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Nativity Set – Three Wise Men Pattern

Materials −

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colors of yarn/wool and special materials are listed at the beginning of each individual pattern crochet hook in fitting size (I used 3.0 mm) filling sewing needle, tapestry needle, scissors, stitch marker, craft glue (if needed)

My gauge (for single crochets in round): 8 rows and 7 sts = 1” with 3.0 mm hook I measured 22 WPI for this yarn.

Some tips for making Amigurumis −

I recommend beginning all rounds with an adjustable ring (“Magic Ring”). (This method prevents the little hole in the middle of your starting round. Alternatively you can also start with 2 chains and then work the first round into the 2nd ch from hook.)

All rounds are worked in a continuous spiral; do not join rounds with a slip stitch, unless indicated.

You may find it useful to use a stitch marker for counting your rounds.

When stuffing your Amigurumi (or parts of it), take care to give each part a nice shape, don’t just put the filling in randomly.

I also recommend taking your time when making (embroidering) your Amigurumi’s face. The face is such an important part and gives character and expression to your little creation. (I usually spend a lot of time for this on every single Amigurumi…)

Skills level: easy to intermediate. The basic figures are worked in single crochets in rounds/spirals. For special details (e.g. crowns, beards, gifts) you should know how to crochet different kinds of stitches (e.g. double crochet, treble, picot). This pattern does not include basic crochet tutorials. For up-to-date information, free patterns, interesting links and recommended tutorials (e.g. “Magic Ring”) please visit my website:

If you have any questions about this pattern feel free to contact me! 

Hook size I recommend using a hook that’s smaller than for “usual” crochet works because you should keep the gauge as tight as you can so that the stuffing doesn't show through.

Yarn and Wool I mostly use “Catania” from Schachenmayr (http://www.coatsgmbh.de) and “Cotton Quick” from Gründl (www.gruendl-wolle.de). It's a 4-ply fingering weight cotton yarn with a specified gauge of 36 rows and 26 sts = 10 cm (about 9 rows and 6.5 sts = 1”) and recommended hook sizes of 2.5 to 3.5 mm.

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Nativity Set – Three Wise Men Pattern

Body Part

Abbreviations US notation st sl st ch sc hdc dc tr pic inc 3-inc dec (...)

BLO FO

stitch(es) slip stitch chain single crochet half double crochet double crochet treble picot (ch 3, sl st in base stitch) increase (2 sc in next stitch) triple-increase (3 sc in next stitch) decrease (2 sc worked off together) work enclosed instructions as many times as specified by the number immediately following back loops only fasten off

Basic Pattern All 3 Wise Men are made from one basic pattern for body and arms.

Basic Materials −

yarn/wool in specified colors

a piece of cardboard (you will need to cut out a circle that has the same diameter as the base)

Round 13: (2 sc, inc) repeat around (24) Round 14: (3 sc, inc) repeat around (30) Round 15: sc around (30) Round 16: (4 sc, inc) repeat around (36) Round 17: sc around (36) Round 18: (5 sc, inc) repeat around (42) Round 19 – 29: sc around (42) FO, break yarn.

Base Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (12) Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat around (18) Round 4: (2 sc, inc) repeat around (24) Round 5: (3 sc, inc) repeat around (30) Round 6: (4 sc, inc) repeat around (36) Round 7: (5 sc, inc) repeat around (42) FO, leave a long yarn tail for sewing to body. If you’re using safety eyes, attach them now. Stuff head; stuff first part of body. Now measure the diameter of the base and cut out a circle of cardboard using this diameter. Start sewing the base to the body, using inside loops of round 29. When about half way around, put the circle of cardboard under the base part to stiffen the underside of the body and prevent it from bending outwards when stuffed. Stuff body. Weave in loose ends.

Basic Arms Pattern Basic Body Pattern Head Part Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (12) Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat around (18) Round 4: (2 sc, inc) repeat around (24) Round 5: (3 sc, inc) repeat around (30) Round 6 – 10: sc around (30) Round 11: (3 sc, dec) repeat around (24) Round 12: (2 sc, dec) repeat around (18)

Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (12) Round 3 – 5: sc around (12) Round 6: (2 sc, dec) repeat around (9) Round 7 – 11: sc around (9) Round 12: (sc, dec) repeat around (6) FO, leave a long yarn tail for sewing to body. Stuff hand; stuff arm slightly. Sew open ends together; sew to body. Weave in loose ends.

