Easy Christmas Projects to Put You in a Festive Mood Use Our Free Crochet Christmas Patterns to Make These Fun, Easy Projects

Feeling creative? Would you be interested in checking out some easy Christmas projects to put you in a festive mood? Queue the Christmas carols and check these out:

Striped Crochet and Cross Stitch Christmas Potholders

Easy Striped Crochet Christmas Potholders -- Free Pattern
Easy Striped Crochet Christmas Potholders — Free Crochet Pattern

These cheerful red, green and white striped potholders are embellished with cross stitched accents. Just looking at them is likely to put you in a festive mood! You can use them to bake your Christmas cookies, cakes and pies in style, or crochet several sets to give as gifts to all the cooks on your Christmas shopping list.

Potholders make excellent Christmas gifts. They work up relatively quickly, and they don’t use much yarn, making them quite economical. You can find more free crochet patterns for quick Christmas-themed potholders on our page of Christmas crochet and knitting patterns.

Crochet Wreath Ornament Pattern
Crochet Wreath Ornament Pattern

If potholders aren’t what you want to make right now, how about this simple Christmas wreath ornament? This is a quick and easy project that you could crochet to use for Christmas decorating or for gifting to others.

The holiday season is upon us, and we’ve posted bunches more holiday patterns you might enjoy. We invite you to check ’em out!

Or, if there’s another type of project you’d rather get started on, you can find our main index of knitting and crochet patterns HERE. We share bunches of free crochet and knitting patterns, plus we also make recommendations for patterns you can buy that are truly worth the money.


Thanks so much for dropping by today. We hope you’ll enjoy the time you spend here with us at KnittingandCrochet.net.

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.

Holiday Projects to Knit for Christmas 2020

Feeling festive? Want to find some spectacular holiday projects to knit for Christmas 2020? Check out the following ideas:

Bird Ornaments for the Christmas Tree

Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos, Published by Trafalgar Square Books.
Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne & Carlos, Published by Trafalgar Square Books.

If your gift recipients usually put up a Christmas tree for the holiday season, it’s a no-brainer to give them cute ornaments as Christmas gifts. Ornaments are relatively quick projects; they’re the ideal thing to make for neighbors, co-workers and distant relatives that you don’t know very well.


I know of two different books where you could find fantastic bird knitting patterns. The first is called The Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne and Carlos. The other is Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs by the same authors.

A Christmas Advent Calendar, Stuffed Snowman, Knitted Bows and More

If you’d be interested in knitting bunches of different Christmas gifts and decorations, perhaps you’d find it useful to own an entire book of Christmas knitting patterns. Pictured here, you can see one fantastic suggestion for that: It’s called Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits. This book includes patterns for making “giftable” items such as toys, hats and socks, plus bunches of fun Christmas-themed decorations and other festive goodies.

If holiday projects aren’t what you’re interested in working on right now, no worries; we have bunches of other knitting and crochet resources available. You’re invited to check out the following pages to find more timely patterns, tutorials and ideas:

Thanks so much for dropping by! We really appreciate your presence here.

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.

Christmas Blankets to Crochet

There are bunches of reasons you might want to crochet a Christmas blanket. Perhaps a blanket would make the ideal gift for one of your friends; or perhaps you’d like one for making your own home cozier and more festive during the holiday season. If you’d like to crochet a Christmas blanket for Christmas 2020, perhaps you’ll be interested in the following patterns:

Christmas Tree Blanket With Checkerboards

Crochet Christmas Blanket -- Free Pattern
Crochet Christmas Blanket — Free Pattern

To make this blanket, you crochet squares in 3 different patterns; one is a square with a Christmas tree motif, and the other 2 are checkerboards. Then you sew the squares together and add an edging. You can check out the free crochet blanket pattern HERE. There’s also a free pattern available for a matching Christmas pillow.

Peppermint Pinwheels Crochet Blanket Pattern

The Peppermint Pinwheels Afghan by Carole G. Wilder, published in Crochet Afghan Revival by Leisure Arts.
The Peppermint Pinwheels Afghan by Carole G. Wilder, published in Crochet Afghan Revival by Leisure Arts.

This festive blanket is an intermediate-level crochet pattern. To make this project, you’ll ideally want to use red and white worsted weight yarn plus a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook. If you crochet to the correct gauge and follow the pattern instructions, the end result will be a blanket measuring approximately 56 inches (142 cm) x 56 inches (142 cm).


