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Free Crochet Pattern: Victorian Vintage Angel Christmas Ornament

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A vintage crochet angel brings a sense of nostalgia for the holidays.

A vintage crochet angel brings a sense of nostalgia for the holidays.

The Art of Crochet

Whether you crochet for the love of the art, to relax, or for your small business, the craft has been passed down from generation to generation since the early 1800's. In the early days, crochet patterns were not written but passed down by watching someone and copying their stitches. In the late 1800's, crochet patterns were carved into portable blocks of wood and swapped amongst crafters.

Today, crochet patterns are thankfully more convenient to find and share. I'm happy to share this project with you and hope you enjoy making these little angels.

What You'll Need

  • 60 yards of size five cotton thread
  • Size 7 hook
  • White crafting glue
  • 1" styrofoam ball
  • 4" styrofoam cone
  • Ribbon and embellishments

Get creative with the decorations! You could even make a halo to adorn the top of your vintage angel.

Side View of Crochet Angel Ornament

Side View of Crochet Angel Ornament

Instructions

Finished size: 3 1/2 inches tall

G: Rounds 1-2= 1"

Head, Body of Angel:

Chain 5, slip stitch to form a ring.

R 1: Chain 3 (first half double crochet, chain 1). @1 half double crochet in ring, chain 1. Repeat from @10 times. Slip stitch in 2nd chain of chain 3 to join= 11 half double crochet.

R 2: Slip stitch to first chain 1 space. Chain 2, 1 half double crochet in same space. @2 half double crochet in next chain 1 space. Repeat from @ around= 22 half double crochet. Do not join, but work in continuous rounds.

R 3-8: Work 1 half double crochet in each half double crochet around. Join at end of 8th round. Slip in 1" styrofoam ball.

R 9: Chain 2, skip 1 half double crochet. @1 half double crochet in next half double crochet, skip 1 half double crochet. Repeat from @ 10 times. Slip stitch in top of chain 2 to join= 11 half double crochet.

R 10: Chain 3 (first double crochet), 1 double crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch. @2 double crochet in next half double crochet. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in top of chain 3 to join= 22 double crochet.

R 11-13: Chain 3. Work 1 double crochet in each double crochet around. Slip stitch in top of chain 3 to join.

Dress:

R 14: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in the same stitch as the split stitch. 1 double crochet in next double crochet. @2 double crochet in next double crochet, 1 double crochet in next double crochet. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in top of chain 3 to join= 33 double crochet.

R 15: Chain 1, single crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch. *Chain 5, skip 2 double crochet, single crochet in next double crochet. Repeat from @ 10 times. Chain 2, 1 double crochet in first single crochet to join= 11 chain 5 loops.

R 16: Single crochet in joining loop. Chain 3. @ Single crochet in next loop, chain 3. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join.

R 17: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch. Work 1 double crochet in each remaining stitch around. Join= 45 double crochet.

R 18: Chain 1, single crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch. @ Chain 5 skip 2 double crochet, single crochet in next double crochet. Repeat from @ 14 times. Chain 2, 1 double crochet in first single crochet to join= 15 chains 5 loops.

R 19- 23: Single crochet in joining l00p. @ Chain 5, single crochet in next loop. Repeat from @ 14 times. Chain 2, 1 double crochet in first single crochet to join.

R 24: Single crochet in joining loop. Chain 3. @ Single crochet in next loop, chain 3. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join.

R 25: Chain 3. Work 1 double crochet in each stitch around. Join = 60 double crochet.

R 26: Chain 1, single crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch. @ Chain 5, skip 2 double crochet, single crochet in next double crochet. Repeat from @ 19 times. Chain 2, 1 double crochet in first single crochet to join= 20 chain and 5 loops.

R 27: Single crochet in joining loop. Chain 2. @Single crochet in next loop, chain 2. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join.

R 28: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in each stitch around. Finish off.

Sleeves (make 2)

Chain 5, slip stitch to form a ring.

R 1: Chain 4 (first double crochet, chain 1). @1 double crochet in ring, chain 1. Repeat from @ 7 times. Slip stitch in 3rd chain of chain 4 to join= 8 double crochet.

R 2-4: Chain 4. @1 double crochet in next double crochet, chain 1. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in 3rd chain of chain 4 to join.

R 5: Chain 1, single crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch. Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join= 16 single crochet.

R 6: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch. Chain 1. @ Skip 1 single crochet, 2 double crochet in next single crochet, chain 1. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in top of chain 3 to join.

R 7-8: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in next double crochet. Chain 2. @1 double crochet in each next 2 double crochet, chain 2. Repeat from @ around. Join.

R 9: Chain 3. 1 double crochet in next double crochet. Chain 3. @1 double crochet in each of next 2 double crochet, chain 3. Repeat from @ around. Join.

R 10: Chain 1, single crochet in the same stitch as slip stitch. Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around. Join. Finish off.

Wings: (make 2)

Chain 18 (2")

LEVEL 1: Work 1 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook. Work 1 stitch in each remaining chain as follows: 4 single crochet, 3 half double crochet, 2 double crochet, 2 triple crochet, 2 double triple crochet, 1 triple crochet, 1 double crochet, and 1 single crochet.

LEVEL 2: Chain 1, turn. Single crochet in the same stitch while turning. Work 1 single crochet in each of next 14 stitches.

LEVEL 3: Chain 1, turn. Slip stitch in the same stitch as turning. Slip stitch in next single crochet. Single crochet in next single crochet. Chain 3, skip 1 single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet 6 times for 6 chains and 3 loops.

LEVEL 4: Chain 1, turn. Slip stitch in first chain 3 loops, single crochet in the same loop. Chain 3, single crochet in next loop 4 times. Finish off.

