One Day Knitting Projects
If you need a quick gift or fast knitting project, take a look at this collection of patterns that take from a couple of hours to 8 hours to finish. If you just have an evening there are patterns for hats, slippers, scarves, and more, even a shawl! If you have all day, there are bigger projects for a shawl and afghan. Please note that most of these patterns are fast because they use bulky or super bulky yarn with larger needles, some times with several strands knit together — so the projects are fast but you may need to get the materials.
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
Yoga Mat Strap
Gina Michele wanted a cute carrier for her yoga mat but didn’t want the hassle of trying to roll her mat up tightly enough to fit in a tube. She devised this strap with loops that’s perfect for carrying her mat. I can think of a lot of other purposes for this strap. I even wonder if you could use it as a yoga strap if the cotton isn’t too stretchy. Knit in garter stitch.
Arm Knit 3 Hour Blanket
Use 4 strands of super chunky yarn to knit this throw. Approximately 45″ [114.5 cm] wide x 60″ [152.5 cm] long.
The Neck’s Big Thing
Shelley L Brander’s clever scarf is a quick easy pattern that takes advantage of the texture of chunky or handspun yarn. You just knit the loop and let the yarn strands loop through. Amazingly beautiful effect for very little effort! You have to have great yarn for the best look.
Slip It Cowl
Knitters reported that it took them two hours to finish the cowl and the designer Jenny F says “a few hours”. A great way to show off multi colored super bulky yarn! And it’s reversible!
The Literally 2-Hour Shawl
Wolfberry Knits says that a reasonably quick knitter can knit the garter stitch triangular shawl in 1½ hours and the other ½ an hour is for blocking and attaching the fringe. The knitter tankgirl58 who did the project above reported it took 2 hours and 6 minutes. Adaptable to other weights of yarn – the project above was in Aran weight. I will say that the size looks on the smaller side so a larger version might take longer. Great for multi-color yarn!
Less Than Two Hour Slippers
Knitters who completed Julie Koerver’s cabled slippers attested that they took about two hours to knit.
Zuri Scrivens designed this lace headband that she says can be completed in a few hours. One knitter reported it took 3-4 hours.
Eleventh Hour Scarf
Purl Soho’s scarf was designed as a last-minute gift you can be proud of. Knit with two strands of super bulky yarn together, the designer says it can be finished while you watch one movie. Other knitters agree that they knit it in one evening.
Jane Richmond designed this super bulky cowl with a moebius twist that can be knit in one sitting. Other knitters say it is a fast knit.
Two-Hour Teddy Bear
Here’s a quick 11 inch tall teddy bear designed by The Knit Cafe Toronto. Some knitters report that, though the project is quick, it took longer than 2 hours for their first bear so keep that in mind, especially if you are using a novelty yarn.
11th Hour Headband
Benjamin Matthews designed this cute headband that knits up in and hour or two. Great last minute gift or stocking stuffer!
One Hour Mitts
These fingerless mitts wrist warmers by natalja are knit quickly in bulky yarn on small circular needles or double point needles. That means all the stitches are knit — no purling. However if you aren’t comfortable with circular or dpns it could take longer. Knitters reported the project taking between one hour and and three hours.
This Red Heart pattern by Lorna Miser knits up quickly in worsted weight yarn.
This afghan pattern by Lion Brand is fast because it uses 4 strands of yarn knit together on size 50 (25mm) needles. The four strands gives you an opportunity to really play with color. It has a lot of good reviews but it may take you longer if you need to get comfortable with giant needles and four strands. I’d personally use circular needles. It seems like straight needles would be very awkward. 34 x 54 in. [86.5 x 137 cm], not including fringe
One Ball Three Hour Cowl
Nancy Queen at Nobleknits designed this basketweave cowl to be knit in the round in three hours. Other knitters who worked on the pattern did not report their times.
NO NEEDLES! Slouchy Hat
Lori Frejek designed this finger knit hat that takes two or three hours to knit in bulky yarn or two strands of worsted held together. Hat can be worn inside out for a nubbier texture.
Two Hour Felted Slippers
Felted ballet flats that are knit in one piece with minimal seaming. The designer, Nina Hyland, says she can knit them in 2 hours. Other knitters reported times between 2.5 and 4 hours to knit. Be sure to include the felting time in your estimate! And use a wool felting yarn.
5-Hour Hat and Neckwarmer
Rachel Kluesner designed this super bulky hat and neckwarmer set that she says she knit in 5 hours. Other knitters verify that it took 5 hours — at least one said it took significantly less.
Two Hour Hat
At least one other knitter completed Karen Barnes’ hat pattern in the two hours she estimates for the project.
Fingerless Snowflake Gloves
Stefanie Japel created this design for Craftsy’s 1 Hour Projects. The snowflake design is done with duplicate stitch so you can leave it off if you want. Other knitters say it took longer than one hour but didn’t give the time.
Patterns for Purchase
8- Hour Baby Blankets
12 delightful and easy baby blankets to knit in no time flat! Each pattern uses worsted-weight yarn with an approximate finished size of 27″ x 32″.
Two Hour Toe Up Slippers
The slippers in this pattern are knit from the toe up using bulky weight yarn or worsted yarn held double. It takes approximately 2 hours to knit a pair.
10 Hour Afghans and Throws
6 projects: 3 afghans, 3 throws. Electronic download.
Wildflower Necklace Kit
Knit a necklace of fabric yarn with braided i-cord in about an hour. Patterns included for braided and sailor knot necklaces. Choose from 4 fabric options for the kit (options available are different than pictured projects by designer.)
Two Hour Neckwear
Knit it tonight – wear it tomorrow. Chunky yarn, big needles and a couple of hours are all you need to knit any of these 12 designs!
This could be used for scones, cookies, a small loaf of bread … anything yummy that needs to stay warm. A nice gift to knit whether it is stuffed ahead of time with baked goods or not! BONUS: This knitting pattern include the designer’s personal Blue Ribbon Biscuit Recipe, and a Springtime Dishcloth knitting pattern.
Arm Knit Fabulous Floor Pouf
Arm knit this ottoman in a couple of hours with super bulky yarn. The pouf is 24″ x 24″.
3 Hour Slouchy Hat
The designer says she knits this in two hours but is a fast knitter. Two adult sizes included in the pattern.
3 Beginner Baby Hats With 1 Skein
Knit all three hats with 1 skein each of Bernat® Giggles™ using U.S. size 7/4.5mm double-point and 16″ circular needles. Finished sizes: 14 (16, 18)”.
Spa & Bath Sets to Knit
Each of the 5 sets in Spa & Bath Sets to Knit has an adult-size bath mitt, drawstring soap sack, facecloth, and headband knit in soft cotton worsted weight yarn. Sets are Refresh (featuring a lacy diamond border), Paradise (diamond lace pattern), Rejuvenate (forget-me-not floral pattern), Sunrays (eyelet mock cable pattern), and Tranquility (with an eyelet lattice border).
One Skein Wonders
Judith Durant has created a series of books with projects that use just one skein of yarn. Some of the patterns are in this post.