Knitted Christmas card pattern

Wish someone a merry Christmas with this trio of festive cards by Helen Ardley. Choose from baubles, a tree, and a snowman.

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Free knitted Christmas cards

Send festive greetings to someone special with this knitted Christmas card pattern. It was designed by Helen Ardley for Knit Today magazine, and there are three motifs for you to choose from: a snowman, a tree and a trio of baubles.

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Each card could be worked up in an evening, making this Christmas knitting idea perfect for last-minute crafting. It’s a fun way to use up a few oddments of yarn from your stash, too. Attach beads and sequins to your card for some extra sparkle, and write a festive message around the edge in felt-tip pen.

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If our knitted Christmas card pattern has given you the papercrafting bug, check out our card making tutorials for more inspiration. Our star knitting pattern would be a perfect motif for cards as well.

For this knitted Christmas card pattern you will need:

  • Rowan, Cotton Glace (100% cotton, 50g/115m) 1 ball of each:
  • Oddments of yarn for the snowman’s nose, hat and scarf
  • A pair of 3mm (US 2/3) knitting needles
  • Small black beads
  • Small gold beads
  • Small gold and multicoloured sequins
  • Small silver stars
  • Gold and red bugle beads
  • Fine red, brown and green felt tip pens
  • Glue
  • Blank card 15x15cm (6x6in)

Knitted Christmas card pattern

Tension

Tension is not important for this project.

Size

Suggested card size: 15x15cm or 6x6in

Knitted Christmas card pattern Snowman
This knitted Christmas card pattern features a snowman with sequin snow.

Snowman knitted Christmas card

Body

Cast on 5 sts with A.

Row 1 (WS) Purl.

Row 2 K1, M1, K3, M1, K1.

Row 3 P1, M1, P5, M1, K1.

Row 4 K1, M1, K7, M1, K1.

Row 5 P1, M1, P9, M1, P1.

Row 6 K1, M1, K11, M1, K1.

Row 7 Purl.

Row 8 K1, M1, K13, M1, K1.

Work five rows in stocking stitch, starting with a purl row.

Next row K1, sl1, K1, psso, K11, k2tog, K1.

Next row Purl.

Next row K1, sl1, K1, psso, K9, k2tog, K1.

Next row P1, p2tog, P7, p2togtbl, P1.

Next row K1, sl1, K1, psso, K5, k2tog, K1.

Next row P1, p2tog, P3, p2togtbl, P1.

Next row K1, sl1, K1, psso, K1, k2tog, K1.

Cast off the remaining 5 sts.

Head

Cast on 3 sts with A.

Row 1 (WS) Purl.

Row 2 K1, M1, K1, M1, K1.

Row 3 P1, M1, P3, M1, K1.

Row 4 K1, M1, K5, M1, K1.

Row 5 P1, M1, P7, M1, K1.

Row 6 K1, M1, K9, M1, K1.

Work five rows in stocking stitch, beginning with a purl row.

Next row K1, sl1, K1, psso, K7, k2tog, K1.

Next row Purl.

Next row K1, sl1, K1, psso, K5, k2tog, K1.

Next row P1, p2tog, P3, p2togtbl, P1.

Cast off the remaining 7 sts.

Nose

Cast on 6 sts with B.

Cast off 6 sts.

Hat

Cast on 10 sts with C.

Row 1 *K1, P1; rep from * to the end.

Repeat the last row three times more.

Next row Knit.

Next row Purl.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, knit to the last 2 sts, k2tog.

Next row Purl.

Repeat the last two rows until 4 sts.

Next row (K2tog) twice.

Next row P2tog.

Fasten off.

Scarf

(Make two)

Cast on 3 sts with D.

Work in garter stitch for 3cm or 1¼in.

Cast off.

