn I used was different from what the original pattern called for. I used Knit Picks CotLin™ for this project. Since I used this yarn for the birds I made last year I had some of the colors needed already and it was easy to find the rest of the colors I needed.
Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the manger
Top: Cashew, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Swan
Bottom: Linen, Hydrangea
Above are the colors I used for these figures. When I started the project I bought one skein of each color and as you can see I almost ran out of the light skin color “Linen”. I did run out of the “Brown Sugar” and was very disappointed to find out, when I went to order more, that the color had been discontinued! I still needed some of the “Brown Sugar” for one more figure. At first I checked Ebay for any but the only listing I found was charging a gouging price of $13.99 a skein (regular price is $2.99)! Then I remembered the social network for yarn enthusiasts called Ravelry.
It took me a while to find it but there was a way to find people who had yarn they are willing to sell. You have to be a member and then you can click on “Search” and select “Stash”. You should also select the “Will Trade or Sell” check box. Luckily I found someone that had not just one but 5 skeins of Brown Sugar CotLin™ at a very reasonable price! Of course even though I only needed one skein to finish my work I bought all 5. That way if I want to do more amigurumi I will have that shade of brown to use.
My sister was thrilled with how everything looked and as of this writing the set is on its way to Michigan thanks to my mom who is visiting there. As luck would have it my sister is going to be a grandma soon too. My niece isn’t due until late January so she will have it to use next Christmas and for many Christmas’ and grandchildren to come.
Stay tuned for the next installment on an upcoming Hookin on Hump Day. I hope I didn’t put some of my non-hooking blog friends to sleep with this post. If you are interested in seeing more crochet creations please visit the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop.
I didn’t receive any compensation for any of the commercial links but include them for anyone that is interested in finding the products.
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