The majority of these Nativity characters were taken from Jean Greenhowe patterns.
Each one is based on a basic figure, which is adapted with different coloured cloaks, head-dresses and accessories.
The base is unknitted. Instead, a circle of stiff card is inserted – I used mount board. This enables the characters to stand well.
Where to get the patterns:
The majority of the characters – Christmas booklet by Jean Greenhowe
The donkey – Treasures booklet by Jean Greenhowe
The camel – Knit your own Zoo by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne
The angel – see below
I felt an Angel was needed for the nativity, so I made one up…
Quite pleased with the result – the tinsel wool I was given a few weeks ago came in handy. Used the basic pattern with a shortened cloak, Joseph’s hair and garter stitched wings.
For the wings, I seem to recall all I did was draw out the shape and then just increased/decreased, so my knitting ended up the same shape. I think I threaded a bit of thin wire around the outer edge, so they kept their shape.