Dressing Up for New Year’s Eve DIY Fashion Ideas for the First Holiday of the New Year

If you're dressing up for New Year's Eve this year, consider making a Gentle Whisper shawl like the design pictured here. This is the perfect bit of finery to pair with a cocktail dress or party dress.  The crochet pattern is by Judith Butterworth. This shawl is included in Delicate Crochet by Sharon Silverman, published by Stackpole Books.
If you’re dressing up for New Year’s Eve this year, consider making a Gentle Whisper shawl like the design pictured here. This is the perfect bit of finery to pair with a cocktail dress or party dress. The crochet pattern is by Judith Butterworth. This shawl is included in Delicate Crochet by Sharon Silverman, published by Stackpole Books.

Are you thinking of dressing up for New Year’s Eve this year? Do you want to whip up something unique and special to wear on this occasion? Here are a few ideas, with suggestions for patterns for knitting or crocheting each item.

Dressy Shawls and Wraps to Knit and Crochet for the Holidays

A lace wrap would look stunning worn overtop of a little black dress. There are so many incredible shawl and wrap options that it’s a challenge to choose just one to make and wear during the holiday season. I’m eyeing the choices available in Delicate Crochet as some of the most appealing possibilities for holiday apparel. The book offers you 8 different patterns for lacy shawls and wraps to crochet, plus bunches of other stylish, feminine apparel that would be perfect for holiday and everyday wear.


Pictured above is the wrap I think I’d most want to make for New Year’s Eve this year. It’s the “Gentle Whisper Shawl” by Judith Butterworth. I think it would be a gorgeous holiday wrap, yet it would also be wearable for many other occasions (and non-occasions) too.

Here you can see the Iced Silver Fox Top by Kristin Omdahl, which is another holiday-friendly pattern from Delicate Crochet. Stackpole Books is the publisher of this pattern book.
Here you can see the Iced Silver Fox Top by Kristin Omdahl, which is another holiday-friendly pattern from Delicate Crochet. Stackpole Books is the publisher of this pattern book.

But with so many fabulous shawl patterns available, it’s a tough choice. Of the 8 wrap patterns included in Delicate Crochet, my opinion is that 6 of the options are dressy enough for pairing with cocktail dresses and party dresses. If you were to stick with using the yarns suggested in each pattern, I think that the other 2 options are more casual than what you’d probably want to choose for New Year’s Eve, although they are lovely.

This one book gives you SO MANY fabulous options for holiday apparel beyond just wraps and shawls. Some of the other patterns included in the book are also holiday friendly — a lace skirt, dressy lace tops, a dazzling sequinned cardigan, a beaded necklace, lacy ribbon trimmed fingerless gloves and more.


If you’d rather knit your shawl than crochet it, check out Vogue Knitting’s collection of shawl and wrap patterns. The book includes patterns for making just about every imaginable type of knitted shawl or wrap you could want — including many styles that are appropriate for pairing with party dresses.

Jeweled Neck Warmer

Easy Crochet Neck Warmer Pattern for Beginners
Easy Crochet Neck Warmer Pattern for Beginners

I designed this easy, beginner-friendly neck warmer with the holiday season in mind. This piece is sort of like a cross between a necklace and a scarf; it’s warmer than a necklace would be, and it’s dressier than your average winter scarf. In fact, it’s dressy enough to wear out on New Year’s Eve, so if you are tired of freezing in the name of fashion, why not give this project a try.

Dressy Holiday Jewelry

Rose Chip Bead Necklace in Wire Crochet

This gorgeous necklace is lovely for accessorizing on any occasion that calls for a bit of sparkle. It’s a bit artsy and, I think, totally fabulous. It’s often a conversation-starter when I wear mine; people are typically fascinated by the dichroic glass pendant, and interested to learn that each one is unique and handmade.

If you’re spending your New Year’s Eve socializing with a rather conservative group, a pearl necklace might be a better choice in the jewelry department.


Whatever your plans are for New Year’s Eve this year, I hope you will find something fabulous to wear — and that you’ll have SO MUCH FUN ringing in the new year! Here’s wishing you a prosperous, creative, JOYFUL 2020!

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About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. 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. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

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