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The Three Wise Men In the past there also have been nativity scenes with four Wise Men, but since they brought three gifts to the King the scene finally ended up with three Wise Men.

Caspar often is pictured as a very colorful and richly decorated king. For me he is the most impressive and shiny one of The Three Wise Men.

Materials

Nowadays, the Three Wise Men, on one hand, are said to represent one of the three known continents (Asia, Africa, Europe), on the other hand they are also meant to symbolize the three stages of life (youth, adulthood, and old age).

It’s not known who brought what gift, but over time a typically assignment was established. There’s also a controversy about the meaning of the individual gifts – but some interpretations seem to be more appropriate than others…

Body

Caspar

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yarn/wool in brown, red, white, green, light blue, yellow, reddish brown craft eyes (I used 5 mm black plastic half balls) embroidery floss in dark red

Work Basic Body Pattern in following colors: Head Part: brown Round 13 – 28: red Round 29: light blue Base: red

Arms (make 2) Work Basic Arms Pattern in following colors: Round 1 – 4: brown Round 5: light blue Round 6 – 12: red

Belt With light blue: ch 70; FO, break yarn. Wind the belt around Caspar’s waist and make a knot. (You can additionally fix it with a few stitches around the body.)

In many modern nativity scenes Caspar is standing for the “Dark Continent” Africa and representing youth. He brings Frankincense as a gift for God, since they honored God with the smoke of incense. Frankincense is also symbolizing spirituality, sacrifice and prayer.

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Nativity Set – Three Wise Men Pattern

Turban with crown

Crown

With white:

Note: crown is worked in joined rounds.

Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (12) Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat around (18) Round 4: (2 sc, inc) repeat around (24) Round 5: (3 sc, inc) repeat around (30) Round 6: in BLO: sc around (30) Round 7: (4 sc, inc) repeat around (36) Round 8 – 10: sc around (36) Round 11: (7 sc, dec) repeat around (32)

With yellow: ch 18, sl st in 1st ch to form ring

FO, leave a long yarn tail for sewing to head.

Round 1: ch 1, 18 sc, join round with sl st Round 2: * ch 2, dc in next sc, pic, dc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in next sc – repeat from * around (= 6 peaks). FO, leave a long yarn tail for sewing to turban. Now put the crown over the inner part of the crown (the red one) and sew it to the turban. Attach the finished turban with crown to Caspar’s head.

Inner Part of crown With red: Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: (sc, inc) repeat around (9) Round 3: sc around (9) Round 4: 4 sc, inc, 4 sc (10) Round 5: inc, 9 sc (11) Round 6: 3 sc, inc, 7 sc (12) FO, leave a long yarn tail for sewing to turban. Cut 4 – 5 strands of light blue yarn: approx. as long as Caspar is tall. Pull each strand through the center hole of the piece and fix it with a knot inside of the piece. Sew the piece to the center of the turban.

Cape With green: ch 80, FO; Row 1: Leave 30 ch unworked, attach yarn in next ch, work 20 sc (= 1 sc in each of the next 20 ch), leave remaining 30 ch unworked → ch 1 and turn at the end of each row Row 2: (3 sc, inc) repeat to end (25) Row 3 – 4: sc to end (25) Row 5: (4 sc, inc) repeat to end (30) Row 6 – 17: sc to end (30) FO, break yarn. page 5 of 12


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Collar Hold the piece upside down, again leave 30 ch unworked and attach yarn in next ch Row 1: work 20 sc into the free loops of beginning-ch, leave remaining 30 ch unworked. → ch 1 and turn at the end of each row Row 2: sc, inc, 16 sc, inc, sc (22) Row 3: 6 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc, 6 sc (24) FO, break yarn. Weave in all loose ends.

Round 8: (sc, dec) repeat around (6) Round 9: sc around (6) FO, weave yarntail through front loops of last round and pull tight so that the hole is closed. Weave in loose ends.

Chain Attach a piece of yellow yarn on both sides of the vessel.

Finishing − If you didn’t attach safety eyes before, attach eyes now.

− Embroider mouth with dark red. − Put the cape around Caspar’s shoulders and fix it with a knot.

− Attach the incense burner to Caspar’s hand.

