12 Knitting Patterns for a Handmade Christmas

There are few Christmas decorations I love more than crafty ones. My mom has saved every single Christmas craft my brother and I ever made, and many of them hang on her tree each year as ornaments. Some of them look like they've been run over by a truck, but that just makes them more special.

Get inspired to knit meaningful decorations with these festive Christmas patterns.


Ornaments are the perfect gift for those people on your list who you just can't decide what to get. Plus, they knit up fast using scraps!

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Christmas Ornament Set

This pattern comes with instructions for making a whole set of Christmas ornaments, including Santa, peppermints, snowman, acorn, tree, birdhouse, mushroom and cupcake. Choose one or two to make as gifts, or knit the entire set to create a themed tree.

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Colorwork Ornaments

These ornaments use a design called Sanquhar, which is two-colored knitting whose name from the small city of Sanquhar, located in the south of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway. Sanquhar is traditionally knit in black and white wool in intricate geometric patterns, but the designer made these ornaments more modern with a variety of colors and a modified pattern.

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Christmas Knitties

Break out those festive-colored yarn scraps and make this set of ornaments with traditional figures like Santa, a Christmas tree, a snowman and a robin. The ornaments are knitted flat and even come with charts in case you're a visual knitter.

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Easy Christmas Tree Ornament

Here's a quick and satisfying project you can make in an evening beside the fire. Try personalizing this pattern! Add a star at the top, sew on some beads as ornaments — the options are endless!

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No mantel is complete without a few stockings hanging around. Whether you want a traditional style or a more modern look, we've got a few patterns for you.

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Vehicle Stockings

Could Christmas stockings for kids get any more adorable than this? I don't think so. These stockings are covered in cars, planes and ships. Enjoy the ultimate cuteness while also practicing your stranded knitting . These are also a great option for people who grow tired of traditional red and green Christmas decor.

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Poinsettia Stocking

The poinsettia is a traditional Christmas decoration. Show off your Fair Isle skills with this poinsettia stocking that comes with plenty of how-to photos.

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Reindeer Stocking

Bring Rudolph to your mantel — complete with a red, shining nose! The pattern is worked flat and seamed. Then, you'll add a pompom made of red DK yarn and eyes, which you can make using craft eyes, buttons or embroidery.

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Fair Isle Christmas Stocking

Looking for a more traditional Christmas stocking? You've found it! The snowflake Fair Isle pattern is perfectly Christmasy, and the red-and-green color palette is classic.

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Home Decor

Do you decorate your home from head to toe for Christmas? Add these pieces to your collection of decorations.

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Christmas Tree Skirt

A simple moss-stitch pattern serves as the base for cute crocheted circles and a bright trim. It's knit in seven sections, so you can tackle it in pieces.

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Christmas Tree Advent Garland

The designer created these little Christmas trees as an Advent calendar, but they'd be cute home decor even if you didn't use them to count down. The best thing about this pattern? You can knit one tree every day!

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Joy & Believe Felt Appliqué Pillows

It's the mix of textures that makes this pattern so special — the bulky yarn paired with crisp felt and embroidery floss adds comfort to any room. You'll need some basic sewing skills for this project.

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Santa Hat Tea Cozy

Your teapot probably gets extra love in the winter, so make sure it looks the part at all times! This also makes a fantastic gift for a tea lover or teapot collector!

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November 30, 2013
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