It's Advent Time!


I've had my advent pattern for my wool yarn selected for a few months now but I've also kept a cotton set and haven't chosen a pattern for that yet.

I've come up with a brief list of patterns that I think would work well with my advent calendars in the order I chose to package them. As those of you who purchased will know I chose to use a botanical method of organising the skeins so although they flow from one to the next they do not form a gradient like many other advent calendars. You could always rearrange them into a gradient if that is what you prefer but I have specifically chosen patterns that I think will be beautiful without a gradient effect.

It's also worth nothing that because of the number of IBRA bioregions in Western Australia (there are 26) my advent calendar actually contains one more skein than usual with 25 mini skeins so you may need to modify the patterns slightly but adding an extra couple of rows. For those of you who purchased the extra skein also you will have 25 minis, a gradient set made up of 5 minis spread throughout the month, and an additional 100g skein. This is around 120g more yarn than most advent calendars contain so you should have plenty to work with.


So let's get straight into it. I will likely add to this as people share their ideas with me on socials.


ADVENTurous Wrap - Ambah O'Brien - Ravelry/Etsy

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/adventurous-wrap

Fingering weight

This pattern would work well for both rearranged advents and those in the order opened. You can either add extra rows or change your colours slightly earlier to suit the 24 colours used in the pattern.


ADVENTuring Scarf and Wrap - Ambah O'Brien - Ravelry/Etsy

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/adventuring-scarf--wrap

Fingering Weight

Designed for 25 colours and super easy to add extra colours by increasing the width (just add more rows).


ADVENTuring Cowl - Ambah O'Brien - Ravelry/Etsy

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/adventuring-cowl

Fingering Weight

The cowl comes free with the scarf and wrap pattern purchase.

I think this pattern would be a great choice for the 4ply cotton too. It would work with the 10g sets beautifully.


Willow - Natalie Moreva - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/willow-44

Fingering Weight

This isn't specifically an advent pattern but without having knitted it myself it looks as though it could work with the 30 minis (25 minis + 5 minis from gradient) and an additional 100g skein really well.


True Colors - Melanie Berg - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/true-colors

Fingering Weight

Again not a specific pattern for advent sets but there appear to be approximately the right number of stripes and the reverse colour end section would be a great way to use the gradient set.


Radvent Throw - Ambah O'Brien - Ravelry/Etsy

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/radvent-throw

Fingering Weight

Again, this pattern is designed for 24 mini skeins but you can easily do 30 squares and then use the extra skein for the border or do 25 minis with the border from the gradient set making a square blanket.


Lamina Wrap - Ambah O'Brien - Ravelry/Etsy

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/true-colors

Fingering Weight

This wrap has 27 sections of the main colour and 26 of the lace pattern. It looks as though it would be really simple to adjust by using the main colour to do one of the lace sections leaving 25 for the mini skeins.


Mini Skein Infinity Scarf - Julieanne Cole - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-skein-infinity-scarf

Fingering Weight

With the 10g set without the extra skein you might not quite get a full size scarf but it will be really close, especially as I have put a little extra onto each skein. This is a 'scrap' project so you simply change colours wherever it suits. This would also work well for cotton.


ADVENTurer Scarf and Wrap - Ambah O'Brien - Ravelry/Etsy

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/adventurer-scarf--wrap

Fingering Weight

This pattern actually uses 25 colours but is very adaptable and I think the garter sections between the lace would be beautiful using the gradient set or extra skein.


Dust of Snow - Helen Stewart - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dust-of-snow-2

Fingering Weight

This pattern is designed for 24 mini skeins held with a mohair strand but should work for fingering weight yarn on its own.


Hearten Cowl - Helen Stewart - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearten-cowl

Fingering Weight

The pattern doesn't specify the number of colours needed but it appears to be around 24 and it appears that you could change colours more frequently to use more.

For a larger cowl you could use a 20g set or if you prefer a single loop a 10g set would suffice.

If you're good at adjusting patterns I think this would also be lovely as an DK/8ply project.


Potter Advent Blanket - LJ Stone - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/potter-advent-blanket

Fingering Weight

Another really versatile project. Uses 24 mini skeins plus a 100g skein but it's a blanket so just add more rows or go a few stitches wider to suit.


Wollemi Pine Wrap - Shara Made - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wollemi-pine-wrap

Fingering Weight

Uses 24 colours but this is another project where it is super easy to adjust the number of rows.


Planina Wrap - Shara Made - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/planina-wrap

Fingering Weight (but could easily work for any weight yarn)

Another project which is really versatile. The number of rows for each colour can be easily adjusted to suit the 25/30 minis in my advent calendars. This would be a great opportunity to play with the order of the mini skeins.


Nayla Wrap - Shara Made - Ravelry

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nalya-wrap

Fingering Weight

This is the CROCHET version of the Planina wrap above. It's hard to find crochet projects so I'm really pleased to be able to include this beautiful one from and Australian designer.


Radvent Pillow - Ambah O'Brien - Ravelry/Etsy

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/radvent-pillow

DK Weight

I'd love to see this made in cotton... might even do that myself...

It uses 24 colours but once again, use your creativity to make it work for 25/30 depending on your kit.

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