Jesse Tree Crochet Advent Calendar: December 18

Esther

"Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 'All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.' When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: 'Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?' Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 'Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.'"

- Esther 4:10-16


Find the complete advent calendar and gauge square here.

Finished Size: 4.75 inches tall (not including loop for hanging) by 1 inch wide

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials
Cascade Cherub Aran: Golden Rod, Ruby
Size F-5 (3.75mm) crochet hook
Polyester fiberfill or stuffing of choice
Yarn needle


This pattern uses American crochet terminology.

Special Stitch: Picot. Ch 3, sc in last sc.

Note: This pattern is worked in the round without joining or turning between rounds. To avoid confusion, you may find it helpful to place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round to keep track of rounds.

SCEPTER
Worked from top down.

With Ruby, ch 19.

Rnd 1. Sl st in 18 ch from hook, 6 sc in last sc. 6 sc and 1 ch-18 sp.

Rnd 2. Skip ch-18 sp (keeping it toward the front of the Scepter), *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 9 sc.

Rnd 3. Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 4. *2 sc in next sc, sc in ea of next 2 sc; rep from * around. 12 sc.

Rnds 5-6. Sc in ea sc around.

Change to Golden Rod.

Rnd 7. Working in front loops only, *sc in ea of next 2 sc, picot; rep from * around.

Rnd 8. Working in un-used back loops of rnd 6, sc in ea sc around. (To facilitate visualization of the back loops, you may find it helpful to push the picots from rnd 7 toward the beginning end of the scepter.)

Rnd 9-10. Sc in ea sc around.

Stuff Scepter.

Rnd 11. *Dec 1 sc over next 2 sc; rep from * around. 6 sc.

Rnds 12-30. Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 31. Rep rnd 11. 3 sc.

Finish off.

Abbreviations
ch          chain
dec          decrease
ea          each
mm          millimeter
rep          repeat
rnd          round
sc          single crochet
sl st          slip stitch
sp          space