Winter is upon us in the western hemisphere, and with it, winter knitting! Let the click-clacking of needles take you through the longest, coldest, darkest months of the year in cozy peace and happiness. To celebrate winter, here are 20 free winter knitting patterns to inspire you!
Let It Snow
A warm winter toque is the perfect antidote for frozen mornings, and in cozy chunky weight yarn, this cabled beauty will be extra warm! Consider a super soft fiber like alpaca for extra comfort.
Knit Hedgehog Amigurumi Pattern
What could be cuter than this prickly little hedgehog, all bundled up for a cold winter? Knitted toys are great for using up leftover yarn, since they often require very small amounts of several colors, and the results are hard to resist.
Little Christmas Tree
Once you have a knitted hedgehog, you might as well make her a tree. This particular tree has a lovely simplicity to it, and what a great touch to add little snowflake buttons! Designer Amanda Berry has multiple adorable holiday patterns, so be sure to check them out.
If you’re missing spring flowers, you can knit your own! This cushy cowl utilizes a lacy tulip stitch, stacking beautiful blooms and forming a neckwarmer that will help you to make through the winter months without a hitch. The yarn called for is a discontinued bulky yarn, so use a substitute like the subtly shifting Malabrigo Mecha yarn.
Bottle Hat & Scarf
Here’s another great use for scrap yarn: to make a decorative hat and scarf for wine (or sparkling cider) you’re bringing to a winter dinner! Tiny amounts of Malabrigo Merino Worsted transform into a the perfect hostess gift.
Free Reindeer Socks Recipe
This recipe-style pattern means you need to already have sock experience, but if you do, stranded reindeer socks are the perfect recipe (see what I did there?) for toasty tootsies. Stranded knitting takes some practice to perfect, but a fun bonus is that you get two layers of yarn without any more knitting.
Free Personalized Christmas Stocking
If you celebrate Christmas, hand-knit stockings are a special treat. This free pattern offers a customizable set of initials to make your stocking personal to the lucky person for whom you are knitting. The designer, Knitables, offer many other Christmas-themed patterns, so be sure to check them out!
Whatever holidays you celebrate, this adorable ball garland is great decor for celebration. Change up the colors to fit your theme, or just pick your favorite bright hues for year-round festivity! The many hues of Cascade 220 make the perfect palette to get started!
Another great scrap project! How cute are these hard candies? They’d make a great garland themselves! Made from tiny amounts of fingering weight yarn, these are the perfect decorations to make once you finish your reindeer socks.
Campervan Christmas Ornament Decoration
If you do celebrate Christmas, this knitted ornament is a cute addition to your tree or mantle. Adorned with campervans and knit with scrap yarn, this is an unusual decoration that will add merriment to your holiday.
Uljhan (Entanglement) Beanie
This warm winter hat is delightful two colors, and it comes in a plethora of sizes for a snug fit for any head. You could make a whole host of hats for every member of your family. A cozy hat in their favorite colors will delight any recipient! It’s like a hug for the head.
More knitted ornaments? Perfect! The pattern description notes that these ornaments make for a great hostess gift or present topper. Tonal fingering weight yarns, like Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails, will add a depth of color you don’t usually see in ornaments.
Polka Hooded Cowl
Sized for children and adults, this sweet hooded cowl will keep both head and neck warm at once. Pick a favorite color for the base and add a high contrast color for the dots, tassel and edging. Cloudborn Highland Worsted comes in a wide variety of colors, so you’re sure the find the perfect pairing.
A winter headband needs to cover the ears, and this stylish, berry-adorned number does exactly that. Fat, squishy yarn makes for a snug-fitting, ear-warming headband that will make your winter a happy one.
Winter days are perfect for cuddling in a warm woolen blanket on the couch. Cup of cocoa optional! This cabled and textured blanket is ideal for all your winter non-plans.
One-Hour Fingerless Snowflake Gloves
If you need a last-minute project, the name says it all! Meant to be knit up quickly, these snowflake embellished mitts are charming and seasonal.
Beading adds sparkle to this precious bowed beret, just the thing for a bit of holiday glitter. You’ll need a sport weight yarn, so why not add a bit of extra shine with Mrs. Crosby Hat Box? The silk content adds a built-in gloss.
White Conus Wrap
The perfect winter scarf is oversized and beautiful, and this lovely fir-cone lace stole fits the bill! Knit in fingering weight yarn, it’s heavier than a lace weight scarf, but still light enough to throw on and wrap without adding bulk. Knit it in white, as shown, or pick your favorite shade of Cloudborn Highland Fingering.
Lacy Jewelry Gift Bag
Holidays means gift-giving, and you can make your gifts extra special with a hand-knit gift bag! This lovely little bag only a tiny amount of yarn and time, but it adds such a personal touch.