The countdown to Christmas is on! Why not make it a family affair with this colourful Crochet Advent Calendar. It has lots of little pockets that can be filled with festive treats, which I’m sure the kids will love!
I love using non-traditional colours to decorate for Christmas. As soon as I set eyes on Fair Isle, a brand new yarn range from American yarns, I knew an advent calendar project was the perfect way to showcase the lovely ombre colour story of this collection.
It’s always tricky choosing and combining yarn colours. So it’s nice that someone else has done all the hard work and put together some really attractive colour combinations in the Fair Isle Liberty Craft Colors collection.
I chose the ‘Flora’ colour story for my project, but American Yarns stocks 8 different colour combinations ranging from fairly subdued palettes, to neon brights.
The yarns come in a reusable tube (which is great for storing knitting needles in), and contains 6 x 30g balls of medium weight acrylic yarn. Perfect for craft projects which require small amounts of assorted colours.
The attractive packaging also makes this yarn a great gift for a crafty friend this Christmas.
With some clever pattern design, I ensured that each ball was enough to make four advent calendar pockets. Multiply that by 6 colours and you have 24 days in your Christmas countdown.
I considered crocheting the numbers, but in the end decided that felt numbers look much sleeker. To make it easier, I’ve also included a printable number template to make cutting out your felt numbers a breeze.
The back of the advent calendar was made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn. A great all rounder that goes a long way with a big 200g ball.
This was a really fun project to make, and because it’s basically a big rectangle and some little squares, even new crocheters will find this pattern quite easy.
Don’t feel limited to my colour selection. Feel free to choose a colour story that coordinates with your decor or personality.
Match the colours in each row for an ombre effect, or mix up your coloured pocket for a more eclectic design.
If you don’t crochet but are handy with a sewing machine, I’ve also designed a fabric Advent Calendar wall hanging that you can make.
Modern Advent Calendar Wall Hanging Crochet Pattern
Finished size (unblocked): length 70cm (27.5″), width 45cm (17.8″)
To make this Advent Calendar Wall Hanging
You will need:
- 1 tube Fair Isle Liberty Craft Colors yarn 6 x 30g balls colour Flora (about 52yd/68m per colour)
- 1 + 1/3 balls Red Heart Super Saver Light Grey (about 485yd/440m)
- 6mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Craft Felt sheets – assorted colours
- Printable numbers template – Download here and print at 100%
- Quick dry craft glue
- 8mm wooden dowel cut to 2 x 45cm lengths
- 2 small eye screws
- Scissors – small sharp
- Sewing pins
- Glue stick (optional)
Crochet Stitches used (US terminology):
- Ch – chain
- Sc – single crochet
Advent Calendar Crochet Pattern instructions:
Gauge 10x10cm (4″x4″) sq = 14st x 16 rows in sc
Make 4 pockets from each colour ball of Fair Isle yarn. 24 pockets in total.
Each finished pocket should measure 9.5cm (3 3/4″) wide and 8.5cm (3 1/4″) tall. Each pocket is 12 st x 13 rows.
Square is worked flat, back and forth. First ch in every row does not count as a stitch.
Set up row – ch 13
R1 – work 1 sc into 2nd stitch in chain, then work 1 sc into each ch. (12st)
R2 – R13 – ch, turn, work 1 sc into each stitch. (12st)
Break yarn and weave in ends.
Tip: to ensure you have enough yarn for all 4 pockets from the first ball, don’t break off yarn between pockets but add a stitch marker to hold the last loop in each pocket. Once all 4 pockets are completed, cut yarn and weave in ends.
Reserve remaining yarn for sewing.
Backing Panel Pattern
Set up row – ch 67
R1 – work 1 sc into 2nd stitch in chain, then work 1 sc into each ch. (66st)
R2 – R124 – ch, turn, work 1 sc into each stitch. (66st) (or until length measures 68cm/27″)
Break yarn and weave in ends.
1. Cut out numbers from coloured felt. Mix and match colours as desired.
Tip: Add a small dab of gluestick to the back of paper number template to keep it steady when cutting.
2. Arrange felt numbers on crochet pocket squares and glue on with quick dry craft glue. Weigh down under a heavy book to flatten and allow to dry. Set aside.
3. Make sleeves for wooden dowels. Folding over about 3 rows along top and bottom of shortest sides of backing panel and stitch.
4. Line up pockets with even spacing and pin in place. Sew on to backing panel with matching yarn colours.
5. Screw in eye screws to ends of top dowel. Slide dowels through top and bottom sleeves.
6. Make hanging cord. With 2 strands of yarn held together, crochet a 46cm (18″) chain. Secure ends to eye screws.
All done! Ready to hang, fill with treats! Although you may need to ration them out in case a mischievous elf decides to work through the calendar early.
If you don’t fancy the kids starting off the day all sugared up, consider adding some non-candy treats.
Some advent calendar ideas include:
- Small toys
- Activity coupons
- Christmas ornaments
- Hair accessories
- Puzzle pieces
- Stationery, pens, erasers
- Lip gloss
Another fun way to countdown the days to Christmas is just using a marker (like a bookmark), and sliding it across to the next pocket every morning.
I hope you enjoy making this festive crochet project, and enjoying it with your family for many years to come.
Yarns featured are available from www.americanyarns.com.au