Winter Knitting and Crochet Patterns

Winter is a delightful time of year for knitters and crocheters. It’s cold enough to wear all the scarves, hats, socks, slippers and mittens we’ve lovingly crafted; the blankets we’ve made are welcome additions to our beds and armchairs; and there’s plenty of inspiration for knitting or crocheting snowflakes, snowmen and other projects featuring wintry motifs. If you’re in search of winter knitting and crochet patterns, we hope you’ll enjoy looking through the following collection featuring fun winter-themed motifs, warm winter blankets, Christmas and Hanukkah projects, cold-weather accessories and more.

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  • Paid crochet patterns that are truly worth buying
  • Paid knitting patterns that are truly worth buying

Warm Winter Hats to Crochet and Knit

Easy Ribbed Crochet Baby Hat Pattern for Beginners

Knitted and crocheted hats can help you reduce the effects of winter’s chill by keeping your head cozy and warm. Grab some free hat patterns if you’d like to get started knitting or crocheting a new winter hat for anyone in your family.

Pictured here: an easy, beginner-friendly baby hat pattern for crocheting an ultra-warm hat for a sweet, tiny head.

Warm Winter Scarves, Cowls and Neck Warmers to Knit and Crochet

If you want to bundle up this winter, scarves, cowls and neck warmers are excellent accessories you can use to retain warmth by layering. We recommend the following patterns for keeping your neck warm this winter:

Quick, Easy Jumbo Crochet Cowl

Crochet Stitch Pattern on the Quick, Easy Crochet Cowl
Crochet this quick, easy crochet cowl using Knitpicks Super Tuiff Puff Jumbo weight yarn, a large crochet hook and our free crochet cowl pattern.

This jumbo-sized cowl is currently the warmest scarf I own. For starters, it’s made out of wool, a fiber which is noteworthy for its ability to keep you warm even if you saturate it with cold water (like if it’s snowing on you, or you’re out sailing in a cold rain.)

Quick, Easy Crochet Neck Warmer for Beginners

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

This neck warmer looks fancy and festive, but the crochet work is ultra easy! The crocheted part of the neck warmer is a simple rectangle shape worked in a basic crochet stitch. The finishing work is what makes it look so elegant; an eye-catching clasp does the hard work in making this wardrobe piece look chic.

Rainbow Tapestry Crochet Scarf Pattern

Close-Up Picture Showing the Crochet Stitches on the Rainbow Tapestry Crochet Scarf
Close-Up Picture Showing the Crochet Stitches on the Rainbow Tapestry Crochet Scarf

Brighten up cold, gray winter days with a jolt of color. This colorful scarf combines a neutral beige with a delightful rainbow of yarn colors. The effect is vibrant and eye-catching, yet totally wearable.

See our main directory of knit and crochet scarf patterns to find even more options for winter scarves you can make.

Colorful, Artistic Mittens to Knit

Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Knitted Mittens: 45 Distinctive Scandinavian Knitting Patterns
Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens: 45 Distinctive Scandinavian Knitting Patterns

Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens features some of the most captivating knitted mitten patterns I have ever seen. There are mitten patterns suitable for women, men and children included in the book.

Winter Clothing Patterns

The Big 3 Knitting Techniques Book

The Big 3 Knitting Techniques Book by Ann-Mari Nilsson, published by Trafalgar Square Books
The Big 3 Knitting Techniques Book by Ann-Mari Nilsson, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’d like to knit warm winter clothing or accessories for ladies using stranded colorwork knitting, slip stitch knitting or relief stitch knitting, check out The Big 3 Knitting Techniques book. This small hardcover volume doubles as both a stitch dictionary and pattern book, giving you unlimited numbers of ideas for mixing and matching surface pattern designs with silhouettes for accessories, vests and sweaters. The book includes patterns for basic mittens, hat, vests and a sweater plus bunches of different stitch patterns. I find this book extremely inspiring, and I highly recommend it.

Warm Knitted and Crocheted Blankets for Winter

Winter is the ideal season for snuggling up with a large crochet or knitting project like a blanket. It’ll keep you warm as you stitch; and then When you’re finished, your lovely blanket will keep you warm for many years in the future.

Crochet Snowflakes

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Christmas Knitting and Crochet Patterns

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We’ve shared bunches of lovely Christmas patterns to knit and crochet, many of which are free patterns — like the 3 examples pictured above. The list includes Christmas jewelry for you to make and wear, or make and give as gifts; Christmas ornaments; Christmas decorations; Christmas accessories and more. If you want to knit or crochet anything at all for Christmas, you’ll definitely want to visit our main directory of knitting and crochet patterns with a Christmas theme.

Hanukkah Wine Bottle Cozy With Optional Menorah Design

Square Wine Bottle Cover -- Hannukkah Version
Square Wine Bottle Cover — Hannukkah Version

You can crochet this square wine bottle cover at any time of year, or for any occasion; but it’s a lovely addition to a Hannukkah celebration if you’re transporting kosher wine such as Manischewitz that comes in a square wine bottle.

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About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and making crafts since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at, and 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.

This page was last updated on 1-23-2020.

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