Ready to take your DIY Christmas decor from drab to fab? This collection of the best free crochet Christmas patterns is for you!
From crochet blankets and farmhouse stockings to Santa Claus wall hangings and crochet Christmas trees, these patterns will have you celebrating your best handmade holiday yet.
Grab your yarn, hot chocolate, and one of these free Christmas crochet patterns.
Free Crochet Christmas Patterns
If this is your first holiday season making crochet Christmas patterns, don’t feel intimidated!
This list includes a variety of easy Christmas crochet patterns for beginners and more intricate patterns for intermediate-advanced crocheters. You may even learn a new crochet technique while you’re at it. (Like mastering how to C2C crochet!)
As you plan your Christmas projects, here's more inspiration:
Christmas Decorations + Beyond
The best part about crocheting handmade decorations is that it allows you to customize a project to fit your style. In this list, you’ll find minimalist crochet patterns that can be enjoyed all winter, as well as patterns featuring traditional Christmas colors like pine-tree-green and Santa-suit-red.
Whatever style you prefer, these different patterns are a great way to add Christmas spirit to your home.
Types of Christmas Patterns to Try
Here are some of the types of projects you'll find in the free pattern collection below:
- Corner to corner afghans
- Modern cozy Christmas blankets and throws
- Festive yarn wall hangings
- Crochet stars to top your tree
- Adorable amigurumi
- Holiday pillows
- Decorative Christmas trees
- Crochet snowflakes
This isn't all though. Browse the whole list for a few creative surprises!
How to Choose a Pattern
Because Christmas is on December 25th every year, you have a fixed deadline to finish your crochet projects. Particularly if you're crocheting gifts, you'll want to consider how long a pattern might take and how much time you have available.
In general, an easy pattern will usually:
- Have fewer color changes (and therefore ends to weave in)
- Will be a smaller size overall
- Won't need a lot of seaming
Don't be afraid to tackle a larger project if you have the time though. Sometimes snuggling under a C2C crochet Christmas blanket or a hanging a set of handmade stockings can be the tradition people enjoy the most.
Free Christmas Crochet Patterns
Okay, cue the Jingle Bell Rock and let's get into this collection of free crochet patterns for Christmas!
Santa and elf hats
Attending a Christmas parade this year? Maybe an ugly sweater party? Or you need a festive prop for your family Christmas photos? These hats are offered in plenty of sizes so no one needs to feel left out of the fun.
Santa Hat Pattern for Babies, Kids and Adults
Santa's Helper - free elf hat pattern (with ears!)
Corner-to-corner crochet lends itself well to Christmas crochet patterns because it allows you to "draw" a picture with yarn. (New to this fun skill? Learn how to C2C crochet here!)
The following C2C crochet Christmas patterns use basic corner-to-corner skills to illustrate classic holiday themes.
Modern Crochet Christmas Afghan Pattern
Rustic Crochet Bear Christmas Blanket Pattern
C2C Christmas Deer Blanket Pattern
Having a crochet Christmas blanket to snuggle under each year might just become your family's favorite tradition. Choose from a simple pattern to more complex blankets to based on your skill level and how much time remains before the big day!
Beginner Crochet Scandinavian Christmas Blanket
Afghan Granny Square Christmas Blanket Pattern
Crochet Christmas Granny Square Blanket
Crochet Christmas Lights Blanket Free Pattern
Snowflakes are a traditional Christmas crochet staple. Use embroidery thread for a dainty snowflake or worsted weight yarn for a quicker project. These free crochet snowflake patterns can be used to decorate Christmas gifts, create a winter garland or as ornaments for your Christmas tree.
5-Minute Crochet Snowflake Free Pattern
Grandma Jennie’s Crochet Snowflake Patterns
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If you love the look of Christmas wall hangings you see in stores, but would prefer to crochet your own, use these free patterns to inspire your next project!
Bobble Stitch Tree Wall Hanging
Christmas Santa Wall Hanging
Classic Christmas Wreath Wall Decor
Pillows and Cushions
Crocheting a Christmas pillow is a great way to add a handmade touch to your holiday decor. Some of these free patterns are neutral enough to enjoy all winter long.
