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Kick off the holiday season with one of these cute crochet candy cane patterns! In this collection, you’ll find Christmas decorations, small gifts, and fun accessories that capture the bright colors and bold stripes of peppermint.
The sweet, minty aroma of candy canes is one of those smells that reminds us of holidays past and fills us with Christmas spirit. And their colorful red and white stripes are the perfect complement to holiday displays.
There are many ways to capture the fun and nostalgia of peppermint in crochet. For instance, you can make items that look like peppermint candies, incorporate real candy canes, or even just use the stripes and colors as inspiration for home decor and wearables. This collection of patterns includes some of each.
I’ve selected a variety of patterns from holiday decorations, to quick gift ideas, to useful crochet projects for your kitchen. No matter your personal style or crochet skill level, I hope you’ll find a candy cane crochet pattern to enjoy.
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- 10 Amazing Free Crochet Candy Cane Patterns to Brighten Your Holidays
10 Amazing Free Crochet Candy Cane Patterns to Brighten Your Holidays
All of these patterns are relatively easy, but there is some variation in skill and time investment required. You can whip up a small crochet candy cane ornament in an hour. Or spend a few evenings making a cozy wrap that will keep you warm all season. No matter what, hopefully you will enjoy these patterns and find inspiration for your holiday crocheting.
Peppermint Slouchy Beanie
This fun Christmas hat features the red and white spiral of a peppermint candy. I designed it as a slouchy beanie so the swirl will show from the back while wearing it.
The foolproof pattern is very easy to crochet and comes with a detailed photo and video tutorial to help you along to make it. I used Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted to make the hat pictured. But you could substitute a comparable Lion Brand yarn, like Basic Stitch Anti Pilling, or another medium worsted weight yarn.
Get the CROCHET PEPPERMINT HAT PATTERN free, right here on my blog.
Candy Cane Border
You can use this twisted candy cane border stitch easily for any holiday crochet project. It makes a statement no other border stitch does. You can use it for potholders, towels, scarves, hats, bags and many other crochet projects to give them an extra festive touch.
Candy canes come in so many fun colors these days! I made my sample in red and black. But of course, you could use a white color instead to create the characteristic white and red stripes of a traditional candy cane.
You’ll find the free video and photo tutorials for the CANDY CANE BORDER here.
Peppermint Swirl Pillow
Crochet this fun and fresh throw pillow to add a playful touch to your holiday decor! This pattern uses Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn and a 5.5 mm hook, which makes a 16″ pillow.
You make the front and the back separately, using increases and color changes to create the candy stripes. Then join them together and finish it with an interlocking border.
You can find the video tutorial and a link to the free crochet pattern AT THIS SITE.
This cheerful wrap incorporates the colors of peppermint and a metallic yarn to give it extra sparkle that will reflect the glow of Christmas lights! It’s made with simple stitches, which create a ripple pattern.
Wrap it around your neck to provide a warm layer while ice skating or visiting a Christmas tree farm.
You can get the free pattern for this wrap BY CLICKING HERE.
Reindeer Candy Cane Ornament
This adorable crochet project uses a couple of candy canes to make the reindeer’s arms and legs. If you want to make a more permanent version, you could twist together pipe cleaner candy canes instead of the edible kind. These are perfect for classroom gifts or for selling at holiday craft fairs. Just add an ornament hook and they’re ready to hang on your Christmas tree!
And if you love this little guy, you’ll be delighted to know that he’s part of a whole set of 16 candy cane ornaments. So you can make Santa, an elf, or one of the other sweet and jolly characters.
Get the free pattern by CLICKING HERE.
Candy Cane Hat
If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, try making this striped crochet hat, made with Caron Simply Soft yarn. You will practice front post double crochet stitches while changing contrast color yarn with each stitch! This technique makes bold stripes that will make your holiday outfits stand out.
The red and white yarn color combo is perfectly Christmassy. But if you want to wear this hat through the rest of winter, you could always change up the yarns to create different looks, too.
To get the free crochet candy cane pattern, FOLLOW THIS LINK.
Christmas Peppermint Potholder
This double-thick potholder is equal parts pretty and practical and will brighten up your kitchen for the holidays. It uses the tapestry crochet technique to make the peppermint stripes.
The potholder is also part of a set, which includes a gingerbread man, a reindeer, and a Christmas pudding. These would make a unique gift for someone who loves to cook.
To get the free pattern for the peppermint potholder CLICK HERE.
Peppermint Stripe Scarf
This easy candy cane inspired scarf is a fun way to play with different stitch heights. To create the wavy stripes in the scarf, you repeat rows of alternating single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc) stitches.
It’s a beginner-friendly stitch pattern that makes an impact and looks especially nice in contrasting colors.
FOLLOW THIS LINK to find the free scarf pattern.
Candy Cane Hot Pad
This fun and functional hot pad has so many charming details, from its simple and elegant candy cane design to its whimsical dot border. The candy cane square is backed with a solid red square on the wrong side, making it two-sided and extra thick. And at 8 x 8.5 inches, it’s big enough to protect your hands or your table from steaming dishes full of your family’s favorite recipes.
The pattern designer has also written a pattern for a coordinating hot pad with a winter tree design. The pair of them would be perfect to tuck into a Christmas gift basket.
CLICK HERE for the free pattern and chart.
Last-Minute Christmas Tree Candy Cane Holders
Christmas will be here before you know it. Even if you haven’t started crocheting yet, you can whip up a whole forest of these quick and easy candy cane ornaments.
The entire project is worked in rows of single crochet stitches in the back loop only, which gives it a ridged look. You make the two triangular sides in one piece, connected by a chain that makes a loop at the top. Then you slip stitch (sl st) them together, leaving space for the candy cane. One-piece construction means very few ends to hide, so you can give your yarn needle a break.
The free pattern is available at the THIS LINK.
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