Jesse Tree Crochet Advent Calendar: December 23

Joseph

"This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel' (which means 'God with us'). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus."

- Matthew 1:18-25


Find the complete advent calendar and gauge square here.

Finished Size: 4 inches tall (not including loop for hanging) by 1.25 inches wide by 1.25 inches deep

Skill Level: Easy

Materials
Cascade Cherub Aran: Apple Cinnamon, Black, Chocolate, White
Size F-5 (3.75mm) crochet hook


This pattern uses American crochet terminology.

Notes: Unless otherwise indicated, pattern is worked in the round without joining or turning between rounds. To keep track of rounds, you may find it helpful to place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round.

HEAD & BODY
Worked from top down.

With Apple Cinnamon, ch 2 or begin with a magic loop.

Rnd 1. 6 sc in second ch from hook (or magic loop). 6 sc

Rnd 2. 2 sc in ea sc around. 12 sc.

Rnd 3. *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 18 sc.

Rnds 4 & 5. Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 6. *Dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 12 sc.

Stuff Head.

Rnd 7. *Dec 1 sc over next 2 sc; rep from * around. 6 sc.

Rnd 8. Sc in ea sc around.

Change to Chocolate.

Rnds 9 & 10. Rep rnds 2 & 3. 18 sc.

Rnds 11-14. Sc in ea sc around.

Change to White.

Rnd 15. Sc in ea sc around.

Change to Chocolate.

Rnds 16-24. Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 25. Sc in ea sc around. Sl st in next sc.

Finish off.

BOTTOM

With White, ch 2 or begin with a magic loop.

Rnds 1-3. Work the same as for rnds 1-3 of Head & Body. 18 sc.

Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

HEAD COVERING

With White, ch 2 or begin with a magic loop.

Rnd 1. 6 sc in second ch from hook (or magic loop), ch 18, sl st in last sc. 6 sc and 1 ch-18 sp.

Rnd 2. 2 sc in ea sc around, skipping the ch-18 sp and keeping toward the outside. 12 sc.

Rnd 3. *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 18 sc.

Rnd 4. Sc in ea sc around.

Change to Chocolate.

Rnd 5. Sc in ea sc around.

Change to White.

Rnd 6. Sc in ea sc around.

Head Covering is worked in rows from this point forward.

Row 7. Working in blo, sl st in next sc, ch 2 (counts as hdc now and throughout pattern), hdc in next 11 sc; leave rem sc un-worked. 12 hdc.

Rows 8-9. Ch 2; turn. Hdc in flo of ea hdc across.

Finish off.

ASSEMBLY

Stuff bottom half of Body and whipstitch Bottom in place, using only the back loops of both pieces. Sew eyes and lips in Black. Sew Head Covering to top of Head with ch-18 sp on the outside. Weave in all ends.

Abbreviations
beg          beginning
ch          chain
dec          decrease
ea          each
flo          front loops only
hdc          half-double crochet
mm          millimeter
rep          repeat
rnd          round
sc          single crochet
sl st          slip stitch
sp          space
t-ch          turning chain