FREE PATTERN: Advent CAL-endar Day 1

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.

You need to register with this website to view the pattern – but registration is free. When you log in, the pattern will appear below!




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

Other supplies

Locking stitch markers

Finished size

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


Beg beginning
BLO work in back loops only
ch chain
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
Rnd round
sl st slip stitch
sp space
st(s) stitch(es)
tbl through the back loop
tr treble
ttr triple treble
tr2tog work two treble crochet stitches together
WS wrong side
yrh yarn round hook

Special Stitch
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.

Start crocheting…

Advent Calendar Door 1

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)

23 Comments on “FREE PATTERN: Advent CAL-endar Day 1

  1. crazylady45 Reply

    December 1, 2020 at 6:21

    This is so exciting I wished I got the calendar but I missed it 😢 thank you for doing this for us xx

  2. SarahJLT Reply

    December 1, 2020 at 7:06

    I would like to print the pattern out can we do this as I want to collect all together..?

    • Lorna Malkin Reply

      December 21, 2020 at 12:54

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your message.

      I’m afraid we don’t have a printable version, however you should be able to print each day’s instructions from the website. 🙂 x

  3. Sam Reply

    December 1, 2020 at 4:01

    Yay!!!! So excited to start this!!! Happy Christmas 🎄

  4. Yvonnebrown Reply

    December 2, 2020 at 7:32

    What time does each new days pattern show x

  5. glover Reply

    December 2, 2020 at 7:59

    Thank you loving the calendar xx

  6. Kathleen Reply

    December 3, 2020 at 1:31

    I have joined but for some reason, it keeps telling me my user name is wrong, it is my name so don’t know how it can be wrong HELP.

    • Lorna Malkin Reply

      December 21, 2020 at 12:58

      Hi Kathleen,

      So sorry to hear you’re having trouble logging in.

      Please can you contact our customer service team who can look into this for you:

  7. Jennifer Darling Reply

    December 3, 2020 at 2:36

    I’m having terrible problems with the crochet hook included on Day 1. It’s catching the yarn like crazy and there’s some deep indents on the shaft under the hook like it hasn’t been polished/buffed. It’s driving me bananas! Anyone else having this issue? The yarn itself is top notch! Super soft and gorgeous colour.

  8. glover Reply

    December 3, 2020 at 8:34

    Have done day one how do I get day 2 please

    • Lorna Malkin Reply

      December 17, 2020 at 9:50

      Hi Yvonne,

      The next pattern will be available on our website everyday from midnight. 🙂 x

  9. Margaret Wright Reply

    December 5, 2020 at 12:43

    I can’t wait to start, just opened door four

  10. Margaret Wright Reply

    December 5, 2020 at 12:44

    Can’t wait to get started

  11. Katy Nash Reply

    December 5, 2020 at 10:01

    Love the free patterns

  12. mgsmears Reply

    December 6, 2020 at 6:10

    Anyone know what increments we need to chain in if we are using our own yarn stash and want to make it a bigger blanket? Thanks in advance!

    • AliP Reply

      December 9, 2020 at 4:49

      If you click on the tutorial above, Sarah gives the increments at the beginning. 😀

  13. Trelidi Reply

    December 9, 2020 at 8:43

    Just started the CAL so a few days to catch up on. My first so very interested to see how it goes!

  14. Kazsly Reply

    December 10, 2020 at 5:45

    I’ve finally got started on the CAL. I’m a little scared and a lot excited as I know I’m going to be challenged. This new Royal Ridge stitch video is great though.

  15. Darien S Reply

    December 10, 2020 at 9:15

    I love it! I have 2 going right now!

  16. Twig60 Reply

    December 13, 2020 at 9:48

    Really excited about this calendar. My very first purchase from crochet society and I am so pleased. 😁

  17. Jeanne Kenny Reply

    January 3, 2021 at 11:33

    Found this far too challenging for me. Sadly I only managed to do four days!!

    • Lorna Malkin Reply

      January 5, 2021 at 5:24

      Hi Jeanne,

      Sorry to hear that.

      Are you part of the Crochet Society Facebook group? There are loads of useful hints and tips about each day’s pattern instalment on there. Hope this helps. 🙂 x

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