23 Beginner Friendly Knitting Patterns- easy-to-follow free knitting patterns for the whole family.
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23 Beginner Friendly Knitting Patterns
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This cozy, hooded sweater knits up fast thanks to the super bulky yarn and large needles.
This pullover sweater features raglan sleeves and a ribbed hem, cuffs. There’s also a roomy Garter stitch hood. It’s warm, cozy, and ideal for winter weather.
This pattern is suited for beginner knitters. It consists of 4 separate pieces (front, back, and sleeves) that are stitched together when finished. The hood is picked up and knit on circular needles.
This Diamond Knit Hat Pattern is deceptively easy! The diamond pattern is created using alternating knit and purl stitches. This hat features a ribbed brim and a slouchy shape.
This hat can be knit in an evening thanks to the super bulky yarn and large needles.
What’s better than a blanket? One with a hood, of course! This hooded baby blanket is a breeze to knit. It’s knit on a diagonal using a basic garter stitch. At the beginning of each row, you yarn over (YO) to increase a stitch. After you have 175 stitches, you begin the decrease. The hood is knit separately and then sewn on.
I used Lion Brand Mandala for this project. It comes in a wide array of fun colors. The super-long self striping makes it perfect for blankets!
This hat is a textured combination of ribbing and garter stitches. It’s colorful, cozy, and topped with a fluffy pom pom. This hat is knit on straight needles with minimal shaping at the crown.
Best of all? This hat can be whipped up in an evening thanks to the large needles and super bulky yarn!
This Garter Stitch baby cardigan is ideal for beginner knitters. It is knit in one piece (from the bottom up), then folded over and seamed. The ties are knit separately and then sewn on. No buttons or buttonholes are needed.
This classic baby cardigan is a quick knit and it makes a great gift!
This Thick and Quick Hat Knitting Pattern is a fast project that’s suitable for beginners (as long as you’re comfortable using circular and double point needles). This hat features a wide, ribbed brim and a relaxed shape.
For this pattern, I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn. Thick & Quick is one of my favorites and I’ve used it countless times for my free knitting patterns. Anyone who knits knows that it’s a time-consuming hobby, so being able to whip up a hat in an evening using Thick & Quick is pretty gratifying!
This baby sweater features a classic design with ribbed cuffs and hem and a rollover collar. It is knit using Stockinette Stitch (knit one side, purl the other). The shaping is very minimal. The project is ideal for beginner knitters!
These flat knit knit slippers are a great project for beginner knitters, and they make a thoughtful and practical gift for the men in your life.
These slippers are a comfortable and stylish way to keep feet warm and cozy all winter long. They are easy to knit and can be customized with your choice of colors. These slippers may have a ribbed cuff and a shaped heel for a better fit.
This bunny hat is ideal for beginners since it is knit on single point needles using basic rib and garter stitches. The ears are knit separately and then sewn on. This is a fast & fun project that will keep your little one toasty when the cool weather arrives.
An easy hat that knits up in 3 hours using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn!
This hat features ear flaps, a fitted shape and it’s topped with a fluffy Pom Pom. This ear flap hat is a fun and fast knit that can be completed in an evening. The hat is knit flat and then seamed when finished.
This wrap sweater with kimono-inspired sleeves. It’s beginner-friendly and knit using stockinette stitch.
The sweater consists of 3 pieces- the back, the left front and the right front. There’s minimal shaping and it knits up relatively fast with size US 8 needles.
This this hat is knit using 2 strands of yarn at the same time to provide extra warmth! It features a wide, ribbed foldover brim and a textured (beehive stitch) body .
Hand knit mittens make a great gift, but they can seem like an intimidating pattern if you’re new to knitting. They’re using knit on double point needles, which can be tricky to handle even for experienced knitters. These classic mittens are knit on straight needles using rib 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’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 that’s ideal for beginners!
The super-bulky weight is ideal for cozy hats and scarves. It is knit using Lion Brand’s Thick & Quick yarn. This yarn comes in a huge array of colors including self-striping.
This men’s beanie features a rib stitch design and a wide brim. This easy knit hat can be completed in an evening thanks to the super bulky yarn and large needles.
This pattern 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 used Lion Brand Scarfie for this pattern. it’s soft, easy to work with and it comes in an array of pretty ombre colors. If you’d like to use another yarn, any #4 weight yarn will do.
This kids hat features a wide brim and it’s topped with a fluffy pom pom.
Baby booties make a great gift and they’re a quick knitting project that’s ideal for scrap yarn! This Garter Stitch Booties Knitting Pattern is beginner-friendly. It’s knit on single point needles and entirely in knit stitch.
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.
I used Lion Brand Landscapes for this project. The self-striping is beautiful and it’s perfect for the chevron stitch! It comes in an array of saturated, jewel tones.
The Chevron Stitch looks complicated but it’s actually simple to knit. The design is created by making some increases and decreases.
This Easy Ear Flap Hat Knitting Pattern is knit in the round, using 2 strands of yarn at the same time. Doubling up the yarn is one of my favorite easy ways to add texture and interest to an otherwise simple design. If you’ve never tried knitting with two strands at once, don’t worry- it’s easy. You just have to make sure that knitting through both loops when you make a stitch.
This sweater is a breeze to knit! The body is stockinette stitch with ribbed hem, cuffs, and collar. This sweater has raglan sleeves which are sleeves that extend in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone.
I used Lion Brand Mandala Tweed in Lucky Penny for this Beginner Kids Sweater Knitting Pattern. It’s a self-striping yarn with long colorways. The medium weight is ideal for spring mornings.
If you’re new to knitting, most slipper patterns might seem intimidating. Most patterns require double point needles and intricate toe and heel shaping. The shape is created by some simple decreases. This Flat Knit Slippers Knitting Pattern is ideal for beginner knitters or anyone looking for a fast & easy project. These slippers are knit flat on single point needles using chunky yarn and knit and purl stitches. There’s no heel shaping or anything fancy. You can adjust the size to your foot length as you knit.
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