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Relax While You Knit: 7 Free, Easy, & Mindless Knitting Patterns for Christmas Day

Liat Gat - Founder

December 21, 2014

If your family is anything like mine, you may spend a lot of time on Christmas Day sitting around watching people unwrap presents. Here are 7 easy and free patterns you can knit while spending time with loved ones. Helpful video links accompany each pattern.

Liat knitting socks on ChristmasIf your family is anything like mine, you may spend a lot of time on Christmas Day sitting around watching people unwrap presents.

In our family, we like to stretch out the gift-giving as long as possible by playing the Santa game.*

This means that I spend much of my day hanging out on the couch, and you can bet that I’m prepared with a mindless knitting project or two to occupy my hands while leaving my brain free to pay attention to my family.

In case you find yourself in the same boat, here are 7 easy, free, and mindless knitting patterns to keep you happily busy on this special day.

Easy, Mindless, and Free Knitting Patters for Christmas Day

  1. GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley – helpful video: Recognize a Knit and Purl Stitch
  2. Magical Garter-Stitch Scarf by Liat Gat – extra credit: Bind Offs for Garter Stitch
  3. Classic Washcloth by Clara Parkes – not free but so soft and cute I couldn’t leave it off the list (it’s in The Knitter’s Guide to Yarn, one of my favorite books)
  4. Mindless by Susanne Sobotta – helpful video: Recognize a Knit and Purl Stitch
  5. Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood – helpful post: Switch Colors and Make Stripes
  6. Fingerless Mitts by Ann Budd – helpful video: Pick Up and Knit
  7. Basic Magic Loop Hat by Liat Gat – helpful video: Basic Magic Loop

*How To Play The Santa Game:

Not Just For Santa Hat Knitting PatternAll you need in order to play is a Santa hat.

Usually the youngest family member starts out as Santa. “Santa” has to select a gift from under the tree that is not from him or her and give it to its recipient.

Then everyone watches that person unwrap the gift and does the requisite oohing and aahing and photographing, after which the recipient then becomes Santa and selects the next gift. Don’t have a Santa hat? Why not knit one!

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This week at KnitFreedom is all about relaxing with the family while you knit, and tomorrow I’ll be sharing 7 Intermediate Mindless Patterns for You to Knit on Christmas Day.

In the mean time, think about your favorite mindless knitting patterns. What are your favorite projects to knit that are fun but require absolutely zero brain power? Leave a comment and let me know.

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  1. I can’t find a link to the fingerless mitts either. All I can find is the project page on Ravelry. Why am I not seeing the link to the pattern?

  2. No problems downloading any of the patterns, they are all on Ravelry. Very nice, Liat, thanks for the tips to keep the hands busy so I don’t get the dreaded hand-t0-mouth Christmas urges so strongly. Happy Christmas!

  3. Hi Liat,
    I really would like to knit the fingerless mitts, item #6, but I cannot find the pattern. Will you please find a way to help us to easily locate the written instructions? Nothing I’ve tried takes me to the site with the pattern.

    Thank you

  4. Could not get to mindless mitts pattern. Tried to go through all the hoops. Didn’t your people check if these pattern were even available? Guess not. Links to rav are as far as you can get, to find out out of print links????????

  5. mindless knitting patterns for Christmas – i could not get to any of the patterns i did try several ways. i’m particularly interested in the mindless mitts and the santa hat.

    hope i have better luck with the intermediate patterns.


  6. I am always looking for mindless knitting patterns for me and my mom. What a wonderful xmas present from wonderful people. Love your website, I have learned so much, positive and encouraging!!!!

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