Making up the snowman knitted Christmas card

Sew in all the loose ends. Cut the six strands of white yarn approximately 14cm or 5½in long and stick them to the bottom of the card, one next to the other. Stick the body and the head onto the card. Stick the hat on top of the head. Stick the nose in the middle of the head and the scarf down the body from the neck seam. Stick two small black beads for the eyes, three beads for the mouth and three beads down the middle of the body. Cut two small strands of A approximately 3cm or 1¼in and stick them on for the arms and six strands of A for the fingers 1cm or ½in long and stick them to the ends of the arms. With a fine red felt tip pen, write in small letters around three edges of the card, ‘Let it Snow.’ Stick small silver stars around the snowman.

Knitted Christmas card pattern Tree
Decorate the tree in our knitted Christmas card pattern with sequins for extra sparkle.

Christmas tree knitted Christmas card

Cast on 5 sts with E.

Row 1 K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to the end.

Row 2 P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to the end.

These two rows form the rib stitch. Work in rib for 2cm or 1in.

Cast on 7 sts, then turn. [12 sts]

Next row K12, cast on 7 sts. [19 sts]

Next row Knit.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K15, k2tog. [17 sts]

Next row Knit.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K13, k2tog. [15 sts]

Next row Knit.

Continue decreasing as set until 7 sts.

Cast on 5 sts, turn. [12 sts]

Next row K12, cast on 5 sts. [17 sts]

Next row Knit.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K13, k2tog. [15 sts]

Continue decreasing as set to 7 sts.

Cast on 3 sts, turn. [10 sts]

Next row K10, cast on 3 sts. [13 sts]

Next row Knit.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K9, k2tog. [11 sts]

Next row Knit.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K7, k2tog. [9 sts]

Continue decreasing as set to 3 sts.

Next row Sl1, k2tog, psso.

Fasten off.

Bucket

Cast on 9 sts with C.

Knit three rows.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K5, k2tog. [7 sts]

Next row Knit to the end of the row.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K3, k2tog.

Knit two rows.

Cast off.

Making up the tree knitted Christmas card

Sew in all the loose ends. Stick the tree and bucket onto the front of the card. Stick the multi-coloured sequins over the tree and the large gold sequin to the top of the tree. Stick small gold beads onto the card around the tree. With a green pen, write across the bottom and halfway up the sides, ‘Merry Christmas’.

Knitted Christmas card pattern, baubles
Follow our knitted Christmas card pattern to create these fun bauble motifs.

Baubles knitted Christmas card

Cast on 3 sts with C.

Purl one row.

Next row K1, M1, K1, M1, K1. [5 sts]

Next row P1, M1, P3, M1, K1. [7 sts]

Next row K1, M1, K5, M1, K1. [9 sts]

Next row P1, M1, P7, M1, P1. [11 sts]

Change to B.

Work four rows in st st.

Change to C.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K7, k2tog.

Next row P2tog, P5, p2togtbl.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K3, k2tog. [5 sts]

Next row P2tog, P1, p2togtbl. [3 sts]

Next row Sl1, k2tog, psso.

Fasten off leaving an end approximately 3cm or 1¼in long.

Make another round bauble in B.

Oval Bauble

Cast on 2 sts with D.

Purl one row.

Next row K1, M1, K1. [3 sts]

Next row Purl.

Next row K1, M1, K1, M1, K1. [5 sts]

Next row Purl.

Next row K1, M1, K3, M1, K1. [7 sts]

Next row Purl.

Change to C and knit one row.

Change to D and work three rows in st st.

Change to C and knit one row.

Change to D and purl one row.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K3, k2tog. [5 sts]

Next row Purl.

Next row Sl1, K1, psso, K1, k2tog. [3 sts]

Next row Purl.

Next row Sl1, k2tog, psso.

Fasten off, leaving an end approximately 3cm or 1¼in long.

Making up the bauble knitted Christmas card

Sew in all of the loose yarn ends. On the two-round bauble, sew rows of small beads across the front. Stick the three baubles to the front of the card. Stick seven gold bugle beads into a star shape on the front of the card three times. Now stick gold sequins to the front of the card around the baubles. Then, using a brown pen, write ‘Merry Christmas’ around the edge of the card on all four sides.

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