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Knitivity: Create Your Own Christmas Scene
Baby Jesus can be posed tucked right into his swaddling cloth, as in a traditional Nativity scene. But if you prefer, why not have his little arms reaching out to his mom and dad? Or, just for fun, see how cute he looks with a little toe poking out. If you think he’s getting a bit hot, see how sweet he looks in just his cream knitted underwear.

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  • Step 1

    Doll
    Make two identical pieces for the front and back. The body and head are knitted as one piece, starting at the lower edge of the body.
    Cast on 10 sts in beige.
    Next row: K1, inc 1, K to last 2 sts, inc 1, K1.
    Next row: P.
    Next row: K1, m1, K to last st, m1, K1. [14 sts]
    Work 7 rows in st st, beg with a P row.
    Next row: K2, k2tog, K to last 4 sts, ssk, K2.
    Next row: P.
    Next row: K2, k2tog, K to last 4 sts, ssk, K2.
    Next row: p2tog, P to last 2 sts, p2tog.
    Next row: K2, k2tog, ssk, K2. [6 sts]
    Next row: P.
    Next row: K1, m1, K1, m1, K2, m1, K1, m1, K1.
    Next row: P.
    Next row: K1, m1, K1, m1, K to last 2 sts, m1, K1, m1, K1. [14 sts]
    Work 3 rows in st st, beg with a P row.
    Next row: (k2tog) 3 times, K2, (ssk) 3 times.
    Next row: p2tog, P to last 2 sts, p2tog.
    Next row: K1, k2tog, ssk, K1.
    Next row: (p2tog) twice.
    Next row: k2tog, break yarn and pull through remaining sts.

  • Step 2

    Arms and legs
    Make four identical pieces (the arms and legs are identical).
    Cast on 5 sts in beige.
    Work 10 rows in st st, beg with a K row.

  • Step 3

    Bind off.
    To make up, join the two head and body pieces around the head and sides, leaving the lower edge open. Stuff the piece, then seam the lower edge. Seam the arms and legs, but do not stuff them. Stitch the legs to the lower edge of the body at the outer corners. Stitch the arms to the body, just below the neck.
    Using dark yellow yarn, work a few French knots along the top seam of the head for the hair.
    Using the black yarn, make two French knots for the eyes.
    Untwist a short piece of red yarn into two even strands. Using one of the strands, embroider a “V” shape for the mouth.

  • Step 4

    Pants
    Cast on 12 sts in cream.
    K 2 rows.
    Work 5 rows st st, beg with a P row.
    Next row: Bind off 3 sts, K to end.
    Next row: Bind off 3 sts pwise, P to end. [6 sts]
    Work 6 rows in st st, beg with a K row.
    Next row: Cast on 3 sts, K to end.
    Next row: Cast on 3 sts, P to end. [12 sts]
    Work 4 rows in st st, beg with a K row.
    K 2 rows.
    Bind off.
    To make up, join side seams.

  • Step 5

    Swaddling cloth and hood
    Cast on 22 sts in cream.
    K 2 rows.
    Work 2 rows in st st, beg with a K row.
    Next row: K2, m1, (K3, m1) 6 times, K2. [29 sts]
    Next row: P.
    K 3 rows.
    Repeat last 4 rows twice more.
    Next row: P.
    Next row: K.
    Next row: P.
    Next row: (k2tog) 7 times, K1, (k2tog) 7 times. [15 sts]
    Bind off.
    Join the back seam.
    To make the hood, pick up and K 14 sts across the back of the cloth, from the inside, leaving 8 sts free at the front.
    Next row: K.
    Next row: K1, P to last st, K1.
    Repeat last 2 rows twice more.
    Next row: Bind off 3 sts, K to end.
    Next row: Bind off 3 sts, P to end. [8 sts]
    Work 4 rows in st st, beg with a K row.
    K 2 rows.
    Bind off.
    To make up, join the two seams to shape the top part of the hood. The sides of the small square at the end should be seamed around the corner of the main part of the hood to form a hat shape.

  • Step 6

    Halo
    Make a circle from the gold cord, overlapping the ends by 3⁄8 in (1 cm). Sew onto the back of the head or hood with invisible or gold thread.

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