25 Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

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    Even Beginners Can Knit Beautiful and Useful Items!

    When you're new to knitting, making a simple scarf is a safe and easy project. But then what? These 25 free knitting patterns are perfect for the newbie or advanced beginner looking to learn a few new techniques.

    And while a few scarves made the list, they are anything but simple, while remaining easy for you to jump in right away!

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    Color Block Garter Stitch Scarf

    If you only know how to do the knit stitch, you can still make this adorable scarf. It's a quick and easy project, and the color change and tassels add a fun detail. Knit one for yourself, then make a few for gifts.

    Tasseled Color Block Garter Stitch Scarf from Flax and Twine

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    Easy Knit Bunny Toy

    This sweet little bunny toy starts out as a square made entirely with knit stitches, or garter stitch. Then all you need to do is add an embroidered face and gather the square to form the rabbit. It's perfect for making simple toys for kids or with kids as you teach them how to knit!

    Cute and Easy Bunny Toy from DaWanda

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    Confetti Scarf in Stockinette Stitch

    Once you learn how to knit and purl, you can make this gorgeous scarf. The secret to that "confetti" in the knitting is holding several strands of yarn together as you work. The technique makes the scarf bulkier (and faster!), as well as beautiful. 

    Confetti Scarf from Purl Soho

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    Chunky Knit Pillow

    Add some knitting to your home decor with this pillow from Smitha Katti of Smiling Colors. Working in stockinette stitch and using the same technique as the scarf above, all you need to do is knit a square. Then attach it to a backing and add a pillow insert!

    Chunky Knit Pillow from ​​Smiling Colors

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    Easy Baby Booties

    Want to make some simple baby booties? These use garter stitch and simple shaping to make fold-over slippers for baby. And when baby outgrows them, make them in toddler-size! If that's not cute enough, there's even a size for grown-ups to match.

    Easiest Baby Booties Ever from Gina Michelle

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    Star Dust Garter Stitch Scarf

    Practice your yarn overs when you make this chunky scarf. The yarn overs create the holes that give this garter stitch design character. And to make it even simpler, you can use self-striping yarn so you get color changes without needing to weave in any yarn ends!

    Star Dust Garter Stitch Scarf Pattern from Just Be Crafty

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    Easy Garter Stitch Baby Sweater

    Easy Garter Stitch Baby Sweater
    Mollie Johanson

    With basic techniques, you can knit this adorable baby sweater! You create the shaping by casting off stitches, so if you can do the knit stitch, yarn over, and knit 2 together, you're ready for this. Then all that's left is to stitch the pieces together. 

    Garter Stitch Baby Sweater from The Spruce

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    Simple Striped Knitted Bag

    Carry your belongings, or even your knitting, in this simple and attractive knitted tote bag. The designer recommends ribbon yarn, but t-shirt yarn would probably also work for a soft and stretchy bag. Plus, it's extra chunky, which means it works up quickly.

    Note: the instructions for this bag were written in a non-standard format, but you can still follow them.

    Simple Knitted Bag With Stripes from Pirjo M

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    Summer Fling Triangle Shawl

    A shawl might sound a little old-fashioned, but they have gained popularity again, especially when you wear them as a scarf. This triangular shawl is a great project to show off fun, speckled yarn. Plus, you can add tassels as a fun detail! 

    Summer Fling Shawl from The Noble Thread

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    Bulky Throw Blanket

    As a beginning knitter, making a blanket can seem intimidating, but this throw-size Afghan pattern changes that. By working with bulky yarn and large needles, and using simple stockinette, anyone can tackle this project.

    Bulky Throw from Hands Occupied

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    Talland Knit Tee

    The Talland Tee from Blacker Yarn is simple enough for advanced beginners, but it has some special elements that make it shine. Plus, with a linen-wool blend yarn, it's a knit piece you can wear almost all year.

    Talland Tee Pattern from ​Blacker Yarns

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    Cute Kitty Hat

    Cute Kitty Hat Pattern
    Leah Jubara

    A child in a hand knit hat is cute, but when it's a kitty hat, that's even better! Although this hat uses double-pointed needles, which might be new to a beginner, the knitting remains pretty basic. After you finish the main part of the hat, add ears and a simple embroidered face.

