Welcome to the free Crochet-Along for the 2020 Crochet Society Advent Calendar. Each day this blog post will be updated with the instructions for the next part of the pattern. Bookmark this page so you know where to come back to for updates!
Wherever possible, we’ve linked to tutorials for the stitches used in the pattern but if you need any help, pop over to our friendly Facebook group to chat with other crocheters and share the fun!
All the posts about the CAL and each instalment is now together in its own section of the website here.
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IMPORTANT: THIS PATTERN USES UK CROCHET TERMS
This pattern was designed by Rosina Plane. She used a lot of Sarah-Jayne’s video tutorials as her starting point, but she’s added some of her own and put the stitches together with real style, to create a beautiful blanket you’ll love to cosy up with all year round. We’ll only be showing one part at a time, because we don’t want to spoil any surprises but we promise it’ll be worth the wait!
Crochet Society Advent Calendar 2020 Yarn
If you didn’t get the calendar, check out our blog post here for some substitution suggestions.
3.75mm for main panel
Optional: 3.5mm and 4mm recommended for border, depending on your tension
17 sts x 18 rows = 10cm measured over dc using 4mm hook
Locking stitch markers
89cm wide x 106cm long (including border, which is 3cm on each side)
Don’t worry about weaving in your ends, as we will be hiding them inside the border.
Beg 1 ch does not count as a st
BLO work in back loops only
ch-sp chain space
dc double crochet
dc2tog work two double crochet stitches together
fdc foundation double crochet
FLO work in front loops only
htr half treble crochet
pul pull up a loop
sl st slip stitch
tbl through the back loop
ttr triple treble
tr2tog work two treble crochet stitches together
WS wrong side
yrh yarn round hook
Spike double crochet (spike dc): insert hook in st 2 rows below, yrh, pul to height of working row, yrh, draw through both loops on hook.
Day 1 Pattern: Royal Ridge Stitch
With Watermelon and 3.75mm hook (or size needed to match given tension), chain 118.
Row 1 (RS): Starting in 2nd ch from hook, dc across. Turn. 117 sts
Rosina’s Tips: for a neater edge, work into the back ‘bump’ of the chain; If you find your bottom edge bunches up, try using a larger hook for the chain only.
Row 2 (WS): 1 ch, htr across. Turn.
Rows 3–6: 1 ch, *1 htr in 3rd loop; rep from * to last st, 1 htr. Turn.
Tip: to help you keep track of the RS of your work, place a locking st marker around any st from the RS
Row 7 (RS): 1 ch, dc across. Fasten off. Turn.
Day 1 Videos
Getting started and working a chain. Click HERE to watch our helpful tutorial!
For a double crochet tutorial, click HERE
Now let’s get on to the stitch!
More help on the Third Loop from Sarah-Jayne
This photo shows which loop/bar you are working into, this is referred to as the ‘third loop’. You will be working into THIS bar (which is always the one facing you as you work) for rows 3-6 which will create a ridge effect on BOTH sides.
(The video tutorial that was directed to in the post is the camel stitch which is a little different. It was simply to show you which loop/bar to work into)