Free patterns for Christmas decorations

  • Pam wants a Christmas tree at the Somerset County Festival of Trees with knitted/crocheted ornaments
  • At the suggestion of a reader, the tree will attract attention and raise funds for the Giralda de Saint-Hubert.
  • This column provides web addresses where readers can print or download free patterns for tree ornaments.

A few weeks ago I reviewed “Knit a Vintage Christmas”, edited by Candi Derr of Stackpole Books, and mentioned that I wanted to have a Christmas tree at the Somerset County Festival of Trees at the Environment Education Center from Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge section of Bernards, in December. We will use it as a means of raising awareness and hopefully funds for St. Hubert’s Giralda, an animal rescue and protection organization in Madison and Branchburg.

Everyone is welcome to send in a knitted or crocheted ornament for the tree.

Book Review:

Each holiday season, magazine publishers such as Vogue Knitting and Interweave will release holiday editions featuring Christmas ornament designs. And there are good books, like “Knit a Vintage Christmas”; Arne and Carlos’ classic book, “55 Knitting Christmas Stockings” or Gwen Steege’s great little volume, “Knit Christmas Stockings,” which I hope you’ll consider for your library.

But there’s a lot to be said for free patterns, especially when you’re knitting for charity. So here are some links to blogs and websites of yarn companies where you can find freebies. And for you crocheters reading this column, I’ve also included some crochet patterns.


Paton’s, one of the brands featured on the Yarnspirations (Spinrite) site, offers a collection of four ornament designs. The tree and reindeer are knitted, and the snowman and gingerbread man are crocheted. You can get them at Please note that the patterns are free, but you will need to register with the Yarnspirations website to access them.

Canadian Living has cute knitted patterns, including tiny Santa sweaters and hats. They also have a crown pattern, but I don’t think it looks that much like a crown. You are the judge. Find them all to print on

Bianca Boonstra has a free Christmas bauble pattern that you can download at free. This ball, like the Arne & Carlos patterns, involves a stranded knit, often referred to as a Fair Isle knit. Very cute and if you are comfortable with stranded knitting it will go fast. You’ll need to register with, which is free, to get it. The link is

Red Heart Yarns is sending a series of Christmas-related designs this fall, including not only ornaments, but also afghans and other decorations. I’ll see if they give me permission to print a model in the journal, so I won’t be posting links to their website today. If you want to jump the gun and have a look there, visit

GarnStudio, a Norwegian website, offers a pattern of color-changing sock yarn to create a Christmas bauble that looks complicated, even though it’s actually quite easy. Visit


The Stormy’z Crochet Patterns blog has some lovely free patterns that you can download as a PDF file. These are crocheted versions of the traditional blown glass that we are all familiar with. You can download them at

The Craft Passion website has plenty of patterns to explore. Some involve pom poms, which are not crocheted or knitted, but they do involve yarn. The Christmas Tree and Star pattern is crocheted, and you can find it on check out some of the other pages on this website for more ideas.

If you like poinsettias, this crochet pattern from GarnStudio in Norway is really cute: Also from GarnStudio, check out these crochet bells

I will try to publish a free knitting journal pattern and a free crochet pattern for you soon. In the meantime, thank you for your participation.

Editor Pamela MacKenzie: 908-243-6616; [email protected] If you have internet access, go to and read this page online, where all the links are live and all you have to do is click on them to access the models.

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