Versatile Advent Calendar

by ArticlesofaDomesticGoddess | November 8, 2016 2:52 pm

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Pattern for a versatile advent calendar for Christmas! Easy to make and use year to year with many options as to how to use it.

This pattern includes detailed photo instructions on how to work hand tools! I figured if I was going to be thorough, I may as well include the simple details as to how to hang your calendar using a dowel! I was VERY overwhelmed by this. So overwhelmed that I didn’t hang my advent calendar for a whole year! It took all of 5 minutes to hang it and I was kicking myself for not having done it sooner!

Materials: I hook for backing, tree and presents, F hook for star, E hook for numbers, Preferred Yarn: Red Heart, Tapestry needle, Scissors, Measuring tape (to check gauge), 10 – 30 small to medium sized buttons for tree embellishments (25 buttons if you’re planning to utilize them for hanging), (3) 1 inch buttons for optional storage pocket on back, Dowel Rod 29’’ long by ½ ‘’ thick for hanging, Drill and 1/8 inch drill bit for drilling a hole into either side of dowel rod.

Skill level: Beginner

1 Craft Yarn Council - Beginner Definition

Gauge: Not important for this project.

 

ABBREVIATIONS

Tips:   Ch 1, 2 or 3 turning chains at the beginning of the row do not count as first st. Always place the first stitch in the pattern after the turning ch in same st as the turning ch.  Chains at the beginning of the round serve solely for filler purposes, so that a large hole is not left in the piece.

Backing:

With I hook and Red

Foundation: Ch 60 plus two for a turning ch (62 total sts)

Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook, and across, turn (60)

Rows 2-50: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (60)

FO

Sc around: Ch 1, sc around the entire backing, making sure to work 2sc in each dc row end and 3sc in each corner.  Sl st to first sc to join.

Bottom 22 rows are for pockets. Top 28 are for Christmas tree.

Pockets: (Make 5)

With I hook and Red

Foundation: Ch 40 plus 2 for a turning ch (42 total)

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, turn (40)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (40)

Row 3: Repeat Row 2 (40)

FO

Sew pockets evenly spaced across bottom 22 rows.

Sew vertical lines evenly spaced across pockets to separate each large pocket into 5 smaller pockets.

Numbers:

I used a free pattern from Creative Crochet Workshop for the numbers. I DID sew them on. However, it was very difficult as they were very small and tight since they are done with an E hook. And you can’t really go up a hook size because if you do, they will be too large to fit onto the pockets. If I could have done this part over, I would have finished off the numbers, weaved in all ends and then hot glued them to the pockets OR Surface crocheted them on.

To do crocheted numbers: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/numbers-0-9[2]

To surface crochet the numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ8FI5PJfvk[3]

Edging:

From bottom right corner, and crocheting with calendar facing you:

In front loops only with Forrest green:

(Sc in first 2 sts, sk 2 sts, 7dc in next st, sk 2 sts), Repeat () around and join to first st

In back loops only with white:

In loop directly centered behind first shell, start first sc of () above and finish repeating () around, join to first st.

Christmas tree pieces and embellishments:

Bottom Rung:

With I hook and Green

Foundation: Ch 40

Row 1: 4 dc in third ch from hook, dc in next  36 sts, 4 dc in next st, sl st in last st foundation ch (44)

Round 2: (This one is worked all the way around the first row)

Turn so that you are now working on the tops of the sts from row 1.

Ch 1, sl st loosely in first 5 sts, dc in next 34 sts, sl st loosely in last 5 sts.

Turn and work along bottom of foundation chain, 4 sc in next st, sc in next 36 sts, 4 sc in last st, sl st in first sc to join. (88)

FO

Second rung from bottom:

With I hook and Green

Foundation: Ch 35

Row 1: 4 dc in third ch from hook, dc in next 31 sts, 4 dc in next st, sl st in last st foundation ch (39)

Round 2: (This is worked all the way around the first row)

Turn so that you are now working on the tops of the sts from row 1.

Ch 1, sl st loosely in first 5 sts, dc in next 29 sts, sl st loosely in last 5 sts.

Turn and work along bottom of foundation chain, 4 sc in next st, sc in next 31 sts, 4sc in last st, sl st in first sc to join. (78)

FO

Third Rung from bottom:

With I hook and Green

Foundation: Ch 30

Row 1: 4 dc in third ch from hook, dc in next 26 sts, 4 dc in next st, sl st in last st foundation ch (34)

Round 2: (This is worked all the way around the first row)

Turn so that you are now working on the tops of the sts from row 1.

Ch 1, sl st loosely in first 5 sts, dc in next 24 sts, sl st loosely in last 5 sts

Turn and work along bottom of foundation chain, 4 sc in next st, sc in next 26 sts, 4 sc in last st, sl st in first sc to join. (68)

FO

Fourth rung from bottom:

With I hook and Green

Foundation: Ch 25

Row 1: 4 dc in third ch from hook, dc in next 21 sts, 4 dc in next st, sl st in last st foundation ch (29)

Round 2: (This is worked all the way around the first row)

Turn so that you are now working on the tops of the sts from row 1.

Ch 1, sl st loosely in first 5 sts, dc in next 19 sts, sl st loosely in last 5 sts.

Turn and work along bottom of foundation chain, 4 sc in next st, sc in next 21 sts, 4 sc in last st, sl st in first sc to join. (58)

FO

Last rung

With I hook and Green

Foundation: Ch 20

Row 1:  4 dc in third ch from hook, dc in next 16 sts, 4 dc in last st, sl st in last st foundation ch (24)

Round 2: (This is worked all the way around the first row)

Turn so that you are now working on the tops of the sts from row 1.

