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! 

This crochet nativity pattern surely has been a labor of love. Over the past 5 years it has grown from a small family of 3 to a whole set of 14 pieces!

In 2022, we introduced a new one: a sweet little donkey.

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This pattern is simple, so even advanced beginners can make it. It’s rustic, yet modern, so it compliments all styles and trends, and it’s perfect for little hands. The best of all worlds!

The entire set includes 14 total figures: Along with the free pieces, you get 3 wisemen, 2 shepherds, a palm tree, a small laying sheep, a donkey, an angel, and stars backdrop.

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! 


Keep scrolling for links to the free figures ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️


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!

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

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!

FREE Nativity Mini Set Patterns:

Baby and Manger

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


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three wisemen rustic crochet pattern free

happy crocheting and Merry Christmas!


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  1. Bethany
    I just read more of the comments below and the question about the purchase of a donkey pattern was already addressed.
    My question is I purchased the bundle in 2021 and do not know where the receipt would be, Is there another way to just purchase the donkey pattern?

    1. Hi Anna! Reply to this comment email, I should be able to find your purchase receipt on my end. Do you remember where you bought it?