There are few Christmas decorations I love more than crafty ones. My mom 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.)
Christmas crafts like knitted ornaments and stockings are not only more unique than most decorations, but they also serve as great keepsake projects. Prep your knitting needles, because we’ve got some great patterns for you.
Get inspired to knit a meaningful decoration with these festive Christmas ornament and stocking patterns.
Photo via Craftsy member Amy Gaines
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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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.
Photo via Craftsy member Amy Munson
Practice your stranded colorwork with knit ornaments using a design called Sanquhar.
According to designer Amy Munson, Sanquhar knitting is two-colored knitting that takes its 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 Amy has made these ornaments more modern with a variety of colors and a modified pattern.
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Knitted monkey stocking
How awesome are sock monkeys? They’re so awesome that they’re even appropriate as holiday decor. If you want your sock monkey to be more festive, of course, you can knit him up with red and green yarn Add two little black buttons for eyes and your sock monkey will be ready for Santa sightings.
Photo via Craftsy member Chiwaluv
Red cardinal ornament
My grandmother loved red cardinals and decorated with them during Christmas, so this ornament reminded me of her. Designer Chiwaluv also has other birds patterns available, like a finch, bluejay and chickadee.
Photo via Craftsy member Mountain Mist
The poinsettia is a traditional Christmas decoration — and it also happens to be Craftsy’s December Flower of the Month! Show off your Fair Isle skills with this poinsettia stocking that comes with plenty of how-to photos.
Photo via Craftsy member Made by Ewe
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.
Want more fun Christmas decor ideas? Check out Wee Ones: Seamless Knit Toys and Susan B. Anderson will show you how to make an entire collection of cute toys that can double as home decor. Add wintertime accessories like scarves and wreaths to make them part-time Christmas decorations. I’m sure they won’t mind hanging out in your home the rest of the year too, sans scarves and hats.