Ch 1, sl st loosely in first 5 sts, dc in next 14 sts, sl st loosely in last 5 sts.

Turn and work along bottom of foundation chain, 4 sc in next st, sc in next 16 sts, 4 sc in last st, sl st in first sc to join. (48)

FO

Top Tree Triangle:

With I hook and Green

Pick 14 stitches on the top center

Row 1: Sl st in the first st, sc in next 12 sts, sl st in next st turn (14)

Row 2: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 11, sl st, turn (13)

Row 3: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 10, sl st, turn (12)

Row 4: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 9, sl st, turn (11)

Row 5: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 8, sl st, turn (10)

Row 6: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 7, sl st, turn (9)

Row 7: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 6, sl st, turn (8)

Row 8: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 5, sl st, turn (7)

Row 9: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 4, sl st, turn (6)

Row 10: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in next 3, sl st, turn (5)

Row 11: Sk first st, sl st in next st, Ch 1, sc in 1, sl st, turn (3)

Row 12: Picot in middle st (1) FO

Tree Stem

With I hook and Dark Brown

Foundation: Ch 10

Row 1: Turn, dc in third st from the hook and in each st to end (8)

Row 2: Turn, ch 2, dc in each st across (8)

FO

Star

With F hook and Yellow

Round 1: 10 hdc in mc

Round 2: *ch 4, sl st in second st from hook, hdc , sk next st and sl st on next st… sl st on next st to start next point… repeat from * until you have five points.

FO

Presents:

With I hook and in four contrasting colors

Row 1: 8 sc in mc, sl st in front and back loops of first sc

Row 2: Ch 1, (hdc, dc, hdc), sc in next st, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st,  sc in next st, (hdc,dc,hdc) in next st, sc in next st, (hdc,dc,hdc) in last.

Sl st in front and back loops of first hdc. Give a good yank on each corner.

FO

Bows:

Follow this video tutorial to create a tiny bow with a color contrasting to each present:

http://youtu.be/0rbyM1Izet4[4]

Hot glue or sew it to top of gift once sewn to advent calendar

Hanging:

Dowel Rod Attachment Straps:

With Red and I hook

Foundation: Ch 10

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and across (8)

Row 2: Ch 2, 2dc, dc 6, 2dc (10)

Row 3: Ch 2, 2dc, dc 8, 2dc (12)

Rows 4-6: Ch 2, dc across (12)

Row 7: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc 8, dc2tog (10)

Row 8: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc 6, dc2tog (8)

Ch 1, sc around strap working 3 sc in each corner, join to first sc.

Sew at top spaced evenly across. (Sew them around dowel rod to make sure the rod will fit.)

Hanging instructions:

Drill a 1/8 in hole through each end of the dowel rod.

Cut a piece of red yarn 44 inches long.

Tie through each hole on each end of dowel rod. Use this to hang the advent calendar!

number-1 number-2 number-3 number-4 number-5 number-6 number-7 number-8 number-9 number-10 number-11

Optional Storage Pocket:

Storage Pocket:

With I hook and Red

Foundation: Ch 20 plus two for a turning ch (22 total sts)

Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook, and across, turn (20)

Rows 2-6: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (20)

FO

Sc around: Ch 1, sc around the entire backing, making sure to work 2sc in each dc row end and 3sc in each corner.  Sl st to first sc to join.

This pocket is to be sewn onto the backside of the backing in case you have a need for storage.

Pocket Flap:

With I hook and Red

Foundation: Ch 20 plus two for a turning ch (22 total sts)

Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook, and across, turn (20)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (20)

FO

Sc around: Ch 1, sc around the entire backing, making sure to work 2sc in each dc row end and 3sc in each corner.  Sl st to first sc to join.

This flap is to be sewn directly above the storage pocket in order to seal the storage pocket. Sew (3) 1 inch buttons evenly spaced across top front of the storage pocket, to be buttoned through the flap in order to seal items inside.


Options for YOUR advent calendar!

Most advent calendars are either the pocket kind OR the kind that you hang items onto. I made this calendar so that it can be versatile and hopefully over a 5 year stint you can have a different advent calendar experience every year! You can utilize the buttons on the tree for hanging items like small ornaments, tags that you would use at a craft show that you can write bible scripture on or different activities to do each day up until Christmas. You can use the pockets to hold the tags and candy; to get the candy you must read the tag. Or you can have the tags hanging on the buttons and stuff them into the pockets when you’re finished reading them. You can utilize the pockets only for candy and the buttons can be just for decoration. I’m sure there are more options that I’m missing here.

You can count up or down, meaning start at day 1 for the first day and count up to day 25, OR you can start at day 25 on day one of December, and count down to the #1 pocket for Christmas Day.

You don’t have to be religious to use an advent calendar, but I happen to be. I am including here a link to my blog where you can find 4 different sets of 25 days of scripture that you can utilize for your advent calendar!

25 days of Christmas Scripture – 3 options!

http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/11/25-days-of-christmas-scripture/[5]

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

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  1. [Image]: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/versatile-advent-calendar
  2. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/numbers-0-9: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/numbers-0-9
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ8FI5PJfvk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ8FI5PJfvk
  4. http://youtu.be/0rbyM1Izet4: http://youtu.be/0rbyM1Izet4
  5. http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/11/25-days-of-christmas-scripture/: http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/11/25-days-of-christmas-scripture/
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