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Moira's Angel pattern
Extra Materials: choice of white chenille pipe cleaners, 1 1/8 or 1 1/4" plastic ring for halo, or about 5'-7' silver or gold metallic cord
If you gone through Moira's Angel Pattern Tutorial you now know how to make Moira's angel.
In this section, I give you some additional options so you can make your angel unique by combining the options in your own way. So here are some variations of Moira's Angel.
The body is the same three round granny, but this one is worked with a slip stitch join.
Angel Body slip stitch join
Much of the procedure is the same for the slip stitch method. It is mainly the joining that will be different. Of course, if you join at a different point, your corners and sides will be made at a different point, but they will be formed in the same way.
ch 5, join with a sl st to form a ring.
Before you can begin round 2, you have to slip stitch over to the next corner. Insert hook into the next dc (second in the shell, which is the one after the beginning chain-3), YO and pull yarn through both the stitch and the loop on hook. One slip stitch made. Do the same thing with the next dc. Then insert your hook INTO the SPACE made by the chain-3 after your shell (from the previous round) and do another slip stitch but draw through the center as well as the loop on hook (Figure 13).
Rnd 3: sl st in each of next 2 dcs, sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2
dcs, ch 3, 3 dcs in same sp where you just sl sted (1st corner
Note: This round now has 12 shells (3 on each side). You are adding 4 shells each Rnd. If you would like to make a larger angel, just continue as Rnd 3, adding one more shell on each side.
For the halo - If you don't want to use chenille stems, you can use a plastic ring or metal keyring you have hanging around. Just make sure the metal keyring is not rusted. After you crochet over these, you would have to hot glue them onto the wings before placing the head and body.
For the halo covering, you can use white acrylic or cotton yarn OR you can use 100% nylon metallic cord in gold or silver (Also called plastic canvas cord - it comes in 10 yd skeins) OR you can use metallic elastic cord. You will need approx. 5 - 7 feet of it depending on your decisions as to materials. For 1 1/8" plastic ring, 5' was enough, but for the 1 1/4" metal keyring, I needed more. That's working with an F Hook.
If you decide to go with the gold or silver nylon cord or the elastic cord, note that it's a wee bit more difficult to sew in the ends. (I haven't tried the Invisible Join with this, but it may help with the extra thick joining.) Sew close to the top of the stitches. You might also want to use a bit of fray check on the ends of the nylon if you use the nylon cord as it tends to "open up". You will also probably need to use a larger hook. The nylon cord is easier to work with than the stretch cord, and gives a "fuller" look. I'd suggest at least a G hook. You want to go with the smallest hook that you can get away with, because it will make your loops look nicer. With the thinner elastic cord, you will likely see the metal or plastic underneath. Be sure not to stretch it too tightly as well.
It will take a different number of stitches depending on your above decisions as well. Count on at least 20 single crochets. Also, you will probably want to attach to the head at the area where you joined.
Here's pictures of the halo worked in different ways, but using an F hook for all.
Insert hook into ring, holding cord on outside of ring, Yarn over from the outside. It's hard to tell exactly from the angle of the picture, but the hook goes through the center of the ring to the outside, where you grab the yarn. Pull through to the inside (2 loops on hook). Yarn over as normal. Pull through both loops to complete a single crochet. You may have to pull and tug to get through the loop on hook if you didn't work it loosely enough. The remaining stitches won't be as hard.
Same instructions with pictures (click on thumbnails to see a larger view):
Here are angels with different halos. Note that these angels have NOT been put together. They're just lying flat with the "parts" in their approximate places. You'd also need to add the red sequin heart.
You could add hair, arms (use another chenille stem), a face - whatever you like to make your angel unique.
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