Free Crochet Pattern: Victorian Vintage Angel Christmas Ornament

A festive vintage crochet angel ornament brings a sense of nostalgia for the holidays.
A festive vintage crochet angel ornament brings a sense of nostalgia for the holidays. | Source

The Art of Crochet

Whether you crochet for the love of the art, for a relaxing hobby, or a home business, the secrets of this craft have been passed down from generation to generation since the early 1800's. In these early days, crochet patterns were not written down. One person would watch another and copy the stitches. In the late 1800's, crochet patterns were carved into portable blocks of wood and crafters would swap them with one another. Today, crochet patterns are easier to find and share. By sharing patterns, crochet enthusiasts keep the craft of crochet alive.

Cotton thread is used for crocheting vintage items.
Cotton thread is used for crocheting vintage items.

Thread and Supplies for Vintage Angel

Size five cotton thread from crochet- 60 yards

Hook- Size 7

White crafting glue

1" Styrofoam ball

4" Styrofoam cone

Ribbon and embellishments for the finished piece. Get creative! You can even make a halo.

Side view crochet angel ornament
Side view crochet angel ornament | Source

Finished size: 3 1/2 inches tall

G: Rounds 1-2= 1"

Head, Body of Angel:


Chain 5, slip stitch to form a ring.

R 1: Chain 3 (first half double crochet, chain 1). @1 half double crochet in ring, chain 1. Repeat from @10 times. Slip stitch in 2nd chain of chain 3 to join= 11 half double crochet.

R 2: Slip stitch to first chain 1 space. Chain 2, 1 half double crochet in same space. @2 half double crochet in next chain 1 space. Repeat from @ around= 22 half double crochet. Do not join but work in continuous rounds.

R 3-8: Work 1 half double crochet in each half double crochet around. Join at end of 8th round. Slip in 1" styrofoam ball.

R 9: Chain 2, skip 1 half double crochet. @1 half double crochet in next half double crochet, skip 1 half double crochet. Repeat from @ 10 times. Slip stitch in top of chain 2 to join= 11 half double crochet.

R 10: Chain 3 (first double crochet), 1 double crochet in same stitch as slip stitch. @2 double crochet in next half double crochet. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in top of chain 3 to join= 22 double crochet.

R 11-13: Chain 3. Work 1 double crochet in each double crochet around. Slip stitch in top of chain 3 to join.

Dress:


R 14: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in same stitch as split stitch. 1 double crochet in next double crochet. @2 double crochet in next double crochet, 1 double crochet in next double crochet. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in top of chain 3 to join= 33 double crochet.

R 15: Chain 1, single crochet in same stitch as slip stitch. *Chain 5, skip 2 double crochet, single crochet in next double crochet. Repeat from @ 10 times. Chain 2, 1 double crochet in first single crochet to join= 11 chain 5 loops.

R 16: Single crochet in joining loop. Chain 3. @ Single crochet in next loop, chain 3. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join.

R 17: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in same stitch as slip stitch. Work 1 double crochet in each remaining stitch around. Join= 45 doulbe crochet.

R 18: Chain 1, single crochet in same stitch as slip stich. @ Chain 5 skip 2 double crochet, single crochet in next double crochet. Repeat from @ 14 times. Chain 2, 1 double crochet in first single crochet to join= 15 chains 5 loops.

R 19- 23: Single crochet in joining l00p. @ Chain 5, single crochet in next loop. Repeat from @ 14 times. Chain 2, 1 double crochet in first single crochet to join.

R 24: Single crochet in joining loop. Chain 3. @ Single crochet in next loop, chain 3. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join.

R 25: Chain 3. Work 1 double crochet in each stich around. Join = 60 double crochet.

R 26: Chain 1, single crochet in same stitch as slip stitch. @ Chain 5, skip 2 double crochet, single crochet in next double crochet. Repeat from @ 19 times. Chain 2, 1 double crochet in first single crochet to join= 20 chain and 5 loops.

R 27: Single crochet in joining loop. Chain 2. @Single crochet in next loop, chain 2. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join.

