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20+ Free Christmas Knitting Patterns: Santas, Reindeer, and More

Check out these free knitting patterns for Christmas and prepare for the most wonderful time of year with one of these handmade treasures.

By: Caitlin Kavanaugh, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com
Free Christmas Knitting Patterns

It happens every year--the holidays manage to sneak up on us and we have to scramble to finish making gifts. With the rush that comes with making (and even buying) gifts for everyone on your list, it's easy to run out of time for decorating.

While you have your old decorations that you put up every year, wouldn't it be nice to spice it up with some handmade holiday toys and ornaments?  

Even if you feel that your home is overflowing in the decoration department, these patterns would make a great gift for a friend or neighbor.

In this collection of 16+ Free Christmas Knitting Patterns, we've rounded up some of the classic holiday patterns that the web has to offer. In this collection, you'll find everyone's favorite rosy-cheeked Santa, the oh-so-brave Rudolph, and other delightful patterns that capture the magical essence of Christmas. In reds, greens, and snowy whites, these holiday knitting patterns capture the festivity of the holiday season and will bring happiness and cheer to your home!

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Santa Knitting Patterns

You can't have a Christmas celebration without the appearance of Santa!  Make yourself a homemade knit hat in a matter of hours or knit up some Santa-themed baby clothes for the winter. 

No matter which pattern you choose, have fun enhancing your holiday celebration with these homemade Santa knits!

  • Bitty Baby Santa Suit

    Can you say "photo op?" There's no better way to commemmorate baby's first Christmas than with an adorable Santa-themed photoshoot. Bonus points if you can get your dog to dress up as a reindeer!

  • Santa Gnome Ornaments

    These little gnomes are too adorable to not knit! Hide these santa-like gnomes around your house during the holidays, or hang them from the tree for a bit of knitterly cheer.

  • Santa Shelf Sitter

    Tired of the elf on the shelf? So are we. That's why we love this alternative idea, which can do you one better than just a lowly working elf: Santa himself! Stick him in a cabinet and watch as the kids in your family gleefully discover your new houseguest.

  • Two Hour Santa Hat

    One of the best traditions is to give a Santa hat to the person who's helping to hand out gifts! Whether or not you participate in this, an easy-to-knit Santa hat is a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

  • Santa Knit Gift Card Sleeve

    These easy little Santa gifts are a great way to bring some holiday joy, even if the only gifts you gave out were gift cards. (Hey, Nancy is impossible to shop for, and your mother always returns any gifts you get her, anyway.)

  • Tiny Candy Cane Stocking Cap

    You knit a santa hat for yourself, now knit one for the little one! After all, the baby and Santa have a lot in common: both chubby, both jolly, and both lacking in the hair department.

  • Super Sweet Santa Baby Sweater

    If you don't want to dress the baby up in full-on Santa gear but still want to give his or her Christmas outfit a bit of pizzazz, this is the perfect Santa-inspired sweater for your sweetie.

  • Despicable Me Santa Minion

    Everyone loves minions, and if they say they don't, they're lying. This Santa minion is a great way to inject minions into every corner of your life.

  • Santa Doggie Hat and Beard

    That's right: your dog couldn't even escape the Santification process. Fit your perfect li'l pooch with the most adorable santa beard and hat that he almost certainly will not try to shake off... almost certainly.

Reindeer and Snowmen Galore

I can't decide which pattern I like the best out of these. The Adorable Snowman Potholder is perfect for a festive Christmas meal, but the Rudolph Hat is so incredibly cute!

I want to knit one for everyone in my family (even if they are too old to wear it). If you start early enough, you might even have time to make ALL of these Christmas knitting patterns to brighten up your home for the holidays!

  • Three Wise Snowmen Ornaments

    These jolly snowmen are sure to put a bit of winter on your tree! We love these snowmen for those who both do and don't celebrate Christmas, so knit these as gifts and never worry about offending anyone again.

  • Adorable Knitted Snowman Family

    These would be the cutest little ornaments for the family! Knit the big one for the dad, the middle-sized one for the mom, and as many smaller ones as you want for the kids.

  • Rudolph Hat

    Step aside, Santa! If you strongly believe Rudolph is cuter and you're ready to show it to the world, knit a Rudolph Hat and wear it all season long.

  • Smiley Snowman Pillow

    Sometimes holiday decor at your typical home goods and craft stores are just sort of blasé. If you knit up your own snowman pillow, you'll never be caught in that embarrassing moment when you and Karen have the same exact throw again.

  • Reindeer Christmas Cup Cozy

    Why knit a normal cup cozy when you can stick a reindeer on it? After all, you want to make sure that everyone in your family, office, and friend group knows how holly-jolly holiday obsessed you are.

  • Snuggly Snowman Phone Cover

    Let's not stop at the mug! After all, you probably use your phone a lot more often. Stick a snowman on your phone and not only will you spread some holiday cheer, but you'll literally never lose your phone again.

  • Adorable Snowman Pot Holder

    This little guy has so many uses. He can help you lift hot pots and pans, scrub dishes, or just look adorable in your holiday-themed kitchen. The best part? You can keep him out long after Christmas is over!

  • Snow Man Gift Card Cozy

    Yes, gift card cozies are very much a thing, and you're not limited to just Santa ones. If you're more into frozen friends, knit up every member of your family a Snow Man Gift Card Cozy this season.

More Delightful Christmas Knitting Patterns

Lastly, every home needs a knit stocking to hang from the fireplace and other festive holiday knitting patterns.

These Christmas knitting patterns will brighten up your home and bring in those festive splashes of red and green that make the holidays so cheerful.

  • Colorful Keepsake Stocking

    You know why this is a keepsake stocking? Because after all the work you put into it, the idea of ever throwing it away will just make you angry. This cute homemade keepsake is a great way to personalize your mantel.

  • Christmas Present Pillow

    You're not seeing things. It's another pillow to join your Smiley Snowman Pillow! Here's a fun game idea: knit a few of these and put them under the tree. Watch and laugh at the children's disappointed faces as they pick these out instead of the real gifts!

  • Jolly Fireplace Stocking

    Stockings are some of the best parts of Christmas knitting because you can also put your knit stocking stuffers inside of them! Overwhelm your family with yarn.

  • Festive Star Afghan

    Okay, you knitting fiend, so you finished your pillows, gift card holders, and Santa hats, and it's only July. It's time to tackle your white whale: a holiday afghan. After all, you probably have the time.

  • Tiny Treasures Stocking

    Behold, another stocking! But wait... what is this? A stocking for ants?! No, it's a stocking for chapstick. It also works beautifully for lighters, which your delinquent nephew is sure to appreciate.

  • Grandma's Favorite Holiday Afghan

    Okay, it's not Grandma's actual holiday afghan, because she never let me have the pattern. Still, this one's pretty dang close, and you can never have too many Christmas blankets.

What's your favorite kind of holiday knitting pattern?

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love your knitting patterns

Sounds good

trouble with pattern for holiday gift Jar toppers cant get the right number of stitches

Love the Stocking Cap!!!

not at all what I wanted

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