37 Free And Easy Knitting Patterns For Beginners


In this post, you will see a list of 37 free and easy knitting patterns for beginners to make!

Most of us start knitting for the same reason – we want to be able to create beautiful knitted garments or accessories (either for ourselves or for someone else).

Check out these easy projects that are perfect for a beginner knitter new to knitting. 

37 Free and easy knitting patterns for beginners

37 Easy Knitting Patterns For Beginners

Choose a beginner friendly knitting pattern from this list for one of your first projects.

What Is The First Thing A Beginner Should Knit?

The easiest thing to knit would be a dishcloth

They are the ultimate beginner project as they knit up quickly. 

If you are tired of dishcloths, a chunky knit scarf or cowl is another great project that is easy and doesn’t require seaming. 

Last but not least are baby items

They are great for new makers as they are a lot smaller and won’t overwhelm new makers, and they are excellent baby shower gifts.

free and easy knitting patterns for beginners-Knitted cowl
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What To Look For In An Easy Knitting Pattern

When searching for an easy knitting pattern, especially if you’re a beginner, there are several key factors to consider to ensure a successful and enjoyable knitting experience.

Here are some things to look for in an easy knitting pattern:

  1. Simple Stitch Patterns:
    • Choose patterns that primarily use basic knit and purl stitches. Complex stitch patterns or intricate lacework can be challenging for beginners.
  2. Clear Instructions:
    • Look for patterns with clear and concise instructions. A well-written pattern includes step-by-step guidance, abbreviations, and explanations, making it easy to follow along.
  3. Minimal Shaping:
    • Opt for patterns with minimal shaping, such as scarves, blankets, or simple accessories. Projects with straightforward shapes require fewer advanced techniques.
  4. Fewer Pieces:
    • Projects with fewer pieces to assemble, such as seamless or top-down constructions, are often easier for beginners. This minimizes the need for intricate seaming.
  5. Sizing Options:
    • Choose a pattern that offers multiple sizing options, allowing you to select the size that best fits your preferences and skill level.
  6. Gauge Considerations:
    • Patterns that don’t heavily rely on precise gauge measurements can be more forgiving for beginners. However, understanding gauge is an essential skill, so choose patterns that introduce it gradually.
  7. Video Tutorials:
    • Patterns that come with video tutorials can be incredibly helpful for visual learners. Video demonstrations of specific techniques or the entire project can enhance your understanding and confidence.
  8. Yarn Recommendations:
    • Select a pattern that suggests an easy-to-work-with yarn in a solid or lightly variegated color. Avoid overly textured or novelty yarns for your first few projects.
  9. Project Size:
    • Start with small to medium-sized projects. A quick and achievable finish can be motivating for beginners, and you can gradually tackle larger projects as your skills grow.
  10. Community Support:
    • Look for patterns associated with online knitting communities or forums. Having a support system or the ability to ask questions can be beneficial, especially when encountering challenges. Join a knitting and crochet community like the Handy Little Me Facebook Group.

Remember that everyone learns at their own pace, so choose a pattern that aligns with your current skill level while providing opportunities for growth.

As you gain confidence and experience, you can gradually explore more complex patterns and techniques.

free and easy knitting patterns for beginners-chunky blanket on bed

Starting Out As A Beginner…

Everyone was a beginner once; starting a new craft is very exciting but can also be a little overwhelming.

The way that most crafters will tell you how they started knitting is by completing quick and straightforward knitting patterns that allow you to educate yourself with the basic stitches.

Easy knitting projects include hats, scarves, cowls, and knit dishcloths. 

Before you select a knitting pattern to complete from start to finish, make sure you’ve mastered how to cast on, and how to cast off.

free and easy knitting patterns for beginners-Irish moss stitch dishcloth

The Best Yarn And Needles For Beginner Knitters

Great knitting doesn’t always need to be complicated; choose large needles and a bulky yarn or super bulky for your first project so you can see the stitches clearly and, therefore, any mistakes.

You can create beautiful items from simple, beginner-level knitting patterns.

As a general rule, opt for patterns that have one type of stitch consistently throughout, as this will allow you to learn to knit by practicing one technique and get used to the ‘rhythm’ of knitting.

Basic stitches that include knit and purl, or variations of knit and purl, are garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and rib stitch.

Choosing The Right Yarn

You can also look out for patterns that use super bulky yarn.

A thicker yarn will give you more purchase on the string and make it easier for you to control.

You’ll also be able to spot more easily where you could have dropped a stitch, making it easier to fix your work if you go wrong (and don’t worry if you make a mistake – every knitter does!). 

The lace yarn looks amazing, but it’s not really beginner-friendly.  

best yarns for hand crochet chunky blankets

Choosing The Right Needles

Larger needles will also make learning to knit easier, as they offer you more control.

Smaller needles can prove too intricate when you’re just starting.

I recommend trying to use anything upwards of a 5 mm (US 8)  needle when you’re learning to knit.

Plus it’s always better to prefer knitting patterns knit with straight needles rather than circular needles.

See the best knitting needles for beginners here – Best Knitting Needles For Beginners 

knitpro interchangeable needles

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out the knitting lessons here – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the knitting techniques a newbie needs. 

Including how to cast on, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, the magic loop method, the linen stitch, the seed stitch, and a list of knitting abbreviations, and more. 

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

Share your work with us…

I love seeing your finished projects on social media.

If you enjoyed making any of these patterns, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Handylittleme Facebook group and share a photo.

I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

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