15 Easiest Free Knitting Patterns- New to knitting? Try one of these beginner-friendly patterns for the whole family.
These Easiest knitting patterns have simple stitch patterns, minimal shaping, and few finishing techniques required. Examples of easy patterns include in this roundup are scarves, blankets, and hats. Some patterns may only require knowledge of basic knit and purl stitches, while others may include simple increases and decreases to create shaping. Many easy patterns are also written for beginners, with detailed instructions and step-by-step tutorials to guide the knitter through the process.
Several of these patterns usually use large needles and bulky yarn, which makes them quick to work up and easy to see your progress.
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15 Easiest Free Knitting Patterns
If you can knit a rectangle, you can make this baby hat!
This knitting pattern is as easy as they come! There’s no crown shaping, or decreasing and it’s knit flat on single point needles. This hat is the perfect project for beginner knitters looking to move beyond basic scarves. This easy knit pattern is also great for charity knitting because it’s such a breeze to make.
The finished piece is sewn together at the side and the top is tied off. The rib pattern ensures that the hat stays snugly put on little heads.
Ideal for beginners! If you can knit a square, you can make this adorable, plush bunny!
There are tons of great knitting patterns out there for stuffed animals, but most of them aren’t beginner-friendly. This bunny knitting pattern is as easy as it comes- if you can knit a square, you can make this! This little guy makes a great gift and this pattern is also a great way to make use of scrap yarn!
Beginner-friendly pattern for a cozy kid’s knit poncho.
This Kids Poncho Knitting Pattern is perfect for beginners. The front and back are knit flat and there’s no shaping or decreasing. The turtleneck collar is picked up and knit on circular needles.
The super bulky yarn and large needle size make this a fast knit.
A quick and easy pattern for stay-on baby booties. Knit flat on straight needles. These booties feature a foldover cuff and ribbed toe. These basic booties are gender neutral and they make a great gift.
If you can knit a scarf, you can make this hat! This knitting project is perfect for beginner knitters who want to move beyond the basic scarf. This hat is as simple as you can get! It’s knit on single point needles using the garter stitch (knit every row). There’s no shaping at the crown. You make a rectangle, sew the side seam, and boom! you have a hat!
I created his pattern especially for beginners- there’s no complicated heel shaping. As long as you can knit, purl and bind off, you can make these cozy slippers!
A beginner-friendly pattern for a colorful, textured scarf!
For this pattern, I used Lion Brand Cupcake yarn. Cupcake has really long colorways so it’s ideal for color block throws and scarves. It creates pretty and vibrant gradient colors without the hassle of switching yarns. Thanks to its generous size, you only need one ball for this project.
This scarf is a mixture of garter and seed stitch. Seed stitch gets its name from the raised bumps that resemble seeds. It’s a reversible stitch that’s created using knit and purl stitches, but instead of having the stitches stack on top of each other to form ribbing, they are offset.
Hand-knit baby booties are a thoughtful gift, but if you’re a beginner knitter they can be tricky to make. This Easiest Baby Booties Ever Knitting Pattern is perfect for beginners! Most baby bootie knitting patterns require double-pointed needles and have heel shaping. These are knit flat and shaped through some well-placed decreases. The foldover shape in the front helps keep the booties on tiny feet. Best of all, this pair of baby booties only takes about 30 minutes to make!
Perfect for beginner knitters! Knit this basic beanie on straight needles in one evening.
If you’re new to knitting and you want to move beyond the basic scarf I have just the knitting pattern for you! This Flat Knit Hat Knitting pattern uses straight needles which are perfect for those who aren’t comfortable with circular needles yet. It’s so easy to make! There’s some minor shaping at the top, but other than that, this hat is knit almost like a scarf.
This hat is knit in rib stitch and it has a foldover brim.
This knit flat hat is made using chunky yarn and large needles.
A lightweight weight summer top knit in nylon/cotton yarn. The pattern is ideal for beginners!
This Garter Stitch Tank Knitting Pattern is an easy basic to get you through the spring season. This sleeveless top features a relaxed shape with a scoop neckline. It’s the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Best of all? This tank is unbelievably easy to knit! It’s knit in Garter Stitch and there’s minimal shaping (only the neck hole).
Beginner-friendly pattern for the cuddliest of blankets!
This Hooded Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern is perfect for beginners. The hood is knit flat and then seamed. Everything is knit with a simple Garter Stitch. The super bulky yarn and large needles make this a fast project. Also, checking the gauge is not necessary. This hooded baby blanket makes a great gift for little ones!
This easy hooded scarf is the ideal cold weather accessory! It’s perfect for beginners because the hood is knit flat. It’s seamed in the back and then sewn onto the scarf.
I used one of my favorite yarns for this pattern- Lion Brand Thick & Quick Wool-Ease. The color “Bedrock” I used for this pattern has subtle color variations that are so pretty. This scarf knits up fast thanks to the chunky yarn and large needles. It is knit using a combination of garter and Stockinette stitches.
Knitting sweaters is usually a complicated and time consuming process. Not this one! This loose fitting sweater consists of a basic Stockinette Stitch. There’s no armhole shaping or adding sleeves. The entire sweater is knit on single point needles, so it’s beginner-friendly.
If you can knit a scarf, you can make this hat!
I remember when I first started knitting I had such a hard time finding a hat pattern that was truly beginner friendly. All the hat knitting patterns I came across used circular knitting needles and/or had complicated (to me, at least!) crown shaping. This Easiest Kids Hat Ever knitting pattern is perfect for beginners. I wish I could go back in time and give myself this pattern! It’s fool proof and ideal for anyone who is new to knitting and wants to move beyond the basic scarf.
The ribbed design is very stretchy and this hat can accommodate a wide range of sizes.
A classic, boatneck sweater that’s easy to knit!
If you’re new to knitting, or you just want an easy project, this baby sweater is it! This sweater is knit entirely in Garter Stitch and it is worked as one piece. Instead of having to sew 4 pieces together (2 sleeves, front, and back), you just fold this sweater over and sew under the arms and side seams. There is some simple casting on and binding off for the sleeves and neck. This is a straight-forward knit using worsted weight yarn that’s ideal for beginners!
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