This beautiful rustic crochet nativity set is a perfect addition to your holiday decor. It’s lovely and chic to display during the holiday season 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! 

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It’s time for our annual nativity crochet along!

Although it seems like summer just happened, we are heading into one of my most favorite times of the year.
Of course I crochet all year round! But I do find some homey comfort in sitting under a cozy project when the air is a bit chilly, and the leaves are changing color.

So if you have been meaning to join us in years past, make this year the year!

Keep reading to have all your questions answered ⬇ ⬇ ⬇ ⬇

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Simply put, a crochet along (CAL)  is simply a guided crochet project where we all work together, one day at a time! 


Each day of the CAL, I will share the links/parts of the patterns we will be working on, and we will all work together. Sharing your progress is completely optional, but you may find enjoyment in doing so, and complimenting the work of others! 

On each day, I will send out an email and make a post on Facebook with the piece we will be working on that day. We will work together (in our own homes) on the same parts! You can be as active as you want to be!

The CAL itself has no fee, and the first 4 pieces patterns are FREE (Joseph, Mary, Baby, Manger) ! If you would like to work the entire set, you can get the full pattern in my shops: 

Whistle and Ivy Shop

It’s also available in my Endless Bundle, my all-access pass that includes my entire pattern library!


Dec 5 – 12th

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What you need:

suggested hook: Size F hook (The hook exact hook size doesn’t matter, just make sure your gauge is very tight, you shouldn’t be able to see stuffing or spaces between your stitches.
Fingering Weight Yarn: I suggest Palette Yarn by WeCrochet. It’s my absolute favorite and I love the finished look! It is a 100% wool and has a gorgeous, rustic flair. I just love it and I only use this yarn for my sets!

This year, I altered my set slightly and condensed the colors so you wouldn’t need to buy so many colors. This might affect how many sets you can make with the suggested yarn, so please keep that in mind. You will be able to make one with the new suggestions, and I think possibly two, but this isn’t guaranteed!

I still have the full list in the PDF, so you can decide which way you want to go.

Condensed Color List: (For full set)
Briar Heather
Hare Heather
Bittersweet Heather
Oyster Heather
Wheat Heather
Marble Heather or Ash
Verdant Heather

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Full Color List: (for full set)
Briar Heather(chocolate brown)
Hare Heather (taupe manger)
Wonderland Heather (Mary’s Blue cloak)
Bittersweet Heather (very dark brown)
Oyster Heather (cream)
Wheat Heather (faces)
Marble Heather (light, heather gray)
Ash (dark gray)
Almond (tree trunk)
Rooibos Heather (reddish brown)
Verdant Heather (forest green)

For Holy Family Mini Set (free patterns)

Hare Heather (taupe manger, bottom of Joseph
Oyster Heather – Mary’s Cloak, Baby Body
Briar Heather – Joseph Body
Wheat Heather – Faces
Marble Heather – Joseph Cloak, Mary Body

These are my suggestions for alternatives, I haven’t used these personally but I think they might make a good substitute if you would rather not use the yarn I have suggested.

Mix and match Bon-Bons
WeCrochet Comfy Fingering
Lion Brand Heartland (This is a larger gauge yarn but you can use the smallest hook you can, your pieces might be a big bigger)
WeCrochet Lindy Chain
Paintbox DK Cotton
Sheepjes Catona

– Creche
I wanted more of a rustic look to my creche, so I had my husband make me a new one this year. He made it with a lovely gray stain that I LOVE.
He has a few he is willing to sell, you can grab one here. We are only shipping to the US and Canada at this time as we try out shipping physical products. Thanks for your understanding! This could change in the future.  

Small Weights/washers/rocks:
I highly recommend putting small weights in the bottom of each figure to help them stand up better. Some crocheters have used washers with great success!

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If you want to get a head start, here are the links to the free mini nativity set: Mary, Joseph and Baby/Manger.

Baby and Manger

The entire set includes 13 total figures: Along with the free pieces, you get 3 wisemen, 2 shepherds, a palm tree, a small laying sheep, an angel, and stars backdrop.

You can get the PDF in my shops: 
Whistle and Ivy Shop

You can also get the pattern included in the Whistle and Ivy all-access pass! The ENDLESS BUNDLE includes the entire library of patterns PLUS courses, videos, printable and more! 


Can’t wait to get started! Please let me know if you have questions!


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  1. Please, help! I purchased your complete pattern but don’t see any information on how much of each color to purchase for each figure.


  2. I love this pattern and have made the whole set for my niece who collects nativity sets from all over the world. I don’t understand the palm tree 🌴 instructions . I have made it and blocked the top but don’t understand the next part about slip stitching them together. Thank you

  3. Hi. Just love your nativity set. Is there a pattern for a donkey available? I have made some gor gifts and just wondering. Thank you