Advent calendar wreath knitting pattern

Cast on this colourful advent calendar wreath designed by Monica Fuertes and get your Christmas celebrations off to the perfect start.

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Advent calendar wreath

Count down to the big day with this advent calendar Christmas wreath, designed by Monica Fuertes for Simply Knitting magazine issue 191.

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This colourful decoration features 24 knitted bells that are attached to the wreath with snap fasteners so you can remove them as the days pass. Go for an eye-catching, bright colour scheme like we’ve done here, or choose classic red and green with matching ribbon for a traditional festive theme.

The finished advent calendar wreath looks stunning, but it’s a deceptively easy knit. With a bit of patience a complete beginner could take this on! The bells are quick to work up using just knit and purl stitches, and as they’re so small they’d be great for making on the go – just pop one in your bag to work on whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

Gold jump rings are used to top the bell and for threading a decorative ribbon through. Snaps are then added to the back of each bell so they can be fastened to the wreath. Allow plenty of time for the making up, as it’s the finishing touches that make this project shine.

Made this and want more? Don’t miss our other free Christmas wreath knitting pattern.

Aren't these bright bells gorgeous and fun? They're so easy to knit and you could pop a small chocolate or sweet into each bell for a well-deserved Christmas treat!
Sophie Jordan, Deputy Editor
Advent calendar wreath bell
The bells are added to the advent calendar wreath using snap fasteners.

To make this advent calendar wreath you will need:

  • Hayfield Bonus DK (100% acrylic, 100g/280m), oddments of each:
    Yarn A Ladybird (0698), 12g
    Yarn B Bright Lemon (0819), 10g
    Yarn C Azure (0824), 8g
    Yarn D Cupid (0944), 10g
    Yarn E Pink (0992), 8g
    Yarn F White (0961), 12g
    Yarn G Iced Pink (0958), 27g
    Yarn H Lime (0882), 8g
    Buy this yarn at Deramores
  • A pair of 3mm (US 2/3) knitting needles
  • 24 gold jump rings, 6mm diameter
  • A piece of cardboard or plastic sheet, 24 x 24cm
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 110 x 10mm wide
  • Pink satin ribbon, 70 x 10mm wide
  • Green satin ribbon, 40 x 10mm wide
  • White satin ribbon, 30 x 5mm wide
  • 6 green glass baubles, 20mm diameter
  • 24 snap fasteners, 7mm
  • A piece of white felt, approx 10 x 2cm
  • 24 small wooden hearts with holes, for adding numbers

Advent calendar wreath knitting pattern

This pattern uses our standard knitting abbreviations.

Tension

13 sts x 18 rows to measure 6x6cm (2¼ x 2¼in) over stocking stitch using 3mm needles

Advent calendar wreath measurements

Ring diameter: 23cm (9in)

Large Bells: 5cm (2in) tall

Little Bells: 3½cm (1½in) tall

Large Bells (Make 6)

Note Make 2 using Yarn A and 1 each using Yarns B, C, D and F.

Cast on 13 sts using 3mm needles.

Row 1 (RS) K13.

Row 2 (WS) P4, K9.

Rep these two rows until a total of 36 rows have been worked.

Cast off leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing up.

Thread yarn through the end stitches at the row ends of the garter stitch section and draw up tightly. Fasten off securely.

Make up the large bells

  1. Sew the cast-on and cast-off edges of your Large Bells together using mattress stitch. The st st section will curl naturally; use mattress st on the ‘wrong’ side of the st st section so that the visible seam is neat.
  2. Fasten all the ends securely on the WS of the bell and trim (no need to sew in as they won’t be seen on the inside of the bell) and turn right side out.
  3. Referring to the photograph, place a green bauble into each bell and sew into place.
  4. Add one half of a snap fastener to the bell.
  5. Cut yellow, pink and green ribbon into approx 8cm lengths and tie into bows. Attach a gold jump ring to the top of each bell and tie a ribbon bow to it.

Little Bells (Make 18)

Note Make 2 each using Yarns A, C and D and 3 each using Yarns B, E, F and H.

Cast on 10 sts using 3mm needles.

Row 1 (RS) K10.

Row 2 (WS) P4, K6.

Rep these two rows until a total of 28 rows have been worked.

Cast off leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing up.

Thread yarn through the end stitches of the row ends of the garter st section and draw up tightly. Fasten off securely.

Make up the little bells

  1. Sew the cast-on and cast-off edges of your Little Bells together using mattress stitch. The st st section will curl naturally; use mattress st on the ‘wrong’ side of the st st section so that the visible seam is neat.
  2. Fasten all ends securely on the WS of the bell and trim (no need to sew in as they won’t be seen on the inside of the bell) and turn right side out.
  3. Referring to the photograph add one half of a snap fastener to the bell and attach a gold jump ring to the top of each bell.
Advent calendar wreath detail
Count down the days to Christmas with our knitted advent calendar wreath.

Constructing the advent calendar wreath

  1. Draw two concentric circles onto the card or plastic: the outer one measuring 23cm in diameter and the inner one 21cm, making sure that there is a uniform margin of 2cm all round.
  2. Cut the 2cm ring out and cover by wrapping Yarn G all round, ensuring that the plastic or cardboard is fully covered.
  3. Referring to the photograph, attach the other halves of the snap fastener to the wreath ring, carefully spacing them.
  4. Attach a white ribbon loop to the top of the wreath for hanging.
  5. Write the numbers 1 to 24 onto the wooden hearts, then sew the hearts onto the bells in a random order with sewing thread.
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Download the advent calendar wreath pattern

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