It’s makin’ time, baby! There’s still almost two months until Christmas and since many of us are not as busy this year running kids around to multiple activities or going out for drinks at restaurants, we may as well take advantage of this time at home and make some lovely handmade Christmas gifts for our friends and family. I found this great group of patterns (mostly crochet) for you to check out and download and get making today!
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First off, I found this adorable Amigurumi Christmas Baubles Crochet Pattern Set from Cutie Me. This four-in-one pattern includes 15 pages of instructions of how to create these adorable Christmas ornaments. The set includes a bear, a penguin, a bunny and a snowman for a fun and festive unique Christmas gift. Perfect for the person who has everything, no one is going to have one of these!
How cute would an adorable couple of munchkins you know look in these fun Christmas Tree Hats from Too Cute Crochet? This pattern includes 5 sizes from newborn to teen/adult, so you can make the whole family a silly tree hat for some fun holiday family photos! The pattern includes an easy beading technique and a tutorial for working the reverse single crochet stitch. I love finding a pattern that will teach me a new technique! It’s a great way to expand your skills.
Or you could make your little one an adorable reindeer hat, with a matching doll with this Crochet Pattern for Reindeer Hat and Reindeer Doll, also from Too Cute Crochet! This sweet hat pattern comes with instructions to make in 5 different baby and child sizes: Newborn, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 2-3 years, and 4-10 years. This festive hat will make a great photo prop for winter photos. It’s an easy pattern to make, so if you’ve got the basics of crochet and want to expand your skills, I think this is a great next pattern for you!
I just love the subtle beauty of this Crocheted Nativity Wall Hanging Crochet Pattern from Maggie’s Crochet. You can use this pattern to crochet a wall hanging OR an afghan to adorn your home or give to a loved one this Christmas. The pattern comes with instructions to make the wall hanging size (33″ wide x 36″ tall) or the afghan size (46″ wide x 68″ long). What a pretty and unique pattern; it would make a great gift!
For a nativity set that the whole family can enjoy, try making one of these Amigurumi Nativity Sets from Storyland Amis. Your kids will love getting involved with the nativity characters and enjoy playing with these adorable little toys in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I crocheted a little nativity set for my kids many years ago and they loved it, but it was spoiled in a basement flood, so we don’t have it anymore. Every time I see these patterns, it makes me want to crochet up a new set!
For a more grown-up nativity, there’s this classy Mary, Joseph and Jesus Crochet Pattern from Studio Wow Toys. Now that my kids are older and not much playing with the Nativity scene so much (though we do still pull out the Fisher-Price Little People Nativity set and stuff gets moved around… so someone must be playing with it!), this sophisticated nativity might be just the thing for our place. I love having decorations that won’t break if I didn’t put them away properly! And bonus: if the kids do want to play with them, it’s not a problem!
I just couldn’t decide which of these gorgeous nativity crochet patterns to feature, but I couldn’t omit this stunning set from Amour Fou Crochet. I love the details on this beautiful doll set. This is an easy level pattern, so if you’ve been inspired to branch into amigurumi with these gorgeous dolls, this is a great pattern, as it is simple and detailed and written with beginners in mind!
Stockings make another great gift idea. This Alpine Stocking Crochet Pattern from Nella’s Cottage features the textured alpine stitch, which adds lovely cosy-ness and interest to this holiday stocking. This is an intermediate pattern and works up to be an oversized stocking, measuring approximately 23″ tall from hook to toe using a 6.0 mm hook and 5 weight yarn, but you could use whatever yarn you like!
Did you ever make paper chains at school or at home for crafts? Sometimes we got to hang ours on the Christmas tree (ok… always… I don’t think my mom ever said we couldn’t hang something we’d made on the tree! Thanks mom!). Well, now you can make a lasting paper chain with this Crochet Paper Chain Garland pattern from Crochet and Cancer. This is a beginner level pattern and it is great for using up yarn remnants! Make it in multiple colours or one colour for a classic style. Decorate it with beads or buttons! So many fun options!
Update: Please note that the original pattern (as pictured here) is no longer available, so the link above takes you to a slightly different, but similar paper chain pattern.
Since we’re talking classic garlands, how about a popcorn garland?! But this one won’t fall apart all over your floor or get eaten by the dog (hopefully!). This Crochet Popcorn Garland Pattern from The Farmhouse Nook is a fun take on popcorn garland, with which you can get that rustic, farmhouse style with durable and adorable crochet. Little scraps of white or off-white yarn and some twine add just the right homey feel!
If popcorn garland isn’t your thing, check out this classy Christmas Star Garland Crochet Pattern from Outstanding Crochet. You can download the pdf pattern on Etsy for a small fee, or if you read the listing closely, you’ll see that she has a link for the free video tutorial on her website! Personally, I prefer to knit and crochet from a written pattern, but many people love videos to show them how to do it! And a bonus if it’s free! This garland makes a lovely addition to your Christmas decor and it makes a unique gift idea for the person who doesn’t need anything!
Ok, knitters, I know I’ve largely ignored you in this pattern round up. What can I say? Learn to crochet! (hahaha). But here’s a cute Knitted Christmas Tree Pattern for you to make from Squibblybups. They would make sweet little hanging ornaments or additions to wreaths or cute little additions to gift-wrapping! You can decorate them with beads or buttons for some variation as well. This pattern also includes instructions for how to put these trees together into a festive wreath!
I hope you’ve got plenty of ideas for making some great unique Christmas gifts! There are so many lovely patterns out there, and great independent designers to support. During this crazy time when things are so uncertain for everyone, purchasing a pattern from a designer on Etsy or Ravelry or from their own website is a great way to share the love of making and make it financially possible for these designers to keep creating great patterns for us! So, pick up a pattern today or pin this to come back to them later