R 28: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in each stitch around. Finish off.

Sleeves (make 2)


Chain 5, slip stitch to form a ring.

R 1: Chain 4 (first double crochet, chain 1). @1 double crochet in ring, chain 1. Repeat from @ 7 times. Slip stitch in 3rd chain of chain 4 to join= 8 double crochet.

R 2-4: Chain 4. @1 double crochet in next double crochet, chain 1. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in 3rd chain of chain 4 to join.

R 5: Chain 1, single crochet in same stitch as slip stitch. Work 1 single crochet in each stich around. Slip stich in first single crochet to join= 16 single crochet.

R 6: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in same stitch as slip stich. Chain 1. @ Skip 1 single crochet, 2 double crochet in next single crochet, chain 1. Repeat from @ around. Slip stitch in top of chain 3 to join.

R 7-8: Chain 3, 1 double crochet in next double crochet. Chain 2. @1 double crochet in each next 2 double crochet, chain 2. Repeat from @ around. Join.

R 9: Chain 3. 1 double crochet in next double crochet. Chain 3. @1 double crochet in each of next 2 double crochet, chain 3. Repeat from @ around. Join.

R 10: Chain 1, single crochet in same stitch as slip stitch. Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around. Join. Finish off.

Wings: (make 2)


Chain 18 (2")

LEVEL 1: Work 1 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook. Work 1 stitch in each remaining chain as follows: 4 single crochet, 3 half double crochet, 2 double crochet, 2 triple crochet, 2 double triple crochet, 1 triple crochet, 1 double crochet, and 1 single crochet.

LEVEL 2: Chain 1, turn. Single crochet in same stictch while turning. Work 1 single crochet in each of next 14 stitches.

LEVEL 3: Chain 1, turn. Slip stitch in same stitcht as turning. Slip stitch in next single crocet. Single crochet in next single crochet. Chain 3, skip 1 single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet 6 times for 6 chains and 3 loops.

LEVEL 4: Chain 1, turn. Slip stitch in first chain 3 loops, single crocet in same loop. Chain 3, single crochet in next loop 4 times. Finish off.


Block:

Shape top of 4 inches of the cone. Measure down 1 inch from tip of cone. Mold the tip until it forms a straight tube about 2/3" across by 1" high. Saturate the body of the angel with stiffening solution and pin it to the cone.

A completed vintage crochet angel ornament
A completed vintage crochet angel ornament | Source

The Process of Blocking

Blocking in crochet refers to giving a crocheted item a 3 dimensional shape by forming it over an item and allowing it to dry and stiffen. Common items used to give a crocheted piece form are straws, Styrofoam balls, and Styrofoam cones. To block effectively, the crocheted item must be saturated with stiffening solution. While it is still wet, pin the crocheted piece to the ball or cone. Make sure each piece is straightened, including loops and seams. The crocheted piece must stay on the ball or cone until it is completely dry.

Vintage Crochet Inspiration

Free Pattern for this Vintage Boot Ornament
Free Pattern for this Vintage Boot Ornament | Source

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are just so talented! These are really cool, and so much better than store-bought decorations. We still have some crocheted decorations that my grandma made many decades ago. Great suggestion, Tammy!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

How do you always manage to be the first to comment? Amazing! There is so much nostalgia in vintage items and I think that is why people love them so. Thanks so much for reading. :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just beautiful! What a sweet Christmas project. Thanks for the free pattern.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for visiting Randomcreative!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

You are so talented Tammy.

This angel is so precious just like your baby girl.

I wished I knew how to do it though. But, one fine day...when the time will come I am confident that I shall start just as I started knitting.

