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Beginner Knitting Patterns

by | Jul 28, 2017 | Featured

Beginner Level Knitting Patterns. Most patterns are free

You don’t have to knit scarves when you’re just starting out. Here are some patterns that are easy enough for beginners and give you something to use or wear right away.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Really Easy Wristers

Really Easy Wristers

Just knit a square piece of stockinette with a bit of ribbing then sew up the side leaving a hole for your thumb. Rated very easy by Ravelrers and beginner level by the designer. Designed by Lorna Miser for Red Heart.

Free Knitting Pattern for Hopscotch Headband and Mitts

Hopscotch Headband and Mitts

This retro styled headband is knitted flat, seamed, and finished with an additional piece for the tie. The mitts are also knit flat and seamed. The textured fabric is created using only knit and purl stitches, and it’s ideal for a beginner knitter according to the designer Jo Hazell-Watkins. These are 2 of the patterns included in a free ebook, 6 one ball projects from Rooster Yarns.

  Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Heirloom Blanket

Easy Heirloom Blanket

This beginner friendly blanket is knit in knit and purl stitches with alternating sections of a 2 row repeat Seed Stitch and 4 row repeat Andalusian Stitch in different colors. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. She does assume you know how to knit seed stitch so she doesn’t recommend it for a first project. Two sizes. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz. The web version is free and the printable pdf is available on Etsy.

Learn to Knit Seed Stitch

Free Knitting Pattern for Swiffer Mop Cover

Re-usable Swiffer Cover

Very easy quick knit sweeper cover is a great alternative to the disposable cloths and pads. It can be used dry for dust and pet hair or wet for mopping. Knit in garter stitch with cotton yarn, it’s a great practical pattern for someone just learning to knit. Also a great stash buster for cotton yarn. Designed by Mindy Vasil. Pictured projects by endofthepier

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Pocketbook Slippers

Pocketbook Slippers

These very easy slippers are knit flat and seamed and get their name because they fold into a portable pocketbook shape. You just need to know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Lisa Vienneau & Allison Barrett. Pictured project by Namma119

 Free Knitting Pattern for Freezer Pop Cozy

Freezer Pop Cozy

This easy and quick ice pop sleeve will keep little fingers from getting cold. Beginner level pattern and a great project to teach kids to knit with the incentive that they can use it with a treat after they’re done! Crochet version also available.

Free Knitting Pattern for Beginner Baby Booties

Free Knitting Pattern for Beginner Baby Booties

 Baby Booties

These easy booties are knit flat with the shape created through decreases and seaming. Designed for beginners, this pattern is rated very easy by Ravelrers, many of whom said it was their first or second knitting project. Excerpted from Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner by Aneeta Patel. Pictured projects by mama79hi and MrsJonnaC

Knitting Pattern for Easy Hooded Baby Blanket

Hooded Baby Blanket

This easy blanket is knit in garter stitch diagonally. The hood is knit separately as a triangle and sewn on to the blanket corner. Need to know how to increase and decrease. Designed by Lion Brand Yarns. Rated very easy by Ravelrers and beginner level by Lion Brand Yarns. Pictured projects by akt1215 and playathome

Free Knitting Pattern for Easiest Classic Top

Easiest Classic Top

The designer Jessica Reeves Potasz of Mama in a Stitch says this sleeveless top is perfect for beginners since it is knit flat in two rectangles in beginner stitches like stockinette, garter stitch, and rib. In fact she says this is good first project. Sizes Womens X Small, Small, Medium & Large. The web version is free and the printable pdf is available on Etsy.

Free Knitting Pattern for Bow Pouch Bracelet

Bow Pouch Bracelet

This cute bow bracelet designed by Derya Davenport has a secret — a little pouch on the underside where you can put coins, bobby pins, etc. A great beginner project because it’s made of 3 rectangles.

Free Knitting Pattern for Beginner Cup Cozy

Cup Cozy

Easy pattern knit flat in seed stitch and ribbing with one decrease and then seamed. Great idea for gifts for kids to knit. Designed by Grace Alexander for Red Heart. Rated very easy by Ravelrers and beginner level by designer. Easy to customize to try new stitches.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Little Black Tank Top

Easy Little Black Tank Top

Easy sleeveless pullover is knit flat on large needles to get the open mesh look. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz of Mama in a Stitch who says this is perfect for beginners. Sizes Womens Small, Medium & Large. The web version is free and the printable pdf is available on Etsy.

Free knitting pattern for Skappelgenseren pulllover sweater and more pullover knitting patterns

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Very easy pullover sweater pattern that’s great for beginners and stylish by Dorthe Skappel. The pictured project is by guroskaar

Free knitting pattern for Boat Neck Poncho - Beginner pattern in super bulky yarn.

Boat Neck Poncho

This easy beginner pattern is knit in two panels with a 2-row repeat broken rib pattern. Designed by Cathy Payson for Red Heart.