Would you like to make an afghan just like this one? Grab the pattern at either of the following links:

Design Your Own Christmas Blanket

Want to customize your own Christmas afghan? If so, there are several other resources you should know about.


Design Your Own Christmas Blanket using this Puff Stitch Christmas tree square
Design Your Own Christmas Blanket using this Puff Stitch Christmas tree square

This oversized Christmas tree square could be used for designing your own Christmas blanket, or for any other similar Christmas projects you might happen to have in mind. This is a free crochet pattern, so please don’t hesitate to use it if you can think of something you’d like to make with it. And check out this page of Christmas patterns, because we’ve made bunches of other free Christmas designs available in addition to this one. It’s our Christmas gift to you — enjoy! (The page also includes links to some of our favorite pay-for Christmas books and patterns, plus links to our favorite free patterns made available by other designers, in addition to the free designs we’ve made available).

Crochet Stitch Dictionaries for Designing Your Own Christmas Blankets:

Most crochet stitch dictionaries aren’t specifically Christmas books, but you can use them for designing whatever Christmas projects you like — including blankets. If you enjoy designing your own blankets and other projects, the following are some wonderful stitch dictionaries you might want to consider adding to your crochet book stash:


500+ Crochet Stitches With CD — Booklet + CD Bundle:


If you have a need for massive quantities of different crochet stitches to work with,this bundle is the all-time, absolute BEST VALUE I know of. The bundle includes a CD-rom with 7 different PDF-formatted crochet stitch dictionaries, PLUS a beginner’s guide to crochet in paperback format. These books are mostly stitch dictionaries, but a couple of them also include stitch sampler blanket patterns. The paperback book also includes 2 lovely, appealing blanket patterns. So you actually get a nice mix of stitches, PLUS you also get a few blanket patterns, too. Plus you also get a beginner’s guide to crochet.


Various authors wrote the PDF e-books, which means that you get access to crochet stitches in a whole bunch of different styles. The books’ authors include some of the crochet’s most noteworthy “celebrities” — like Darla Sims and the late Jean Leinhauser, who has been acknowledged as one of the Great Matriarchs of needlework publishing.


Overall, I think this is a pretty incredible offer. If you need a new stitch dictionary, you should definitely consider grabbing this bundle before the folks at Annie’s come to their senses and raise the price on it.


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50 Stitches for Afghans:


50 Stitches for Afghans, a crochet stitch dictionary by Darla Sims, published by Annie's Crochet
50 Stitches for Afghans, a crochet stitch dictionary by Darla Sims, published by Annie’s Crochet

One of my favorite crochet pattern designers, Darla Sims, wrote this beautiful book giving you 50 different stitches that are all suitable to use for crocheting afghans and blankets. None of them specifically intended to be Christmas patterns (although, to my eyes, the 24th stitch pattern in the book looks a lot like Christmas trees; if you were to crochet rows 3 and 4 in pine green yarn, and the other rows in white yarn, I think it would look like rows of evergreens in the snow.) Anyway…while they aren’t specifically Christmas patterns, they’d be totally usable for designing Christmas blankets. Simply use Christmas-friendly colors for crocheting them, and combine them with Christmas-friendly motifs from other sources if you want to create a more overtly Christmas-friendly design.


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We hope these ideas are inspiring to you, and that you’ll be able to find or design exactly the right pattern for the Christmas blanket of your dreams. Happy crocheting, and Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate this holiday.

A Symbol Crochet Chart for Making Christmas Tree Appliques

Get the Free Symbol Crochet Chart for Making This Christmas Tree Applique.
Get the Free Symbol Crochet Chart for Making This Christmas Tree Applique.

I know it’s not even November yet, but the holiday season is just around the corner. It’s only a couple of short months until December rolls around. With that in mind, I’ve posted a Christmas-friendly symbol crochet chart you can use for crocheting a little Christmas tree motif similar to the one pictured here.

If you crochet this little Christmas tree, you could use it as an applique; it would be nice to stitch it to a hat, sweatshirt, tote bag, Christmas stocking, Christmas tree skirt or other creative craft project for a bit of holiday pizzazz. It would also make a fantastic ornament if you prefer to use it that way.

Please keep in mind that this motif doesn’t specifically need to be a Christmas tree. If you’d rather have a plain pine tree, it’s even easier than the Christmas tree you see pictured — just leave off the buttons, doodads and decorations.

Plain pine trees would be nice for embellishing projects that you want to be able to use throughout the entire winter season; you won’t feel obligated to put a pine tree project away on December 26th, when Christmas is over and done with. Which reminds me that I should also mention this pretty pine tree square, which you can crochet in Christmas colors if you like — or not. Whichever you prefer.

