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Moira's Angel
by Sandra Petit

Angel sitting on Sytrofoam cone on Moira's sofa :-)

Materials: small amount worsted weight white cotton yarn; F hook, #16 needle, white chenille pipe cleaner, small red heart sequin

Size: 5 1/2" tall with a 5" wing span

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time allotment: approx. 1 to 1 1/2 hr per angel

Special Stitches:
shell = 3 dc
corner = (shell, ch 3, shell)


ch  =  chain
dc  =  double crochet
ea  =  each
hk  =  hook
rep  =  repeat
rnd  =  round

sc  =  single crochet
sl st  =  slip stitch
sp  =  space
tch = turning chain
yo  = yarn over

As you can see there are several parts to the angel. We will begin by making the body, move on to the wings, then the head and the halo. Then we'll put it all together and add the sequin heart. I will take you through, step by step, and provide options (separate page) so you can make YOUR angel unique.

I assume you know the basic crochet stitches. If you do not, please go on over to my crochet web site, http://www.crochetcabana.com and get familiar with the slip stitch, chain, single crochet, half-double crochet and double crochet. You won't find Moira's Angel pattern there though. It is only for you, loyal readers of A Time for Angels. :-)

The body of the angel is made up of a plain granny square. There are two different methods for joining the rounds of a granny square. One is joining the first round with a double crochet and the succeeding rounds with a single crochet or half-double crochet. This is the method Moira used in A Time for Angels. The second is to join each round with a slip stitch and slip stitch to the corner. I have that method on the options page.

Body with dc join:
The granny square begins just as most other crochet, with a foundation chain. From there things change somewhat from a straight row project because the granny square is worked in rounds - branching out from the middle, getting larger, until it is the size you want. In this case, we are going to make a 3-round granny. Most grannies are also worked on one side without turning. We will do this one that way.

Because white doesn't always show up well, and I have pictures already taken and used in another tutorial, I will use pictures in different colors and materials as I go along. The steps are the same. Just use the proper materials for your angel.

First you have to make the circle or ring into which you will work. To do this make a foundation chain of 5 chains,

then insert hook into first chain you made, right next to the slip knot,

yarn over and pull through both loops to complete a slip stitch and form a ring. You can wiggle your finger in the center to see the hole better

To start your first round, chain 3


working into the center hole created by your ring, work 2 double crochets, that completes your first corner of round 1,

then chain 3 again to separate your corners

continuing to work in the center ring, work 3 double crochets (3 dcs are considered a shell), this completes your second corner of round 1

chain 3, work 3 more double crochets completing your third corner of round 1


chain 3, work 3 more double crochets to complete the last corner shell of round 1

To finish this round, we need to join to the beginning. We will use the double crochet to join.

YO, insert hook into top chain of beginning ch-3, yo and pull through (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through rem 2 loops)

Here is how it looks in the white cotton

You should have four shells, made up of 3 dcs each. These are your four corners.


Round 2: chain 3 to bring your round up to the proper height, in same space work (2 double crochets, chain 3, 3 double crochets)

You've made the first corner of your second round.

chain 1 between corners

work a (shell, chain 3, shell) for your second corner of this round


chain 1, work third corner (shell, ch 3, shell)

chain 1, work your fourth corner, shown here in white

to finish this corner we need to join to the first stitch

hdc in top of beg ch-3. (8 shells)

note: you can use a sc for this and the round 3 join if you prefer

Round 3 will be made in much the same manner as the previous round but you will have a "side". First you chain 3,


in same space work 2 dcs

This first shell makes up the first side because it is between the two corners.

You will chain 1 between your side shell and your corners and chain 3 between corner shells

Continue as before

(corner in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, shell in next ch-1 sp) three times, then ch 1, corner in next ch-3 sp, ch 1,

Now you need to join again but this join is your final one, so you are actually finishing off.

 You can join with a slip stitch or you can use the Invisible Finish Off below. Either way, leave a long end for sewing sides together

There should be 12 shells on this round.

After you've finished off, you're ready to Finish the Body

Invisible Finish Off

complete last chain between shells, pull yarn through, cut yarn about 18" from end (long enough to use for sewing later), thread in a large eye needle, insert needle from front to back, into top two strand of stitch to left of the beginning chain. Not into the beginning chain, but in the stitch to the left of it. Pull yarn through to back.