Caspar’s gift: Frankincense Incense burner With yellow: Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (12) Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat around (18) Round 4 – 5: sc around (12) With reddish brown: Round 6: sl st around (12) With yellow: Round 7: (sc, dec) repeat around (9) (Note: Be sure to work into the sc of round 5.) page 6 of 12


Nativity Set – Three Wise Men Pattern

Melchior

Arms (make 2) Work Basic Arms Pattern in following colors: Round 1 – 4: light pink Round 5: yellow Round 6 – 12: light blue

Beard

Beard

Melchior in many scenes is representing the continent Asia and the stage of adulthood in life. He traditionally brings Gold to pay tribute to the King (gold is the appropriate gift for a king) and as a symbol for the richness of wisdom.

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yarn/wool in light pink, light blue, white, yellow, dark brown, brown craft eyes (I used 5 mm black plastic half balls)

embroidery floss in dark pink, blue, red

2 tiny buttons in red

a piece of cardboard (for the treasure box)

With brown: ch 16, turn; sc in in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, 4 dc, (2 dc in next st) 3-times, 4 dc, hdc, sc FO, leave a long yarn tail, sew to face.

Mustache With brown: ch 4; dc into the 4th ch from hook (→ Note: in the following this chain is called the “center-ch”) pic, ch 3, sl st in center-ch (now the first side of the mustache is finished) ch 3, dc in center-ch, pic, ch 3, sl st in centerch (second side of the mustache finished) FO, leave a long yarn tail, sew to face right above the beard (be sure to tighten the center of the mustache with some stiches).

Body Work Basic Body Pattern in following colors: Head Part: light pink Round 13 – 20: light blue Round 21 – 22: yellow Round 23 – 28: light blue Round 29: yellow Base: light blue page 7 of 12


Nativity Set – Three Wise Men Pattern

Head scarf With brown: Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (12) Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat around (18) Round 4: (2 sc, inc) repeat around (24) Round 5: (2 sc, inc) repeat around (32) Round 6: sc around (32) Round 7: sc around; sl st to join round (32) Round 8: ch 1, sc around, sl st to join round (32) Row 1: ch 1, dec, 19 sc, dec (21) → ch 1 and turn at the end of each row Row 2: dec, (4 sc, inc) 3-times, 4 sc, dec (24) Row 3: (8 sc, inc) 2-times, 8 sc (28) Work 2 more sc into the last st (“around the corner”); work 1 sc into the end st of each row; (sc, inc) repeat over the front part; then again work 1 sc into the end st of each row, but 3 sc into the end st of last row (“around the corner”); sc to end FO, leave a long yarn tail, sew to head. Important: Attach chin beard first!

Melchior’s gift: Gold Treasure box with gold Note: Join rounds with sl st and start next round with 1 ch. With brown: ch 6 Round 1: inc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc, 3-inc, 4 sc (12) Round 2: sc, 3-inc, 3 sc, 3-inc, sc, 3-inc, 3 sc, 3-inc (20) Round 3: 2 sc, 3-inc, 5 sc, 3-inc, 3 sc, 3-inc, 5 sc, 3-inc, sc (28) Round 4: in BLO: sc around (28) Round 5 – 6: sc around (28) FO, weave in loose ends. Embroider some embellishment with yellow yarn.

Lid With brown: ch 7 Round 1: inc in 2nd ch from hook, 4 sc, 3-inc, 5 sc (14) Round 2: sc around (14) Round 3: 3-inc, 3-inc, 5 sc, 3-inc, 3-inc, 5 sc (22) Round 4: 2 inc, 2 sc, 2 inc, 5 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc, 2 inc, 5 sc (30) Fix scarf on the back at marked points to make it look a bit “wavy”.

FO, weave in loose ends. If your piece lies very flat, pull the center out bit.

Crown

Gold Chain

With yellow: ch 32, sl st in 1st ch to form ring Round 1: ch 1, sc around, join with sl st (32) Round 2: 12 sl st, 2 sc, 4 hdc, 2 sc, 12 sl st (32) FO, leave a long yarn tail, sew to head. (Note: the 4 hdc you worked in round 2 are the center front of the crown).

With yellow: ch 15, FO Sew chain to box, weave in loose ends. Cut out a rectangular piece of cardboard to stiffen the base of the box and put it inside. – You can leave the box empty, stuff it, or put a tiny surprise inside… Attach lid to box. page 8 of 12


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Finishing

Balthasar

− Embroider some nice pattern with blue and red to Melchior’s robe (I used the “lazy daisy stitch” to form tiny 3-petaled flowers in blue and added a red spot in the center)

− If you didn’t attach safety eyes before, attach eyes now.

