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Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia


December 2013 - Christmas Angel


3 mm needles
Fingering weight yarn in white (or colour of choice) for this project I chose Fame Trend Paljette – a soft fingering weight yarn with sequins in it. A small amount is all that is needed.
A small amount of stuffing (such as a cotton ball) for her head.

K1b: knit 1 through back of stitch.
Sl: slip
Yo: yarn over
RS: right side
Ssk: slip as if to knit, slip as if to knit, insert left needle into the front of the 2 slipped sts from left to right and k2tog
K2tog: Knit 2 together

Using knitted cast on, cast on 37 sts. Repeat rows 1 & 2 of pattern below:
Row 1 : K1b *P2, K1b; repeat from *
Row 2: P1, *K1b, K1, P1; repeat from *
Repeat these 2 rows approx 24 times (about 2”)
Next row: K1b, *sl next stitch off needle and allow it to unravel to cast on edge, p1, k1b; repeat from *
NOTE: you may need to “help” the stitches to unravel with the tip of a needle, they can sometimes stick to each other and not want to unravel.

Head: With remaining # of stitches (reduced from the 37) work stocking stitch (ie knit one row, purl one row) for approx 20 rows. Break yarn and leave a long end to thread through a darning needle and pick up the live stitches from your knitting needle, gather them together and sew shut then sew the seam down the back of the head. Lightly stuff the head and wind the yarn around her neck drawing it tight and securing the end of the yarn. Sew down the back of her dress to complete the body.

Wings: Using the same needles, cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: (RS) K2, yo, k1, yo, k2 – 7 st
Row 2: and all even numbered rows : purl
Row 3: K3, yo, k1, yo, k3
Row 5: K4, yo, k1, yo, k4
Continue in this pattern (increasing by 1 st before the YO and K1 then after) until you have a total of 17 sts on your needle.
On the next RS row Ssk, k13, k2tog, continue to purl wrong side rows
Continue to Ssk the first 2 sts and k2tog the last 2 sts on all right side rows until there are only 3 sts remaining. Sl 1, k2tog, pass slipped st over Fasten off.
Make second wing. Sew wings to back of angel’s shoulders.

Halo and arms:
These are made of I Cord. (see March 2006 Stitch Archive)
Halo is approx 1 ½ to 2 inches of 4 st i-cord; form into a circle and lightly tack in place at the back of her head. Arms are also 4 st i-cord long enough to reach from her waist, around her shoulders and back to waist. These are lightly tacked on with yarn and darning needle.
Attach a fine loop of thread or yarn to hang your ornament from.


~Heather Tunnah