Bring yarn to front and insert into back loop of last stitch completed, in this case the chain-1, draw through and weave as normal to hold in place


Finishing the Body

With right side facing you, corner at the top, fold sides so they meet in the center to form a cone shape. There will be a "skirt" hanging lower than the rest.


Starting at top, leave the top ch-3 open, insert needle in first dc of first shell and whipstitch sides together. Finish off. Sew in ends. Turn piece inside out, pulling right side to the front.

Front view

Back view


Holding the body upside down, attach yarn with a sl st in sp to left of center joining at bottom of skirt,

Ch 3, 2 dcs in same sp.

Skip first dc of next shell.

In center dc of that shell work 1 sc.



(shell in next sp between shells, skip one dc, 1 sc in next dc) twice.

(At point of skirt wk 5 dc, skip next dc, in next dc wk 1 sc, (shell in next sp, skip one dc, 1 sc in next dc) twice, shell in final sp, join to top of beginning ch. Finish off. Sew in ends on wrong side



Special stitch:
Sc dec:
insert hk in st, yo, pull through (2 loops on hk), insert hk in next st, yo, pull through, (3 loops on hk), yo, pull through all 3 loops 

Row 1: Ch 11,

sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across (10 scs)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each st across (10 scs)

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st (8 scs)
Row 4: repeat row 2 (8 scs)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st (6 scs)
Row 6: repeat row 2 (6 scs)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (sc dec over next 2 sts) twice, sc in next st (4 scs)
Row 8: repeat row 2 (4 scs)
Row 9: ch 1, turn, (sc dec over next 2 sts) (2 scs)
Row 10: repeat row 2 (2 scs)

Row 11: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next st) twice (4 scs)
Row 12: repeat row 2 (4 scs)
Row 13: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, 2 scs in next 2 sts, sc in last st (6 scs)
Row 14: repeat row 2 (6 scs)
Row 15: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, 2 scs in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last st (8 scs)
Row 16: repeat row 2 (8 scs)
Row 17: ch 1, turn, sc in first st, 2 scs in next st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 scs in next st, sc in last st (10 scs)
Row 18-19: repeat row 2 (10 scs), do not finish off.


ch 1, turn, 3 sc in first st for corner, sc in next 8 sc, Insert hk in last stitch (corner st), yo , pull through (2 loops on hk), place chenille stem along side (this will be top of wing), with hk above stem, yo and pull through, completing a sc.

Wk 2 more sc in same st. Sc in each row along side, covering stem as you go. Bend stem as needed to follow shape of wing.

At end of row, wk 1 sc in corner st, clip leftover stem (at both ends) being careful not to clip threads, then complete 2 more sc for corner, sc in next 8 sts, working over loose strand so you don't have to sew it in later, wk 3 scs in corner, 1 sc in each row along side. Join with a sl st. Finish off. Sew in ends.


Rnd 1: ch 4, join with a sl st to make a ring, ch 3, wk 9 dcs in ring, join with sl st to top of beg ch (10dc)
Rnd 2: ch 1, wk 1 sc in same st, (2 scs in next st) around, join with sl st to top of beg ch. Finish off. Sew in ends.


Starting about a half-inch in, wk scs around stem of 6" piece of chenille wire (note: work over beg strand so you don't have to sew in), leave about a half inch unworked. (20-25 sts) Do not finish off.

 Carefully insert stem from left to right through holes at the uppermost part of body (near point) behind the front stitches. This would be the space where there is no shell. Take care that the stitches don't get caught as you're pulling it through.

Holding stem up, above the body, bend the two pieces together and wrap ends around one another so they won't move as you crochet over them. Be sure stitches sit up around the outside, not the inside. Finish covering the unworked portion with sc stitches. When complete, sew ends in, then turn so that the join is at the bottom, where it will be hidden by the head.



Glue head (right side in front) to top of body. Glue body to wings (right side in front), making sure the halo is above the head and the chenille stem on the wings is at the top. Glue the red sequin heart over the angel's "heart".

Note: If you used plastic ring for the halo, you would have to glue that on the wings BEFORE attaching the body.


The angels below look different because one is standing on a Styrofoam cone and one is lying on a flat surface.


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