Are you ready to dive into the magical world of crochet this holiday season and to bust your yarn stash? Prepare to be amazed by our Christmas Advent Calendar CAL (Crochet Along) with 24 free yarn busting crochet patterns for Christmas!
This CAL is an incredible opportunity to learn new techniques, create unique handmade gifts use your leftover yarns and connect with fellow crochet enthusiasts while getting into the Christmas spirit. If you’re new to this craft, don’t worry; our collection includes beginner patterns to help you start your crochet journey.
What is a CAL?
A Crochet Along (CAL) is a fantastic chance for crocheters of all skill levels to work together on a common project, learning new techniques or crochet stitches. Participating in a CAL comes with many benefits. You can ask questions, showcase your work, and get peer support as you improve your skills.
Moreover, joining a CAL (Crochet Along) is a wonderful way to foster a sense of community. In our CAL Facebook Group, you can easily connect with other participants. This platform is perfect for sharing your experiences giving and receiving support.
So, why not join us on this exciting crochet journey? Not only will you learn new crochet skills, but you’ll also create beautiful crochet Christmas gifts that your loved ones will surely appreciate.
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What is a Christmas advent calendar?
The Christmas advent calendar is like a big box of joy filled with 24 smaller boxes. Each of these boxes is a treasure chest, holding a surprise you discover every day from the 1st to the 24th of December. It’s like having a mini-Christmas every day leading up to the big day.
So, one magical night, I was struck with an idea – why not fuse this beloved tradition with the world of crochet? Why not create an advent calendar that is filled not just with surprises but with crochet Christmas patterns? This way, we can all cherish the long wait, one stitch at a time.
And more importantly, it gives us the chance to crochet Christmas gifts for ourselves or our loved ones.
An advent calendar that’s not just a countdown to Christmas but a countdown filled with creativity, craftsmanship, and the cozy warmth of crochet. Each day, as you discover a new pattern, you’re not just receiving a gift – you’re receiving an opportunity to create, learn, and make something truly special. It’s a celebration of Christmas, crochet, and the joy of giving – to ourselves and others.
What to expect from this CAL?
This CAL will introduce 24 free crochet patterns, a new one released daily from December 1st to December 24th. Each day, you’ll receive a new pattern, allowing you to create various delightful crochet projects perfect for last-minute Christmas gifts. The patterns are designed to be quick and easy to make, suitable for both beginners and intermediate crocheters.
This CAL encompasses various crochet projects, from small items like coasters or bookmarks to larger ones such as kitchen towels or crochet slippers. But still, all the patterns can be done in hours or a day!
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Supplies and materials needed
In this CAL, you’ll use various crochet hooks and yarns to create beautiful Christmas crochet patterns. Before you begin, ensure all your basic crochet supplies are ready, which includes crochet hooks, yarns, and stitch markers.
Selecting a Crochet Hook
The crochet hook sizes needed for the projects are 3.5 mm, 4 mm, 4.5 mm, 5 mm, and 6 mm.
The most important thing for the CAL is that we will use primarily a small amount of yarn, which makes it perfect to use the leftovers from your stash. Below, you will find some yarn suggestions to prepare before the CAL starts on the 1st of December.
Cotton worsted yarn weight – We will need cotton yarn weight to crochet potholders, kitchen towels, hot pads, dishcloths, mug cozy, cup cozy, coasters, and the standing tree decor. I used Hobbii Friends Cotton 8/8 in different colors and Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton.
Acrylic worsted yarn weight or mix of acrylic and wool in worsted yarn weight
Acrylic DK yarn weight
Here is a sneak peek of the first pattern that will be released on 1st of December.
Basic Crochet Stitches involved
Regardless of your experience level, refreshing your knowledge of the basic crochet stitches in your projects can be beneficial. In this CAL, you’ll encounter a variety of stitches and some crochet techniques.
Single crochet stitches
Double crochet stitch
Front post double crochet stitch
Back post double crochet stitches
Foundation double crochet
double crochet2tog stitches
Half double crochet
Crochet techniques you will practice
Crocheting with beads- The Standing Crochet Christmas Tree crochet pattern uses it to create stunning holiday themes.
Working with two colors and carrying yarn along the project
How to increase and decrease
How to change color at the end of the row or at the middle of the row.
Most of the crochet patterns are easy and quick to make, but some are more challenging. For example, the free pattern for the hot pad uses a puff stitch, which is not a beginner one. For this crochet project, I included a video tutorial.
As my sister said, if we crochet only a single crochet stitch, we will stay at the same level. So, I included some intricate patterns to help us learn new skills when enjoying the handmade gift we are making for ourselves or loved ones.
Our Christmas Advent Calendar CAL with 24 free Christmas crochet patterns is an incredible opportunity to learn new techniques, create unique handmade gifts, and connect with fellow crochet enthusiasts. With a wide array of crochet patterns and projects, from ornaments to stockings and potholders, there’s something for everyone in this CAL.
So, gather your basic crochet supplies, choose the right crochet hook and yarn, and join us on this exciting crochet journey. With each new pattern and project, you’ll upgrade your crochet skills and spread the Christmas spirit through your beautiful handmade creations.