One of my favorite things about Christmas is the anticipation leading up the holiday. I start my annual countdown the day after Thanksgiving and literally count the minutes until 12:00 AM on Christmas morning. Now, this may make me sound like a giddy school girl waiting to rip apart wrapping paper with reckless abandon, but it’s so much more than that. It’s not the presents I’m excited for—it’s the season in general!
Decorating my home for the holidays is as much a ritual for me as eating my grandmother’s heart-stopping breakfast casserole Christmas morning. There’s something so heartwarming about dashing around the house singing along to Bing Crosby and dusting off the old nutcrackers from my Uncle Fred.
As I became a more skilled knitter, I began creating some Christmas decorations of my own. I started small – a simple stashbuster ornament that my mother hid near the trunk of our Christmas tree and later lied about the dog eating. As I gained confidence and skill, I began knitting garland and stockings for all of my siblings (thankfully the dog didn’t “eat” any of those).
Although each Christmas decoration we brought down from the attic carried special significance, selfishly my favorite pieces were always the ones I had knit myself. Even today, I think the easiest way to add a unique touch to your home décor is just a few stitches away.
So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite holiday knitting patterns from AllFreeKnitting. I’ve chosen patterns that will add warmth and personality to your Christmas décor. This season, don’t go to the store. Stay home and knit some memories you’ll cherish for years to come.
Tiny Tree Ornaments
Patridge in a Pear Tree Ornament
Colorful Christmas Ornaments
Tiny Sweater Ornament
Silver Star Ornament
Star of Bethlehem Christmas Ball
Hanging Heart Ornament
Tiny Toque Ornaments
Bonus! To keep the feeling of Christmas going, check out our latest giveaway. This week, we are giving away 21 of The Best Darn Yarn Tenders (aka Yarn Bras) to one lucky winner. Are you tired of having to fight with your yarn while you knit? These amazing yarn tenders keep yarn neat and tangle-free from start to finish. The deadline to enter is December 3, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.
What is your favorite holiday memory?