Shared across. Voted up as b.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

It must feel wonderful to be able to crochet. I am not into any kind of needlework, but my sister is, she will enjoy this. I esp. liked the boot. I am a collector of porcelain boots and shoes. Thank you for sharing.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Beautiful! One of these days I'll learn to crochet. :) I love the pictures. Many votes and pinned.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting always exploring. I love vintage items so I love the victorian boots and shoes too. :)


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I am in awe. It has been a few years since I picked up my crochet hook, and even back then all I managed was a blanket, a scarf and a hat. The angel is lovely. Maybe with a little practice I could figure out how to make one for next year;)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This quite unique and perfect for a traditional Christmas or as an accent for more modern decorations. I like the positioning of the Christmas light behind one of the pics, to emphasize the halo effect. Voting this Up and Useful.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you for your wonderful comment donnah75. I am sure you can master this. :)


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Pretty, thanks for the free pattern and detailed instructions.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow this is so beautiful amazing craft Tammy. Im always a fan of your beautiful masterpieces


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

I'm helpless in commenting, because this is not my thingy thing. How can I add a scientific analysis to a great art craft? Simply in awe, by your creativity Tammy! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

wonderful...but i really don't have the talent...


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Tammy, this is.....absolutely FABULOUS, and I agree, you are such a talent!! Thanks for sharing this, and I'll pass it on.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

Tammy, This is beautiful. I shared the link on my group.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Midget! I appreciate you reading this and all your sharing!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Barbara Kay!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

This is adorable. I love the fact that I can crochet and actually do understand the pattern. But I haven't done it in a long time. This would be a fun project. And all the ornaments on my tree are white too, so this angel would fit right in. Sharing this where I can, it's a great hub Tammy!


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for reading and sharing. I love vintage d├ęcor and it can be hard to find. It is sometimes easier to make it. :)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

I totally missed this hub! I love this project, unfortunately I cannot crochet to save my life. I love Christmas crafts so this is getting a big share. Thanks.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

I love your crocheted angel! I used to crochet all the time; I'll have to hunt up my crochet hook and some cotton. This looks like a lot of fun. You certainly did a wonderfully thorough job of explaining all the steps, including the very important blocking process. Voted Up and Beautiful.


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mizjo 3 years ago from New York City, NY

Wow, beautiful! You know, Tammy, when my kids were little, about donkeys years ago, I used to knit most of their sweaters, hats and gloves but only ever crocheted a small pot-holder. That's how talented a crocheter I am! It's time I tried again, and with Christmas a week away, I'll have to hurry to finish that sweet little angel. Thank you for the little push!


Tamara - Moogly 3 years ago

Beautiful, thank you for sharing it! I featured it this morning on Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-crochet-angel-patte...


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Tamara!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

So pretty and delicate. You are very talented.


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tammyswallow 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Flourish Anyway. I appreciate your kindness.


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heidithorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

I made some of these kinds of ornaments years ago and loved doing it. I'll have to try this pattern. Lovely! Voted up and beautiful!


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tammyswallow 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for visiting Heidithorne!


Carol Wilkinson 2 years ago

Is this pattern for the pictured angel? Just done crocheting it and it didn't turn out to look anything like this one. The one in the picture is very pretty.


pal 12 months ago

Sorry but I think this is not the right pattern. I 'm trying crocheting but it doesn't look like the picture. Could you revise it please? the angel in the picture is very very beautiful! :) thank you


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jocauldrick1 5 weeks ago from Isle of Wight

She's completely delightful and looks gorgeous with the fairy lights shining through the lace. Gorgeous project.


Angie 2 weeks ago

Is this the right pattern for the picture? Mine doesn't really look like the picture... Can anyone help me?


Molly 6 days ago

Nope, not the same. I too found that the results are not like the picture. No way was that picture done with size 5 thread - or even size 10 for that matter. It is a much finer thread - - and even size 10 is difficult to work with a size 7 hook. Size 5 would be very difficult. I even added extra fullness and still there is no way it is going to ruffle as in the photo. Also the head appears to be single crochet, not half double crochet as in the instructions - and there are not as many solid rows as the instructions give - - plus even with a much smaller size 10 thread, it is still coming out about 5" tall. Haven't gotten to the wings yet. That may prove interesting.


Angie 5 days ago

The wings are NOTHING like the picture! They're like 2 tiny wings...not the full span like the picture shows or even anything like them! Also there is no instructions for that halo. Maybe I am just really bad at this? I'm not good enough to look at this picture and figure out how to make it...would you have any tips?

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