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.

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like something I would enjoy. I will set myself a reminder and gather my things.

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  2. I am going to join as well. Sounds fun, and I will have something I can use for later holidays. Thanks for sharing. I will be on the lookout for the emails and I look forward to crocheting the ornaments :-)

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  3. Yay! I'm glad to have you both on board. :)

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    1. Wouldn't you know it? I got slammed with snowflake orders, 60 of which need to be there by Christmas. My Jesse Tree ornaments will, sadly, have to wait.

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    2. Wow! I guess that's both a good and a bad thing. Good luck with the snowflakes! :)

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  4. I'm going to *try* and do this! I have last minute Christmas gifts I need to finish, too!

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  5. Right, it's December 1st, the pattern is printing (slowly.... ancient printer....) and I'm ready, I think. Looking forward to doing it :-)

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    1. Awesome! I hope you have as much fun with it as I did putting it together. :)

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  6. Where is the link for Dec. 1?

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    1. Thank you for the gentle reminder--that's the only part of this affair that I couldn't set up to do automatically. I just added the link. :)

      I'll be updating the links first thing in the morning (Eastern time), but if you ever get here before me, the latest pattern will be on the home page by 1am Eastern time. You can also opt to "Receive Updates via Email" in the upper right corner of the blog to have the link automatically emailed to you. :)

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    2. Awesome! Thanks so much. This looks like fun!

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    3. Where did you find the great tree to put them on?

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    4. Amazon! This is the one we ordered: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038NGWFI

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    5. Found it, thank you very much. I'm really enjoying this project. Thank you so much for putting it online.

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  7. This would be so cute to decorate the tree at the church and also put the corresponding biblical reference with it. I just wish I could have copied the patterns to save them to my email. I tried four times to sign up for your newsletter. Kept getting error messages.

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    1. Hmm, I wonder if it's the browser you're using? You can also download the PDF of all 25 patterns for $3. The PDF includes printable tags with the verses. YOu can download it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/the-jesse-tree-crochet-advent-calendar

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  8. Are we going to see the 22nd through the 25th soon? I'm really looking forward to them!

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    1. The 22nd through 24th have been published and you can find them by clicking on their respective dates in the post above. The 25th will be going live first thing in the morning (1 AM Eastern time). :)

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    2. Thank you so much! I just love your tree!

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