NATIVITY SCENE – Joseph – free crochet pattern



And on the third day after the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, Mary went out of the cave, and, entering a stable, placed the child in a manger, and an ox and an ass adored him. Then was fulfilled that which was said by the prophet Isaiah, “The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master’s crib.” Therefore, the animals, the ox and the ass, with him in their midst incessantly adored him. Then was fulfilled that which was said by Habakkuk the prophet, saying, “Between two animals you are made manifest.”

Thanks to creator Jennita De Amor, I was able to transcribe the pattern from her YouTube channel.

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  • La traducción al español se puede encontrar aquí. Las abreviaturas correspondientes en inglés están aquí.
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Joseph – 19cm high

MATERIALS:

  • Cotton in the colors: gray, pink, light brown, brown and skin color or cream.
  • 8 mm safety black eyes
  • Hook n° 2.5
  • A 14 cm silicone bar for the body and head
  • 15 cm of wire 1 mm thick for the hands
  • Fiberfill

Abbreviations and correspondences from other languages in English are here.

Head

(skin color yarn)

  • 1: 6sc in MR
  • 2: 6 inc  = 12
  • 3: (1sc, inc)x 6 = 18
  • 4: (2sc, inc)x 6 = 24
  • 5 : (3sc, inc)x 6 = 30
  • 6 : (4sc, inc)x 6 = 36
  • 7-16: 36sc (10 rds)
  • Insert the safety eyes between rows 12 and 13, with a distance between them of 7sc from the insertion point.
  • 17: (4sc, dec)x 6 = 30
  • 18: (3sc, dec)x 6 = 24
  • 19 : (2sc, dec)x 6 = 18
  • 20 : (1sc, dec)x 6 = 12
  • Stuff the head!
  • 21: (1sc, dec)x 4 = 8. FO. Leave a tail for sewing!

Body

(gray color yarn)

  • 1: 6sc in MR
  • 2: 6 inc  = 12
  • 3: (1sc, inc)x 6 = 18
  • 4: (2sc, inc)x 6 = 24
  • 5 : (3sc, inc)x 6 = 30
  • 6 : (4sc, inc)x 6 = 36
  • 7 : 36sc
  • 8: BLO 36sc
  • 9-18: 36sc (10 rds)
  • 19: (4sc, dec)x 6 = 30
  • 20-23 : 30sc (5 rds)
  • 24: (3sc, dec)x 6 = 24
  • 25-29 : 24sc (5 rds)
  • 30 : (2sc, dec)x 6 = 18
  • 31 : (1sc, dec)x 6 = 12
  • Stuff the body !
  • Change to skin color yarn:
  • 32 : (1sc, dec)x 4 = 8
  • 33-34 : 8sc

Insert the silicone bar through the neck and then attach the head. Sew the head to the body.

Hands (make 2)

Start with skin color yarn:

  • 1: 8sc in MR
  • 2-5: 8sc (4 rds)
  • Change to gray color yarn:
  • 6: 8sc
  • 7: BLO 8sc
  • 8-16: 8sc (9 rds) FO. Leave a tail for sewing!

At row 7 of the hand, in front loop,  crochet (gray color yarn):

  • 1: 8sc
  • 2: (1sc, inc)x 4 = 12
  • 3: (3sc, inc)x 3 = 15
  • 4: (4sc, inc)x 3 = 18

Insert the wire for the hands between rows 29 and 30 of the body and then insert the hands on the wire, sideways.

Sew the hands to the body.

At row 8 of the body, in front loop, crochet (blue color yarn):

  • 1-2: 36sc (2 rds)

Embroider the eyes with white thread and then the nose with skin color thread on 2 sc between the eyes as in the photo.

Hair and beard

(brown color yarn)

  • 1: 6sc in MR
  • 2: 6 inc  = 12
  • 3: (1sc, inc)x 6 = 18
  • 4: (2sc, inc)x 6 = 24
  • 5 : (3sc, inc)x 6 = 30
  • 6 : (4sc, inc)x 6 = 36
  • 7-15: 36sc (9 rds).
  • 16: 17ch and from the second ch from hook make: 1sc, 1dc, 12tr,  1dc, 1sc = 16 FO. Leave a long tail and sew it  to the head.

Then embroider with brown thread mustache, eyebrows, and bangs as in the photo.

Jacket

(light brown yarn)

  • 1: 31ch and from the second ch from hook make 30sc, 1ch, turn = 30
  • 2-8: 30sc, 1ch, turn = 30 (7 rds)
  • 9-14: 6sc, 1ch, turn = 6 (6 rds)
  • 15: skip 1sc, 5sc = 5
  • 16: 3sc, skip 1sc, 1sc  = 4
  • 17: skip 1sc, 3sc = 3. FO.
  • Crochet on the other side of the jacket:
  • 1-5: 6sc, 1ch, turn = 6 (6 rds)
  • 6: 4sc, skip 1sc, 1sc = 5
  • 7: skip 1sc, 4sc = 4
  • 8: 2sc, skip 1sc, 1sc = 3. FO.

We return to the middle part where we didn’t work, skip 2sc and crochet:

  • 1: 14sc, 1ch, turn –  (at the end of the row, two stitches remain unworked)
  • 2-9: 14sc, 1ch, turn (8 rds) FO.

Sew the jacket to the shoulders as in the photo. Put the jacket on Joseph!

Turban

(light brown yarn)

  • 1: 6sc in MR
  • 2: 6 inc  = 12
  • 3: (1sc, inc)x 6 = 18
  • 4: (2sc, inc)x 6 = 24
  • 5 : (3sc, inc)x 6 = 30
  • 6 : (4sc, inc)x 6 = 36
  • 7 : (5sc, inc)x 6 = 42
  • 8-11: 42sc (4 rds)
  • 12: 1ch, turn, 26sc = 26
  • 13-24: 1ch, turn, 27sc (12 rds)
  • 25: sc all around    FO.

Belt of turban     

(gray color yarn)

  • 1:  42ch joined in a cercle, 1ch  
  • 2:  42sc, 1slst. FO. Leave a long tail for sewing! Sew it on the turban!
  • Mary’s pattern is here.    
  • The pattern of the baby Jesus is here.
  • The sheep and donkey patterns are here.

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