− Embroider nose with dark pink (right above the mustache).

− Sew one tiny red button to the center of Melchior’s crown and another one to the center of the belt (the yellow stripe in the middle of the body).

− Attach the treasure box to Melchior’s hands.

Balthasar often is representing the continent Europe and the stage of old age in life. In some nativity scenes he is presented as an old man. (So he could also wear white hair and a white beard, if you want him to.) He brings Myrrh as a symbol for a man who had to die (for myrrh was used in embalming dead bodies) or as a symbol for the healing powers of Jesus.

Materials −

yarn/wool in light pink, purple, blue, yellow, reddish brown, white

craft eyes (I used 5 mm black plastic half balls)

embroidery floss in dark pink

Cape Note: Join rounds with a sl st and start next round with 1 ch. With blue: ch 26, sl st in 1st ch to form ring Round 1: (5 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc) 2-times (30) Round 2: sc around (30) Round 3: (5 sc, inc) repeat around (35) Round 4: (6 sc, inc) repeat around (40) [ … continued on next page … ] page 9 of 12


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[ … cape continued … ]

Wig

With yellow:

With reddish brown:

Round 5: (9 sc, inc) repeat around (44) Round 6: (10 sc, inc) repeat around (48)

Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (12) Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat around (18) Round 4: (2 sc, inc) repeat around (24) Round 5: (2 sc, inc) repeat around (32) Round 6 – 9: sc around (32) Round 10: 6 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, (dc, hdc) in next st, 2 sl st, (hdc, dc) in next st, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 6 sc, 6 sl st

FO, weave in loose ends. Important: Put the cape over the head before stuffing the head/body!

FO, leave a long yarn tail, sew to head

Beard

Body Work Basic Body Pattern in following colors: Head Part: light pink Round 13 – 25: purple Round 26 – 28: yellow Round 29: purple Base: purple

Arms (make 2) Work Basic Arms Pattern in following colors:

Beard With reddish brown: ch 16, turn; sc in in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, dc, 3 tr, 2 tr in next st, (tr, pic, tr) in next st, 2 tr in next st, 3 tr, dc, hdc, sc. FO, leave a long yarn tail, sew to face.

Round 1 – 4: light pink Round 5 – 12: purple

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Mustache With reddish brown: ch 4; dc into the 4th ch from hook (→ Note: in the following this chain is called the “center-ch”) pic, ch 3, sl st in center-ch (now the first side of the mustache is finished) ch 3, dc in center-ch, pic, ch 3, sl st in centerch (second side of the mustache finished) FO, leave a long yarn tail, sew to face right above the beard (be sure to tighten the center of the mustache with some stiches).

Crown

With yellow: Round 10 - 11: sc around (15) Round 12: (sc, dec) repeat around (10) Round 13: dec around (5) FO, weave in loose ends.

Finishing − If you didn’t attach safety eyes before, attach eyes now.

− Embroider nose with dark pink (right above the mustache).

− Attach the myrrh vessel to Balthasar’s hands.

With yellow: ch 30, sl st in 1st ch to form ring, ch 1 Round 1: (3 sc, pic) repeat around (= 10 peaks) FO, leave a long yarn tail, sew to head.

Balthasar’s gift: Myrrh Myrrh vessel With white: Round 1: 5 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (10) Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat around (15) Round 4: in BLO: sc around (15) Round 5 – 6: sc around (15) With yellow: Round 7: sc around (15) With white: Round 8 – 9: sc around (15)

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Star of Bethlehem Hold both pieces with wrong sides together and work next round through back loops of both circles: * sc, ch, (dc, pic, dc) in next st, ch, sc – repeat from * around (= 6 peaks) ©

Stuff the star before closing the hole completely. FO, weave in loose ends.

Tail Center Piece (make 2)

The tail is made from two spirals:

Note: FO and weave in loose ends after finishing the first piece. Do NOT fasten off after finishing the second center piece and continued working with the same yarn.

With yellow:

With yellow: Round 1: 6 sc into Magic Ring Round 2: inc around (12) Round 3: (sc, inc) repeat around (18)

For the first spiral: ch 45; For the second spiral: ch 30; For both: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, * sc, inc – repeat from * to end. FO, leave a long yarn tail and sew to star.

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