Crocheters, grab your hooks — it’s time to decorate for Christmas! Going handmade is an obvious choice for the holidays, whether you’re looking to make ornaments, gifts, garlands or other decor. We’ve got the free patterns you’re looking for — make one or make ’em all to truly get in the holiday spirit.
1. Beginner-Friendly Ornaments
Homemade ornaments are the best, and once you get the hang of the stitches you can create these ornaments in endless colors and patterns. Master making a magic circle and you’ve got yourself a great stash-busting project!
2. Put a Bow On It
You could buy your bows at the store, but why not make your own out of yarn? These guys are cute, quick and reusable, so your recipient can give it forward on a present of their own.
3. Fabulous Flurries
This winter pattern works up quickly, so you can add it to gift wrap, string it into a garland or even glue it to a holiday card. There are a ton of ways to crochet snowflakes too, so go on and stitch an entire blizzard.
4. Delicate Ornament Holder
Take those classic Christmas ball ornaments and give ’em a beautiful crochet cover. This might look complex, but if you can chain and know how to slip stitch, you’ll nail the pattern and add a unique feature to your tree.
5. Santa Frame Ornaments
If you love personalizing your tree with family photos, stitch them a cute and festive frame. Simply print off a photo of a family member, cut around their face and crochet a Santa hat and beard around it.
6. Bundled Up Snowmen
These cute snowmen will look amazing on your mantel, and you only need to know one stitch (single crochet) to pull them off. You can even use your yarn scraps to make their little hats and scarves.
7. Christmas Reindeer
If you’ve got a few amigurumi projects under your belt, add this reindeer to your stitch list. it’ll seriously be the cutest gift ever.
8. Animal Ornaments
Crochet some joy with bundled-up animal ornaments. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions for making a dog, cat, frog, crab, rabbit, owl and a mouse. Pick your favorites or stitch them all for a critter-themed tree.
9. Rudy the Reindeer
Let’s be real: Rudy the crochet reindeer is a beginner-friendly amigurumi that should be a part of everyone’s Christmas displays. At 4½” tall, this guy stitches up fast, so you could even make all of Santa’s reindeer.
10. Howie the Holiday Penguin
Let this pattern waddle into your heart for the holidays. Not only is he cute, but he’s an easy project for beginners and the pattern has easy-to-follow photos so you’ll never get lost.
11. Santa Hat
Keep your head festive and flurry-free with a crochet Santa hat. You can make a classic elf-style accessory or go more modern with a striped beanie — the pattern has the know-how for both.
12. Elf Slippers
Ring in the holidays with festive footwear! Basic stitches (and some decorative bells) are all you need to make these stylish slippers that would turn any elf green with envy.
13. Mini Mini Rainbow Snowmen
Decorate the house with an array of crochet snowmen all decked out in different colored scarves. Whether you opt to make them into ornaments or display as a set, they’re sure to inspire a bunch of happy holiday smiles.