If there’s ever a day to be reminded that Christmas is coming it’s today. No longer do we get to lament about all the things we should have started back in June. Instead, its time to cast on and get to work. Today, we dish about four quick Christmas-themed knits that make good stash busters just as much as they make sweet additions to your handmade holidays.

Winter Animals Knit Christmas Ornaments by Amy Gaines

Make a garland, top a present, or hang as an ornament. Knit up these five cozy creatures, which fit in the palm of your hand, to add a touch of festive cuteness to your holiday. Work up with worsted weight yarn in the colors shown by the designer or choose your own palette to coordinate with your wrapping paper, house, or tree.

Boho Embroidered Stockings by Annie Lupton

With bulky weight yarn and a size US 10 needle, this pattern is a go-to for those needing a stocking for their fireplace this season. Use the pattern instructions to knit up a basic stocking and then watch the designer’s video tutorials to learn and apply basic embroidery stitches. Make your stockings unique to you and yours to create heirloom pieces that will be loved.

Needled by Hunter Hammersen

Want to transform your dinner table centerpiece into a winter wonderland? Perhaps you need some festive flair on your mantle. Hunter Hammersen’s adorable, tiny trees are just what you need. With any weight yarn, work these trees from the bottom up and in the round. There are instructions to build the trees to stand or hang and definitely no limit as to how many you can make.

Christmas Elf Doll Amigurumi by Irina Ferrer

A fun knit for anyone who wants to decorate with a cheeky collection of elves or thinks there shelf elf needs a friend. Use DK weight yarn to knit a basic elf and then add details to make it your own. The pattern includes 55 photos to illustrate the construction, making it a great pattern for any curious knitter.