The Jesse Tree Crochet Advent Calendar

This year for Christmas we're having a very special crochet-along for anyone who wishes to join us. I be posting a free pattern for one Christmas ornament each day from December 1st to December 25th, and if you follow along, at the end you will have your own crochet advent calendar/ornament collection that you can use year after year.

The ornaments will complement the tradition of the Jesse tree--an idea that has been around since the Middle Ages, but to which we here at Crochet Kitten were only introduced this year. The modern idea is that each ornament represents a story in the bible leading up to the birth of Jesus. As Kathryn Vercillo points out in her book Crochet Saved My Life, crochet is one way to practice mindfulness meditation, and we thought it inspiring to meditate upon these stories as we crochet our way through the advent period. And wouldn't it also be fun to make a new one each year to give to a beloved friend or family member?

Jesse Tree Mini

The ornaments will range in difficulty from Easy to Intermediate (primarily Intermediate), and will include both three dimensional shapes and flat motifs. We will utilize a variety of crochet techniques, including amigurumi, crocodile stitch, Irish crochet, and tapestry crochet, so the final set will also be a sampler of sorts. Each ornament can be made in 1-2 hours, depending on the ornament (most will not take longer than an hour). Spoiler alert: The last ornament can also be used as a tree topper for a small tabletop tree!

UPDATE: Thanks to a special request, all 25 ornament patterns are now downloadable in one convenient PDF for a small fee. Each pattern will still be available for free via the links below, but if you would prefer them in PDF form, you may purchase it from our Ravelry store.

If you would like to join us for this event, here is the complete list of materials you will need to make all 25 ornaments.
  • Cascade Cherub Aran:
    • Apple Cinnamon (tan) - 100 yd
    • Black - 30 yd
    • Chocolate (brown) - 40 yd
    • Dark denim (blue) - 80 yd
    • Golden Rod (yellow) - 40 yd
    • Grey - 40 yd
    • Lime chiffon (green) - 45 yd
    • Melon (orange) - 10 yd
    • Ruby (red) - 35 yd
    • Violet - 70 yd
    • White - 145 yd
  • Size F crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Polyester fiberfill or stuffing of choice
  • Yarn needle

Below are the links to each ornament we will make, which I will update as they go live.

December 25

While gauge is not essential to this project, if you want to ensure that your ornaments come out the same size as ours, you may wish to work a gauge square in advance to determine what hook size you should use. We used an F (3.75 mm) hook. Adjust your hook size as needed to meet our gauge, and then use that hook for all the ornaments.

Gauge Square: Ch 25. Row 1. Sc in second ch from hook and ea rem ch across. Rows 2-24. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across. 24 sc and 24 rows = 4 inches.