Bundle up and get stitching with these 6 winter knitting crafts to warm your soul

May 22, 2023
Keep warm this winter with these 5 cosy winter kitting crafts. Source: Getty

As the winter chill sweeps across Australia, there’s nothing quite like being bundled up with cosy knitted creations.

Whether cocooning yourself in a push blanket or keeping your toes warm with stylish accessories, winter knits perfectly marry both style and comfort. But that’s not all!

Recent research has found that the hobby can reduce depression and anxiety, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain.

According to Knit for Peace, an organisation that knits for those in need, there is substantial evidence to suggest that knitting is beneficial to the mind and body. The British charity conducted an extensive review of previous studies and carried out a survey asking 1,000 members about their knitting experiences.

Per the report, “there is an enormous amount of research showing that knitting has physical and mental health benefits. That it slows the onset of dementia, combats depression and distracts from chronic pain.”

According to the charity’s survey, 92 per cent of respondents said knitting improved their health, 82 per cent said that knitting helped them relax and 92 per cent said that the hobby improved their mood.

Roughly 30 per cent claimed that knitting helped reduce anxiety and blood pressure, and 10.7 per cent of respondents said knitting helps them deal with chronic pain, relaxing muscles and relieving the pain of arthritis.

With that in mind, Starts at 60 delved into the world of yarns and needles in search of an array of delightful winter projects that cater to all knitting levels.

So grab your knitting kit and prepare to be inspired by these wonderful winter crafts that will keep you warm and healthy all in the comfort of your home!

1. Chunky Knit Throw


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A cosy, chunky knit throw is a must-have this winter. And this super chunky Nantucket knit pattern is both practical and decorative, guaranteed to give your home that added touch of cosiness. The pattern itself is ideal for beginners, so just about anyone can create this toasty masterpiece.

2. Hot Water Bottle Cover


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Looking for a way to keep warm during those cold winter nights without using the heater? Then this knitted hot water bottle cover is just for you. This is a charming and easy-to-knit pattern for a seamless, one-piece cover that should perfectly fit a standard-sized hot water bottle. Not only is this craft practical but it makes for a great homemade gift!

3. Leg Warmers


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Knitting isn’t the only thing trending this winter, believe it or not, legwarmers are also making a comeback! That’s right, why not step up your winter look and unleash your inner fashionista with these Twinkle Toe legwarmers. These leg warmers feature charming ridged edges and a graceful lace pattern. This beginner’s pattern is also extremely versatile and customisable. So grab your favourite coloured yarn and get knitting!

4. Knit Slippers


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Everyone loves slippers and these knit slippers are the epitome of winter comfort. These cosy and versatile footwear options have been around for ages and make for a fun knitting project that everyone can enjoy. This knit slipper pattern offers a secure fit and is designed to bring ultimate cosiness.

5. Cowl Scarf

Of course, this winter knitting list wouldn’t be complete without a pattern for a knit cowl like this gorgeous chunky one from Flax & Twine. This easy-to-make design features an alternate rib stitch pattern that is seamed with a twist to allow you to wrap it around your neck. This pattern is also free and beginner friendly, so you can make a few in different colours to wear and to gift to friends.

6. Mug and French Press Jacket


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Nothing beats having a nice mug of hot coffee or tea to kick-start your morning. But if you’re someone who accidentally sets and forgets their cuppa you may need a handy little tool to help keep your hot drink warm just a little while longer – and this knitted mug and French press jacket does the job perfectly! This pattern doesn’t require cable needles and is a look easier than it looks.

So embrace the wonderful world of knitting this winter all the while embracing the physical and mental health benefits this delightful hobby brings.

Calling all crafters! Unleash your creativity and showcase your artistic skills by participating in the Starts at 60 Artwork Competition. 

Whether it’s a beautifully knitted scarf, a stunning painting, or any other creative masterpiece, email a photo of your work to with “Artwork Competition” in the subject line for a chance to win exciting prizes and be recognised for your artistic skills.

Competition ends on 30 June 2023 

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