Advent Calendar 2021 – starts tomorrow

Advent calendar notice
© F H Powell 2021

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 a poncho for a female doll in 1:24th scale, 1:12th scale and 1:6th scale or should you prefer a cowl for yourself or your partner. The theme of the calendar this year is Twisted stitches. The photos of the designs will be added tomorrow with the first part of the pattern

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 2021 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 the dolls poncho and the cowl, with only a few differences. Where there are differences then the cowl pattern will be shown in blue, below the poncho pattern each day, and of course the materials required are different (see below for full details).

The design 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 Advent Calendar, 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.

Both items are knitted flat on two needles and then sewn up, there is no shaping, so this should be within the abilities of most knitters from intermediate to experienced alike. The twisted stitches 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:

Dolls Poncho

Materials required:
1:6th scale –
2.00 mm needles, cable needle, 100 metres No 10 crochet cotton
1:12th scale – 1.00 mm/UK size 19/US size 00000 knitting needles, cable needle, 70 metres DMC Broder Spécial No 25 or No 20 crochet cotton
1:24th scale – 0.50 mm/UK size 25/US size 000000000 knitting needles, cable needle, No 80 crochet cotton

Note: This project is not suitable for a very first project in 1:24th or 1:12th scale miniature knitting.

Approximate finished sizes (each piece before seaming)
1:6th scale – 7.5 cm/3-inches deep by 19 cm/7-inches long
1:12th scale – 4 cm/1½-inches deep by 9 cm/3½-inches long
1:24th scale – 2 cm/¾-inch deep by 5 cm/2-inches long

Human sized Cowl (To fit an adult male or female)

Materials required:
4.00 mm knitting needles, cable needle, 145 metres Double Knitting yarn
Large – 4.50 mm knitting needles, cable needle, 160 metres Aran weight yarn

Approximate finished sizes (before seaming)
Small –
21 cm/8½-inches deep by 55 cm/22-inches
Large – 18.75 cm/7½-inches deep by 65 cm/26-inches

st – stitch; k – knit; p – purl; ( ) – repeat instructions between brackets as shown in text; Cr2F – slip next stitch on cable needle and leave at front of work, purl next stitch then knit stitch from cable needle; Cr2B – slip next stitch on cable needle and leave at back of work, knit next stitch then purl stitch from cable needle; B – work into back of stitch to twist it, as detailed in pattern, for example k 1B – knit into the back of the next stitch or p 30B – purl into the backs of the next thirty stitches; inc – increase by working into front and back of next stitch to make two stitches; k2tog – knit next two stitches together to make one stitch; Tw2F – slip next stitch onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k 1, then knit stitch from cable needle; Tw2B – slip next stitch onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k 1, then knit stitch from cable needle.

The Advent calendar will remain available for free on our blog pages until 6th January 2022, 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.

© Copyright Frances H. Powell 2021
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.