As you can see with Pippa wearing a ribbon bow we are getting into the Christmas spirit here, big time.
For many years I have thought about making a crochet nativity but never actually got going on this idea.
It remained a nebulous concept a vague notion merely.
However with the making of reindeer, chameleon, robins and the little drummer boy I suddenly thought : THIS IS IT! I am going to DO it!
So much research ensued, mainly on Ravelry where I found many many patterns, mostly have to be paid for and very different in character although obviously on the same theme.
I'd like the camel in one, the donkey from another then Mary from yet another and so forth. Oh decisions decisions! So I started with trying to make the FREE one, this one was Italian with some translation and it had a facebook crochet- along going on so was very interesting to watch.
TORRE something group....
But then I started to make a head and it took ages and ages and was ever so big, which was worrying as there's at least 8 ''people'' and then a baby in crib and a set of animals....
So I went ahead and bought the Gourmet Crochet nativity pattern as it included all figures and over 200 people have used it and made theirs on Ravelry.
Above is the comparison on head size between Torre version and Gourmet versions.
I learned that with a stitch marker it's so much easier to keep track when working in spirals!
I used to use a piece of spare yarn but it's too tempting to just carry on and lose track,wprking over and across the yarn marker, but with a stitch marker you HAVE TO STOP , take it out and move it back in , which is an excellent discipline.
Soon I had made Mary: I gave a a fringe and loose hair you can style , a long waistcoat in seed stitch with a white stripe and a head dress in 4 ply with a white border. The head dress can be removed and the hair plaited or put into bunches etc.
I did my own variations in dress as I want the - in the far far distant future- grandchildren- omg did I say that?- to play with these figures and set them into the stories leading up to and after the birth of CHRIST our SAVIOUR?
She has thick doubled pipe-cleaners inside her sleeves and her hands are posed in prayer.
She's made in DK yarns a mix of wools and cottons and made with a 3.5 mm hook and a 3mm hook for smaller details like hands and head-dress.
He was in green with a splendid waistcoat and amazing hair and moustache... The Torre Guiseppe that is.
Just JJ and me, I went round with the lists and we took turns to queue and pay...
And an online NIGELLA LAWSON recipe:
What do you think? Don't they look splendid together?