Quick Knitting Patterns

Knit a Quick and Easy Project

These quick knitting patterns are designed to be easy on the knitter in terms of time, budget and (often) the mental energy involved in making them. They're great for gifts you need or want to be done with in a hurry, charity knitting, or whenever you want a quick project to occupy yourself.

There are some great stash-busters here, too, whether because of their size or because they already use multiple yarns. Or add stripes to other projects to use up your odd balls fast!

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    rolled brim hat
    Roll-Brim Hat. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Almost any hat is a good quick knitting project, but this rolled-brim hat is particularly easy because you're just knitting straight, around and around in circles, until you get to the small amount of shaping at the top. There's not even any ribbing at the bottom to have to focus on. Talk about mindless knitting!

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    Horizontal Scarf
    Horizontal Scarf. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This scarf is a great way to use up scraps from finished knitting projects, because a different yarn is used on each row as the scarf is knit horizontally. It may seem like this project would take a long time because of the sheer number of stitches in each row, but it only takes a few rows to make a usable (and very cool-looking) scarf.

  • 03 of 08
    Knit Pencil Bag
    Knit Pencil Bag. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This pencil bag, which could also serve as a knitting bag for spare needles and tools or for a small project, or you could make your own stripes by using up bits of your stash. Remember to line the bag with a fun fabric so all the stuff you put inside stays in.

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    Vegas Armwarmer. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Armwarmers (or wristlets, or gauntlets) are another genre of pretty quick knits since they generally aren't very long and don't include those pesky fingers to slow you down. This is a super-fast variation on the theme because it's knit flat, then sewn up the side, leaving a hole for the thumb.
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  • 05 of 08
    bias doll blanket
    Bias doll blanket. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    If you're giving a doll or stuffed animal to one of your younger friends, throw in a cute and quick-to-knit blanket for their new pal. This one could be knit in stripes to use up scraps from other projects, or just use one color as shown.
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    soap sack
    Soap sack. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    A soap sack is a gift that's both useful and cute. It's simply a small bag that a fine bar of soap can be placed in when it is used. The sack acts a bit like a washcloth or bath sponge to scrub and make lather, and it helps keep your soap intact down to the last sliver.
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    Broken Rib washcloth. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Along the same lines of the soap sack, knit washcloths are an easy project that's also useful and appreciated by almost everyone who gets them, whether accompanied by spa gifts or cleaning supplies (depending on the occasion).

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    A simple Stockinette cowl worked in a funky hand-tied yarn. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Use a funky ball of yarn -- or any treasured single skein -- to make a simple cowl worked almost entirely in the round in Stockinette Stitch. Alternatively, you can make your own magic ball with crafty leftovers for a completely unique look that will knit up in a flash.