Jesse Tree Crochet Advent Calendar: December 20

Zechariah and Elizabeth

"But the angel said to him: 'Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.

"'And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.' Zechariah asked the angel, 'How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.' The angel said to him, 'I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.'

"When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.

"Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, 'His name is John.'"


- Luke 1:13, 17-19, 57, 62-63


Find the complete advent calendar and gauge square here.

Finished Size: 4.5 inches tall (not including loop for hanging) by 4.5 inches wide

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials
Cascade Cherub Aran: Apple Cinnamon, Black, White
Size F-5 (3.75mm) crochet hook


This pattern uses American crochet terminology.

WRITING TABLET
Worked in tapestry crochet.

With Black, ch 26.

Row 1 (bottom row of graph). Sc in second ch from hook and ea rem ch across. 25 sc.

Rows 2-25. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across, changing colors as indicated by the graph.

Finish off.

EDGING

With RS facing, join Apple Cinnamon with sl st in upper right corner. 3 sc in corner, sc in next 12 sc, ch 18, sl st in last sc, sc in next 11 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc evenly down ends of rows to next corner, 3 sc in next corner, sc evenly along bottom in unused loops of beg ch, 3 sc in next corner, sc evenly up ends of rows to next corner; join with sl st in first sc. Finish off.

Weave in all ends. Block for best results.

Note: The graph is read from right to left for odd numbered rows and from left to right for even numbered rows.

*For legibility, we chose to color this graph inversely from the actual ornament.

White squares = black yarn
Black squares = white yarn


Abbreviations
beg          beginning
ch          chain
ea          each
mm          millimeter
rem          remaining
RS          right side
sc          single crochet
sl st          slip stitch

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