Beginner Knit Patterns

Every expert was once a beginner

The following patterns are appropriate even for beginning knitters.

Fall Leaves Shawl Pattern and Recipe

Get the free pattern for this beautiful Fall Leaves Shawl. Instructions are provided for how to customize the shawl, along with a video demonstration of how of to knit the lace.

Traveller’s Cowl Pattern

I designed the Traveller’s Cowl to coordinate with the Traveller’s Hat pattern by Sue Jackson.  This advanced beginner project is quick, easy, and turns out great. It works well with stripes, as shown here, or would be equally nice in a single color of yarn, either solid or verigated. I used Madison, an aran weight yarn…

Tivoli Slouch Hat Pattern

This Tivoli Slouch Hat is adorable, easy to knit, and comes together quickly. The hat in the photo above was knit with Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in the Grand Canyon color. It’s knit in the round on 16″ size 8 circular needles and finished with size 8 double pointed needles (DPNS). You’ll also need a…

Woven Mug Cozy and Coaster Patterns and Video

This great pattern (available for free on Ravelry) is fun to knit and the finished mug cozy and matching coaster are very cute! They come together quickly, are easy enough for beginning knitters, and make great gifts. I knit mine with Eco Highland Duo by Cascade Yarns, which is a light worsted that is extremely…

Garter Stitch Coaster Pattern and Video

A Garter Stitch Coaster is great for a would-be-knitter’s very first project. It’s relatively simple while still teaching several important skills that all knitters use. This one uses the continental cast on, knit stitches to make garter stitch fabric, and a simple bind off method. The pattern is available to download, and the video below…

Sunny Baby Blanket Pattern

In my family, we have a long tradition of knitting or crocheting a gift when someone is having a baby. This Sunny Baby Blanket is my go-to pattern for when I want to knit a blanket. It’s easy enough for beginning knitters yet doesn’t look like a simple pattern. My best tip for success is…

Weekend Scarf Pattern and Video

This Weekend Scarf pattern is very fast and easy to knit, and was indeed able to be finished in a weekend (that I didn’t do anything except binge watch Harry Potter movies.) It’s a great pattern for beginning knitters. The loops are created through a combination of yarn overs and dropped stitches. I knit mine…

Loose Knit Infinity Scarf Pattern

This Loose Knit Infinity Scarf is great for beginning knitters, and is one of two scarves I wear the most often. Yarn overs and dropped stitches create the open loops in the scarf. Using a provisional cast on and three-needle bind off help create a beautiful seam where the ends come together.

Garter Stitch Ear Warmers

These Garter Stitch Ear Warmers make a great beginning knit project because, in addition to the headband knit in garter stitch, they have a small decorative band knit in stockinette. Plus the pattern knits up quickly and looks great!

Beginner’s Knit and Purl Fingerless Gloves Pattern and Video

This Beginner’s Knit and Purl Fingerless Gloves pattern is an ideal project for a beginning knitter. Knit on straight needles with worsted weight yarn and then stitched together, each glove works up quickly and has an interesting texture. There’s also a matching Beginner’s Knit and Purl Hat pattern. You can view the original pattern, or…

Beginner’s Knit and Purl Hat

If you can knit and purl, you can knit this Beginner’s Knit and Purl Hat. Knit on straight needles and stitched together, it also provides good practice following a pattern. There is also a matching pair of fingerless gloves. Knit with worsted weight yarn on size 8 needles, it’s a great beginning knit project.

Harry Potter Scarf

I am a huge Harry Potter fan, which is easy to see if you spend time looking through my Gallery. This Harry Potter scarf is a great beginning knit project that is knit in the round on 16″ size 8 needles and gives the knitter practice changing colors of yarn. Knitting in the round creates…

Twisted Headband Pattern and Video

This Twisted Headband is a great beginning knit project knitted in garter stitch. The pattern is below (free PDF download at the bottom of the page), and you can watch a video that walks you through the whole project step-by-step. You only need to know how to cast on (I suggest the Continental Cast On),…

Stocking Ornament Pattern

The pattern for these knit stocking ornaments comes with three variations. Knit on straight needles and then stitched together, they’re simple enough for beginning knitters yet look very cute on the Christmas tree.

Christmas Bell Ornament Pattern

This Christmas Bell pattern is easy to knit even for a very beginning knitter. It’s knit flat and then stitched together. The loop is made with a crochet chain, but could just as easily be made with a loop of yarn or ribbon.

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