Jesse Tree Crochet Advent Calendar: December 24

The Birth of Jesus

"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."


- Luke 2:4-11


Find the complete advent calendar and gauge square here.

Finished Size: 2.5 inches tall (not including loop for hanging) by 1.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches deep

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials
Cascade Cherub Aran - Apple Cinnamon, Black, Golden Rod, White
Size F-5 (5.0mm) crochet hook


This pattern uses American crochet terminology.

Note: 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.

Change to White.

Rnds 6-11. Sc in ea sc around.

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

Stuff Head & Body.

Rnd 13. *Dec 1 sc over next 2 sc; rep from * around. Sl st in next sc. 6 sc.

Finish off.

SWADDLING

With White, ch 6.

Circle
Rnds 1-5. Work the same as rnds 1-5 of Head & Body.

Swaddling is worked in rows from this point forward.

Rectangle
Row 6. Ch 2 (counts as hdc); hdc in flo of next 4 sc. 5 hdc.

Rows 7-23. Ch 2; turn. Working in flo, hdc in ea hdc across (you will have a total of 18 rows of hdc).

Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

HALO

With Golden Rod, ch 4, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Rnd 1. 11 dc in fourth ch from hook (first 3 ch count as dc). Join with sl st in first dc. 12 dc.

Rnd 2. Ch 1, (sc, ch 18, sl st in last sc, sc) in same st as joining, sc in next dc, *2 sc in next dc, sc in next dc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 18 sc and 1 ch-18 sp.

ASSEMBLY

Place circle of Swaddling on top of Head, slightly pushed back, with the rectangle on the right side. Wrap rectangle over top of Body, crossing over to left side, wrapping around back, and crossing back over front to the left side of the Body. Sew end of rectangle to circle, about 4 hdc to the left of the start of the rectangle. Tack circle in place on top of Head. Sew eyes on Head in Black. Sew Halo to back of Head. Weave in all ends.

Abbreviations
beg          beginning
ch          chain
dc          double crochet
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

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