Ideas for Knitted Christmas Cards – plus free knitting pattern!

Well winter is just about properly set in now, and if you are a crafter you are probably thinking about making a start on your hand made Christmas and Holiday cards.

I knit the little hat for the Christmas card shown in the main photo a few months ago. Christmas in July? Yes, when you have some Christmassy coloured yarn that needs using up. You can find the free knitting pattern to make this knitted hat Christmas card later on in the article.

Before we get to that free knitting pattern, here are some fun ideas for making your own knitted Christmas cards – chosen by us from some of the many fabulous ideas to be found out there on the net.

Read on to find out where to find some really awesome knitted Christmas card ideas, including links to some lovely free knitting patterns and tutorials.

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Ideas for Knitted Christmas Cards

I was having a little think about how you could use your knitting skills to create some amazing knitted Christmas cards. Here are some of the ideas:

  • Knit three triangles to make a knitted Christmas tree card.
  • Knit a teeny Santa hat, or even a beanie shaped shaped hat. Top with a pompom and add the word “Warm Wishes”.
  • Knit a little mini scarf and insert cocktail sticks to imply that they are knitting needles. Again, you could add the words warm wishes for an amazing knitted Christmas or winter greetings card.
  • Knit a teeny mitten.
  • Knit a square and tie some ribbon around it to create a little gift appliqué – this would make a really sweet looking Christmas card (or birthday card, actually).

List of free knitting patterns and tutorials for knitted Christmas cards

There are quite a few lovely free knitting patterns and tutorials for knitted Christmas cards – here are some of the best ideas. By the way if you are looking to buy ready made knitted cards the best place to look is Etsy or Not On The High Street.

To get crafty and make your own cards, check out some of these great ideas:

  • You can find three lovely free festive knitting patterns for Christmas cards by clicking here. You will find the patterns for knitted cards featuring a snowman, a Christmas tree and some baubles.
  • If you are looking for a knitting themed card to make without actually having to knit, you may love these free printable cards. With the theme of yarn, wool and knitting, this is a fun and fast way to make your own wooliscious card selection.
  • Next on our list is a free knitting pattern for a wonderful, Fair isle knitted Christmas card. In red and white, this home made card is pure class.
  • This lovely holly knitting pattern could be used to create wonderful knitted greetings cards. Simply glued onto a plain brown card, anyone would love to receive this card.
  • If you are giving any gift cards away for Christmas, you will love this free knitting pattern for a gift card cosy. This is such a lovely idea for an unusual way to package an otherwise boring looking gift card.

Free Santa hat knitted Christmas card pattern

Here is a free and very cute knitting pattern for you – make your own knitted Santa hat Christmas card.

This is a really fast and easy knitting pattern which you will love to knit again and again.

You can knit the hat appliqué in any colour scheme, making this a perfect knitting pattern for using up leftover odds and ends of yarn.


  • Pair of 4mm knitting needles.
  • Small amounts of DK yarn.
  • Blank card (something like this) and glue, plus tools for writing, to make the actual greetings card.


On 4mm needles and in colour 1, cast on 10 stitches.

Work 4 rows of moss stitch as follows:

Row 1: (k1, p1) across row.

Row 2: (p1, k1) across row.

Cutting yarn 1, add in colour 2.  Work 2 rows of stocking stitch (k right side rows, purl wrong side rows).

Without cutting yarn, add in colour 3 and work 2 rows of stocking stitch as above.

Work 2 more rows of colour 2.

Continuing to follow the stripe pattern of 2 rows of each colour, decrease as follows:

  1. (K3, K2tog) across row
  2. P
  3. (K2, K2tog) across row
  4. P
  5. K2, K2tog, K2
  6. P
  7. K2tog, K1, K2tog
  8. P
  9. K2tog, K1

Cast off pulwise.  Cut yarn and thread through loop.  Pull to secure.  Cut yarn 1.  Sew in all loose ends.

After completing any desired lettering (we love wooden stamps) onto the card, attach the hat.  You can use a general purpose glue or a hot glue gun.

It is advisable to use a coffee stirrer or similar to apply the glue, rather than placing it straight onto the card topper.

Add a pompom once the hat has been attached to the card.  You can use a ready made pompom or make one yourself using a small pompom maker or fork.

Most importantly – give your knitted Christmas card to someone special and wait for the compliments!

Thank you so much for reading this post about knitted Christmas card ideas. We hope you found some useful tips and lots of fun free knitting patterns for future reference!

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