Thursday, November 16, 2017

Free Tiny Stockings Advent Calendar



Advent calendars are so fun! I remember waking up each December morning, popping open a little door on my cardboard advent calendar, and treasuring each delicious (at least to my 8 year old mind--we all know it tastes sorta waxy and cheap) piece of chocolate. This handmade advent calendar will bring the magic of Christmas to your home each morning, as a treasure is revealed inside each tiny stocking. Crocheted in a rainbow of colors and labeled with chipboard number stickers, this fun decoration will be a treasured heirloom to keep forever. Hung as a garland on the fireplace mantle, or straight up and down on a wall, the string of stockings will fill kids with anticipation for the big day.

The stockings are so quick to crochet, and with no sewing involved, you'll be crocheting many in no time. Use lots of different colors, or make them in traditional red and white.


Instead of Christmas colors, crochet eight little stockings in a Winter white and blue color scheme and fill them with gelt for a gorgeous Chanukah decoration.

Tiny Stockings Advent Calendar

Materials List
Caron "Simply Soft Party" Yarn -- Red, Fuchsia, Snow, Purple
Red Heart "Soft" Yarn -- Tangerine
American Crafts "Thickers" Number Stickers -- Sprinkles Glitter White
*Full disclosure: Some of these are affiliate links and will earn me a little cash! 

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Hdc2tog: Half Double Crochet 2 stitches Together

Note: Stockings are made in two colors, A and B. Choose from any two colors of worsted weight yarns.

Stocking
Starting at the toe of the Stocking, with yarn A and a G hook, make an adjustable ring, ch1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.

Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnds 2-5: Sc into each st.
Change to B at the end of Rnd 5.

Heel
Row 6: Sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next st (10 sts)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, hdc2tog four times, sc in last st (6 sts)
Change to A at the end of Row 8.

Leg of Stocking
Rnd 9: Working down into sts of Rnd 5, without turning (see photo above for where to crochet), sc into next 6 sts, working into top edge of Row 8, sc into next 6 sts (12 sts)

Rnds 10-12: Sc into each st around (12 sts)
Rnd 13: Sc into next 9 sts, change to B, sc into next 3 sts.

Rnd 14: Sc into each st.

Rnd 15: Sc into next 11 sts, ch 6, join with a sl st to same st.
Fasten off and weave in end.

Finishing:
Arrange stockings in order for assembling garland.

With desired worsted weight yarn and a G hook, ch 9, join to first ch with a sl st, ch 10, *(sc into loop at top of stocking, positioning it left or right, ch 15), repeat from * for each until last stocking. For last stocking, sc into loop, ch 19, join with a sl st into 9th ch from hook. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Apply stickers to stockings in numerical order (or not, if you want to be tricky!). Use craft glue or hot glue if necessary to make sure stickers stay adhered. (Mine stuck fine without extra glue).

Use beginning loop and ending loop for hanging.

Do NOT stress out about this. You have lots and lots of time to make this before December 1st, even if its for next year :)

Hope you enjoy! If you make this, please tag me @craftyiscool on twitter and instagram, or tag @Crafty is Cool on Facebook!

*This pattern was previously posted and written for Michaels.com. Thanks for reading!

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