Angels are a symbol of faith and hope for many people. Being able to crochet an angel shape as a yarn craft can bring that hopeful element into any piece, from afghans to Christmas ornaments. There are a variety of angel crochet patterns available online for free, including fillet crochet patterns and amigurumi patterns. The easiest way to add angels to your crochet crafts is to crochet angel appliques, which can be made in many sizes and colours.
Chain three stitches, then work 12 double crochet stitches in the first chain you made. Join the resulting circle with a slip stitch. This is the head of the angel.
Slip stitch into the next stitch on the head, then single crochet in the next stitch and slip stitch again. This creates the neck of the angel.
Crochet the first wing. Chain eight stitches, then work a single crochet in the second stitch from your hook. Then work a half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, double crochet, half double crochet and single crochet across the next six stitches. Twist your work so that the curve of the wing is on the bottom, then slip stitch into the first stitch of the neck, single crochet in the next and slip stitch in the last stitch of the neck.
Repeat the first part of step three to make the second wing on the other side of the angel. Once you twist the work to attach the wing to the neck, work two single crochets in the first stitch of the neck, one single crochet in the middle, and two single crochets in the last stitch of the neck.
Chain two stitches and turn your work. Work two double crochets in the first stitch of the neck. Work a double crochet in each of the next three stitches, then work two double crochets in the last stitch. Continue working in this pattern for the next two rows, working two double crochets in the first and last stitches of the rows and one double crochet in each stitch in between. The last row will have 11 double crochets.
Chain one stitch and turn your work. Work three double crochets in the first stitch of the row, then slip stitch into the next row. Continue working this pattern across, ending with three double crochets in the last stitch of the row. Fasten off your work and weave in the loose ends with a tapestry needle.
Chain 12 stitches very tightly so that it creates a thin rope and fasten off. Sew the ends of the chain to the back of the angel's head with the rope wrapping around the front of the head to create a halo. You can braid the halo rather than crocheting it, if desired. Sew the finished applique to any fabric, knitted or crocheted item or simply leave the angel as a figure.
Use a larger hook and heavier yarn to make a bigger angel. Use metallic crochet thread for a sparkly angel.
Do not crochet your stitches too tightly in the neck section, or you will not be able to connect the wings to the body of the angel.