Top 25+ most popular free knitting patterns including ornaments, Christmas decorations, Christmas wear, and more. These are patterns featured here at intheloopknitting.com that were the most popular with our followers. Updated 6/6/23.
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Woven Stars 58s 208c
These star ornaments are great stashbusters that use less than 5 g of DK weight yarn all together. They are made up of two triangles, knitted flat and then woven together. The finished stars measure about 9 cm across at their widest point but you can knit different sizes by using other weights of yarn. Knit them in two shades of one colour or use a variegated yarn for a different effect. Designed by Frankie Brown.
Curled toe slippers perfect for your favorite Santa's elf. Sizes Women’s Small (Medium, Large). Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Rae Blackledge as Elfkin and excerpted from her book 25 Stylish Knitted Slippers
Father Christmas Bauble
Santa Claus Christmas tree ornament. DK weight yarn. Designed by A Crafty Life by Mandy.
Stacking Stars Tree
Knitting pattern for nine different sizes of garter stitch stars, ranging from 2 - 6” which can be stacked together to make a Christmas or other tree. All the stars are knitted from the same basic formula; you just work more repeats for the bigger sizes. Designed by Frankie Brown.
Fair Isle Christmas Stockings
Colorful stockings knit with stranded colorwork. Fair Isle Stocking with geometric patterns, Folkways Stocking with lace trim and embroidery, and Jolly Stockings with Christmas trees, snowflakes, or snowmen. Designed by Yarnspirations.
- Get the free Fair Isle Stocking knitting pattern
- Get the free Folkways Stocking knitting pattern
- Get the free Jolly Stockings knitting pattern
Santa and His Sack Gift Bags 35 97
Drawstring bags for Christmas around 4" (10cm), just the right size for a treat, gift card, or small present. Size ~ Width: 4” (10cm) across front, Height: 4½“ (11.5cm). Designed by marianna mel.
Christmas Tree Sweater
This holiday pullover for toddlers features a tree. Sizes 1 year, 2 years, 4 years. The pattern is at the Web Archive. Pictured project by michellelsmith
Read on for the rest of the 25+ favorite Christmas knitting patterns.
Santa Gift Bag
Drawstring bag for Christmas knit with stripes to represent Santa's outfit, beard, face, and hat, and embellished with knit pieces and pompoms. Finished Measurements: 28" x 19" Designed by Premier Yarns Design Team.
Red-Nosed Reindeer, Elf, and Snowman
These holiday tree ornaments are knit flat on two needles. Size: 5 Inches tall. Designed by L.T.Marshall. May only be free for a limited time.
- Get the free REINDEER knitting pattern
- Get the free SNOWMAN knitting pattern
- Get the free ELF knitting pattern
- See more of L.T. Marshall's ornament, toy and holiday patterns
Evergreen Tree Sweaters
Sweaters featuring a forest of spruce trees around the yoke in adult and child sizes. Perfect Christmas or any time sweater. Santa Baby has trees on a light background, sizes S (M) L (XL) 2XL. Let It Snow has snowflakes below the yoke, sizes S (M) L (XL) 2XL (3XL). Jingle Bells has trees with bobble ornaments, sizes 4 (6) 8 (10) 12 years. Designed by Hanne Rimmen for Filcolana. Available in English, Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
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Jolly Holly Headband
This quick adorable holiday holly wreath can be used as a headband, gift decoration, or knit larger and use as a decorative garland. DK weight yarn. Designed by Claire Slade
Mini Gingerbread Friends
Gingerbread girl and boy dolls knit in one piece from the bottom-up. The doll’s body can be knit flat or in the round. Simple sewing techniques define the arms and legs after knitting. Very fast and fun to knit, these dolls are designed to be sturdy and safe. Size: 4" (10 cm) in DK weight. Designed by Esther Braithwaite.
Jingles the Elf
Easy Santa's elf is knit flat and seamed. Sizes: 26 cm / 10 in. tall. Designed by Amanda Berry. DK weight yarn.
Tiny Sweaters Ornaments
These miniature Christmas sweaters can be used as ornaments, package toppers, bottle toppers, or egg cozies. Instructions for Christmas tree motif, Norwegian star, snowflake embroidery, ornament embroidery, string of lights embroidery, and menorah. Size 4 inches (10 cm) from sleeve to sleeve and 1 7/8 inches (5.75cm) wide at chest, and 2 1/4 inches (5.5cm) from neck to hem. Designed by Miriam Felton. Fingering weight yarn.
These small snowmen toys or ornaments are knit in one piece from the bottom-up. The doll’s body can be knit flat on straight needles and seamed, or knit in the round on dpns. Arms and legs are defined with sewing after knitting. Models are knit from DK yarn and measure 10cm (4 inches) tall. Designed by Esther Braithwaite.
Cable Christmas Stockings
Individual Christmas stockings knit with cables including White Cable Stocking with Red Cuff, Red Cabled Stocking, and Sugar Twist Stocking. Designed by Yarnspirations.
