Advent Calendars are so much fun during the holidays and I just love the Crocheted Advent Calendar pattern. This large tree is so much fun for the kids. But when I created this calendar, I came across two problems. First, there were so many ways to use the calendar, I couldn’t just pick one. Second, I knew some people would run out of time to make this calendar, so I designed the Crochet Mini Advent Calendar.
Why a Mini Advent Calendar?
I love the large version of this Calendar, but after some serious consideration, I decided we would be stuffing it with the holiday tradition cards to make sure we make the most of the holiday. That left me with a set of 24 mini ornaments without a home. That is when the idea occurred that I could create a second calendar just for hanging an ornament each day.
My Grandmother used to have an electronic advent calendar that was a tree with little peg ornaments. You stuck on in and it would tell you how many days left for Christmas. It was something to look forward to when we went to grandma’s house.
This little calendar only takes 11 hexagons, no pockets (unless you want to add them) and very little time to make. I made mine in 2 to 3 hours. Plus its small size makes this an easy project to work on while watching a movie. Even if it is November 30th, you can still have this project done in time to start counting down for the holidays.
For this pattern, you will want to pick up 24 mini ornaments. I used this set from Amazon. I just love ordering from Amazon. With Amazon Prime most items are to my door in just 2 days. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
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Mini Advent Calendar Pattern
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70 yd or 1.34 oz of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Green
11 yd or 0.21 oz of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Brown
6 yds of Red Heart Super Saver in Red Heart Super Saver Yarn- Gold
Crochet Hook, Size H, 5.0mm
24 Small Buttons
24 Small Ornaments I used this set!
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Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sk – Skip
St(s) – Stitches
Slst – Slip Stitch
MC – Magic Circle (Learn a new way to make a MC here!)
Difficulty Level – Easy/Intermediate
Gauge and Finished Size
Gauge – 4 Dc x 2 rows = 1″
Final Size – 14.5 inches tall
This is the video tutorial for the larger advent calendar. It will walk you through how to make the solid hexagon and a similar star. The star below is a bit smaller than the one used on the larger advent calendar.
Crochet Advent Calendar Pattern
– Written in US terms.
– Do not treat your turning chain as a stitch.
– Do not work your last stitch into the turning chain.
– The whole hexagon pattern and the star pattern is worked in one direction.
– When you work your first Dc, make sure to work it into the same stitch you Slip Stitched to in the previous row.
Solid Hexagon Pattern
Make 10 in Green and 1 in Brown.
R1: Working into a MC, Ch2, Work 12 Dc into MC. Slst to first Dc. (12)
R2: Ch2, Dc into first St. *(Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next St, Dc into next St* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into last St. Slst to first Dc. (18 Dc)
R3: Ch2, Dc into first 2 Sts, *(Dc, Ch2, Dc) into Ch2 space, Dc into next 3 Sts* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. (Dc, Ch2, Dc) into next Ch2 space, Dc into last St. Slst to first Dc. (30 Dc)
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
R1: Working into a MC, Ch2, Work 10 Hdc into MC. (10)
R2: *Ch 4, Working into the Ch you just made, Sc into second Ch from hook. Hdc into next Ch, Dc into next Ch, Skip next stitch of Row 1, Slst to next St* repeat from *to* a total of 5 times. Slst to the base of the first Ch.
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Assembling Your Advent Calendar
Before you start assembling your advent calendar, I highly recommend blocking your pieces. Just get each piece wet, wring out as much water as you can, shape them and lay them flat to dry. Taking time to do this will make your finished project look much nicer.
Just lay your hexagons out according to the template provided below and sew your hexagon pieces together. I used a whip stitch to sew the back loops of the last rows together. You can also use a blanket (or invisible) stitch.
Top your tree with the little yellow star and you are almost done.
If you are not familiar with a whip stitch or invisible stitch you can watch this video tutorial.
For this advent calendar, you will just want to spread out 24 buttons and sew them in place. These will be where you hang your 24 mini ornaments. I marked where I placed my buttons on the diagram above. You can place the extra ornaments in a bag or bowl next to the calendar.
You can also turn the trunk of the tree into a pocket by following the half hexagon pattern found here and sewing it to the tree trunk.
Now your mini advent calendar is complete.
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