Wednesday the 22nd was the official first day of fall! Are you ready for fall yet or did it catch you off guard? I know it can be hard to say goodbye to summer, but I bet this post will help get you in the fall mood.
When the weather gets colder you can find me inside snuggled up with a good book or my current work in progress. Fall is honestly one of the best times of year to knit, so it makes sense that there are a ton of amazing fall knitting patterns out there. I know that back to school time can put folks in survival mode, but let’s choose to thrive this fall instead.
Fall is a great time of year to knit yourself some wearables or accessories. We’ve got fall knitting patterns for sweaters, ear warmers, beanies, scarves and more. It is so much easier to enjoy the season when you’re not freezing – especially if your new knit makes you feel extra cute and confident.
If you find yourself spending more time indoors this time of year, why not make a few things for around the house? We have fall knitting patterns for throws, pillows, pot holders, buntings, and more. You can fall-ify every room of your house – from the kitchen, to the living room, to the bedroom.
Are you ready to dig into these fall knitting patterns? Scroll down and prepare to be inspired!
Featured Pattern for Fall Knitting Patterns
This pumpkin knitting pattern is ready for fall! You can use the mini pumpkins on a wreath or the medium or large pumpkins for decor. Make them in chunky yarn or super bulky yarn for even more squish factor!
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25+ Fabulous and Free Fall Knitting Patterns
1. Cashmere Queen Cowl
The unique moebius cast on gives this cute accessory it’s signature twist. With 4 colors and 4 distinct stitch patterns, this pattern certainly isn’t boring! I like oversized cowls that can be worn down over the shoulders like a shawl as shown, or bunched up around the neck. I bet you could even wear this one as a hooded cowl!
Designer: Skacel Collection, Inc.
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Cashmere Queen (Worsted Weight #4)
2. Essential Fall Pullover
September is a great time to start knitting a sweater. My problem with sweaters is that they require a ton of yarn, and I’m really trying not to buy any more yarn right now. The clever colorblock design of the Essential Fall Pullover is perfect for partial skeins, and it looks super trendy too! This sweater pattern is worked flat in rows and then seamed.
Designer: Mari Lynn Patrick for Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland Tweed (Aran Weight #4)
3. Fall Favour Bag
Favour bags are a fun way to package up trinkets to give to guests at an event. These cute little treat bags are designed to resemble a pumpkin in a basket. The pumpkin part is knit and the basket part is crochet. I love this unique design and I think it would look right at home in a rustic fall wedding.
Designer: Ellen Kapusniak
Yarn: The Women’s Institute Soft & Silky (Sport Weight #3)
4. Falling Flowers Ear Warmer
I can never seem to convince my daughter that she needs to wear a hat when it’s cold out. Maybe she will like this adorable ear warmer! The pattern has sizes for babies, kids, and adults. It is easy to customize the width if you would prefer an ear warmer with more coverage. The design is accented with 3D flowers in fall colors.
Designer: Melody’s Makings
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids (Aran Weight #4)
5. Just Leaves
These fall leaves in beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and brown are seriously versatile. You can use them as coasters, or add them to your table centerpiece. You could string them together to make a bunting or use them as decorative potholders. The possibilities are endless! What would you use them for?
Designer: Verily Knits
Yarn: Cascade Yarns ® Cascade 220® (Worsted Weight #4)
6. Falling Leaves Cowl
A gradient yarn in Autumn hues is the perfect way to capture the beauty of the color-changing leaves. It also saves you from having to change colors a bunch and weave in all those extra ends. This colorful and generously sized cowl is knit in the round using stranded colorwork. Click the link below and scroll down the page to see the free knitting project.
Yarn: The Women’s Institute Unique Yorkshire DK (DK Weight #3)
7. Pumpkin Potholders
Fall knitting patterns that feature pumpkins are very popular! Pumpkins are a classic motif that can adorn your table all Autumn long. Squishy garter stitch is perfect for extra thick and cushy potholders. The shaping is achieved through a combination of decreases and short rows. You’ll be switching between your two chosen colors using the intarsia color change technique.
Designer: Knitting and So On
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
8. Autumn Harvest Knit Pillow
Some folks think squirrels are a menace, but I think they’re adorable! The Autumn Harvest Knit Pillow features squirrel and acorn motifs knit in the fair isle colorwork technique. There is a button closure on the back so that you can easily remove the pillow cover if you need to wash it or if you want to swap it out.
Yarn: Patons North America Classic Wool Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
9. A Fall in Love
A handmade triangle shawl is a fall wardrobe staple that you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again. It complements the layered look so well and it wards off the chill in the air. The yarn used here, a soft mohair, feels heavenly against the skin and the sparkle in the yarn is sure to make you feel like a princess.
Designer: Le Crochet d’Argent
Yarn: Ice Yarns Mohair Magic Glitz (Sport Weight #3)
10. Falling Autumn Leaves Table Runner
The beautiful lacework in this table runner is sure to be the center of attention at your Thanksgiving dinner. Use a cotton yarn instead of the acrylic used here if you plan on placing hot pans on top. This intermediate/advanced level knitting pattern will certainly keep you on your toes with its 48 row repeat!
Designer: Will Spargur
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Solids (Aran Weight #4)
11. Fall Leaves Stitch Pattern
Check out this cool brioche tuck technique for achieving a beautifully textured and two-tone leaf design. This is really more of a stitch tutorial than a pattern, but it was just too pretty to leave out of the round-up. I’m so excited to see what you all decide to make with it – maybe a knit scarf or a table runner?!