Free Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Baby Hat

Garter Stitch Baby Hat

Kathleen Sams designed this easy baby hat that’s perfect for beginners. Knit in a square with instructions on how to create the twisted cord.

Free knitting pattern for garter stitch tank

Garter Stitch Tank

This Bernat pattern is so easy it’s recommended for beginners. Quick knit in chunky yarn. Sizes XS through 5XL.

Free knitting pattern for Beginnings Neckwarmer Scarf and more neckwarmer knitting patterns


This easy and versatile design by Erron Anderson can be worn many different ways and is knit in garter stitch and dressed up with buttons. A great quick project for beginners.

Checkerboard Cushion Cover Free Knitting Pattern and more free pillow knitting patterns

Checkerboard Cushion Cover

This easy pillow cover by Julia Marsh is knit flat with three strands of Aran/worsted weight yarn held together. It’s a perfect project for beginners. Fits a 40cm x 30cm / 16″ x 12″ cushion pad

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Garter Stitch Ruffles Baby Blanket

Garter Stitch Ruffles Baby Blanket

This easy reversible blanket is knit completely in garter stitch with two strands of yarn held together. It gets its ruffled look by switching to large needles for a puffier section and then make to smaller needles for a tighter gauge. Consider two yarns or different texture or color to add interest. Designed by Diane Starke. Pictured projectby KathInOC

Free Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Cowl

Gigi’s Garter Cowl

Cathy Payson’s design is easy enough for beginners and a quick knit in bulky yarn. It’s knit in garter stitch with just a single slipped stitch at the beginning and end of row 1 to create a neat edge.

Free knitting pattern for easy Change Purse bitty bag

Change Purse

Bobbi Anderson’s easy beginner project for Red Heart is perfect for coins, stitch markers, or any little treasures. Knit as a rectangle with a buttonhole.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting for Beginners

Knitting For Beginners: The A-Z Guide to Have You Knitting in 3 Days

This book provides pictures and step by step instructions for help both beginners and experienced knitters learn new stitches and techniques. Includes 15 knitting patterns

Kindle Unlimited

knit fix

Knit Fix

Knit Fix ebook will teach you to cast on and bind off, decipher charts, choose fibers and calculate yardage, tackle holes, join yarns, work with multicolor knitting, alter a finished piece, and customize a pattern to suit you perfectly.

Knitting Pattern for Armchair Remote Control Caddy

Armchair Remote Control Caddy

This organizer is very easy and suitable for beginners according to the designer.

Knitting Pattern for Baby Layette for Beginners

Baby Layette for Beginners

Very easy pattern for baby set including wrap jacket, hat, booties, and mitts. Knit flat in garter stitch and shaped with increases and decreases. Sizes 0-3 months and 3-6 months

Knitting Pattern for Easy Beginner Chunky Blanket

Beginner Chunky Blanket

This throw knit in sections of garter stitch, stockinette, and seed stitch is perfect for beginners and advanced knitters according to the designer. Includes “how to” videos for basic techniques used. It does use jumbo US50 size needles.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Quick Tee Pullover

T Shirt Pullover

The designer Mama in a Stitch says that this short sleeved sweater is as simple as it gets and great for beginners. No shaping, just knit and purl. Knit two pieces of stockinette with a pretty rib hem and seam. Quick knit holding two strands of worsted yarn together. S, M, L, XL.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Baby Romper

Eve Baby Romper

The Eve Romper is a baby playsuit carefully designed to be simple in construction, perfect for a beginner. Knit in garter stitch. Two options for closures. Sizes included: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months & 12-24 months.

Knitting Pattern for Library Afghan

Library Afghan

Throw with a zigzag chevron pattern knit just in knit and purl stitches. Rated easy enough for beginners by Annie’s. 3 Sizes: Small: 37″ x 41″, Medium: 45 1/2″ x 50″, Large: 54″ x 60″. Recommended yarn available on pattern page.

Knitting Pattern for Passionista Vest

Passionista Vest

Lena Skvagerson’s simple-to-stitch vest is a versatile accessory and easy enough for beginners looking to branch out.

Knitting Kit for Claire’s Captivating Castle Leoch Shrug

Claire’s Captivating Castle Leoch Shrug Kit

From the official Outlander kits from Lion Brand.  Inspired by the shrug that Claire wears, the kit includes all the yarn you need for the project, as well as a copy of the pattern Skill level: beginner; size: one size. About 13 x 31 in. (33 x 78.5 cm), before folding and seaming

Outlander Knitting Kit for Return to Inverness Cowl

Return to Inverness Cowl Kit

From the official Outlander kits from Lion Brand. Inspired by Claire’s cowl, this kit includes all the yarn you need for the project, as well as a copy of the pattern. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Skill level:beginner

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Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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