Knitted fairy lights advent calendar *pattern and tutorial*

6 Nov

Far be it for me to mention the ‘C’ word this early on in November, but for those of us who like to be prepared and who are already of a festive persuasion, now is the time to be thinking about crafting up some advent calendars!

Here is a pic of my knitted fairy light advent calendar (original post here):

It takes a little while to knit up as there are 24 of the lights to work on, but it is fun to make and a great stash buster!
Each bulb makes a little pocket and I put mini decorations in each of those so that the smalls can hang them on a special little tree. You could always just put a load of chocs and sweets in there though, eh? – NOM!

Full pattern follows. Let me know if you knit one up too, I’d love to see your version!

Materials:
• I used  Patons Gold DK for mine, but this would be a great project for using up any old scraps you have lying around as you don’t need much for each bulb!
• I also used some metallic green yarn in with the normal green stuff to give the flex a bit of sparkle!
• 1 set of double pointed needles – 4mm ish
• stitch marker
• tapestry needle
• Polyester fibrefill stuffing (I got mine out of an old cushion inner)

Gauge:

I’m not even going to pretend that I know what this is – just get knitting!

Lights:
Make 24  (or 25 if you’re like me and you think everyone deserves one extra chocolate on Christmas morning!)

Starting with the dark green that you will use for the flex, CO 18 sts. Divide evenly between needles, place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Rows 1-5: [k1, P1] around all stitches

Change to the different coloured yarn for the bulb part.

Row 6: k
Row 7: kfb, k5, kfb, k5, kfb, k5 (21 sts)
Row 8: k
Row 9: kfb, k6, kfb, k6, kfb, k6 (24 sts)
Row 10: k
Row 11: kfb, k7, kfb, k7, kfb, k7 (27 sts)
Row 12-14: k
Row 15: k2tog, k7, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k7 (24 sts)
Row 16: k
Row 17: k2tog, k5, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k5 (18 sts)
Row 18: k
Row 19: k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4 (15 sts)
Row 20: k
Row 21: k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3 (12 sts)
Row 22: k
Row 23: k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2 (9 sts)
Row 24: k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 (6 sts)
Row 25: k2tog 3 times (3 sts)

Break yarn and using a tapestry needle, thread though all remaining stitches and pull tightly. thread through to the inside of the light and secure tightly with a knot.

Once you have finished all the lights, you can embroider on the numbers in a contrasting thread.

Cord:
Use the dark green yarn and make an icord to the correct length. I used a 4 stitch icord and knitted with the normal yarn and a metallic green yarn, so this made the cord slightly wider. I stitched on each of the lights as I went so I knew the cord would be the correct length. For a tutorial about how to make icord – have a looky here.

Plug:
Using a white/cream yarn…

Front and back of plug (make 2):
CO 10 sts.
Work in stocking stitch for the first 6 rows.
Row 7: M1, k to last stitch, MI (12 sts)
Row 8: P
Row 9: M1, k to last stitch, MI (14 sts)
Row 10: P
Row 11: K
Row 12: P
Row 13: k2tog, k to last 2 stitches, ssk (12 sts)
Row 14: P
Row 15: k2tog, k to last 2 stitches, ssk (10 sts)
Row 16: p2tog, p to last to stitches, p2tog (8 sts)
CO

Plug sides: CO 4 stitches and work stocking stitch until work measures about 25cm.

Prongy bits: Using a grey yarn, make a 5 stitch icord measuring 10 rows long and cast off. Repeat so you have 3 prongy whatnots.

Finishing:
Flatten out the white pieces you made for the plug and sew the grey prongs into position on one piece. Stitch the side and the front and back pieces together inside out, starting the side piece in the middle of the bottom of the plug where the flex will go. Stitch round all the edges front and back and then turn the whole lot the right way round using the gap you will have left where the sides end and the flex goes. Fill with fibrefill and then finish it all off by sewing in the flex in the gap in the side bits and then sewing that all together.

Clear as mud?
 – You’ll get it!

FIN
(Rejoice in the wonder of it all!)

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