This sweet little donkey is a lovely addition to your crochet nativity! He lays and watches over the sweet little baby, resting and surely feeling the moment of calm after a very busy night.The post uses affiliate links, click here for more info.

This cute guy was a long time coming. I attempted to design a donkey 2 years ago and I had a difficult time with it looking too “cutesy”, it didn’t quite go with the feel and look of the rest of the set.

I spent a lot of nights thinking of how I could pull off the design, and it was amazing how many ideas came to me right before I would fall asleep, a few of them worked beautifully.
I hope you enjoy making this sweet donkey and added him to your rustic crochet nativity set!



⭐️If you previously bought the nativity PDF, you can get an updated version including the donkey for free! (all updates are included in your purchase!)

⭐️If you bought it on Ravelry: Check your email, and update has already been sent

⭐️If you bought it in my shop: Please log in and download the newest version:

If you bought it on Etsy: Please send me an email with a screenshot of your Etsy receipt and I will get a copy to you.

This pattern is also included in the Endless Bundle, this Whistle and Ivy all-access pass!


This new donkey addition is available in the full nativity pattern! If you haven’t yet, you can buy it from my Ravelry or Whistle and Ivy Shops.

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OR Join the Endless Bundle 

Happy crocheting, 

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  1. I’ve been making your nativity for years, so I have the patterns for all the rest of the pieces. Is there a way to *just* get the pattern for the donkey?

    1. The pattern is not available as a stand alone pattern, but if you bought the full pattern at some point you can get the update for free! If you got 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. Unfortunately, I collected the entire Nativity Set in the first and second CALs when it was free, so I’ve never bought the set. Will you make the newer items available as a stand alone or accessories set?