    Cute Kitty Child's Hat from The Spruce

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    Drop Stitch Kimono

    New knitters fear accidentally dropping a stitch, but this lovely kimono design incorporates intentionally dropped stitches in a technique called drop stitch or elongated stitch. The simplicity means you don't need to do any shaping. Knit two rectangles, then join the back and sides for an accessory you can wear with so many outfits!

    Drop Stitch Kimono Pattern from ​​Mama in a Stitch

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    Tweedy Stripey Short Sleeved Sweater

    The boxy shape of this pullover makes it easy to knit, but the stripes make it anything but boring. Choose a few favorite colors and get your sweater started!

    Tweedy Stripey Pullover from Leslie Weber

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    Double Seed Stitch Baby Blanket

    This simple baby blanket uses two basic knitting stitch patterns: stockinette and seed stitch. The two textures both look and feel soft and interesting for babies, making it a perfect gift for a new little one.

    Double Seed Stitch Blanket from Knitting in the Park

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    Fat Cat Stuffed Toy

    For a knitting project that kids and cat lovers will want to cuddle, look no further than this stuffed fat cat toy. And if a cat isn't your thing, try transforming it into other animals by changing the features just a bit.

    Bernat Fat Cat Toy from Yarnspirations

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    Easy Breezy Cardigan

    Knit this lightweight cardigan out of Lion Brand Rewind "tape yarn" for a project you can wear all year round. It's cute and casual, and you'll be proud to sport your own handiwork!

    Breezy Cardigan Pattern from Lion Brand

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    Vancouver Toque Lined Hat

    Knit this slouchy beanie-style hat on circular needles for an easy project that won't require too much thinking as you work. You only need to use knit stitch for most of the hat, but it comes out as stockinette stitch. And instead of requiring shaping, the top closes with gathering for an easy finish. To make it extra warm, the pattern includes instructions to add a fleece lining. ​

    Vancouver Toque Pattern from Kiku Corner

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    Ionos Infinity Scarf

    An infinity scarf is connected at both ends so you can wrap it around your neck easily. And this one incorporates a few yarn over eyelets for a pretty style that shows off a soft and lovely yarn.

    Ionos Infinity Scarf from Meiju K-P

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    Slip On Baby Bibs

    Babies can never have enough bibs, especially when they're teething. This bib is similar to a basic dishcloth pattern, but the neckband slips right over the head and the cotton yarn makes it extra absorbent. 

    Knit Baby Bibs from Red Heart 

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    Easy Peasy Socks

    Knitting socks can sound intimidating at first, but Stacey Trock shows you how to make your very first pair with this "easy peasy" pattern. And once you learn how to make these, you can enter a whole new sock-knitting world!

    Easy Peasy Socks Pattern from Shiny Happy World

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    Adorable Christmas Tree Ornaments

    Knit Christmas Tree Ornaments
    Leah Jubara

    Want to add some knitting to your tree while expanding your skills? Work up these ornaments in classic Christmas designs. They use double-pointed needles, which might be new to you, but learning to work with them is worth the effort! 

    Knit Christmas Tree Ornaments from The Spruce

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    Mini Football Toy

    Knit this tiny football toy for a tiny football fan! You'll need to do some shaping, but it's a small project, so even if you need to spend some time learning the process, it won't take too long. 

    Baby's First Football Pattern from Knit Picks

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    Simple Stripe Baby Blanket

    Make this striped baby blanket with just knit and purl stitches, alternating two colors​ or perhaps adding in a few more colors. The stitches are basic, but the texture is lush!

    Easy Knit Baby Blanket from Leelee Knits

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    Farrow Rib Scarf

    farrow rib scarf free knitting pattern
    Sarah E. White

    Farrow ribbing is an easy pattern to work in your knitting, but it gives this scarf a beautifully textured design. And with large needles, bulky yarn, and only two rows of repeating pattern, you can knit this up quickly as you watch your favorite shows.

    Farrow Rib Scarf from ​The Spruce