Are you getting ready to deck the halls for this year’s Christmas festivities? If the recent chilly weather we’ve been having has inspired you to pick up your knitting needles more often, then you might be getting ready for a new project. We’ve got 25 free Christmas knitting patterns in store for you to choose from today!
Now, I’m sure you’ve seen some free Christmas knitting patterns before that you really didn’t like. There’s this myth in the handmade world that anything you make will be old-fashioned, and that’s simply not true! I’m sure you’re really going to love the selection of modern patterns we have in store for you today. Your holiday house will surely be on par with the best of them!
You are probably wondering what sorts of free Christmas knitting patterns there are out there. Well, I’m happy to report that there is an incredible variety! We have patterns for festive wearables, spirited accessories, cheerful home decor, and much more. The #21 on this list just might be my favorite, but I won’t spoil the surprise! You’ll just have to scroll down and see all these wonderful free Christmas knitting patterns for yourself!
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25+ Merry and Modern Christmas Knitting Patterns
1. Christmas Eve Star
Who says that all free Christmas knitting patterns have to be red and green? Your decorations can be any color under the sun! I’ve been seeing many new and modern color palettes for Christmas, and these festive stars are the perfect way to show them off. The stars are worked flat and they’re easier than they look!
Designer: Paintbox Yarns
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK (DK Weight #3)
2. Christmas Gnomes
Have you jumped on the gnome bandwagon yet? I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately, and for every season. They certainly are quite versatile fellows! These particular gnomes get their particular Christmas charm from their red, white and gray color scheme – not to mention their candy cane stripes!
Designer: Cool Denim
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
3. Christmas House
Lift the top off this house to reveal the decorated Christmas tree inside. There’s also pockets inside to be used as an advent calendar. This free Christmas knitting pattern has so many secret surprises, in fact, that the pattern is split into 13 parts. This festive house would look right at home on the mantel or kitchen counter.
Designer: Frankie’s Knitted Stuff
Yarn: (DK Yarn Weight #3)
4. Christmas Bauble Washcloth
Baubles aren’t just for the Christmas tree! This bright red bobble can serve as a washcloth, a dishcloth, or a hot pad. The pattern is knit in stockinette stitch with a garter edging to prevent curling. The blank surface is just begging for you to embroider on a monogram, or duplicate stitch on a festive design.
Designer: Emily Ringelman for Knit Picks
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie Solids (Worsted Weight #4)
5. Christmas Tree Hat
Talk about a photo opportunity! This darling Christmas Tree knitting pattern is the perfect way to remember baby’s first Christmas. The pattern is knit in the round using just the green color of yarn. The red baubles are added on afterwards using french knots. Make the Christmas star last (in lieu of a pom pom), attach it to the top, and you’re done!
Designer: Little Red Window
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Aran Weight #4)
6. Christmas Stripes Tree Skirt
The next free Christmas pattern will add some color to your living space. This textured tree skirt owes it’s lovely ridges to the ribbed stitch pattern. The color palette is a bit unexpected for the holiday season, but it totally works. There are also matching patterns for a blanket, pillow cover, and stocking for more Christmas decor.
Designer: Violet LeBeaux for Knit Picks
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky (Chunky Yarn Weight #5)
7. Christmas Pudding Surprise
I’ll admit, I’ve never actually tried a Christmas pudding before, but they certainly look tempting! These particular Christmas puddings hold an even sweeter surprise inside – a wrapped chocolate. The designer also says that the Christmas Pudding Surprise is a nice fit for a small bath bomb.
Designer: marianna’s lazy daisy days
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
8. Christmas Tree Card
I love the look of a handmade applique on a greeting card. It’s such a great way to show someone you care with a small gesture. These super easy trees are knit with garter stitch in flat rows. They could also be used as a rustic handmade gift tag. I like the simplicity of this design, because it leaves a lot of room for creativity.
Designer: Kiki Geiger
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids (Aran Weight #4)
9. Christmas Bow Pillow
If there’s ever a time to be a little bit extra – it’s Christmas. This fabulous pillow with an oversized bow is just that. The pillow is made with stockinette stitch and the bow is made with seed stitch bow. The bow uses worsted weight yarn held together with a strand of gold glitter for a little extra sparkle.
Designer: Marilyn Losee for Yarnspirations
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Solids (Aran Weight #4)
10. Christmas Tree Gift Card Cozy
Give gift cards in style this year with a festive Christmas Tree Gift Card Cozy. Decorate them with colorful buttons and a contrasting trim around the edge. The gift card cozy is also a good size for a washcloth or a hot pad. Pair with a nice bar of soap or a cookie mix and you’ve got yourself a nice thoughtful gift set.
Designer: Lily / Sugar’n Cream
Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream Solids & Denim (Worsted Weight #4)
11. Elf Hat
Your child can dress up as one of Santa’s helpers with this fun striped Elf Hat from Craft Bits. They will love to hear the jingle that the little bell makes when they shake their head. The design is knit flat from the bottom up using knit and purl stitches along with simple decreasing. Then just seam it up the side and you’re done!
