Christmas Manger Motif - free crochet pattern.


Christmas is about so many things and at the centre of it all is this amazing story, God slipping into skin and slipping into this world.  The nativity is a story I know by heart, yet it still speaks to my heart and I’m sure it speaks to yours too; in its act of grace, its gift of love and its promise of hope. This little Christmas Manger crochet motif is my free gift to you and while you make it I hope that the story of Jesus speaks to your heart.


I am sharing 12 months of free crochet motif patterns, one each month.  These small motifs are an easy way to practice crochet colorwork and are quick and fun to make.  Along the way I will be sharing my top tips to help you with this intarsia technique and I'll be adding some patterns incorporating the motifs.  To make sure you never miss a free motif and to receive a free copy of my Space Rocket Pouch inspired by women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subscribe to my newsletter.

How to crochet a Manger Motif

You will need:

A small amount of light weight yarn in 5 different colours.  

I made my motif using DMC Natura Just Cotton 100% cotton (50g/155m/170yd); yarn A - Sable (03); yarn B - Ombre (39); yarn C - Giroflee (85), yarn D - Ibiza (01), yarn E - Canelle (37)

2.75mm hook.

Finished size 2.75in (7cm) square.

Abbreviations: ch(s) = chain(s); rep = repeat; rs = right side; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); ws = wrongside.

Pattern Notes

A3sc means 3sc in yarn A.

When referring to the chart read all odd (rs) rows from right to left and all even (ws) rows from left to right.

Chs at beginning of the row do not count as a st.

To start a new color, work the last yarn round hook of the st before the color change in the new color.

Using intarsia method, start a new length of yarn for each change of color and keep all strands on the ws of work.

If you are a left handed maker you will need to add an extra row at the beginning and reverse the rs and ws so read all odd (ws) left to right and all even rows (rs) right to left.


Start: With A 18ch.

Row 1 (rs): A1sc in second ch from hook, A16sc, turn - 17sts.

Rows 2 (ws) - 4: 1ch, A17sc, turn. 

Row 5: 1ch, A5sc, B6sc, A6sc, turn. 

Row 6: 1ch, A5sc, B7sc, A5sc, turn.

Row 7: 1ch, A4sc, B8sc, A5sc, turn.

Row 8: 1ch, A4sc, B9sc, A4sc, turn.

Row 9: 1ch, A3sc, B10sc, A4sc, turn.

Row 10: 1ch, A3sc, B11sc, A3sc, turn.

Row 11: 1ch, A2sc, B12sc, A3sc, turn.

Row 12: 1ch, A2sc, C13sc, A2sc, turn.

Row 13: 1ch, A1sc, C3sc, D6sc, E2sc, C3sc, A2sc, turn.

Row 14: 1ch, A4sc, E3sc, D6sc, A4sc, turn.

Row 15: 1ch, A4sc, D6sc, E2sc, A5sc, turn.

Rows 16 - 19: 1ch, A17sc, turn. 

Fasten off, weave in all ends and wet block to finish.

Dawn Curran