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JESUS AND HIS FAMILY
By Donna Jean Nyhus
3-ply sport yarn: green, peach, black, blue
2 sm shank buttons
2 pipe cleaners
Plastic foam balls 2 – 1’’
5 farmers matches
Metallic gold chenille stem
Crochet hook size 0, 1 and 4
With size 4 hook and peach yarn, ch 2.
RND 1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join rnds.
RND 2: 2 sc in each st around. (8 st)
RND 3: * 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around. (12 st)
RND 4: Sc in each st around.
RND 5: * Dec over next 2 st, rep from * until 6 st remain.
RND 6: Sl st in next st, and catch opposite side, at same time bringing Head tog in center. Fasten off.
RND 8: With main color, attach yarn in sl st, ch 6, sl st in 1st ch.
RND 9: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring. Join with sl st. (Buttonhole formed)
RND 10: * Ch 5, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in each of next 3 st, sl st in next 3 st on Body, rep from * around. Fasten off leaving enough yarn to secure Head to Body.
With dark yarn: Fasten 4 strands to top of Head and cut short.
Fashion halo from gold metallic chenille stem by making a 1’’ circle leaving tail long enough to insert into Head.
MARY AND JOSEPH
With 0 hook and tan yarn, ch 2.
RND 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join rnds.
RNDS 2 & 3: 2 sc in each st around.
RNDS 4 – 6: Sc in each st around.
RND 7: * Dec over next 2 st, rep from * until 16 st remain.
RND 8: Insert foam ball and sc next 2 st tog until 9 st remain.
RND 9: Sc in each of the 9 st, sl st in next st. Fasten off. Attach body color.
RND 9: Ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around. (18 st)
RND 10 – 12: Sc in each st around.
RND 13: * Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around.
RND 14: Sc in each st around.
RND 15: Sk 6 st, sc in next 6 st, sk 6 st, sc in next 6 st.
RND 16: 2 sc in each sc around.
RNDS 17 – 31: Sc in each st around, sl st in last st. (Mark beginning of rnds.)
RND 32: In BACK LPS: * Dec over next 2 st, sc in next st, rep from * around. Do not fasten off.
RNDS 17 – 33: Rep Rnd 17 of Mary.
RND 34: Rep Rnd 32 of Mary.
Arms are made in one piece; the end represent the Hands.
With tan, ch 25.
RND 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn.
ROWS 2 & 3: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. Fasten off after Rnd 3, leaving long end for sewing.
Lay a pipe cleaner on work and draw piece together around cleaner.
Bend pipe cleaner in half. Push one end of Arm through Sleeve opening, push folded center up into Neck. Pull Arm back through other Sleeve opening. Stuff Body firmly, working around the pipe cleaner in the Bodice. Insert a 1 1/2’’ circle of cardboard in Bottom.
BOTTOM OF BODY: RND 33: (Mary) * Dec over next 2 st, sc in next 3 st, rep from * until 1/4’’ hole remains. Fasten off; but do not close.
RND 35: (JOSEPH) Repeat Rnd 33 for Mary.
In FRONT LPS of RND 31: Join yarn, ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to beginning ch-3. Fasten off.
Rep Stand as for Mary’s in Rnd 33.
Stitch Arms to Sleeves. With double strand of contrasting yarn: thread through sts at Waistline. For Mary: tie Belt in bow, leaving long tails. For Joseph: tie loosely in a knot.
Embroider Face and attach Hair.
Sew button to front of Bodice: one on Mary, one on Joseph. Attach Baby Jesus to button and position Arms.
Cut cardboard piece 3’’ wide for Mary’s longer Hair; 2’’ wide for Joseph’s Hair. Wrap yarn around cardboard 20 times. With threaded needle, sew strands loosely together before removing cardboard. Cut along one side; position on head, so that sewed line become center part. Sew onto Head securely.
Pull Mary’s Hair back, and tie with same color yarn as Belt.
Sew Joseph’s Hair around Head at base of skull.
Make Crib by crossing 2 matches at center, with burned tips at top. Rep for other 2 matches. Glue at crossing. Glue 5th match between forks of crosses at bottom. Allow to dry thoroughly. Glue walnut shell to V, formed by Stand. Fill with shredded yarn for hay.