DIY Christmas Crochet Nativity Set

nativity all characters

I’m super excited to announce the completion of my Christmas Nativity Set!  After 18 months of work and countless hours of designing and testing my nativity patterns are now ready to be enjoyed by others!

I started designing this set because I wanted a detailed kid-friendly nativity set which was large enough for little hands to play with as puppets but could also sit on a table as a display or hang on a Christmas tree as kid-friendly ornaments.  It’s my first experience of designing a larger “set” of crochet patterns and I couldn’t be more pleased!  Each character is 5.5-6″ tall and designed with careful details.

Mary Joseph Jesus Manger nativity figures

I made baby Jesus removable from the manger.

camels and donkeys nativity figures

I’m especially fond of the animals in the set.  I’d never designed miniature animals so I spent hours goggling photos of animals to make sure I got the proportions correct.

3 kings crochet nativity

I also visited many, many yarn stores trying to find good “skin” colors for my characters.  I finally found the skin tones used in the 3 kings set which I think do a good job of representing the nations.

shepherds and sheep crochet nativity

I love the idea of shepherds carrying little sheep in need of help.  This was one of the first characters I worked on and he took months to get to a point I liked.  I was super excited to have a baby sheep which could be carried or removed and played with!

My patterns are written crochet patterns in American crochet terms with photos included for joining the different pieces together to finish your awesome new nativity figures!

Jesus in manger nativity ornament

If you’re wondering if you can take your beginning crochet skills and apply them to this set then be sure to download my free Craftsy crochet pattern for baby Jesus in the manger.  It’s a great one to work up as a toy or as an ornament.  Craftsy also has great crochet classes to help you grow your skills.  (If you haven’t thought of it already craft classes make great gifts for your Christmas gift list as well!)

If you’re worried you’ll have lots of questions then why not join me starting November 18th for a Crochet along of Nativity set #1 – the family!

nativity 2

I’ll be working through the set with lots of process photos and I’m happy to answer questions along the way.  I’ll also link up to YouTube videos for every new stitch used in case you need a refresher – should be fun!  Please check back on November 18th to start the adventure with me!


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About Maria

I'm a crochet designer who loves to look for and be part of creating beauty. I'm a wife of 15 years and Mom to two dear children. My interests include crochet (making and designing), sewing, embroidery, wet felting, needle felting, growing as a Mom and helping my husband live through law school!
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