If you want to crochet a large project like a blanket in time for Christmas, it’s definitely time to get moving on that — just to be sure you get it all finished in time. Of course, now is a great time go get started on all your holiday crafting — because at this point, you have time to get things finished before the crazy-busy holiday rush begins.

More Fun Seasonal & Holiday Crochet, Knitting and Craft Projects:

Knitting and Crocheting Lovely Gifts

Do you enjoy creating gifts to give to your family, friends, and colleagues? Have you started your holiday crafting yet? If you’re in need of some inspiration, or project ideas, for what to make for your inner circle this year, read on for a few pattern suggestions and book suggestions you might want to consider.


Knitting and Crocheting Lovely Gifts is Easy if You Have the Right Patterns! Check out Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont
Knitting and Crocheting Lovely Gifts is Easy if You Have the Right Patterns! Check out Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont

For knitters who need a broad variety of quick, creative, unique, gift-friendly patterns, I highly recommend Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits. This book has patterns for knitting some Christmas-themed items and also some plainer items that could be used all year around — so it’s useful for making birthday and other types of gifts beyond just Christmas gifts. Some of the patterns included in the book are truly fabulous ones!

If you want to crochet or knit gifts that are specifically Christmas themed, I invite you to check out our page of Christmas patterns.

If you enjoy making projects using multiple craft techniques, you might like Mags Kandis’ lovely book called Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet. Interweave Press was the original publisher of this book, which features an interesting variety of craft patterns. Most of the included items are reasonably quick to make, and there are items that will suit many different recipients. The majority of patterns featured are knitting patterns, but there are a few crochet patterns included; there are also ideas for felting, needle felting, sewing, and even a few recipes. More details are available in my book review.


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Who’s Knitting or Crocheting Christmas Gifts This Year?

Kitchen Gift Set to Crochet for Christmas or Any Time
Kitchen Gift Set to Crochet for Christmas or Any Time

Are you in need of patterns for knitting or crocheting Christmas gifts for your loved ones, friends and colleagues? If so, our website is a great place to find project ideas, free patterns and recommendations for pay-for patterns that are truly worth the money.


Pictured above is a set that includes 2 crocheted potholders and one dishcloth. This set makes use of both Tunisian crochet and traditional crochet techniques for an interesting project that is as much fun to make as it is to give. I made my project samples in red, yellow and blue — but wouldn’t this set be adorable if you were to crochet it in red, white and green for Christmas? Or, you could re-color it into just about any 3 colors to match bakeware, dinnerware, kitchen decor, etc. If you have friends or relatives who like to bake Christmas cookies every year, this set would be a charming gift to give each of them.


If you aren’t yet familiar with Tunisian crochet, don’t worry; we’ve posted a free afghan stitch tutorial that will teach you the easy, basic stitch you need to know for crocheting these projects.


The patterns for making this set are free here on our website:

If you like this idea, but the set you see pictured above isn’t quite what you had in mind, I invite you to browse through our potholder patterns and dishcloth patterns to find more ideas. I’ve posted patterns for numerous other potholders and dishcloths that you might enjoy making — some of which are more “Christmas-y” than this set is. Here are a few highlights:


Christmas Crochet Potholder Patterns



Wonderful Knitting Patterns for Christmas and Other Occasions


Arne & Carlos Favorites includes Holiday patterns for Christmas, Halloween and Easter, plus everyday patterns too.
Arne & Carlos Favorites includes Holiday patterns for Christmas, Halloween and Easter, plus everyday patterns too.

Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs: This is an AMAZING book filled with gift-worthy patterns for Christmas ornaments, knitted birds, toys, dolls, crochet blankets, knitted slippers, Scandinavian-style sweaters and bunches of other super cool projects. If you’re a proficient knitter, and you want to buy one craft pattern book that could give you patterns to use for making gifts for basically everyone on your gift list, this would be my suggestion for the book to buy. Most of the patterns are for knitters, with a few crochet and embroidery projects included as well.

If you need more Christmas gift ideas, I invite you to check out the following pages on our website:

I hope you and yours will have a blessed holiday season this year!

Who’s Hitting the After Christmas Sales?

So, it’s December 26, 2019. You survived another Christmas. WOOHOOOOoooo! Now it’s time for those happysad mixed feelings that come in the wake of the holiday season: “Whew, that’s over and done with!” followed by “phooey, the credit card bills are here already? How’d they get here so fast?” Followed by wave after wave of emotion as you take down the tree, look at your holiday photos and maybe even make a few pages for your scrapbook.

