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One Day Knitting Projects

by | Dec 6, 2015 | Featured, Gifts to Knit, Quick Projects

Quick Knitting Patterns you can finish in one day, many free patterns

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Yoga Mat Strap

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.

Free knitting pattern for Necks Big Thing quick easy scarf

© Klisakcat

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.

Free knitting pattern for Slip It Cowl and more weekend knitting patterns

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!

Free knitting pattern for the Literally 2 Hour Shawl and more weekend knitting patterns

© tankgirl58

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!

Free knitting pattern for Less Than Two Hour Slippers and more weekend knitting patterns

Less Than Two Hour Slippers

Knitters who completed Julie Koerver’s cabled slippers attested that they took about two hours to knit.

Free knitting pattern for Serenity Headband and more weekend knitting patterns

Serenity Headband

Zuri Scrivens designed this lace headband that she says can be completed in a few hours. One knitter reported it took 3-4 hours.

Free knitting pattern for Eleventh Hour Scarf and more weekend knitting patterns

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.

Free knitting pattern for Marian Cowl and more weekend knitting patterns

Marian Cowl

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 Free Knitting Pattern | Favorite Bear Knitting Patterns including Teddy Bears, Paddington Bear, Koala Bear - many free patterns

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.

Free knitting pattern for 11th Hour Headband and more projects to finish in one day

11th Hour Headband

Benjamin Matthews designed this cute headband that knits up in and hour or two. Great last minute gift or stocking stuffer!

Free knitting pattern for One Hour Mitts and more one day knitting patterns

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.

8-Hour Shawl Free Knitting Pattern | Free Shawl and Wrap Knitting Patterns at

8-Hour Shawl

This Red Heart pattern by Lorna Miser knits up quickly in worsted weight yarn.

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Free knitting pattern for 6 Hour Afghan and more weekend knitting patterns

6-Hour Afghan

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 Cowl

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.

Free knitting pattern for No Needles Slouchy Hat and weekend knitting patterns

© Dafiags

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.

Free knitting pattern for Two Hour Felted Slippers and more weekend knitting projects

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.

Free knitting pattern for 5-Hour Hat and Gaither and more one day knitting patterns

© SheenaJade

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.

Free knitting pattern for 2 Hour Hat and more one day knitting patterns

Two Hour Hat

At least one other knitter completed Karen Barnes’ hat pattern in the two hours she estimates for the project.

Free knitting pattern for Fingerless Snowflake Gloves and more weekend knit patterns

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

9 Hour Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns

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″.

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Knitting pattern for Two Hour Toe Up Slippers

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 Knitting Patterns

10 Hour Afghans and Throws

6 projects: 3 afghans, 3 throws. Electronic download.

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Knitting Kit for Wildflower Necklace

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

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!

Knitting pattern for biscuit blanket

Biscuit Blanket

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.

Free knitting pattern for Pouf / Footstool / Ottoman you can finish in a couple of hours

Arm Knit Fabulous Floor Pouf

Arm knit this ottoman in a couple of hours with super bulky yarn. The pouf is 24″ x 24″.

Knitting pattern for 3 Hour Slouch Hat and more weekend knitting patterns

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.

Baby Hat Knitting Patterns

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)”.

Knitting Patterns for Spa and Bath Sets

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).

101 Designer One-Skein Wonders

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.

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