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!

This year, 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!


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!


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FREE Nativity Mini Set Patterns:

Baby and Manger

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 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! 


happy crocheting and Merry Christmas!


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  1. Loved the pattern—it turned out great! Wish I could share a pic of how cute it is. Thanks for all your work and pictures to make this understandable. My completed nativity set it going to my church/school’s annual silent auction dinner, and so many people already say they’re going to bid on it. It took me many evenings over the past three weeks to complete it (about one figure/item per night), but it was worth it!

  2. I bought the full pattern from whistle and ivy. I love how it’s working up! I’m having my husband make the wood stable. Any dimensions available for that? I love both of the ones you have in your pictures! Thank you for your work. I’m making this for our church and school annual auction dinner!

  3. I’ve been using the Lion Brand Heartland yarn, and they work up so nicely. They’re a little bigger, but I don’t mind. And there’s such a wide color selection! Just in case people wondered if the Heartland yarn works too. :)

  4. I am very excited about this pattern but I am having trouble for 2 reasons. I think this “join” and “ch 1” for each round is an issue as I have not seen that in other amagurami patterns I have. I just stitch into the next round without the join in other patterns. I can work with this though but I don’t know if it is causing me the issue on the 3rd round where I consistently get 22 stitches instead of 21. For round 3 the pattern says to first chain 1 then single chain 1 into the same stitch (as the first “chain 1” stitch?). Is this considered the first 2 stitches of round 3? Then you have the repeat of SC in the next two stitches, then SC 2 in the next stitch. These instructions produce 22 stitches.

    1. Because these figures will be standing, I designed it in joined rows, instead of working in continuous rows (a spiral), this would cause the to lean slightly. If you are more comfortable with continuous rows, you can disregard the ch 1 and the join.
      No, the ch does not count, so the first st worked in the same st as the chain is the first st of the round.
      Which figure are you working on?

        1. Bethany, Why am I getting a diagonal ridge across all the figures? It if from the joining of each row. It doesn’t look very good. It there no way around it?
          Your figures look so much smaller in the pictures. Do you have a smaller version pattern? Is there a way to make them smaller?
          the manger came out so much larger than Jesus and from what your picture shows. Is there a smaller pattern because mine says there should be 51 stitches around the perimeter of the manger and it came out huge.
          Thanks Bethany, in advance, for your help. I am really enjoying the nativity. I have yet to finish it but have 6 pieces done.
          Oh! and do you have a pattern or dimensions for the wood stable?

          1. Are you working in American sc? The seam shouldn’t go diagonal, it should go straight down the back. No, there is no smaller version, what yarn are you using?
            Yes, that is correct for the manger, what size hook are you using?
            Stable is 12″ wide, 10″ tall.

          2. Hi Bethany,
            Thank you for your response. I can’t click on your message to reply because there is not reply button.
            I am using American SC. I went online to learn about adjusting how I am doing the joining slip stitch and I think I found the difference that will now make my seam go vertically vs diagonally. I think I should be good now. Thank you for confirming the seam should NOT be diagonal.
            I am using fingering yarn, what you recommended.
            Thanks for the stable dimensions.

  5. I have searched and am coming up empty, so I am sorry if this has been covered at some point and I’m just over looking it.about how tall are the figures and what size creche works best? I’m asking my dad to make one for my set but don’t want him to make it to big and everything look funny.

  6. I made the set for my youngest daughter last year. I just finished the donkey, a few days late for this Christmas, but he’ll go in the box and be ready for next year. I love this set! I made one for myself out of #10 crochet thread. I have just Joseph in worsted weight. I may finish a bigger set, just because! ☺️

    1. I purchased the full pattern a few minutes ago, but have not received it. How long should it take to receive it?

  7. I would to join to get the Nativity set, but i would not be able to follow along with the online instructions on Facebook. And i have not found a price for this so i don’t know if i could afford it. Thanks, cindy

  8. I have tried getting my password for the last 2 days to reset but Haven’t received the link to reset it.. I brought the Rustic crochet nativity trying to get the Donkey but it’s not letting me.

    1. I don’t see that you have an account with this email address, please send me an email and I will try to assist: Bethany (at) whistleandivy (dot) com

    1. Yes! If you bought it on Ravelry, the updated version is in your library, if you bought it in my Whistle and Ivy shop, you can log in and get the updated version at your leisure, and if you bought it on Etsy, please send me a screenshot of your receipt and I can get you a copy! Bethany (at) whistleandivy (dot) com

      1. I got it from whistle and ivy vutbits not showing up in my account. It just shows an option to buy now. 🤷‍♀️

        1. Hi Julie! I checked your account and it looks like you are no longer an active member of the Endless Bundle. Pattern updates are only available to active members and those who have bought the standalone pattern.

    1. Yep! If you bought the pattern on Ravelry, the updated version is in your library, if you bought it in my Whistle and Ivy shop, you can log in and get the updated version at your leisure, and if you bought it on Etsy, please send me a screenshot of your receipt and I can get you a copy! Bethany (at) whistleandivy (dot) com

  9. This is so beautiful! I won’t be able to do it this year, but it will go into my to crochet list :) I am not sure about the gauge – I thought F was quite a big hook, while fingering yarn was quite thin. Even in one of the sites you linked it mentioned smaller hook sizes for that particular yarn. Won’t there be holes? Thanks :)

    1. I suggest the hook that I use, but in the notes I say to use a hook that works best for *you* that gives you a tight enough gauge to not have spaces to see in between the stitches, so use your best judgment!