Another Christmas is now behind us — but if you celebrate Christmas, it’s never too early to get going on next year’s Christmas projects. Maybe you could hit the after-Christmas sales, load up on some cheap supplies, and get started!

Or not…

Either way, you’re invited to grab any of our Christmas patterns so you’ll have ’em in your pattern stash when you do get around to working on Christmas designs again — whether it’s this week with deeply discounted Christmas yarns, or next year when the festivities start all over again.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and that your new year will be prosperous and blessed. For those of you who are shopping today, here’s hoping you’ll score bunches of amazing bargains.



XOXOXOXOXOXO,

Amy Solovay

Celebrate Winter by Crocheting Snowflakes Today Is the First Day of Winter!

Celebrate Winter by Crocheting Snowflakes! Grab This Free Pattern for a Winter Crochet Snowflake Applique
Celebrate Winter by Crocheting Snowflakes! Grab This Free Pattern for a Winter Crochet Snowflake Applique

This year, the first day of winter is today — December 21, 2019. Happy winter, everyone!

To me, nothing says “winter” quite like snowflakes. So here’s a free pattern for a winter snowflake applique that you can use for embellishing many different kinds of craft projects.


Crochet Snowflake Potholders
Crochet Snowflake Potholders

I’ve made this pattern bunches of times. So far, my favorite thing to do with this snowflake is using it as an embellishment for this snowflake potholder. It could also make a cute Christmas tree ornament; simply add a hanging loop made of chain stitches, or a purchased wire ornament hanger.

Find More Fantastic Crochet Snowflake Patterns:

If you want to get your hands on a whole bunch of amazing snowflake patterns, I recommend
Crochet Snowflakes Step by Step by Caitlin Sainio as a book you’ll want to check out. This book is exclusively dedicated to the topic of crochet snowflake patterns — and the book includes thorough step-by-step instructions for each snowflake, with pictures. Not only that, you also get international symbol crochet charts and written-out text instructions, too. It’s a lovely book!


Hexagon Motif #65 From Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, Published by Interweave. I've modified the pattern to add a hanging loop to transform it into a Christmas ornament. I've also recolored it in red, green and white Cascade 220 yarn.
Hexagon Motif #65 From Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, Published by Interweave. I’ve modified the pattern to add a hanging loop to transform it into a Christmas ornament. I’ve also recolored it in red, green and white Cascade 220 yarn.

Another book I highly recommend is Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng. It isn’t at all supposed to be a book of snowflake patterns; it’s actually a library of crochet motif patterns, with a few more elaborate finished projects like a blanket, shawl, pillow and table runner also included. However, the book includes a whole section of hexagon motif patterns, and some of the hexagons included in the book make AWESOME snowflakes. Pictured at right, you can see one example. I’ve also crocheted this same motif in solid ice blue, which is another option for making this motif look like a snowflake. You can see the blue version pictured on this page.


This book also includes international symbol crochet charts for each project. This book was my most-used crochet pattern book last year in 2018, and I’m looking through this book again as I plan my new projects for 2020. I think you’ll LOVE it too!


I hope this post has pointed you in the direction of some lovely new snowflake patterns to crochet! Here’s wishing you and yours a blessed winter season this year.



Happy knitting and crocheting,

Amy Solovay

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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Don’t you just hate it when you run out of cash before you run out of gifts you need to buy? That’s such a complete and total bummer, isn’t it?

Last-Minute Christmas Gifts You Can Make
Last-Minute Christmas Gifts You Can Make

Happily, for crafters who maintain a sizeable yarn stash and some related craft supplies, this sort of thing is almost a non-issue.

If crafting has taught me anything at all over the years, it’s this: if I have supplies left in my craft supply stash, and at least a couple of hours left before I have to present the gift to its recipient, I’ll never be empty-handed in the gift department. I’ll always have a gift worth giving, and it will be a gift created exclusively with the recipient in mind. (Except, I admit that I sometimes make a few extra give-to-anybody-type-gifts ahead of any gift-giving occasion, in case an unexpected long-lost relative or guest drops by for a visit.)

We’re getting dangerously close to Christmas, given that today’s date is December 16, 2019. I’d bet money that, by now, some of you have exhausted your gift-giving budgets, but you’re still stressing out about about what to give somebody-or-other. Yikes!

