My Advent Calendar features a symbol on the first and last days and a letter on each of the other days. These letters and symbols are very easy to spot so there's no searching this year. The letters are all mixed up and on the 24th December they will need to be sorted to solve the message from me.
Here's a pattern for one of my Christmas Ornaments - The Crocheted Christmas Tree. I made some of these for presents and stiffened them with watered down white glue.
Row 1: Chain 2
Row 2: 2dc in second chain from hook.
Rows 3 and 4: 1dc in next 2 stitches.
Row 5: 2dc in each of next 2 st.
Row 6 and 7: 1dc in each of next 4 st.
Row 8: 2dc in first st.
1dc in each of next 2 st.
2dc in last st.
Row 9 and 10: 1 dc in each of next 6 st.
Continue in this way increasing at the beginning and end of each row then working 2 rows dc.
Row 11: increase row
Row 12 and 13: dc (8st)
Row 14: increase row
Row 15 and 16 dc (10st)
Ch 1 and dc up one long side of the triangle. At the point ch 15 (This is the hanging loop.)
Dc down the other long side then fasten off.
Forr the trunk of the tree dc 4 stitches at the base of the tree and work as many r ws as you like until the trunk is long enough for you.
I worked 3 rows.
I decorated my tree with some ribbon, clip on stars and a star button.
I'm linking my Advent Calendar with Julie's Scrapbook.