Free knitting patterns for shawls, cowls, hats, sweaters, blankets, and more knit in black and white. Updated 10/30/23.
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Hat knit with a two color stranded design of a houndstooth pattern. Designed by Leelee Knits. DK weight yarn. Web version is free.
Wednesday Check Vest
Inspired by the black and white vest and outfits worn by Wednesday Addams, this pullover vest features a bold and graphic checkerboard pattern. Sizes XS to 5X. Designed by Red Heart.
Graphic blanket in striped squares knit in the round and joined by picking up stitches. Designed by Purl Soho. Finished dimensions: Approximately 48 inches wide x 56 inches long. Pictured project by knitsbakesruns
Slip Stitch Graphic Shawl
This rectangular wrap is worked in one piece in 10 panels of 2 stitch patterns each.
Sweet Moon Mitts
Fingerless mitts with stranded man in the moon motifs. Designed by Grace Lidinsky-Smith.
Pianissimo Keyboard Socks
Sideways knitted socks designed by Lori Torrance areknitted flat with either stranded or intarsia knitting for the keyboard, thenkitchener stitched into a tube. The toe, cuff and afterthought heel added last. Pictured project by Asjav
I know this has red trim but you could replace with black easily. Striking cowl knit with stranded colorwork in various geometric patterns. DK weight yarn. Designed by Amy Gunderson for Universal Yarn.
Baby Fiber Optic Cardigan
Sweater with graduated stripes knit seamlessly top down in baby and child sizes. Sizes 6-12, 12-18 months, 2, 3, 4 years. DK weight yarn. Designed by Gretchen Fancher
Hat knit with a stranded plaid design in sizes for the whole family. Sizes Baby/Toddler, Ladies/Small, Large/Men. Designed by Lisa Overby. DK weight yarn. Web version is free.
A stylish, modern, striped top with a hidden front pocket! Sleeveless pullover is knit in 2 pieces of 5 panels. Designed by Bobbie Fitzgerald for Lion Brand Yarn. Sizes S, M/L, 1X/2X. DK weight yarn.
Knit with only one color per row with easy slip stitch mosaic colorwork. Two-color throw is a quick knit in super bulky yarn in a 16 row repeat that changes colors every 2 rows. Written instructions or chart. Designed by Yarnspirations for Bernat Blanket Yarn.
Reversible rectangular shawl knit with a 4 row repeat of Two-Color Honeycomb Brioche stitch. Designed by Purl Soho. Sport weight yarn.
Fingerless mitts with houndstooth pattern in stranded colorwork. Designed by Ellen Gill. DK weight yarn.
Brioche Keyhole Scarf
Reversible Rodekool keyhole scarf was designed by Nancy Marchant. Note that original design used color. The pictured project by LilyLilyLily is knit in black and white or cream
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Lil Tux for Baby
Absolute cutest cardigan for your little gentleman. Designed by Judy Lamb for 12 months (2 yrs, 3 yrs)
Harmon Checkerboard Scrunchie
A scrunchie ponytail holder with a checkerboard design inspired by both the chequered flag of a race and a chess board. There's also a matching halter pattern (for purchase). Quick knit that can easily be made in an evening! A great use for leftover yarn because uses 22 yards (20 m) of DK weight yarn. Designed by Jennifer Olsen.
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Neville Longbottom’s Sweater
Designed by Joannie Newsome after the sweater Neville wears in Deathly Hallows pt 2.
Windowpane Blanket Scarf
Two color wrap knit with an 8 row repeat pattern. Size Approx 24" x 75" [61 x 190.5 cm]. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Patons.
Two-Color Mistake Rib Cowl
Easy cowl knit in 2 round mistake rib stitch. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Purl Soho.
Musica Felted Bag
Music lover tote bag purse with piano keys and musical notes. Designed by Deborah Tomasello.
Houndstooth Double Knit Scarf
Reversible scarf with houndstooth on one side and stripes on the other. Designed by Melissa Leapman. Worsted weight yarn. Pictured project by Gauginator.
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It's A Hoy Set
Striped baby layette featuring nautical inspired cardigan, bootees to match, and a cozy blanket to tuck around little toes. Sizes Blanket: 60cm x 60cm, Bonnet, Cardigan & Bootees: To Fit Age: 0 Months to 18 Months. DK weight yarn. Designed by Paintbox Yarns
Susan Ann’s beanie is knit from the bottom up in the round, and the colorwork is done with an easy slip-stitch pattern using only one color at a time per row. Three sizes. Matching cowl pattern
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Easy lightweight women's cardigan with bold chevron zigzag stripe in a 2 row pattern repeat. 5 Sizes 94cm/37in to 134cm/52in. DK weight yarn. Designed by Novita.
