When the weather gets colder, thoughts turn to Christmas, and for any crafter that brings a thrill of anticipation and excitement. Bring on the festive wips! We've picked ten of the best seasonal knitting and crochet projects to decorate your home and help you get into the festive mood. Many are free, and perfect for using up any yarn scraps you've got hanging around.
1. Candy-Coloured Advent Calendar
We're so in love with this beautiful pastel crochet advent calendar by Esme Crick. Originally featured in Simply Crochet magazine, you can now buy the pattern on Ravelry for £3.50.
2. Mini Knitted Snowbuddies
How cute are these mini snowmen in their colourful scarves and hats? We want to make every single one of them. Perfect for brightening up shelves and mantelpieces during the winter season, or giving as gifts to little ones. The pattern by Esther Braithwaite is available as a free download on Ravelry.
3. Christmas Star Ornament
These gorgeous little stars are fun and quick to make, and perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree. Make them in festive red, white and green, or go crazy with the colour. The free pattern is available on the Truly Crochet website.
4. Advent Socks
If you've treated yourself to a yarn advent calendar this year, what better way to use up all those mini skeins than these delectable advent socks. The pattern creator, Natalie Sheldon, suggests knitting the cuff beforehand, then adding on one colourwork section each day in the run up to Christmas. Pattern available as a free download on Ravelry.
5. Crochet Robin
We fell instantly in love with this cute little amigurumi crochet robin the moment we saw him. Make one for your Christmas tree, or a whole round of little birds for decorating your house (yes, a flock of robins is known as a 'round', we discovered!) Grab the free pattern from Furls Crochet.
6. Julenatt Mittens
Who wouldn't love a pair of these heavenly Nordic-style mittens from Skeindeer Knits? Jul is the Scandinavian Christmas time, and natt translates to night, and these are perfect not just for Christmas but all winter through. Pattern available for £5.00 on Ravelry.
7. Christmas Lights Garland
We love Natasha J's riff on traditional Christmas lights, with no dodgy bulb sets or plugs in sight! Make them in traditional festive colours, or dig out all those little scraps of yarn and spread rainbow cheer throughout the house. Pattern costs $7.99 on Ravelry.
8. Knitted Lights Wall Hanging
Take creative crafting to a new level by knitting your own illuminated wall hanging! You can find sets of mini string lights for sale on Amazon or other online retailers, and some guidance from Leila Raven on Ravelry. We're sooo tempted...
9. Gnome Christmas Tree Ornaments
An adorable and easy crochet pattern from Ashley Parker. It comes in two versions, one using a faux fur pompom for the beard, the other using fauc fur yarn. You can find the free pattern over on The Loopy Lamb website.
10. Balls Up! Knitted Christmas Ornaments
Get your needles out and whip out a few of these gorgeous Christmas tree decorations by General Hogbuffer, better know for his beautiful and often intricate sock patterns. Available as a free Ravelry download.