I’m hosting a free amigurumi advent calendar crochet along this year and I hope that you will join us! Unlike other free crochet alongs, this one has been designed to fit into a tight schedule and with a specific end-goal in mind. At the end of this crochet along, you’ll have a completed doll and 24 outfits and accessories to fill a diy advent calendar, filled and ready to be gifted before December 1st.
The free patterns in this amigurumi advent calendar crochet along have all been designed to be easy and quick to crochet as well as easily customizeable. I will have written patterns as well as video tutorials available for the patterns so that no matter you’re favourite way to crochet, the resources will be there to support you.
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Below is the pattern release date schedule. I recommend bookmarking this page so that you can come back to it often as I will link to each new pattern here as a sort of home base for the crochet along. Each pattern will remain a secret until they are released but you can catch sneak peaks by following me on Facebook and Instagram.
Yarn: The crochet doll and all of the subsequent accessories and outfits for the doll have been crocheted using WeCrochet’s Brava Worsted yarn which is my favourite worsted weight acrylic yarn. If you’re not planning on utlizing Brava Worsted, I recommend utilizing the same yarn brand throughout your project to help minimize any potential issues with gauge/tension later on.
Crochet Hooks: We’ll be using a 3.5mm (E) crochet hook for our projects (or whatever hook size you need in order to match gauge. If you don’t intend to match gauge, use the same hook size throughout the project. I’ll be using my trusty Furls Odyssey hook for this project and if you’re looking for an excuse to buy yourself a lovely new hook, use the code LOOPYLAMB15 to save 15% on qualifying purchases through my affiliate link.
Safety Eyes: For our dolls, we’ll need 2 – 12mm safety eyes in your preferred colour. All of the eyes you’ll see in my sample dolls throughout the year came from Chateau Bornais Crochet.
Buttons: Since all the clothing for our amigurumi dolls is removeable, I use 9mm buttons to fasten the clothes on. Some outfits will need 2 or more and what colour you’ll use is up to you. Amazon has lots of options like this box of buttons that has multiple colours to choose from in a single box. You’ll need sewing thread and needles to sew them on as well.
Advent Calendar: To create our advent calendar I used these DIY advent calendar boxes from Amazon and a hot glue gun. I’ll be gluing the boxes together (which is optional) and I’ll show you what do to with them in week 3 of the doll so you’ll have a prepared place to store all of your things. You can also use things like ribbon, stickers, garland and more to decorate your advent calendars to suit your taste.
Other Misc Materials/Tools: You’ll also require:
- A Pair of Scissors
- Multiple Stitch Markers – I swear by these locking stitch markers from Clover
- Black Embroidery Thread
- Polyester Stuffing
- Tapestry Needle
- Blush and Make-up Brush (optional)
- Sewing Pins (optional but helps make the assembly process easier)
- Sewing Needle and Thread
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Other Free Amigurumi Patterns Available on my Blog You’ll Love
Our wonderful friends at WeCrochet have generously sponsored multiple giveaways for us that will take place throughout the year.
Where Can I Get a Printable Copy of the Patterns?
- Individual Patterns: Each pattern will be viewable on my blog, for free with ads. Should you wish to print out the pattern, printable versions of each pattern can be purchased for a small fee in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. I will be grouping them together as full outfits and release days for individual patterns will be noted on the pattern page.
- Special Bundle Pricing: Alternatively, you can purchase the bundle of patterns in my Ravelry or Etsy shops and everytime a new CAL patterns is published, the PDF version will be emailed to you directly (for Etsy users) or updated in your Ravelry library for those purchasing on Ravelry. For a limited time, the bundle will be available for a special price of $20 CAD (making it less than $1/pattern!). As of February 1st, the price will increase to $25. When you buy the bundle in January, you’ll get the full doll pattern and the first 6 clothing/accessory patterns that we will be making, PLUS an extra hair cap pattern as well. The bundle is now available in both my Ravelry and Etsy shops.
How to Share Your Amigurumi Advent Calendar Crochet Along Projects:
One of my absolute favourite parts of hosting a crochet along is seeing all of your projects and the different ways that you customize them. Share your projects with me on social media by tagging me @theloopylamb or using #theloopylambCAL in your posts. You can also join The Loopy Lamb Crochet Community on Facebook and share your projects there, chat with other participants and see their work as well.
Tutorials that will help you be prepared to start our crochet along:
- Magic Circle/Adjustable Ring Tutorial
- Single Crochet Tutorial
- Invisible Decrease Tutorial
- Ultimate Finish Tutorial
- Invisible Finish Tutorial
- Improve Your Amigurumi Projects
- Picot Single Crochet Tutorial
Amigurumi Advent Calendar Crochet Along Pattern Release Schedule
January 14th: Legs and body
January 21st: Head and Hair
January 28th: Arms, Embroidery, Finishing Touches and Advent Box.
February 4th: Clothing or Accessory 1 (Tank Top)
February 18th: Clothing or Accessory 2 & 3 (Skirt and Shoes)
March 4th: Clothing or Accessory 4 (T-Shirt)
March 18th: Clothing or Accessory 5 (Overalls)
April 1st: Clothing or Accessory 6 (Scarf)
April 15th: Clothing or Accessory 7 (Hat)
April 29th: Clothing or Accessory 8 (backpack)
May 13th: Clothing or Accessory 9 (dress)
June 10th: Clothing or Accessory 12 (teddy bear)
June 24th: Clothing or Accessory 13 (poncho)
July 8th: Clothing or Accessory 14 (tiered shirt)
July 22nd: Clothing or Accessory 15 (romper)
August 5th: Clothing or Accessory 16 (boots)
August 19th: Clothing or Accessory 17 (sun hat)
September 2nd: Clothing or Accessory 18 (ruffled shirt)
September 16th: Clothing or Accessory 19 (ruffled skirt)
September 30th: Clothing or Accessory 20 (bell sleeve dress)
October 14th: Clothing or Accessory 21 (sweater)
October 28th: Clothing or Accessory 22 (colorful bobble dress)
November 11th: Clothing or Accessory 23 & 24 (christmas dress & shawl)
UPDATE: You voted and decided that our next Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL will be to crochet some boy dolls! Join my newsletter to be kept up-to-date on when the next free crochet along starts and when other free crochet patterns are released: Join my free newsletter here.
I can’t wait to get started on this with you! If you’re planning on participating, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments that you’re participating.
I’d love to see your finished items! Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.