Modern Tapestry Crochet Pillows
Plaid Crochet Christmas Pillow Pattern
Moss Stitch Christmas Tree Pillow Cover
Crochet Santa Pillow Pattern
Crochet Christmas trees are a fun chance to learn new stitches and use up small amounts of yarn you have leftover from other projects. The free patterns below use a range of simple stitches and even bobble and puff stitches to create crochet Christmas trees more charming than anything you'll find in a store.
Plus, several of these tree patterns give you a chance to practice basic amigurumi crochet techniques on a small scale.
Standing Crochet Christmas Tree Pattern
Amigurumi Christmas Tree Table Ornament
Bobble Stitch Crochet Christmas Tree
Tiny Bobble Crochet Christmas Tree Ornament
Simple Beaded Amigurumi Crochet Christmas Tree
Crochet Christmas stockings are some of the most meaningful patterns for the holidays because they can be enjoyed year after year.
The following free patterns offer a little something for everyone's Christmas mantle decor from C2C crochet stockings, to farmhouse style stockings to simple patterns that are easy enough to whip up for everyone in your fam.
Nordic C2C Christmas Stocking Pattern
Farmhouse Crochet Christmas Stocking
Bobble Christmas Tree Crochet Stocking
Boho Christmas Stocking Free Crochet Pattern
Country Cottage Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern
Christmas tree skirts
Crochet Christmas tree skirts are kind of like a handmade blanket for your tree! They're a fun opportunity to stick a pin in your personal Christmas style. And the simple circular shape of tree skirts lends themselves to some creative crochet techniques.
Alpine Crochet Tree Skirt
Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree Skirt
Christmas Amigurumi Crochet Patterns
New to crocheting your own cute stuffies? Learn how to crochet amigurumi for complete beginners, and then enjoy a few of these free Christmas crochet amigurumi patterns.
Scandinavian Santa Gnome Amigurumi
Amigurumi Donkey Nativity Pattern
Free Amigurumi Reindeer Pattern
Baby Penguin Amigurumi Toy Crochet Pattern
Ollie the Amigurumi Elf
Best Yarn for Christmas Crochet
Whether you have your eye on a Christmas tree skirt or a mini Christmas tree pattern, you might be wondering how to choose the best yarn for your project.
Start by looking at the yarn that is suggested in the pattern. Does it call for a specific fiber, like cotton? Or maybe a specific thickness of yarn, like worsted weight or super bulky? Perhaps it doesn't matter and the pattern can be made with any yarn (like a snowflake or stuffed animal).
If you're giving the item as a gift, aim for an easy care yarn option. For example, find an acrylic or wool blend that can be machine washed. This way the recipient doesn't feel overwhelmed caring for you handmade gift.
When buying yarn, consider if you'll be able to use the same yarn for other Christmas crochet projects. For example, with a single skein of white worsted weight yarn you might be able to crochet several gnomes' beards, a few snowflakes and a crochet snowman.
Helpful Crochet Supplies
You've probably experienced the way time can evaporate in December, right? When you're planning to crochet Christmas patterns, you'll want to have all the right supplies ahead of time. This will help you have the most relaxing Christmas season.
Here are some materials to have available–in addition to yarn, of course.
- Crochet hook - (in size needed to obtain pattern gauge, if relevant)
- Tapestry needle - for weaving in ends and possibly, joining pieces together
- Stitch markers - for marking your place or preventing live loop from unraveling
- Blocking board - especially helpful for lacy snowflakes and granny squares
- Steamer or iron with steam function - for blocking certain projects(alternative: use a spray bottle)
Some optional supplies that can come in very handy include a project bag to hold your WIP (work in progress), scissors, a pom pom maker, buttons, leather accents and, my personal mandatory, the movie Love Actually.
More Christmas Crochet Patterns
Making DIY Christmas ornaments is a wonderful way to spread the holiday spirit. Share them as Christmas gifts, donate them to a charity, or hang them on the tree to enjoy for your own Christmas decor.
You might even consider starting a new tradition at Christmas time by crocheting a new ornament each year.