First off, let me tell you that all of the photos listed below for winter crochet project ideas are for awesome FREE crochet patterns. So dive in! Every year, when the weather starts to turn ferocious and we enter the months of hibernation, we look for fun indoor activities to occupy our time and energy. Evening welcomes wind furies and I find myself inevitably next to the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate, with a crochet hook in hand. Turn on a movie or sit with a family member or friend, and it turns into a seat of utter bliss. Winter is the best season for crochet and knitting, because there are so many necessary accessories to keep each bit of our anatomy covered and frostbite-free, and we find ourselves with more time to sit inside and relax.
Over the years, I’ve made hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, cowls, and ear-warmers for myself, family, and friends. What’s cool is that crochet patterns are always changing and evolving, and new types of hats, scarves, and mittens are constantly coming into style. This means that with each new winter comes new projects, not to mention some pretty cheap and fun DIY Christmas gifts!
I’ve compiled here a list of free patterns for various winter crochet project ideas. These easy crochet patterns are a great way to practice using various simple stitches. Additionally, these beautiful crochet projects will make excellent handmade gifts. They should keep your hands busy, your mind relaxed, and your friends stylishly winter-fied.
10 Winter Crochet Project Ideas With Free Crochet Patterns
I hope you enjoy all of these easy crochet project ideas! Click on the photos below to visit the blog that is offering the free crochet patterns.
Crochet Ear Warmers
First, for yourself and basically every female in your life, girlfriends, daughters, sisters-in-law, etc., is the most simple and fun winter project: Ear warmers! These small projects are a great way to use leftover yarn.
It’s kind of like making a headband, but wider. I find these crucial to have on-hand when facing northern winters, because being quite vain and with thick curly hair, I find that hats do not flatter me and I refuse to wear them. This leaves my ears quite bare, of course, unless I can button on one of these beauties. There, protection achieved and vanity satisfied. Check out these free patterns for simple ear warmers:
Crochet Mug Cozies
On a similar skill level are these great coffee mug cozies. This quick project is a cute way to warm up a favorite mug while simultaneously keeping said mug from burning your fingers.
Basic stitches and cotton yarn become the perfect crochet gift idea. Especially when already placed on a mug and the mug is filled with fall leaves and chocolate kisses…
Try one with one of these free patterns:
Or this free pattern with a button from finvara.wordpress.com!
Crochet Boot Cuffs/Leg Warmers
A great crocheted accessory for both fall and winter are these crocheted boot cuffs. These cuffs are very chic, and dress up your outfit! The new designs are a great way to add different colors and extra texture to your style. They are like a way cooler return of leg warmers!
Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Mittens and gloves can be a bit trickier, but mostly that’s all in the fingers and these mittens are fingerless. For all your hipster friends, these can be a really fun cool weather accessory.
Crochet Winter Hats
Hats are one of my favorite things to make every year. There are styles for everyone, young, old, guy, girl, child, adult. It’s wonderful, and with a project that is only the size of your head, it’s easier to put more time into harder patterns. Here are some links to really cool free hat patterns:
I think that everyone who crochets or knits thinks at one point of making socks. Why not? We wear socks more than anything else we can make and what’s cozier in the winter than a thick pair of soft footies? There aren’t any prettier socks than handmade, and these patterns are free!
Finally we come to scarves. There have been a plethora of scarf styles through the years, and the newest fad is the infinity scarf. With good reason too, they are beautiful, easy to make, and super comfy. So enjoy these trendy free patterns for cold-weather scarves! A simple scarf never goes out of style and they make a great gift idea for a beginner crocheter.
Not only will these free crochet patterns give you some great yarn projects to occupy your time stuck inside, they make great gifts for all the winter holidays!
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Single Crochet Stitch Headband
Are you looking for the perfect project to keep your hands busy? Skeins of yarn are wonderful things with endless possibilities! Which of these crochet project ideas has inspired you? Do you have a favorite winter crochet project that you would add to this list? Share your simple crochet pattern or great gift idea @familyfocusblog!
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Arcee Miranda says
I love all the crochet ensembles. Please share more post with simple pattern ideas soon!
Literate For Life (Pamela Hall) says
Timely post. I just bought yarn to make an infinity scarf and two hats for gifts. 🙂 I like the cowl and rapunzel scarf. I’ll check it out. Also, i am definitely looking into the hat patterns. Need an easy one for a little boy. Small crochet projects are so fun:)
Sarah Parsell says
Yes! Isn’t the Rapunzel scarf fun?
Erika Wassall says
I absolutely LOVE the coffee mug cozie. I have never thought of that and it’s going to the top of my crochet list!!! What a great gift idea.
Excellent article Sarah!
Sarah Parsell says
Thanks, Erika! Crochet gifts are the best!