Looking for the best easy knitting patterns suitable for beginners? These patterns will hone your skills with projects you actually want to make!
Every beginner knitter knows. Knitting is hard! Some of the more seasoned knitters may beg to differ but I think they just don’t remember back to when they were a beginner.
I don’t know of anyone who’s ever picked up a pair of needles and automatically known how to knit perfectly like some kind of knitting prodigy. As with all new skills, knitting takes practice! That’s where this great round-up of free beginner knitting patterns comes in.
Choosing projects of the right skill level will help you build a strong knitting foundation and help you feel more confident too! Now, don’t go thinking this is all going to be dishcloths (well ok there is one knitting project in there for a knitted dishcloth!).
This list is stuff that you will actually really, really want to make. Trust me, easy knitting patterns can most definitely be beautiful, wearable, and giftable. Don’t believe me? Scroll down and see for yourself!
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Common Questions about Easy Knitting Patterns
The easiest things to knit are going to be things that are knit flat and require no shaping, such as a scarf or blanket. There are also some hat patterns knit flat and seamed, such as the Easiest Ever Knit Hat, which requires no shaping.
Beginners should stick with the basic knit stitch patterns. Things that use garter stitch, such as scarves and blankets, until they get the hang of the knit stitch, and then they can move on to the purl stitch and more complex patterns.
Most people would say that the easiest stitch is the knit stitch. In this stitch, the yarn is to the back of the needle and the way it is wrapped feels more natural to most knitters.
25 Easy Knitting Patterns to Build Your Confidence
1. Favorite Textured Knit Hat
If you can knit, purl and work in the round, then I promise you can make this ridiculously chic slouchy hat! You’re going to love the fabulous texture that you get with the seed stitch pattern (alternating knit and purl stitches). Plus, there’s no shaping whatsoever so you don’t even need to know how to increase or decrease. You can even add a pom pom if you like!
Designer: Mama in a Stitch
Yarn: Lion Brand Woolspun (Chunky Weight #5)
2. Weekend Cushion
Easy knitting patterns that start out as simple shapes are perfect for beginners! To make these adorable striped pillows, you just need to knit two 18 inch squares using the garter stitch (knit stitch every row). Then sew the two squares together for the easiest knit pillow of your life!
Designer: Paintbox Yarns
Yarn: Paintbox Yarn Simply (Chunky Weight #5)
3. Men’s Basic Hat and Scarf Set
Make him something he’ll actually like wearing! Basic is better with men’s accessories and that makes them perfect for our easy knitting patterns list. The knit scarf is a super simple knit 2, purl 2 rib. The hat knitting pattern is worked flat with knit and purl stitches and some basic shaping on the crown.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Worsted Weight #4)
4. Kay’s Tess D’Urbervilles Shawl
Geometry saves the day in another installment of our easy knitting patterns round-up! I know this pattern looks a bit intimidating, but you’ll actually just be making a simple triangle. You’ll be working in garter stitch (knit every row) and there is some simple increasing.
Designer: Kay Meadors
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Superwash (Worsted Weight #4)
5. Simple Mitts
Easy knitting patterns for gloves can be few and far between. Here’s a free pattern that’s super stinking cute and also super duper easy! You’ll be working flat in knit and purl stitches with some simple increasing. The stripes are of course optional if you don’t feel up to changing colors yet!
Designer: Amanda Berry
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus (DK Weight #3)
6. The Great Start Super Scarf
If you’re brand spanking new to knitting, this adorable scarf knitting pattern is here to hold your hand through every step of the process. Casting on, holding the yarn, binding off, and weaving in ends are all covered in the written instructions and the accompanying video. The only stitch you’ll be using for this one is the knit stitch.
Designer: Michelle Greenberg
Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland (Super Bulky Weight #6)
7. Neptune Baby Throw
Casting on all your stitches can be very time consuming for beginning knitters. Thank goodness for easy knitting patterns like this adorable baby blanket that start at the corners. After casting on 5 stitches you’ll be increasing for the first half of the blanket and decreasing for the second half. Two strands of yarn are held together for a lovely heathered effect.
Designer: Lion Brand
Yarn: Lion Brand Babysoft (DK Weight #3)
8. Chunky Beginners Scarf
Cozy and quick is the name of the game when you’re working with super bulky yarn. Bigger yarn and knitting needles also make it easier to see your stitches! Easy knitting patterns that only call for knit and purl stitches are perfect for beginners to practice with!
Designer: Woolly Mammoth Knits
Yarn: Rowan Big Wool (Super Bulky Weight #6)
9. Knit Wavy Chevron Lace Shawl
If you have done a few easy knitting patterns before, you might be ready for a pattern that’s just a teensy bit trickier. This beautiful shawl is worked in rows using knit and purl stitches. Increases and decreases make the rows go up and down in a beautiful chevron and yarn overs make the lovely little lace you can see. You’ll even learn how to make tassels to finish your shawl!
Designer: Emma Knitted
Yarn: The Yarn Collective Rivoli (Sport Weight #3)
10. Simple Chunky Knit Hat
You can increase your knitting speed with this easy pattern that calls for super bulky weight yarn. This darling hat pattern comes in 5 different sizes – from baby to adult – so you can make one for the whole family! You’ll be using knit, purl and knit 2 together stitches.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Super Bulky Weight #6)
11. Mother of Pearl Cowl
This stunning and textured cowl is perfect for showcasing a yarn with a long gradient like a cake yarn. Along with knit and purl stitches, you’ll be working purl 2 togethers and knit front backs. I love great easy knitting patterns that let you practice your increases and decreases! Works up quickly with chunky yarn.
