It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays, and curling up with these free Christmas knitting patterns is the perfect way to begin! In this list, we’ve included everything from tree skirts to mini gnomes to garlands and all sorts of other Christmas ornament knitting patterns. Enjoy celebrating the holidays this year with these 25 of our favorite Christmas knitting patterns!
Christmas Knitting Patterns
What’s better than handmade holiday cheer? Whether you want to add some festive touches to your home, make a handmade gift for a friend, or sell your knitting at craft shows or online, these Christmas knitting patterns are perfect for getting you into the holiday spirit!
Easy Patterns for Beginners
One of my favorite things about Christmas knitting is that you don’t have to be an expert knitter to create something beautiful and memorable that will be cherished year after year. In fact, many of the patterns below are not only easy, but super quick, too. The patterns are great for beginning knitters.
Quick Patterns for Last-Minute Making
And if you’re looking for quick knitting ideas, we’ve got you covered. There are a lot of tiny patterns included in this list – from mini stockings, mitts, and hats to tiny sweaters to delightful little ornament bulbs. It doesn’t take long to knit up a whole bunch of them to give away as token gifts, decorate your wrapped presents, or make a lovely garland. (They’re so easy and fun, you won’t want to stop!)
More Christmas Knitting Patterns
Are you looking for more Christmas knitting patterns? Check out these lists!
Many of the small, decorative patterns listed below are a perfect way to practice new skills without the pressure of a larger or more precise project (such as a sweater or socks). Be sure to read through your pattern thoroughly before getting started and brush up on any techniques that you’re unfamiliar with or haven’t tried before.
Here are a few of the knitting techniques you might use in the patterns below.
Knitting in the round
Colorwork – Intarsia and Fair Isle
Favorite Knitting Supplies
Your pattern will tell you exactly what supplies you need to complete your project. However, here are a few basic items that you may want to gather.
Calling all sock lovers! These tiny little Christmas socks are so cute and are perfect for stringing on a garland or hanging on the Christmas tree. You’ll need US size 1 knitting needles and fingering weight yarn to complete this itty bitty project.
These mini, colorwork stockings are knitted flat and are so much fun to add to your holiday decor! The pattern features three different colorwork charts for you to choose from: fairisle, zig zag, and little trees. Or, choose simple stripes!
After knitting these simple stars, a bit of stuffing is added to bring them to life. Hang these lovely stars anywhere that you want to add some Christmas cheer! This pattern includes instructions for two different stars that offer slightly different stitch patterns and textures.
Yarn weight: DK
Suggested yarn: Garnstudio Drops Merino Extra Fine DK
What’s cozier than Christmas mittens? These mini mittens are a faster version of regular mittens and are sure to add a cozy warmth to any room! They would also be perfect for decorating a vehicle or office for the holidays. Knit them plain or bring out your creativity by adding stripes or colorwork.
Love sweater knitting, but not sure you’re ready for the commitment of a regular-sized sweater? These tiny sweaters are a rewarding and adorable alternative! Use them as Christmas ornaments or as a festive token to attach to your wrapped gifts.
Do you have extra bits of sock yarn lying around? Why not use them to make a silly and sweet gnome family? You can also use different yarn weights to create your gnomes in slightly different sizes. In addition to your yarn and needles, you’ll also need some rice (to fill the body), stuffing (to fill the hat), a small bit of cardboard, and some pipe cleaners.
The decor options are endless with these festive little pompom hats! String them on a garland, hang them on your Christmas tree, or give them out as token gifts. They measure about 2” tall, depending on your yarn and needle size.
For this easy project, you’ll need to know how to knit, purl, and knit 2 together. These little trees are great for beginners, and the instructions include lots of pictures to guide you. Knit them in green, or in any color you’d like!
These fun and festive little trees are knit from the top down and stuffed with polyfil. They offer so much room for creativity! Knit them all the same, or use different colors and yarn weights to create a unique Christmas forest. You can also get fancy by adding beads, tiny lights, or small ornaments.
This cable-knit tree skirt is worked from the center to the outside. It measures approximately 45” in diameter. This festive, holiday tree skirt is best for intermediate knitters. The super bulky yarn knits up quickly and makes for a cozy holiday project.
This gorgeous star garland is a stunning decoration for any holiday! The stars can be made with fingering, sport, or DK yarn, so they’re great for using up whatever extras you have on hand. Alternatively, they can also be hung as regular tree decorations or used as coasters.
There’s not much that’s more snug and homey than a warm cup of cocoa. This cheerful little cocoa mug even features a floating marshmallow! It’s perfect for an ornament or for decorating anywhere. Don’t forget to make yourself a steaming cup of cocoa as you knit!
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