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6 Free Fast and Fun Christmas Knitting Patterns

6 Free Fast and Fun Christmas Knitting Patterns

'Tis the season to want to cast on all of the things. But between all of the cozy winter wear and the gift knitting, there simply isn't enough time to do it all. That's why this year we're sharing 6 free fast and fun Christmas knitting patterns that will make festive decor for you or great gifts to give to someone on your list. They are fun, fast, and offer big reward. 

6 Free Fun and Fast Holiday Knitting Patterns

1. Sweater on the Elf  

This top-down, raglan sweater was designed to fit a visiting 11” tall elf. With a smidge of positive ease and a slightly cropped profile, this free Elf On The Shelf sweater pattern is appropriate for all situations, including hiding in tight spots, sneaking sweet treats, plotting mischievous acts, and, well, sitting on shelves.  

Don't have an Elf? Knit a single sweater to make an ornament or present topper. Knit several and string them as garland.

Yarn: 20 y of sport weight yarn

Needles: US 2.5 (3 mm) DPNs

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2. Baby Beard 


If you can't visit Santa in the North Pole, do the next best thing: dress up as him. This Baby Beard (which has been known to be worn by a big kid and an adult) features a fun stitch that will keep you from wanting to put the project down. Gift it to your favorite little elf or use it for a photo shoot. 

Yarn: 85-95 y worsted weight yarn

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) 

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3. Holly Jolly Pom Pom Gnome


Get your house spruced up for the holidays with our Holly Jolly Gnome! Knit the festive tree-inspired hat from the bottom up and place it atop a pom pom for full gnomey vibes! 


  • 45 yards bulky weight yarn for the hat (we used Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky)
  • 50 yards DK-worsted weight yarn for pom pom 
  • 8 yards in two colors of bulky weight yarn for the legs

Needles:  US 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs

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4. No-Knit Wine Bottle Topper Hat

Wine Bottle Topper Pattern l Billy and Baa

Make this tiny hat without picking up a needle! This Wine Bottle Topper Hat is simply made with a section of toilet paper roll and yarn scraps. It fits perfectly on the top of a wine bottle but can be made into an ornament, strung as garland, or used as a present topper. 


No knit Wine Bottle Topper Hat Billy and Baa


Yarn: Sport or Worsted weight yarn works best

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5. Ho Ho Pom Pom Gnome 


Santa is coming to town! Whether you're making for your mantle a little bit more festive, gifting to a coworker, or sending it across country to a friend, this gnome is one for the season.


  • 45 yards bulky weight yarn for the hat (we used Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky)
  • 5 yards of boucle yarn yarn for the hat fluff 
  • 50 yards DK-worsted weight yarn for pom pom
  • 8 yards in two colors of bulky weight yarn for the legs

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6. Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve


Reusable Coffee Cup Sleeve l Billy and Baa


This FUNctional stash buster accessory fits works up quickly (it took us less than an hour to knit) and fits most to-go coffee cups snuggly so you can comfortably hold your piping hot cup of joe. The sleeve is knit in-the-round and features a two-row repeat, making it an enjoyable gift knit. Pair it with a gift card from a local coffee shop for a fun and loved gift. 

Yarn: About 10 y (9 m) worsted weight yarn. 

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) double point needles

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These fast and fun projects offer instant gratification during the chaos of the holidays. Not only will they fill your desire to cast on something new, but you might just get a holiday gift knit or two out of the deal.  



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  • These are so cute, can’t wait to make them, thank you!


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