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8 Delightful Free Patterns for Cozy, Peaceful Winter & Christmas Knitting

With a little leftover yarn and a bit of time, you can enjoy some last-minute winter and Christmas knitting

Winter & Christmas knitting

Is it just me, or does Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to sneak up on you every single year?

Because it seems like, no matter how dutifully I tend to my knitting deadlines and projects throughout the year, I am always woefully unprepared when October, or November, or — God forbid — December come along.

All the sudden, the calendar pages seem to turn with distressing speed, and before you know it, *you realize that Christmas is literally right around the corner and *you have knitted nothing for anyone you love.

*By “you,” of course, I mean “I.”

Unfortunately, as I get older, I’m pretty sure this problem I have of letting my knitting time pass by in a blissfully unhurried manner will only get worse.

Fortunately, generous knitting designers have come to our rescue!

If you, like me, need some last-minute gifts — or, even, to spruce up your holiday decor for an upcoming get-together? Then I highly recommend you take a look at this collection of free knitting patterns! They’re as quick to knit as they are fun. 

Free Patterns for Winter and Christmas Knitting

Tea Baskets: I love these cute little baskets. Four different varieties are shown here. A pattern for the solid-colored basket is written right below the photos of the different variations (under “Tea Bags Baskets: 4 FREE Patterns”), while the other 3 striped variations are linked just below it.

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A Burst of Light
Photo: Emma Percy

A Burst of Light Tealight Cozy: This is a lovely way to dress up jar candles. Not only are the cozies decorative, but they also help diffuse the candlelight in a peaceful manner.

Mini Envelope Gift Card Holder: This adorable pattern knits up quickly and makes lovely little covers for gift cards. It’s a sweet way to make a gift card more personal.

Nikolaus: This darling little Santa Claus doppelganger can be used strictly as decoration or as a covering for a small gift. Either way, he’ll bring a smile to any face.

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Snowy Owl
Photo: Kathy Lewinski

Christmas ornaments: These 3 ornaments are especially cute. They’re great ways to use up scrap yarn. (Say these 2 sentences to the tune of “We Three Kings” just for fun!)

First, a charming stranded Christmas Ball; second, these lovely retro Fancy Balls; and finally, this incredibly precious Snowy Owl ornament. (You know me and owls…)

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Gingerbread House
Photo: Frankie Brown

Gingerbread House: I’ve saved the most whimsical for last: a beautiful pattern for a fully-knitted gingerbread house. No calories, and you can reuse it year after year to add some holiday cheer to your home.

Now, why not settle in for some cozy holiday knitting? I hope these patterns find you in the perfect spirit for Christmas knitting!

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