This beautiful rustic crochet nativity set is a perfect addition to your holiday decor. It’s lovey to display and perfect for little hands to play with as well. Make one of these gorgeous nativity sets for yourself and make one to gift away this year! This post contains affiliate links which means I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!
A few months ago I had a few readers suggest doing our crochet nativity set CAL again this year. Of course I said yes! because I love making these darling sets. I have gifted a couple away and the recipients are always blown away (maybe you have experienced this!). Plus it’s always unto work together on something.
This year will also feature a new addition. Readers have been asking for years to get some animals in the set, and I admit, I tried and failed a few times. But this year will have a cute little sheep! No photos yet, so I guess it will be a surprise as to whether you like it. Ha!
CROCHET NATIVITY SET – FREE CROCHET PATTERN CROCHET ALONG
Mark your calendars: the dates will be Monday, November 11th – Monday November 18th.
I wished I could have put it on my calendar sooner but with Plaid Week being 2 weeks this year, my calendar filled up fast!
You can follow along in a few different ways. The best way is to opt into my email list. This ensures you get an email (that you can even save for later!) with all the pattern links. You can also simply stop by my blog each morning and get the new patterns for the CAL. You can also follow along with my Facebook Page and wait for me to share the links there or you can also join the Facebook Group and see the new links in the feed. The group is also a fun place to share your progress. It’s very fun to see everyone’s color choices and bits of creative flair in their unique projects.
What you need:
I wrote the patterns using fingering weight yarn, a UK 2 ply yarn. I suggest Palette Yarn by WeCrochet. It’s 100% wool and gives the set a beautiful rustic look. It also comes in over 150 colors, so you should be able to make the set to match your perfect color palette. I used a variety of grays and browns. I do recommend Oyster Heather, the cream color of the shepherds head cloaks. It’s a perfect rustic, linen color, and I used it to make the angel as well. I also like Verdant Heather, the dark green. It’s perfect for the palm tree and I used it for the wise men. One ball of a few colors is more than enough to make a set, it really doesn’t use a ton of yarn.
For those who want to know which exact colors I used for my set, these are what I used:
Almond (tree trunk)
Rooibos Heather (reddish brown)
-I used a size F hook, but the hook size you need to meet the gauge will vary! Joseph will be about 5″ tall. If you see that there are large spaces in between the stitches and your stuffing is coming out, then you need to go down a hook size. You don’t want to see stuffing or spaces between stitches!
-You will also need a good, sharp darning needle to weave in the ends and sew parts together.
-Similarly, you can use a hot glue gun to attach the parts(I like my mini glue gun). I prefer to attach the parts using a hot glue gun, personally. My hand stitching is not very clean and neat, so gluing works better for me personally.
You will need to weigh down the bottoms of the figures so they will stay standing up. You can buy a small bag of river rocks at your local dollar store (one bag is more than enough), or you can buy some on amazon.
The rest of each figure will be stuffed with Polyfil. This kind is my favorite.
Creche and Pedestal:
If you would like to purchase a creche to display your finished nativity set, I recommend this Etsy shop. They are beautifully made.
What we are making:
The CAL will include the holy family: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus (and His manger). It will also include 3 wise men, 2 shepherds, an angle, a palm tree and our NEW little sheep!
I hope you like what I have come up with and I am so excited to see your little nativities!
If you are wanting to make your nativity on your own, you can find the links to all the different figures here:
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