Designer: Universal Yarn
Yarn: Universal Yarn Revolutions (Bulky Weight #5)
12. Gift of Love Knit Baby Blanket
Blankets are always a welcome gift for a new baby. Plus, it’s a great feeling to finish a larger project like this. The lovely basket weave stitch gives this beautiful blanket lots of texture. You can’t tell just by looking at it, but it’s actually entirely made with just knit and purl stitches.
Yarn: Caron Jumbo (Worsted Weight #4)
13. Drapey Cardigan
I promise this gorgeous drapey cardigan is easier than it looks! I know that easy knitting patterns and a sweater don’t usually go hand in hand, but hear me out here. This pattern is knit all in one piece, so there’s very little seaming. The only shaping is for a couple rows around the neck, and you’ll only be using knit and purl stitches. You totally got this!
Designer: Lion Brand
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Worsted Weight #4)
14. Heart to Heart Scarf
This adorable scarf covers up just what you need with no extra time wasted on long scarf tails. It’s cute, it’s fashionable and it’s super easy too! You’ll be working in rows with knit stitches, knit 2 togethers (to decrease) and knit front backs (to increase). Interestingly enough, there aren’t any purl stitches!
Designer: Bonnie Nurnberger
Yarn: (Worsted Weight yarn #4)
15. Tasseled Garter Stitch Color Block Scarf
The name of this free knitting pattern says it all! You’ll be working entirely in garter stitch which is of course just knit stitch for every row. Color block is super popular right now and it’s also way easier than stripes since you only have to change colors one. This pattern even includes a step by step photo tutorial on how to make tassels.
Designer: Anne Weil
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Super Bulky Weight #6)
16. Dishcloth Trio
See? Just one dishcloth pattern! You can make the planet a little greener one dishcloth at a time while also practicing new knitting stitches. I love to practice my stitches on dishcloths because they are so quick and you can never have too many! All three texture variations are made entirely with just knit and purl stitches.
Designer: Paintbox Yarns
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Recycled Cotton (Worsted Weight #4)
17. Black Cat Basics: Mitts
Show off your knitting skills with these fashionable and functional fingerless gloves. I love making easy knitting patterns that I can actually wear! You’ll be knitting in rows with just knit and purl stitches. No increasing, no decreasing, and no fuss!
Designer: Alanna Penk
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (Worsted Weight #4)
18. Simple Triangle Shawl
You can make this gorgeous triangle shawl with just knit stitches! You’ll be working super easy increases made with yarn overs to make the triangle shape. Don’t be afraid to use “the good yarn” for this one. You’ll love it even more! Who doesn’t love easy knitting patterns that are also ridiculously beautiful?
Designer: Premier Yarns
Yarn: Premier Yarns Sweet Roll Frostie (Worsted Weight #4)
19. Super Simple Shrug
A cute and cozy knit shrug is the perfect wardrobe addition for transitioning from winter to spring (I know it’s February but a girl can dream right?). You’ll be working in rows for this one using knit and purl stitches and you’ll also be using simple increases and decreases for shaping.
Designer: Marni Reecer
Yarn: (Double Stranded Worsted Weight #4)
20. Warm Hands Baby Blanket
Learn the super easy ladder stitch and make a soft and warm baby blanket while you’re at it. Don’t you just love easy knitting patterns that only use knit and purl stitches? This design was made to support the Warm Hands Network – a canadian charity. Awww how sweet!
Designer: Sophia Minakais
Yarn: KnitPicks Preciosa Tonal (Worsted Weight #4)
21. Henny Shawl
Experiment with stripes and color theory in this surprisingly easy knit shawl! For this pattern, you will only be using knit stitches. Knit front backs are used to increase one end of the work while knit two togethers decrease the other end. This technique is called knitting on the bias and that’s where the gorgeous diagonal lines in this shawl come from!
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Cashmere (DK Weight #3)
22. Classic Ribbed Hat
Raise your hand if you hate sewing! You’re not alone. Luckily this super cute hat is 100% seamless! You’ll be knitting in the round and working a simple knit 1, purl 1 rib. There is a little bit of basic shaping towards the end to taper the top of the hat nicely. My favorite part is that you can wear it cuffed or slouchy!
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Cashmere Merino Bloom (DK Weight #3)
23. One Row Handspun Scarf
Patterns with a one row repeat are my bread and butter when I want to Netflix and knit. Along with the knit and purl stitch, you’ll be learning how to knit into the back of a stitch. Once you get the hang of it, it’s the perfect mindless make. You’ll be done before you know it. Plus, it’s reversible!
Designer: Yarn Harlot
Yarn: Worsted Weight #4
24. GAP-tastic Cowl
A generously sized cowl that you can wrap around twice is the epitome of warmth and coziness. It’s also super fashionable and looks great with a layered outfit. Bulky size yarn and a large circular needle will make this project fly by. Don’t you just love how good this easy knitting pattern that uses the seed stitch looks?
Designer: Jen Geigley Knits
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky (Bulky Weight #5)
25. Diagonal Comfort Blanket
Here’s another diagonally blanket knitting pattern where you only have to cast on 5 stitches. You’ll be using knit stitches, yarn overs to increase, and knit two togethers to decrease. The pretty border you see is actually worked at the same time as all the other stitches. A circular needle is recommended to hold all the stitches but you’ll be working in rows.
Designer: Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (Worsted Weight #4)
Do you see now? Basic doesn’t have to be boring and learning to knit certainly isn’t a race. You’re not just stuck with a garter stitch scarf! You can branch out from just garter or stockinette stitch with these knitting stitch patterns.
With the right knitting patterns, you can take the time you need to become a solid knitter. Which of these amazing patterns was your favorite? Have you tried any other beginner knitting patterns that you could recommend? Please share with me in the comments below!
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