- Get the free White Cable Stocking knitting pattern
- Get the free Red Cabled Stocking knitting pattern
- Get the free Sugar Twist knitting pattern
Blitzen, Dasher & Comet Stockings
Three Christmas stockings: Blitzen with a fair isle design of trees and snowflakes, Dasher with a cable motif inspired by vintage ornaments, and Comet with stripes. Designed by Brenda York by Berroco.
Individual patterns for holiday themed pillow cushions including an easy JOY pillow, Christmas trees and holly on checkerboard background, Frosty the Snowman, and Chrismas stockings. Trees and holly pillows designed by Karen Marlatt for Knit Picks. All the rest designed by Red Heart.
- Get the free JOY PILLOW knitting pattern.
- Get the free TREES AND HOLLY PILLOWS knitting pattern.
- Get the free SNOWMAN PILLOW knitting pattern.
- Get the free STOCKING PILLOW knitting pattern.
Christmas Wreath Scrunchie 41 clicks
Holiday novelty hair scrunchie designed to look like a wreath with a bow. Uses a small amount of green and red yarn. Quick knit. DK weight yarn. Designed by The Knit Guru
Oisin The Reindeer
Cute red-nosed reindeertoy softie with stripey arms and legs. Great for Christmas decor or gifts! Size 40cm/16 inches when standing 25cm/9 inches when sitting. Designed by Aine Marriott. DK weight yarn. Web version is free. PDF available for purchase.
Lace angel that I think would be perfect for Christmas tree ornament or tree topper as well as a dish cloth. Rated easy by many Ravelrers. Designed by Love 2 Knit Dishcloths. Worsted weight yarn. Pictured project by Zanahoria12.
Patterns for Purchase
Includes instructions for knitting Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Manger, Three Kings, Angel, Shepherd, Sheep, Donkey, and Camel.FINISHED SIZE: The adult doll figures are 4.5” / 11 cm tall, Jesus in Manger is 2.75” / 4 cm long, Sheep is 1.5” / 4 cm tall, and Camel and Donkey are 3.25” / 8 cm tall. Most pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight knitting needles. Uses just small amounts of yarn so it's great for stashbusting! Designed by Amanda Berry.
Cat Christmas Stockings 53 78
16 Fair Isle Personalized Christmas Stockings with cats and kittens. Size: 7” (18 cm) wide, 23” (58cm) long. Aran weight yarn. Designed by SantasSockCentral
Christmas Tree Cushions
Two variations of a triangle-patterned tree-shaped pillow: one is a textured knit-purl pattern, the other is a four-coloured zigzag design. The cushions can also be decorated like a Christmas tree, hung on the wall or on a door as an alternative to a circular wreath, in which case there is a trunk which can be attached. The pieces are knit flat then sewn together and the cushions are approximately 56cm (22 inches) tall. Designed by Squibblybups.
Festive Trees Hat
Beanie with colorwork trees in sizes from Baby Preemie - up to Adult sizes. Includes instructions for creating bow or fake fur pompom, beading, and knitting a snowfaull. Designed by Patternery who also sells the finished hat.
Secret Santa Goody Bag
This happy Santa goody bag is very easy to knit with a drawstring hat which when opened will reveal all the festive treats inside. Use him in place of a traditional stocking, hang him on the Christmas tree or place several Secret Santa goody bags on the table to surprise party guests. SIZE: 15cm x 12cm (6in x 5in). DK weight yarn. Designed by toyshelf
Rudolph, Elf, and More
Ornaments or toys including Rudolph the Reindeer, Elf, Wreath, Bell, and Candy. Knit flat on standard straight needles and seamed. Figures are 17cm (7in) tall. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Meemoodolls.
Festive Fun Gift Bags
Drawstring gift or treat bags for Christmas or other times of the year featuring Santa, snowman, teddy bear, and robin. Ideal for hanging on the Christmas tree, gifts at children’s parties and very popular at craft fairs and bazaars. Santa, the snowman, robin and teddy bear are all knitted separately and stitched to a bag of your choice. There are 3 sizes of bag: Large bag - 13cm x 11cm (5in x 4.5in). Medium bag - 12cm x 10cm (4.5in x 4in). Small bag - 9.5cm x 7cm (3.75in x 2.75in). DK weight yarn. Designed by dollytime
Hanging ornaments you can use on the tree or create a mobile Christmas decoration. Includes instructions for Santa, Angel, Gingerbread man, Snowman, Elf. Plus instructions for how to make the mobile. The patterns are knit flat and seamed and are very easy to follow with clear instructions and photos. The figures measure between 13 - 15.5cm (5 - 6 inches). Designed by RosiesDesignStore.
Lunaberry Baby and Child Sweater
Holiday pullover featuring poinsettia inspired snowflake designs and holly motifs in stranded colorwork. Sizes 6 months (12-18 months, 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, 8-10 years, 10-12 years). Designed by Rachel Brockman. Aran weight yarn.
Amigurumi Ball Ornaments
Pattern includes instructions for the following knit ornaments: Santa, Penguin, Elf, Polar Bear, and Reindeer. Sizes: 3 to 4 inches. Designed by AmyGaines.