Advent Calendar 2020 – starts tomorrow

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© F H Powell 2020

Note: You will need to refer back to this page for materials, abbreviations, sizing and pattern notes as these will not be given each day.

This year we have decided once again to have an Advent Calendar for knitters and will be featuring a knitting pattern which will make an Aran jumper for a male doll in both 1:12th scale and 1:6th scale. The theme of the calendar this year is Aran knitting.

The Aran jumper can be made in 1:12th scale to fit a 5½ to 6-inch/14-15 cm tall male dolls house doll and 1:6th scale to fit a 33 cm/13- inch tall doll (Ken, GI Joe, Pallitoy Action Man, etc). As usual this will not have a religious theme, although Christmas/Winter based, so everyone can take part.

Each morning a new part of the Advent Calendar pattern will be posted here on our blog pages.

The calendar will start on 1st December 2020 and part of the pattern will be added each day, with the final part and finishing instructions being given on 24th December. The same pattern is used for both 1:12th and 1:6th scale, only the materials are different (see below for full details).

The design of the jumper looks very complex, but in fact has been kept simple so no matter how rushed you are preparing for Christmas this year, you can find 10 to 30 minutes a day to sit and relax with a few rows of knitting. If you do wish to try the Aran jumper, but are not confident, we have offered a free practice pattern here . By working a few rows a day this should give knitters more confidence to tackle a complex looking design and find out it is not as difficult as it appears.

The jumper is knitted flat on two needles and then sewn up, there is some simple shaping, so this should be within the abilities of most knitters from intermediate to experienced alike. The Aran knitting may look complex, but if you follow the pattern exactly as it is written this again should be within the abilities of most knitters.

As another special Christmas offer, each day during Advent we will offer one (or two) of our patterns at a discounted price for 24 hours (at the end of the 24 hour offer period the price of the pattern will revert to its pre-discount price).


To participate you will require the following materials:

For 1:12th scale: one pair 1 mm/US size 00000 knitting needles, 55 metres of 1-ply yarn (see this page for suitable substitutes), cable needle (see this page if you are unable to find a miniature cable needle)

For 1:6th scale: one pair 2 mm knitting needles, 75 metres 3-ply/light fingering yarn, cable needle

The Advent calendar will remain available for free on our blog pages until 6th January 2021, when it will be removed and be released as a pattern to buy (this will include both 1:12th scale and 1:6th scale). If you wish to take advantage of the free pattern make sure you collect all 24 parts as they are posted.

Ability Level: Intermediate to Experienced
This project is not suitable for a very first project in 1:12th scale miniature knitting.

Finished size of jumper:

1:6th scale
Neck to hem – 12 cm/4½-inches; sleeve seam – 7.5 cm/3-inches; Sleeve length – 12 cm/4½-inches; across chest – 7.5 cm/3-inches.

1:12th scale
Neck to hem – 2½-inches/6 cm, across chest – 1½-inches/4 cm, sleeve seam – 1¼-inches/3 cm


st – stitch; k – knit; p – purl; ( ) – repeat instructions between brackets as detailed in text; inc – increase by working twice into next st; C2F – slip next st onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k 1, then k 1 from cable needle; C2B – slip next st onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k 1, then k 1 st from cable needle; C4F – slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k 2, then k 2 from cable needle; C4B – slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k 2, then k 2 sts from cable needle; k2tog – knit next two stitches together to form one stitch; p2tog – purl next two stitches together to form one stitch.


1. Even if you are an experienced knitter don’t try to be clever and alter the way the pattern is worked, this pattern is not very forgiving.
2. This pattern will work out if you just follow pattern exactly as it is written, even if you are not an accomplished knitter.
3. It may help to have a ruler or piece of card to place under each row as you work it. Keep a count of the rows as you work them, it is not always easy to work out where you have reached in the pattern if you become distracted.

© Copyright Frances H. Powell 2020
All rights reserved. This pattern is for private use only and may not be reproduced in any form, or reproduced for commercial gain including selling any item knitted up from these patterns without written permission from Buttercup Miniatures. Reproducing or transmitting this pattern by any means for any purpose other than for personal use constitutes a violation of copyright law.