Just one strand of yarn per row! Fun throw knit in mosaic grid pattern in slip stitch colorwork. Use row by row instructions or chart. Approx 56"x 62". Designed by Bernat. Super bulky weight yarn.
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Falling Snow Scarf
Fair Isle flurries fall on this scarf that is knit in a tube, so it's double-cozy with no unsightly wrong side. The snowflake colorwork is all mapped out in both chart and written form. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Purl Soho.
Baby Bucket Hat
Easy striped summer baby hat with brim to protect from the sun. Knit flat on 2 needles. Designed by Tina Barrett. DK weight yarn.
4 Row Repeat Abbraccio Sweater
Long sleeved pullover knit with a 4 row 2 color repeat Shell Stitch with ribbed collar and cuffs. Sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and 2X-Large. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Rated easy by the Red Heart Italian Story Design Team.
This high contrast, op art blanket is designed by Melissa Dominguez to appeal to a baby’s developing vision, but we adults love it too! Two sizes.
Lata Houndstooth Sweater
Long sleeved pullover knit with a 4 row repeat houndstooth check in mosaic colorwork with contrast bands. Designed by Martin Storey. Size 32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50 inches. Worsted weight yarn. Pictured project by Mashuko.
Stella By Starlight Wrap
2 color rectangular shawl knit in a geometric design reminiscent of op art in slip stitch mosaic colorwork (one color of yarn per row). Designed by Shannon Dunbabin for Cascade Yarns.
Mosaic Chevron Blanket
Great pattern for Bernat Blanket Yarn, this afghan features a two color mosaic zigzag that’s a quick knit in super bulky yarn.
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Into the Echo Shawl
Slipped stitch mosaic triangular shaped shawl, knit from tip to edge. From a zigzag stripe body to diamond border, the pattern motifs are created using one color per row. Designed by Cheryl Faust. Sport weight yarn.
Super scarf with arrow motifs in stranded colorwork that is worked in the round, so there is no wrong side and you don't have to worry about your floats showing. Designed by KnitAndCrochetEvrAft.
Book Lover Bag
This reversible tote bag is surrounded by rows and rows of bookshelves. On both sides are an open book and the word “READ” in large letters. Double knit, the purse is fully reversible, Designed by Lisa Hannan Fox for NiftyKnitterDesigns. Worsted weight yarn.
Classic houndstooth skirt with options for style and fit. Sizes to fit 56.9-182.3 cm/22.4-71.8 inch waists (more info on sizing at site). Instructions for customizing size. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Charissa Lam.
Sleeveless top featuring bold slipped stitch colorwork inspired by black and white tilework in a modern silhouette. To fit bust 33½ (36¾, 40, 43¼, 46½, 49½, 52¾, 56, 59¼, 62½, 65½) in. Designed by Yonca Ozbelli for Universal Yarn. Sport weight yarn.
Easy Sampler Throw
2 color blanket with 6 different mosaic patterns knit with easy slip stitch colorwork with one color per row. Designed by Melissa Leapman. One of the 8 projects in The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting - Easy One Color Per Row Technique
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Easier than it looks! 2 color asymmetric triangular shawl worked sideways in easy mosaic slip stitch colorwork with only one color worked per row. Pattern instruction is written and charted. Size is adjustable. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Christin Kimsey.
Herding Cats Scarf
Reversible scarf featuring a “herd” of cats in doubleknit colorwork that shows the same design on both sides, in opposite colors. Instructions are included for the double knitting technique. 70 " in length and 5" in width. Designed by Lisa Hannan Fox. Fingering weight yarn.
Funnel shaped cowl with ribbed turtleneck collar and easy stranded design on collar. 2 Sizes. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Erica Jackofsky (Fiddle Knits).
Two color triangle shaped shawl with stranded pattern of houndstooth and gingham plaid. Designed by Dejana Knezevic. Sport weight yarn.
Tartan Plaid Scarf
Plaid scarf with fringe knit in the round to hide the colorwork reverse. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by LadyJayCrochet
Coggalbeg Scarf or Cowl
Buttoned scarf knit lengthways using a combination of mosaic knitting and slipped stitch patterns in garter stitch, so only one color is worked at a time. Designed by Plays With Fibre
A Houndstooth Wrap About Town
Keyhole shawl with loop to fasten in front and short row shaping at shoulders to keep in place. Designed by Kay Meadors. Bulky weight yarn.
Desiree Fairisle Sweater
Long-sleeved women's cropped sweater with classic Fair Isle houndstooth and diamond motifs. Knit flat and seamed together. Sizes To Fit Bust: 82cm to 107cm / 33in to 43in. Sport weight yarn. Designed by MillaMia
Tilted Heart Top
Striped pullover sweater with an inset tilted striped heart. Sizes Chest: 32 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54 inches. Designed by EileenCaseyCreations.