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This cute Nativity Advent Calendar is a free crochet pattern and is made using basic crochet stitches and the worsted weight Dishie yarn by WeCrochet. It is reversible and can be displayed from either side.
As I grew up in Germany, we always had homemade Advent wreath and Advent Calendars. In fact, I looked forward to them every year. There is one more special display I loved, but didn’t appreciate until I moved to the U.S. And that was Christmas Pyramids. They are all handmade and absolutely stunning. My mom sent me over the one I grew up with and I truly cherish it very much.
We were eating our Advent Calendar candy sitting around the lit candles which made the pyramid turn, next to a glass Nativity Scene I had given my mom when I was younger. I just love Christmas time!
Crocheting Advent Calendars
Advent Calendars are so fun to make and crochet. I grew up with more than yarn. I love anything DIY – from paper crafts to painting to sewing. So when I came across this cute Paper Mache Advent Calendar from Hobby Lobby, I knew I needed to get it and crochet all around it.
In fact, I have made a Snowman Advent Calendar before and it turned out amazing and sure was super popular.
Crocheting Nativity Scenes
I have always wanted to crochet a Nativity Scene. But I’m scared of crocheting faces. I know I’m not alone in this. So the stickers from Hobby Lobby fell into my hands at the right time. I know I couldn’t leave the Advent Calendar blank on the back.
I wanted it to be reversible so you can display both the Nativity Scene – crocheted with stickers – and the Advent Calendar.
Best Yarn Advent Calendars
Since most Advent calendars are displayed for a long time in the open air in one home, it’s best to use cotton yarn. This Nativity Scene Advent calendar was made using Dishie yarn from WeCrochet, which is 100% cotton. Only the snow around the edges was made with Fable Yarn yarn also from WeCrochet.
So, let me now give you the supplies you need in order to crochet this cute pattern.
This pattern is also available as an ad-free, printer-friendly pdf pattern that can be purchased at the links below for only a small fee.
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How to crochet the Nativity Advent Calendar
You will need:
- WeCrochet Dishie Worsted yarn (1 skein/ 100g/ 218yd)
- Brown (coffee)
- Green (jalapeno)
- Red (fiesta red)
- Dishie Twist Fiesta Red
- Dishie Twist Jalapeno
- Multi Sunshine
- WeCrochet Fable Fur Yarn for the snow (white)
- 3.25 mm hook
- tapestry needle
- Hot Glue or E6000
- Hobby Lobby Paper Mache Advent Calendar Box (11.25 x 2.16 x 11.25 inches (one insert is 2x2x2 inches)
- Hobby Lobby Nativity Stickers
- Hobby Lobby Foam Letters
- Hobby Lobby Number Stickers
4 sts x 5 rows = 1 square inch
11.25 x 2.16 x 11.25 inches
Learn all the basic crochet stitches HERE
- sc = single crochet
- dec = decrease
- chainless foundation single crochet
- sl st = slip stitches
- ch = chain
Easy Nativity Scene Advent Calendar
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Written Pattern for the Nativity Scene Advent Calendar:
First, you work on the little covers for the Advent Calendar. Next, you will crochet the back where the Nativity Scene is. And finally, you will add the faux fur edge all the way around plus glue the stickers on.
Start with the Advent Calendar
Crochet 25 little covers (5 in each color – red, green, white, red twist, green twist)
R1: 1 sc in each ch (8 sts), turn
R2-6: 1 sc in each st, turn
R7-9: 1 sc in the next 3 sts, turn
Cut yarn and reattach it 3 sts over from where you stopped in R7
R7-9: 1 sc in the next 3 sts, turn
Fasten off and weave in your ends
Arrange the way you want your cover to be and glue them on (I used hot glue).
Using yellow, Ch 54
R1: 1 sc in each ch (53 sts), turn
R2-42: 1 sc in each st, turn
Now crochet 1 round of sc all around, placing 1 sc in each st or row, and 3 sc in each corner.
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Crocheting the Manger
Using brown, ch 27
R1: 1 sc in each ch (26 sts), turn
R2-20: 1 sc in each st, turn
Now you will start decreasing until you have 1 st left
Follow this repeat: 1 sc dec, 1 sc in each until you have 2 sts left, 1 sc dec, turn
Now you will work on the roof:
Evenly, place sc stitches on the edge of the decreasing rows. Once you reach the last row (before the non-decreasing rows start), add 3 chainless foundation chain single crochet stitches. (Please see the video if this is not clear). Cut your yarn and weave in your ends.
Next, you’ll work your way up from the other side. Start with 3 chainless foundation chain single crochet stitches, then start crocheting sc sts evenly on the edge of the decreasing rows until you reach the tip of the roof. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Now glue the manger onto the yellow background and then glue the yellow background on to the back of the paper mache advent calendar.
Putting the Nativity Advent Calendar together
Crocheting the edge
Using Faux Fur Yarn, ch 5
R1: 1 sc in each ch (5 sts), turn
R2: 1 sc in each st, turn
Repeat R2 until you reach 42 inches. Sew the 1st and last stitch together.
Then glue the faux fur edge around the paper mache advent calendar.
Gluing on the Stickers
First, glue your Nativity Scene Stickers on the way you like. Next, glue on “Merry Christmas” to the top. Feel free to arrange it differently than I did or add different words or no words at all.
Then turn your Nativity Scene to get to the Advent Calendar and glue on the Number stickers. Since I had no 25 I add some fun stars instead.
Using the Nativity Advent Calendar
You can display your creation easily with a lazy susan or place it on a tabletop such that you can see both the front and the back and therefore, both the Nativity Scene as well as the Advent Calendar. There is enough room for multiple little pieces of candy or little toys for young and old to enjoy it.
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