Free Crochet Pattern: Victorian Vintage Angel Christmas Ornament

Updated on January 9, 2018
A vintage crochet angel brings a sense of nostalgia for the holidays.
A vintage crochet angel brings a sense of nostalgia for the holidays. | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

Vintage Crochet Inspiration

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        Jo Cauldrick 17 months ago from Isle of Wight

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

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        pal 2 years ago

        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

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        Carol Wilkinson 3 years ago

        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.

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        Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for visiting Heidithorne!

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        Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

        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!

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        Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much Flourish Anyway. I appreciate your kindness.

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        FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

        So pretty and delicate. You are very talented.

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        Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Tamara!

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        Tamara - Moogly 4 years ago

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

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        mizjo 5 years ago from New York City, NY

        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!

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        Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

        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.

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        Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

        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.

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        Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

        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. :)

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        Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

        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!

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        Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much Barbara Kay!

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        Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

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

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        Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

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

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        Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

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

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        raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

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

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        Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

        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!

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        IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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        Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

        Pretty, thanks for the free pattern and detailed instructions.

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        Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

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

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        alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

        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.

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        Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

        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;)

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        Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

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

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        Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

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

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        Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

        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.

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        Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

        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.

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        Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for visiting Randomcreative!

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        Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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        Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

        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. :)

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        Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        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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