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A CROCHETED ANGEL ATOP CHRISTMAS TREE PROJECT HAS BEEN A READER FAVORITE

A Buffalo reader writes: "Quite some time ago, there were directions for a tree-top crocheted angel. Would the directions still be available?"

The following are the directions for this angel, which were sent in many years ago by Fran Lonardo of Niagara Falls. It can be made in any color, but shows up best if made with white 4-ply yarn (3 ounces should do it). Other materials needed are a size D crochet hook, 1 plastic cafe curtain ring (for halo), and cotton or polyester filling.

Head: Ch 2, 6 sc in the 2nd chain from hook.

1st rnd: 2 sc in each of the next 5 sts, make 3 sc in the last st (13 sts).

2nd through 7th rnds: These 6 rounds are worked on the 13 sts that, by the end of the 7th round, will cup and form the head. The head can be stuffed at this point but do not end off, continue on for the wing span.

Wing: 8th rnd: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc again in same space. Make 2 dc in each remaining st (26 sts). Slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 3.

9th rnd: Ch 4 (counts as 1 triple crochet) 1 trc again in the same space. Make 2 trc in each remaining st (52 sts). Slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 4.

10th rnd: 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12 sts for top part of dress) * 5 dc in the next st, skip 2 sts, sc in the next (shell made). Repeat from * 4 more times (5 shells made). Fold circle in half and the sc you just made at the end of the 5th shell, sl st through this and join the first and last shells together. Continuing on make 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12 sts for other top part of the dress) then start the other half of the wing as follows:

* 5 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, sc in the next (shell made) repeat from * 4 more times (another 5 shells made). Join as you did in the first half, sl st through the last sc at the end of the last shell and connect the first and last shells together to complete the 2nd half of the wing. Do not end.

Skirt: 11th rnd: Sc all around front and back and also 2 sc under each wing and you should end up with 26 sts.

12th rnd: Ch 3 (this counts as 1 dc) then 1 dc again in same space, ch 2, 2 dc in same space again (shell made) skip 2 sts, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in the next st, another shell made. Skipping 2 sts between each shell continue all around making these shells and at the end of the round you will have 9 complete shells. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3. Then slip stitch and start the next rnd.

13, 14 and 15th rnds: Repeat rnd 12.

16th rnd: After you have completed the 15th rnd and slip stitched to the top of the beginning ch 3, sc in the first 2 sts, 2 sc in the ch 2 space of each shell. Continue all around with the sc but make sure you make 2 sc in all the ch 2 spaces. Sl st to the beginning st and end off.

Halo: Using a plastic cafe curtain ring, attach white or gold yarn if you prefer and make 8 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 8 sc all around the ring, then sl st to the beginning st and end off. Leave a few inches of yarn before cutting it off, enough to sew the halo to the angel's head. To make the halo really shine you can sew on shiny beads and sequins.

After the angel is completed and the head is stuffed firmly, run a small length of white yarn between the base of the head and the top of the neck, draw it very firm and tie it tight. This will keep the head from drooping.

Granny square boots

Michelle Beyer of Buffalo is looking for directions to make granny square Christmas boots to crochet around a one-pound coffee can (or 13 ounces).

If anyone can help with these directions, please let us know. If possible, we will print them in the column. Send information or directions to Craft Exchange, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

Needlepoint ornaments

Still available this year in leaflet form are the needlepoint ornaments made from plastic canvas. These include Santa, wreath, tree and candy cane.

Those interested can send for this leaflet by enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Plastic Ornaments, Craft Exchange, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

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