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Christmas calendar Novita Natura

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This is a sweet Christmas calendar that you can hang on the Christmas tree. Crocheted from Novita Natura yarn, the cone-shaped pieces are felted in the washing machine and shaped by hand.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2014 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 33
Skill level Beginner
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Availability:In stock
SKU N041433
Pattern details
Size
Height of finished cone approx. 20 cm / 7¾ in

Yarn demand
Novita Natura
(051) Cranberry,
(010) Off White and
(045) Clay, 200 g each

Needles and other supplies
Crochet hook:
Novita 6 mm (UK 4 / US J-10) or size needed

Other supplies:
String, cardboard for numbers

Designer
Minna Metsänen

Details

Smaller cones (days 1-23)

Make a loop around your finger and crochet into it:

Round 1: 6 double crochet (dc). Crochet in spiral, moving straight to the next round.

Rounds 2-3: Work 1 dc into each st = 6 dc.

Round 4: *work 1 dc, work 2 dc into the next st*, repeat *-* 2 more times = 9 dc.

Rounds 5-6: Work 1 dc into each st = 9 dc.

Round 7: *work 2 dc, work 2 dc into the next st*, repeat *-* 2 more times = 12 dc.

Rounds 8-9: Work 1 dc into each st = 12 dc.

Continue the increases in this manner on every 3rd round. 1 st more between the increases each time. 3 sts increased on each increase round. Continue in this manner until there are 30 sts in total. After the last increase round, work 2 rounds without increases. Close the round with 1 slip stitch (sl st) into the next dc.

Chain 20 for the hanging loop and join it to the next dc with 1 sl st.

Work 1 round of sl sts around the edge of the cone and 1 sl st into each ch st. Break the yarn and weave in.

Work 8 cones using the white yarn, 8 cones with the grey yarn and 7 cones with the red yarn.

Large cone (Christmas Eve)

Using the red yarn, make a loop around your finger and crochet into it:

Round 1: 6 double crochet (dc). Crochet in spiral, moving straight to the next round.

Rounds 2-3: Work 1 dc into each st = 6 dc.

Round 4: *work 1 dc, work 2 dc into the next st*, repeat *-* 2 more times = 9 dc.

Rounds 5-6: Work 1 dc into each st = 9 dc.

Round 7: *work 2 dc, work 2 dc into the next st*, repeat *-* 2 more times = 12 dc.

Rounds 8-9: Work 1 dc into each st = 12 dc.

Continue the increases in this manner on every 3rd round. 1 st more between the increases each time. 3 sts increased on each increase round. Continue in this manner until there are 36 sts in total. After the last increase round, work 2 rounds without increases. Close the round with 1 slip stitch (sl st) into the next dc.

Chain 20 for the hanging loop and join it to the next dc with 1 sl st.

Work 1 round of sl sts around the edge of the cone and 1 sl st into each ch st. Break the yarn and weave in.

Felting

Use a washing machine to felt the cones. Use laundry detergent and select a 40 °C colour wash cycle. Don't wash the cones by themselves. You can use a couple of towels, for instance, but be careful not to overload the machine. Different washing machines can yield different felting results. Before the washing, put some plastic inside the cones to keep them from felting together. Shape the cones by hand while they are still wet. Wash the cones again if needed.

Finishing

Use paper and cardboard to make circles with the numbers from 1 to 24 on them. Punch a hole at the top and sew the numbers onto the cones.

Hang the cones on the Christmas tree. You can use the hanging loops or small nails, or you can attach some string to the cones to make them hang where you like.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Height of finished cone approx. 20 cm / 7¾ in

Stitch patterns & gauge
Crochet pattern:
- Work double crochet (dc) following the instructions

Gauge:
13 double crochet = 10 cm / 4 in

Smaller cones (days 1-23)

Make a loop around your finger and crochet into it:

Round 1: 6 double crochet (dc). Crochet in spiral, moving straight to the next round.

Rounds 2-3: Work 1 dc into each st = 6 dc.

Round 4: *work 1 dc, work 2 dc into the next st*, repeat *-* 2 more times = 9 dc.

Rounds 5-6: Work 1 dc into each st = 9 dc.

Round 7: *work 2 dc, work 2 dc into the next st*, repeat *-* 2 more times = 12 dc.

Rounds 8-9: Work 1 dc into each st = 12 dc.

Continue the increases in this manner on every 3rd round. 1 st more between the increases each time. 3 sts increased on each increase round. Continue in this manner until there are 30 sts in total. After the last increase round, work 2 rounds without increases. Close the round with 1 slip stitch (sl st) into the next dc.

Chain 20 for the hanging loop and join it to the next dc with 1 sl st.

Work 1 round of sl sts around the edge of the cone and 1 sl st into each ch st. Break the yarn and weave in.

Work 8 cones using the white yarn, 8 cones with the grey yarn and 7 cones with the red yarn.

Large cone (Christmas Eve)

Using the red yarn, make a loop around your finger and crochet into it:

Round 1: 6 double crochet (dc). Crochet in spiral, moving straight to the next round.

Rounds 2-3: Work 1 dc into each st = 6 dc.

Round 4: *work 1 dc, work 2 dc into the next st*, repeat *-* 2 more times = 9 dc.

Rounds 5-6: Work 1 dc into each st = 9 dc.

Round 7: *work 2 dc, work 2 dc into the next st*, repeat *-* 2 more times = 12 dc.

Rounds 8-9: Work 1 dc into each st = 12 dc.

Continue the increases in this manner on every 3rd round. 1 st more between the increases each time. 3 sts increased on each increase round. Continue in this manner until there are 36 sts in total. After the last increase round, work 2 rounds without increases. Close the round with 1 slip stitch (sl st) into the next dc.

Chain 20 for the hanging loop and join it to the next dc with 1 sl st.

Work 1 round of sl sts around the edge of the cone and 1 sl st into each ch st. Break the yarn and weave in.

Felting

Use a washing machine to felt the cones. Use laundry detergent and select a 40 °C colour wash cycle. Don't wash the cones by themselves. You can use a couple of towels, for instance, but be careful not to overload the machine. Different washing machines can yield different felting results. Before the washing, put some plastic inside the cones to keep them from felting together. Shape the cones by hand while they are still wet. Wash the cones again if needed.

Finishing

Use paper and cardboard to make circles with the numbers from 1 to 24 on them. Punch a hole at the top and sew the numbers onto the cones.

Hang the cones on the Christmas tree. You can use the hanging loops or small nails, or you can attach some string to the cones to make them hang where you like.


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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