I’m here to help you with some suggestions for last-minute gifts you can make using supplies that most knitters and crocheters would typically have on hand.

Gift-Worthy Projects You Can Whip Up in a Hurry:

If you need to crank out a quick gift, hurry up and grab any of these free patterns from the Internet. Then raid your craft supply stash and get busy!

Quick Christmas Ornaments

See that cute little Christmas tree-shaped ornament pictured at bottom left in the photo posted above? You don’t need anything fancy to make this — the pattern is free on our website, plus you need a little green yarn, a little brown or tan yarn, some stuffing material, and a few buttons or beads for decorations. If you don’t have any buttons or beads, you could try cutting out some little felt or fabric circles to stitch to the tree. Or embroider some little ornaments using colorful yarn, embroidery floss or crochet thread.

This is a reasonably safe idea for a gift, considering that anyone who celebrates Christmas could probably use an ornament.

An even quicker ornament: this easy lace crochet wreath is super quick to make, and it’s really pretty, too. If you have a little ball of green yarn left over from another project, you have most of what’s needed to make this project. You’ll also need ribbon and a scrap of red yarn, or other appropriate baubles for decorating your wreath.

Another idea along the same lines: this cute little wreath ornament is another quickie gift idea — although it’s small, so you might want to make a coordinating set of several wreaths to put in the same gift box.

Pouches:

Pouches make fast, easy gifts (not to mention that they make fantastic giftwrap substitutes, if you run out of actual giftwrap.) The only potential problem with that idea is, you might not have the right zippers in your craft supplies stash — but if you do, this idea is definitely a keeper.


You can give pouches to people of either gender and any age; just customize the pouch accordingly. Bonus points if you can add a few goodies to the pouch, like wrapped candies, small toys, pencils or pens, to “sweeten” the gift.

Potholders and Kitchen Gift Sets:

If you have some appropriate yarn and a few hours, you can whip up sets of potholders, or kitchen gift sets, for the chefs on your gift list. If you happen to have red, green and white or off-white yarn in either wool or cotton, you could make cupcake potholders like the one pictured. No need to have these colors specifically, though. If you have any 3 – 4 cupcake-friendly colors of yarn on hand, you could re-color the design to use what you have.

You have a head-spinning number of options for different potholders you could make, so please check out our list of potholder patterns if this idea appeals to you.

Jewelry

For the ladies on your gift list, jewelry makes a great gift. Bracelets, especially, are pretty quick to make, and don’t use up many supplies.

Christmas Cookies:

If you’re a passable chef, Christmas cookies are a no-brainer as a last-minute gift. If you have a well-stocked pantry, you can usually find a cookie recipe that’ll work. Even if your pantry isn’t all that well-stocked, look for a sugar cookie recipe that doesn’t require much more than flour, sugar, butter, salt, eggs and a flavoring like almond or vanilla.

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate it! I hope you will enjoy every minute of your holiday.

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Make Christmas Napkin Rings With These Free Crochet Patterns

If there’s ever a time that you want to set a pretty table, it’s Christmas dinner. The table sets the mood for the entire meal; you want it to look amazing for your loved ones, not to mention for the family photos (especially if you’ll be posting them online.)

There are many possible ways to pretty up your table, and many different elements that could enhance you table settings and make them spectacular.

Christmas Place Setting With Beaded Napkin Ring, Crochet Placemat and Beautiful Crocheted Edgings
Christmas Place Setting With Beaded Napkin Ring, Crochet Placemat and Beautiful Crocheted Edgings

Of course, if you have a set of fine china or holiday dishes, it’s the ideal time to get them out and put them to use. Christmas is also the ideal occasion for using a pretty tablecloth or table runner. If you own a beautiful vase, it would be lovely to fill it with flowers and create a unique centerpiece.

And once you’ve done all that, you’d feel pretty silly putting paper towels on the table to use as napkins, wouldn’t you? Of course you would.

This realization could lead you down a whole new rabbit hole: How do you fold the napkins and keep them in place?

The answer, of course, is that you’ll want to use napkin rings to do that.

For you DIY types who like to make creative pretties to dress up your home decor, I invite you to consider the following free patterns for crafting your own napkin rings:


If you like the idea of making napkin rings, but the ones pictured above aren’t quite what you have in mind for your table, you’re invited to check out this list of 16 ways to make napkin rings. The list includes bunches more ideas, some of which involve craft techniques other than knitting or crocheting.

More Ideas for Christmas Table Settings

I wish you a joyous holiday season this year, filled with peace, love, light, creativity and blessings.

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