Angels of Hope


By Deborah Custance-Baker,

Before lockdown, Exeter Cathedral were planning to host the Guinness Attempt of the Longest Line of Knitted Bunting, but due to the pandemic this was not possible. Instead, Devon County Show are now patiently waiting for Guinness to confirm the record.

However, Exeter Cathedral has now asked if we would think about knitting for Christmas 2020, to decorate at least one of their Christmas trees with “Angels of Hope.”

These are easy to knit and quick to become compulsive!

What you will need:

  • Some wool (in any yarn or colour)
  • Knitting needles between size 10 – 8 (3.25mm – 4mm)
  • Darning needle (like a big sewing needle)
  • Small amount of stuffing (a cotton wool ball for the head, perhaps)
  • Feel free to adapt the pattern if you want by using different colours/types of wool, making a larger angel, or adding features to personalise them.

Angel’s Body:

Cast on 48 sts (stocking stitches)

  1. Knit row
  2. Purl row
  3. 3. K2TOG, K10*, repeat until end
  4. Purl row
  5. Knit row
  6. P2TOG, P9*, repeat until end
  7. Knit row
  8. Purl row
  9. K2TOG, K8*, repeat until end
  10. Purl row
  11. Knit row
  12. P2TOG, P7*, repeat until end
  13. Knit row
  14. Purl row
  15. K2TOG, K6*, repeat until end
  16. Purl row
  17. Knit row
  18. P2TOG, P5*, repeat until end
  19. Knit row
  20. Purl row
  21. K2TOG, K4*, repeat until end 20 sts
  22. Purl row
  23. Knit row
  24. Purl row
  25. Knit row
  26. Purl row
  27. Knit row; At this point, you can change your colour to create the face if you want.
  28. Purl row
  29. Knit row
  30. Purl row
  31. Knit row
  32. Purl row
  33. Knit row
  34. Purl row
  35. K2TOG repeat until end
  36. Purl row
  37. Knit row
  38. P2TOG repeat until end

Using a darning needle, thread the end of the yarn through the stitches and tighten to create the top of the head. Turn the angel inside out and sew up the head and the body. Around the neck, take a small amount of stuffing and place at the top of the head, then thread some yarn between stitches and pull loosely together.

Angel’s Wings:

Cast on 27 sts

  1. Knit row
  2. Knit row
  3. Decrease at each end (Knit)
  4. Knit row
  5. Knit 12 rows, decrease at each end cast off

When complete, please send them, together with your name and contact details, to me at:

Hayne House

Deborah Custance-Baker
01392 861750