Best Crochet Nativity Sets To Make This Christmas

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A crochet nativity set warms my heart like no other during the Christmas season, so I had to share some of the best crochet nativity patterns that you’ll absolutely love making this holiday season.

collage of crochet Christmas nativities.

There’s always room for an extra crochet nativity, I always say. Maybe you want a crochet nativity set that children can touch and play with to bring meaning to the season, or maybe you would just like to add a little something special to your holiday decor. A gorgeous nativity set might be the perfect addition to make this year!

If you’ve ever shopped for a nativity set, you know that there is a wide assortment of pieces available, of course, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus are in all the sets. But some of the other pieces can vary. Some nativity sets have 3 kings and sometimes not. Sometimes there are multiple shepherds and other times just one shepherd. And the assortment of animals varies too.

When I was growing up, our family nativity set had a cow… but I hardly ever spot a cow in modern manger scenes at all!

If you are making a crochet nativity set, it’s helpful to think about the size of your crochet nativity. Do you want the main 3 piece holy family and no more? And how many of the other pieces are important to you? It’s also helpful to look at how many inches tall the pieces are. Will they fit in your designated stable? Or will you be displaying them on their own without a stable? Will they fit on your mantle or table or display area?

If you’re just getting into amigurumi (crochet stuffed toys) or if you’re looking to perfect your making, be sure to grab my best amigurumi tips:

Let’s talk about the time factor for crocheting a nativity scene. I know I sometimes get excited and think I can do all the crochet things, and then it gets to a couple of weeks before Christmas and I realize I need to pare back… way back.

How can you gift a crochet nativity set when you really don’t have the time? I suggest prioritizing your makes. Start with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. At the end of the day, the holy family is the 3 most important pieces of the set.

If you have time, then make the angel too. If not, that becomes next year’s project. Then group the rest of the set as you have time to finish them. Maybe the 3 wise men are one year’s stunning gift. The animals and shepherd can be another year’s gift.

The important thing is to remember the reason for the season and that you can still have a lovely crochet nativity even if it’s not all the way complete.

Holy Family Crochet Nativity Patterns

To celebrate my favorite time of the year, here are my absolute favorite crochet nativities you might enjoy crocheting this season. Since these are small patterns, you can get away with using some balls of leftover yarn and just change up some colors to match what you have left.

a crchet nativity set of just the holy family with halos.

This simple amigurumi nativity set is precious! I just love the texture Amour Fou Crochet gave the hair! I love the halos (which is a rarity for crochet nativity sets). And I completely love the simple, classic style of this set.

Crochet Holy Family, featuring Mary wearing blue and Joseph wearing green while Mary holds baby Jesus.

How about Pink Mouse Boutique’s simple yet elegant Waldorf-inspired set? These nativity minis are so cute with the blush on their little cheeks and they just look like a very happy, holy family.


Before we dive into even more crochet nativity patterns, Don’t forget, I have even MORE holiday crochet to enjoy.  You might like to check out these other patterns for the season:

Crochet Christmas Snowman, yellow star and holiday elf

1. Crochet Snowman //   2. Easy Crochet Star //   3. Elaine the Elf

Full Amigurumi Nativity Scene Crochet Patterns

If you’re looking for more of the full scene with a crocheted nativity angel,  some wise men, and maybe even a few animals, this will be the perfect holiday decoration for you! 

Full amigurumi nativity scene complete with the holy family, three wise men, an angel, a sheep, and a donkey.

Oh my goodness, am I ever digging those wise men and their hats! Crochet Gourmet‘s Christmas Holiday Set is the perfect project to incorporate your love of crochet into your Christmas decorations this year! I love all the colors of yarn and I also enjoy the lacey vibe of the angel’s wings.

Full amigurumi nativity scene with the holy family, three wise men, a camel, an angel, a shepard, a donkey, and a sheep.

It was a tough choice, but Crochet to Play’s set is on my crochet hook this year! Jennifer’s designs are always so cute so this pattern could easily become your favorite crochet nativity set.

Would you check out those little curls on Mary’s head? Sigh. You might notice that baby Jesus and the manger are a bit bigger in this particular set. That’s done on purpose to keep the focus on the infant Jesus. I love that little bit of evangelization built into a crochet nativity set!

Crochet nativity set with the holy family, a shep, and a crochet manger.

I love how Mamas Crochet Patterns even included a crochet manger in this adorable crochet nativity set! Such a fun use of warm earthy tones in this crochet nativity… makes me want to sit by the fireplace and get crocheting!

Plus, if you’re planning out your crochet gift ideas, this pattern becomes even easier to gift since the stable pattern is already included.

Full amigurumi nativity scene complete with the holy family, three wise men, an angel, a few sheep, a cow, a camel, and a donkey.

Amigurum isnl brought out all the bells and whistles with this gorgeous crochet Nativity scene. We have angels, we have wise men, fluffy sheep, a manger… and best of all? That adorable camel! I also love that there’s an option to use shredded paper for hay. I must remember to pick some of that up for my own crochet nativity display!

A Crochet nativity set with the holy family, a donkey, a shepard, a lamb, and a man.

This nativity set by 5 Little Monsters has the cutest little donkey and sheep! I love the way the donkey sits too, it’s just like the nativities I grew up with as a child! The Christmas Star above the stable is a nice touch as well.

Full amigurumi natiity set with the holy family, an angel, three wise men, a shepard, and a crochet palm tree.

The angel’s wings in this Crochet Nativity Set by Whistle & Ivy are absolutely gorgeous! So intricate yet so simple at the same time! Love that vibe!

Want to take the next step in your amigurumi-making?  You might like my ebook on all things amigurumi:

photo of a digital crochet amigurumi ebook

I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making a Crochet Nativity Set I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @crochet365knittoo.  If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Crochet 365 Knit Too Facebook page or pop over to the Crochet365KnitToo Club and share a photo!  I’d love to see your work!

collage of crochet Christmas nativities

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    1. Are you having trouble with one of the links? All the links on the page should go to the source of the pattern shown in the photo. If there’s a free blog post, it will direct you there. Some are premium patterns sold on Etsy. If you are having trouble with one link specifically, can you give me more information?

  1. Although it is WAY to late for me to start one (or any) of these this year, guess I know where my hooks will be heading starting January! Just have to decide which one(s)! LOL!

    1. Trust me.. I know how big of a project a nativity can be. I’m trying to finish up the main 3 pieces before Christmas. It’s hard to fit everything in sometimes.. especially when you want to make many of the gifts. 🙂

  2. I just finished a nativity that I found in some old issues of Magic Crochet Magazine. It’s done in thread and then starched. I’m thinking that now I have a new obsession!

    1. The links to the patterns are in the post. Just click on through and it will take you to the designer selling the pattern.