Hello my loves! Welcome to the 2021 Little Box of Crochet advent project: our wonderful Woodland Santa. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been simply DESPERATE to get cracking on this project since Amanda first teased us with a Santa-ry glimpse waaaaay back in the Spring…

This is the 4th advent project that Kate Eastwood (of Just Pootling fame) has designed for us and they just get more and more extraordinary, don’t they? What’s so wonderful about all the Little Box of Crochet advent projects is that you’re truly creating heirloom pieces. The incredible designs and quality yarns mean you’ll be super proud to unveil these projects year after year and make them an important feature of your Christmas décor. And all of us in the LBC team love seeing those photos on social media each Christmas as past advent projects make a reappearance.

For this year’s advent project, Amanda gave Kate the inspiration of a fabric Woodland Santa, much-loved by her and Jenny, and asked her to create a crocheted version.

Amanda and Jenny’s Santa

Kate took that brief and, well, she just ran with it! Each time I look at the photos of the finished project, I marvel at another aspect of Kate’s design. The beautiful ivy garland, those super cute toadstools, the naughty little mice running amok over Santa’s glorious coat…


STARTING TIPS

 

KEEP YOUR OUTER PACKAGING!

Our lovely Santa’s body is formed of a cardboard cone made from the outer packaging that enclosed your advent box.

DON’T RUSH – ITS NOT A RACE

Our Santa is a substantial chap and there’s a LOT of crochet involved in making him, so our blog will be a little different this year to previous ones, whew we published daily from the 1st December. All the blog posts will be available here from the box mailout day (1/11) so you can get a head start if you wish. But – as with all our projects – please don’t put yourself under any pressure to finish quickly, or compare your progress to anyone else’s. There’s no prize for finishing first! We just want you to have a fabulous time making your Santas and for all of you to work at a pace that suits YOU. Something that cheers me immensely is the number of people who are still happily making our 2019 wreath, the 2018 ornaments or last year’s garland and having a lovely old time! They don’t consider themselves behind at all.

TENSION

Tension is SUPER important with this project so please, please, PLEASE make your tension squares. I found that I had to go down half a hook size throughout the making of this project so I really can’t stress enough how important it is to check your tension. Your box contains more than enough yarn to complete this project if you work to Kate’s tension guidance:

* ROWAN SUMMERLITE DK:

Using a 3.5mm hook, chain 24 and starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1dc in each chain to the end (23 sts), ch 1 and turn. Work 26 rows in total. Your finished swatch should measure 10x10cm. if It comes out larger than 10×10, your tension is too loose for this project so try again with a hook a half size smaller.

* ROWAN FELTED TWEED:

(When you’ve made your tension squares, you can frog them and reuse your yarn. As beautiful as this Rowan Felted Tweed is, floofy yarn like this isn’t always that easy to frog so I’d advise using one of the colours that you’ll have a lot leftover of. I used the AVOCADO for my tension square and our Julie recommends using SCARLET)

Using a 3mm hook, chain 24 and starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1dc in each chain to the end (23 sts), ch 1 and turn. Work 30 rows in total. Your finished swatch should measure 10x10cm. if It comes out larger than 10×10, your tension is too loose for this project so try again with a hook a half size smaller.

USE YOUR COLOUR KEEP

The gorgeous colour keep from the box was made especially for this project by Christine at Yorkshire Wood Art. It’ll help you see at a glance what yarn is needed for each part of this project.

SUPPORT

This blog is a place for us to share tips and help with the various elements of our Santa (he’s not at all tricky, I promise!). But if you have a question not covered by the blog, you can email us here:

 info@littleboxofcrochet.co.uk

or message us on our Instagram or Facebook pages.

*** And remember: Little Box of Crochet patterns are all worked in UK crochet terms ***

As usual, please share your progress with us on social media using the hashtag #littleboxofcrochet – we love to see these photos! I’ll share as many as I can on our stories.

So, without further ado, let’s get going!

“You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town!”