Free knitting projects for students and teachers going back to school or college. Updated 7/31/23
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School Jersey Sweaters
Cardigans, pullovers, and vest sweaters / jumpers perfect for dressing up a school uniform. Options for v-neck or round-neck. Sizes 6 years to 14 years. DK weight yarn. Designed by Elle.
Library Books Hat
Book lover hat features a book motif worked in 4-stranded colorwork. Perfect for the writers, readers, librarians, teachers, and students in your life. DK weight yarn. Designed by Sarah Sinclair. May only be free for a limited time.
Striped Pencil Bag
Pencil case knit with stripes and closed with velcro. Great stash buster for leftover yarn. Size 5.5 inches x 9 inches [14 cm x 23 cm]. DK weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
Needs Sharpening Pencil Socks
Fun socks designed to look like pencils. Great gift for students, writers, teachers, and more. Instructions for both Toe-Up and Cuff-Down constructions. Length sized to fit. 3 sizes Foot Circumference: 7.5 (9.0, 10.5)". Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Heather M. Wright. May only be free for a limited time.
Everyday School Sweaters
Pullover and slipover sweaters / jumpers for school days with options for v-neck or round-neck. Sizes To Fit Age: 2 Years to 11 Years. DK weight yarn. Designed by Paintbox Yarns.
Notebook paper striped tube scarf knit in the round. Sizes 9” long. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Christopher Lizama.
Reusable small "brown bag" for lunches, snacks, and more, with apple tree applique. Size About 10 1/2 x 6 in. (26.5 x 15 cm). Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
Owl Sharpie Case
Pencil or marker case with a cabled owl knit flat. Great gift for students, writers, teachers, and more. One size: 6" (height) x 4" (width). Uses one skein 50 - 75 yards (46 - 69 m) of Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Chelsey Clammer. May only be free for a limited time.
Pencil shaped dishcloth are perfect for students, teachers, writers, and more. Sizes 9” long. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Kailee Erlandsen.
Animal Friends Pencil Case
Adorable pencil case or small bag with cat face, ears, and little i-cord legs. Sizes Approx 9" x 4" [23 x 10 cm]. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Yarnspirations.
Six different sized baskets useful for holding pens or all sorts of desk or craft supplies. The pots are lined with plastic canvas to make them sturdy. Sizes height 2" to 4¾". Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Frankie Brown.
Hat featuring mathematic equations for your favorite teacher, student, or math lover. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Deborah Tomasello.
A roll up sleeve with pockets for pens, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and more. Knit with a daisy stitch on the outside and lattice stitch on the inside to to accentuate variegated yarn. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Erin Salthouse.
More Free Patterns
We've Got Chemistry Socks
Test tube socks perfect for your favorite chemist or to inspire a chemistry student! These stranded socks are knit cuff down using either two or three colors with an afterthought heel(but you can substitute your favorite heel). Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Emma Kerian.
Reading Kids Sign
Perfect for libraries, schools, or a child's room, to remind everyone to respect the readers...and never interrupt them! Reversible because it's doubleknit. Size 8inch / 20cm side length. DK weight yarn. Designed by Lina Wolf. Available in English and German
Snack and Lunch Bag
Treat bag inspired by traditional lunch bags with knitted-in folds on the sides so that it closes neatly. When opened there’s lots of room for whatever treats you choose to fill it with. By using different weights of yarn the bag can be made in three different sizes: 16cm / 6½" in Aran, 14cm / 5½" in DK, and 11cm / 4½" in Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Frankie Brown.
Back to School Wash Cloths
7 different textured washcloths with "Study" to be stitched on 6 of the cloths, and "Party" on the 7th. Stitch textures include Basketweave, Plaid, Lace Chevrons, Seed Stitch Diamonds, Lace Mesh, Bramble, and Mini Horseshoe Lace. Other Ravelerers have substituted names or other words. Great gift for grads! Designed by Star Athena for Knitty. Worsted weight yarn.
Make your own chalkboard or whiteboard eraser by knitting a cover over a sponge. Great stash buster and quick knit – designer says it takes much less than skein of cotton yarn. Designed by Amanda M. Williams. Pictured project by dustyrose1973
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Rallying Reversible Scarves
Support your team with either the Go Team! slogan scarf or a checker board design, customized with your team's colors! Scarves are double knit so they're reversible. Designed by Paintbox Yarns. DK weight yarn.
Amanda Berry designed this cute zippered case that can be used to hold pens and pencils, cosmetics, and more. Approximately 18.5cm wide and 14cm high. Great quick gift!
Beanie for your favorite student coder with the "head" tag in stranded colorwork. Sizes XS(S, M, L, XL). Designed by Merri Fromm for Knitty. Worsted weight yarn.
Do Not Disturb Door Hanger Sign
Intarsia sign that's great for getting some privacy to knit, sleep, or other activities. Bring one with you when you travel, too, because they're easy to pack. Designed by Clara Parkes for Knitty. Many Ravelrers have substituted names or other words to the door hangers.
Make cozies to protect your tasty fruit to pack for lunches or snacks. It makes a great gift for hikers, campers and kids - or, take it to work with you. 2 Sizes Approx 2½" (3½)" [6 (9) cm] in diameter. Designed by Bernat. Worsted weight yarn.
Rosebud Cord Keeper
What a clever charming way to keep your earbud or charger cords from tangling! This knit flower has a pipecleaner in the i-cord stem so you can wrap it around your cords neat and pretty! Great use for scrap DK or worsted yarn. Designed by Erin Kate Archer. Because the active web page is missing the photos, I'm linking to the archive page with the photos.
Designed by Twins Knitting, these easy bookmarks are knitting flat and seamed.
Journal Band with Pen Pocket
Laura Crowley designed this easy, quick-to-knit band with a built-in pen pocket. Great stash buster or quick gift!
Patterns for Purchase
Back to School Kids Jacket
Inspired by Varsity jackets also known as Letterman Jackets, this baby, child, and teen sized cardigan can be knit seamed or seamless. Knit in your child's school colors or your favorite sports team! Sizes: 0-3 months / 3-6 months / 6-12 months / 12-24 months / 2 years / 3-4 years / 5-6 years / 7-8 years / 9-10 years / 11-12 years / 13-14 years. Designed by Sandra Magalhães for Agasalhos e Bugalhos who allows you to sell your finished items. Aran weight yarn.
Monster Pencil Toppers
These monster pencil toppers make great gifts and are super quick to knit up! This pattern only involves knitting flat and is suitable for a beginner knitter who doesn’t mind a tiny bit of embroidery. Clear step by step instructions to make your own little scary friends. Designed by ButterflyLove. Worsted weight yarn.
Perfect for the graduates, academics, and smart people in your life! A knit mortar board hat to keep their brains cozy. Designed by ButterflyLove. DK weight yarn.
Pencil shaped storage to hold school supplies, knitting needles, and more. 32x7cm (12½x2¾in). Designed by Amanda Berry. DK weight yarn.
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.
Monsterli Pouch or Phone Cozy
This colorful monster pouch is perfect for carrying mobile, a packet of tissues, or a pack of pills, or whatever threatens to vanish in the depths of a bag or pocket. Great stashbuster! 3 sizes. Available in English and German. Designed by Bianka Schlang. DK weight yarn.