The Blocking Process:

Shape top of 4 inches of the cone. Measure down 1 inch from the tip of the cone. Mold the tip until it forms a straight tube about 2/3" across by 1" high. Saturate the body of the angel with stiffening solution and pin it to the cone.

  • Blocking refers to giving a crocheted item a 3-dimensional shape by forming it over an object and allowing it to dry in that contour. Common things used to structure a crocheted piece are straws, styrofoam balls, and styrofoam cones. To block effectively, you need to saturate the crocheted item with stiffening solution. While it's wet, pin it to the ball or cone. Make sure each piece is straightened, including the loops and seams. The crocheted project must stay on the ball or cone until it is completely dry.
Completed Vintage Angel Ornament

Completed Vintage Angel Ornament

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Comments

Jo Cauldrick from Isle of Wight on November 02, 2016:

She's completely delightful and looks gorgeous with the fairy lights shining through the lace. Gorgeous project.

pal on December 06, 2015:

Sorry but I think this is not the right pattern. I 'm trying crocheting but it doesn't look like the picture. Could you revise it please? the angel in the picture is very very beautiful! :) thank you

Carol Wilkinson on September 30, 2014:

Is this pattern for the pictured angel? Just done crocheting it and it didn't turn out to look anything like this one. The one in the picture is very pretty.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 13, 2013:

Thanks so much for visiting Heidithorne!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on December 11, 2013:

I made some of these kinds of ornaments years ago and loved doing it. I'll have to try this pattern. Lovely! Voted up and beautiful!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 11, 2013:

Thanks so much Flourish Anyway. I appreciate your kindness.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 11, 2013:

So pretty and delicate. You are very talented.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 18, 2013:

Thanks Tamara!

Tamara - Moogly on November 18, 2013:

Beautiful, thank you for sharing it! I featured it this morning on Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-crochet-angel-patte...

mizjo from New York City, NY on December 19, 2012:

Wow, beautiful! You know, Tammy, when my kids were little, about donkeys years ago, I used to knit most of their sweaters, hats and gloves but only ever crocheted a small pot-holder. That's how talented a crocheter I am! It's time I tried again, and with Christmas a week away, I'll have to hurry to finish that sweet little angel. Thank you for the little push!

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on December 14, 2012:

I love your crocheted angel! I used to crochet all the time; I'll have to hunt up my crochet hook and some cotton. This looks like a lot of fun. You certainly did a wonderfully thorough job of explaining all the steps, including the very important blocking process. Voted Up and Beautiful.

Claudia Mitchell on December 12, 2012:

I totally missed this hub! I love this project, unfortunately I cannot crochet to save my life. I love Christmas crafts so this is getting a big share. Thanks.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 10, 2012:

Thanks so much for reading and sharing. I love vintage décor and it can be hard to find. It is sometimes easier to make it. :)

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 09, 2012:

This is adorable. I love the fact that I can crochet and actually do understand the pattern. But I haven't done it in a long time. This would be a fun project. And all the ornaments on my tree are white too, so this angel would fit right in. Sharing this where I can, it's a great hub Tammy!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 09, 2012:

Thanks so much Barbara Kay!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 09, 2012:

Thanks so much Midget! I appreciate you reading this and all your sharing!

Barbara Badder from USA on December 09, 2012:

Tammy, This is beautiful. I shared the link on my group.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on December 08, 2012:

Tammy, this is.....absolutely FABULOUS, and I agree, you are such a talent!! Thanks for sharing this, and I'll pass it on.

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on December 06, 2012:

wonderful...but i really don't have the talent...

Joseph De Cross from New York on December 06, 2012:

I'm helpless in commenting, because this is not my thingy thing. How can I add a scientific analysis to a great art craft? Simply in awe, by your creativity Tammy! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on December 06, 2012:

Wow this is so beautiful amazing craft Tammy. Im always a fan of your beautiful masterpieces

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 05, 2012:

Pretty, thanks for the free pattern and detailed instructions.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 05, 2012:

Thank you for your wonderful comment donnah75. I am sure you can master this. :)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 04, 2012:

This quite unique and perfect for a traditional Christmas or as an accent for more modern decorations. I like the positioning of the Christmas light behind one of the pics, to emphasize the halo effect. Voting this Up and Useful.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on December 04, 2012:

I am in awe. It has been a few years since I picked up my crochet hook, and even back then all I managed was a blanket, a scarf and a hat. The angel is lovely. Maybe with a little practice I could figure out how to make one for next year;)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 04, 2012:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting always exploring. I love vintage items so I love the victorian boots and shoes too. :)

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 04, 2012:

Beautiful! One of these days I'll learn to crochet. :) I love the pictures. Many votes and pinned.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 04, 2012:

It must feel wonderful to be able to crochet. I am not into any kind of needlework, but my sister is, she will enjoy this. I esp. liked the boot. I am a collector of porcelain boots and shoes. Thank you for sharing.

Ruchira from United States on December 03, 2012:

You are so talented Tammy.

This angel is so precious just like your baby girl.

I wished I knew how to do it though. But, one fine day...when the time will come I am confident that I shall start just as I started knitting.

Shared across. Voted up as b.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 03, 2012:

Thanks so much for visiting Randomcreative!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 03, 2012:

Just beautiful! What a sweet Christmas project. Thanks for the free pattern.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on December 02, 2012:

How do you always manage to be the first to comment? Amazing! There is so much nostalgia in vintage items and I think that is why people love them so. Thanks so much for reading. :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 02, 2012:

You are just so talented! These are really cool, and so much better than store-bought decorations. We still have some crocheted decorations that my grandma made many decades ago. Great suggestion, Tammy!

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