Designer: Craft Bits
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
12. Christmas Snow Shawl
The Christmas Snow Shawl is a total compliment magnet. Classic red, green, and white are totally festive, and the fun colorwork is so eye-catching. The pattern uses the mosaic color change technique, which is nice because you only have to work with one color at a time. Knitting on the bias gives the mosaic designs a jaunty angle.
Designer: Wiam’s Crafts
Yarn: Nako Elit Baby (DK Weight #3)
13. Christmas Tree Skirt
Knitting a big circle in the round is such a pain because there’s so much counting and you have to increase your stitches a lot. This design is knit flat using short rows to form 12 wedges. How genius is that?! Use this basic idea as a jumping off point for a tree skirt with colors that match your decorating scheme.
Designer: Knitting on the Net
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
14. Christmas Tree Egg Cozy
Do you have a special tradition revolving around Christmas breakfast? If not, you can start a new one with these adorable Christmas tree egg cozies. With just knit stitches and decreases in the form of knit 2 togethers, you can make these quick and easy egg cozies. The project is knit flat, seamed, and then decorated with miniature pom poms.
Designer: fluff & fuzz
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus DK (DK Weight #3)
15. Mini Christmas Jumper Bunting
This time of year always seems to have people running short on time. If you can’t find the time to make a whole sweater for Christmas, these miniature versions will do quite nicely. String them up for decoration or use them as ornaments for the tree. You can even skip the colorwork and embroider the designs on afterward using duplicate stitch.
Designer: Sue Stratford
Yarn: Patons UK Fab DK Solids (DK Weight #3)
16. Sleepy Santa Sweater
Capture the magic of Santa Claus with this warm and whimsical Sleepy Santa Sweater from DROPS Design. This child size sweater features a ribbed hem, rolled cuffs, and a delightful santa design with 3D hat and beard. The pattern is knit in the round using mostly stockinette stitch.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Nepal (Aran Weight #4)
17. Bini Christmas Trees Hat
Here’s one of our free Christmas knitting patterns that’s a little more subtle in its celebrations. The design features a veritable forest of tree motifs in stark white set against an evergreen background. The pattern is worked in the round using the stranded colorwork technique. This unisex beanie is suitable for both men and women.
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Alpakka Ull (Worsted Weight #4)
18. Christmas Sweater Beanie
You can easily spread Christmas cheer this year with the festive Christmas Sweater Beanie from Rin Knits and Stuff. The pattern calls for a super bulky yarn that’s squishy and soft. The thick weight of the yarn will help cut down on time too! You’ll be knitting this design in the round from the brim up.
Designer: Rin Knits and Stuff for Clover USA
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Super Bulky Weight #6)
19. Season Greetings
Talk about a show stopper! This gorgeous Christmas sweater design is worked from the top down starting with the round yoke. The pattern calls for stranded colorwork for the festive holiday scenes and designs. I love the wide ribbed collar, and the tunic length with the split hem. So cute!
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Karisma (DK Weight #3)
20. How to be a Christmas Tree
You can show off your Christmas spirit with this bright and cheery holiday sweater. Holding two strands of yarn at once will help you finish this sweater in half the time. It also helps that the colorwork is super simple with only two colors to keep track of – red and green. The tree decorations are added on after you knit this sweater from the bottom up, working in rows.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Eskimo and Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca
(Held Together = Bulky Weight #5)
21. Snowman Pot Holders
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? You can enjoy a little snow indoors this year with these fun red and white snowman pot holders. You’ll get a rush of Christmas spirit every time you see these adorable pot holders hanging on hooks in your kitchen. The design calls for stranded colorwork and it features a decorative crochet edging.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Paris (Aran Weight #4)
22. Easy Christmas Trees
Understated decorations like these simple yet striking trees have a big benefit over the rest of the free Christmas knitting patterns out there – you can keep them out and admire them long past December. Plus, since these rustics trees are worked flat using garter stitch, they’re totally beginner-friendly.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Super Bulky Weight #5)
23. Christmas Dog Sweater
Small breed dogs and puppies can get in the Christmas spirit with a sweater of their very own. What a fabulous and festive way to stay warm on those brisk winter walks! The sweater pattern is worked flat in stockinette stitch using a nice thick super bulky yarn. The design calls for knit, purl, skpo and k2tog stitches.
Designer: Handy Little Me
Yarn:Lion Brand Hometown USA (Super Bulky Weight #6)
24. Perfect Christmas Pillows
The Perfect Christmas Pillow can be made in half the time it takes you to make a regular pillow. That’s because you only have to make the front half of the pillow, and then you can use a coordinating fabric for the back. Of course, the jumbo weight yarn also helps shave time off your final product, as does the easy textured seed stitch.
Designer: Bernat Design Studio
Yarn: Bernat Mega Bulky (Jumbo Weight #7)
25. Countdown to Christmas Garland
Advent calendars are fun for children and adults alike, but surely we can do better than the cheap cardboard ones. These one-of-a-kind mittens have the numbers 1-25 embroidered on them using duplicate stitch. The mittens are then strung up to form a bunting that’s as cute as a button.
Designer: Rae Blackledge for Willow Yarns
Yarn: Willow Daily DK (DK Weight #3)
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