25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns from paintinglilies.com #knitting #yarn
Take a second and think back to when you first started knitting. Were you intimidated by difficult techniques? Was it hard to find patterns at your skill level? Did you want a list of beginner knitting patterns? Preferably free beginner knitting patterns?

I remember being frustrated by all the terms and techniques. I wanted to knit items I would actually use or give away, but I didn’t think I could create those unless I knew all the stitches and advanced knitting techniques.

If you’re a beginner knitter and need some easy patterns to start out with, this list is for you.  You also might be an experienced knitter that just wants an easier pattern for some mindless knitting.

The following 25 patterns don’t involve much more than knit and purl stitches. Some require you to knit in the round or do simple increases and decreases. They all leave you with a beautiful knitting creation and best of all, these patterns are all available for free! (Some are from Ravelry, so you’ll need a free account there to access them.)

For each pattern, I included some of the skills you’ll need and where to find the pattern. If you like this list and find it helpful, I’d love to create more. What patterns would you like to see? Top cable knitting patterns? Knitting patterns for the adventurous knitter? Beginner crochet patterns? Leave a comment and let me know!

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

Cowl & Scarf Knitting Patterns

 

free beginner knitting patterns
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knitting in the round on circular needles
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit and purl
By: Purl Bee
How to get it: Free on Purl Bee

 

free knitting patterns
Where: Madelinetosh
Techniques: Knit, purl, slip stitch
By: Madeline Tosh
How to get it: Free download from Madelinetosh.com

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit
By: Elisa McLaughlin
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

5. Spiral Cowl Pattern

spiral cowl

Where: Knitty Gritty Thoughts
Techniques: Knit, purl, yo
How to get it: Free PDF download

 

Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns

free baby blanket knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit, purl, joining a second color, knitting in the round
By: Whit’s Knits
How to get it: Free on Purl Bee

 

free knitting pattern
Where: TLC How Stuff Works
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free from TLC

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Painting Lilies
Techniques: Knit and purl
By: Specific instructions by me, though I can’t really take credit for creating this simple pattern
How to get it: Instructions from Painting Lilies

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit and join new colors
By: Whit’s knits
How to get it: Free from Purl Bee

 

free baby blanket pattern
Where: Ravelry / Lion Brand
Techniques: Garter stitch
By: Lion Brand Yarn
How to get it: Visit Ravelry and click on the link to Lion’s website. Free registration required to access pattern.

 

baby blanket
Where: JCasa
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Instructions from the JCasa Blog

 

 Baby / Kid Knitting Patterns

 

free knitting pattern
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease, knitting in the round
How to get it: Free from Knitty Gritty

14. I-Love-Stockinette Baby Bib

free bib knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

baby hat
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

baby hat
Where: Random Stitches
Techniques: knit, purl, increase, knit with two colors
How to get it: Free PDF on Random Stitches

 

Hat & Glove Knitting Patterns

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knitting in the round, increase and decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

18. Rikke Hat

free beginner knitting patterns
Where: Happy Knits
Techniques: Garter stitch, knitting in the round, increase and decrease
By: Jessa
How to get it: Free download from Happy Knits

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free hat knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, yarn over, increase, decrease, knitting in the round
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

easy knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry:
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease, knit in the round
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

Misc. Knitting Patterns

22. Three Dishcloths

knitting pattern dish cloth
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern shawl
Where: Ravelry:
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

boxy cozy
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knit with double pointed needles
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

knit washcloth
Where: Tricksy Knitter
Techniques: knit, purl, increase, decrease
By: Megan Goodacre
I’m sure I missed quite a few…great patterns, so share a link to your favorite pattern for beginners in the comments. 

 

Happy knitting!

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