Designer: Happy Knitter Club
Yarn: Marriner Double Knit and Marriner Mermaid (DK Weight #3)
12. Autumn Sunset Cowl
The Autumn Sunset Cowl is worked as a tube for two benefits: the extra coziness of the double layer, and easier stranded colorwork. The pattern has a couple of different sections of colorwork designs to help keep things interesting. A gradient yarn is a big time saver here – less weaving in ends at the end!
Designer: Laura Reinbach for Knitty
Yarn: Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets (Fingering Weight #1)
13. Fall Beanie
What list of fall knitting patterns would be complete without a beanie? A good slouchy beanie is a girl’s best friend on cold days and bad hair days. This beginner-friendly pattern features an easy all over ribbing. The pattern increases the needle size after the first few rows to add a bit of slouch.
Designer: Handy Little Me
Yarn: Alize Lanagold Classic Solids (Aran Weight #4)
14. Leaf Garland
The next one of our fall knitting patterns is a beautiful and colorful leaf garland. You can easily change the size of these leaves by selecting a different weight of yarn and size of needles. That’s what makes it such a great project for using up leftover odds and ends of yarn! If you don’t have a fireplace, try hanging it up over your front door or on a window sill.
Designer: Ariana Frasca
Yarn: Loops & Threads Woolike (Light Fingering Weight #0)
15. Dotty Cardigan
You might be wondering, what’s the buzz on the fashion scene this fall? I’ll tell you, it’s texture! Textured stitches add both visual and tactile interest to any project. Fall knitting patterns that feature textured stitches, like the aptly named Dotty Cardigan made with the dot stitch, are sure to be popular!
Designer: All About Ami
Yarn: Lion Brand Color Made Easy (Bulky Weight #5)
16. Finally Fall Bunting
Garter stitch and a budget-friendly yarn make this a great project for beginner knitters. This is also one of those projects where you can pretty much throw gauge out the window. Just grab your favorite yarn and needles and get to knitting! A beautiful bunting is the perfect way to decorate your home for fall.
Designer: Farm Fresh Knits
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Solids (Aran Weight #4)
17. Ombre Stripe Shawl
The Ombre Stripe Shawl is simple yet striking. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for with great use of color. There are many, many different colors involved but they are laid out cohesively and beautifully. The other great thing about this shawl is the size of it. An oversized shawl is like the socially acceptable way of wearing a blanket in public.
Designer: Kaffe Fassett for Knitty
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze (Lace Weight #0)
18. A Blushing Fall Hat and Mitts
These blushing beauties are totally on trend for fall. The color used here is easy to mix and match, which makes it perfect for your layered fall wardrobe. The patterns are worked in rib stitch in the round. Holding an alpaca yarn together with a silk yarn gives this design it’s soft halo effect.
Designer: DROPS Design
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca and Garnstudio DROPS Kid-Silk
(Yarn Held Together = DK Weight #3)
19. Simple Knit Headband
Work with the just the knit stitch to create this cute and cozy ear warmer. The super bulky Rasta yarn really gives this headband a unique style. The best part is that it’s totally beginner-friendly! The pattern is knit flat in garter stitch, and then seamed to form a circle.
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta (Super Bulky Weight #6)
20. Fall Bookmarks
Does the chilly Autumn weather inspire you to read more books? Bookmarks are fast fall knitting patterns that are also fun to make. These would be fun to give as gifts or you can keep them for yourself. The design uses intarsia colorwork. The final product is blocked with a starch solution to stiffen.
Designer: Scenery Changes
21. Falling Leaves Lace
Orange is a no-brainer color for fall, thanks to the pumpkin harvest and the changing of the leaves. This lovely lace leaf design is worked flat from end to end using knit, purl, slip slip knit, and double decreases. It’s wide enough to wear over the shoulders like a shawl, while also being light enough to scrunch around the neck like a scarf.
Designer: Rebecca Bussineau
Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino (KPM) (Fingering Weight #1)
22. Contemplating Fall Cowl
The Contemplating Fall Cowl features a delicate eyelet lace design that’s ornate without being too breezy. Working in the round makes the stitch pattern a little easier and has the added benefit of making this cowl seamless. Click the link below and scroll down to view the free pattern link (it is located below the yarn details).
Designer: Shannon Dunbabin for Cascade Yarns
Yarn: Cascade Yarns ® Aereo Tweed (Aran Weight #4)
23. Fall Cuddler Throw
Mix and match basic knit stitches to create all sorts of different textures in this stunning sampler blanket. The best thing about big fall knitting patterns like blankets is that they will keep you warm even before they are finished. This design calls for knit, purl, yarn over, and knit 2 together.
Designer: Mama in a Stitch
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Super Bulky Weight #6)
24. Bring It On, Pumpkin!
Fall knitting patterns for pumpkins are a dime a dozen. They work up quickly and require very little yarn. Plus they’re totally easy and endlessly customizable – change the size, flip it inside out to show the garter stitch texture, or try it with a different weight or color of yarn! (And yes, you can totally get away with using scrap yarn!)
Designer: Corinne Hawari
Yarn: Hawari Bazaar Sultan Chunky (Bulky Weight #5)
Of course, the gourds can’t have all the fun. This cute acorn would be so cozy nestled in a table centerpiece or displayed on the mantle. The quick and easy pattern might just inspire you to make multiples so you have a whole set! The design is worked in stockinette in the round and it calls for icord for the stem.
Designer: Fiber & Vine
Yarn: Cascade Yarns ® Cascade 220® (Worsted Weight #4)
Wow, so many amazing fall knitting patterns! Are you excited for fall yet? Which of these patterns were your favorites? Have you tried any other fall knitting patterns that you’d like to share? Let’s hear it in the comments!
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