How to Knit an Angel

Updated April 17, 2017

The traditional symbol of all things good -- angels -- are knit up quickly and easily. They use very little shaping and no complicated stitch patterns, making them suitable for both the novice and the more experienced knitter. Make one as a welcome gift for a newborn baby, to celebrate a baptism or as a homemade decoration for the holiday season. Alternatively, you can also knit up several angels to donate to a local church or children's charity.

Knit the base. With double-pointed knitting needles and white yarn, cast on nine stitches and place three stitches on needles one, two and three. For the first row, knit into the front and back of each stitch to create 18 stitches. Knit each stitch on row two and purl each stitch on row three.

Continue knitting to make the skirt. Knit six stitches, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, knit eight, knit into the front and back of the next stitch and then knit two to make a total of 20 stitches. Next, knit 10 rows of stockinet stitch (alternating rows of knit and purl).

Continue knitting to make the bodice and head. Purl one row. For the next row, knit two stitches and then knit two together and repeat to the end. Knit every stitch on the next 13 rows. You can now add some stuffing to the base and lower part of the body to help your angel stand better.

Continue knitting the head. Knit one stitch and then knit two together throughout the next row to make 10 stitches. For the next row, knit two together for all stitches, leaving five remaining stitches on the needle. Bind off leaving a 20cm/8 inch tail. Thread the tail through the tapestry needle and run through each of the five stitches. Pull tight and secure by making a knot.

Knit the arms. Cast on six stitches with the white yarn. Work 24 rows in garter stitch (knit every row) and then bind off. Repeat for the second arm. Poke the knitting needle through the body where you would like to position each arm. Thread the arm tail through a tapestry needle and pull through the hole to hold in place. Sew several stitches on each side of the arm to secure it in place. When both arms are attached, sew the hands together in front.

Knit the wings. With yellow yarn, cast on three stitches and knit one row. On the second row, knit into the front and back of each stitch. Repeat rows one and two until you have 24 stitches on the needle. Knit 11 rows and then decrease one stitch at the end of every row until one stitch remains. Bind off. Repeat for the second wing. To attach, sew one corner of each wing to the back of the angel's body to allow movement.


Use any desired colours to make your angel.

Things You'll Need

  • U.S. size 3/3.25mm double-pointed knitting needles
  • Worsted weight or double-knit yarn in yellow and white
  • Craft stuffing
  • Tapestry needle
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Kaye Jones has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in history, education and mental health. Her undergraduate dissertation was published by the Internet Journal of Criminology. Jones has a first-class honors Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Manchester.