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!

48 Responses to 25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

  1. I just want to thank you for putting this together!! I began (or restarted after 30 years) to knit in Jan 2012, I bought a book on learn to knit as I knew nothing about it really.. Main point here is my younger son suggested that I look on the internet, this is what a beginner needs, someone to have a variety that will increase their skills. Thanks to blogs like yours and others I am learning lace, have made a bear using eyelash yarn and most important I’m not afraid to try the more complicated patterns, because there is help if one knows who and where to ask. Thank you again, Love your blog!!

  2. Thanks, Marianne! I’m so glad you’ve found this to be a helpful resource. The online world is great for new patterns and learning new skills!

  3. So great. Thanks for posting this. Now I just have to find time to get started on a new project…wishful thinking…

  4. I know I already commented on this post, but I wanted to let you know that I just got this post as a recommendation in my weekly email from StumbleUpon!

  5. Thanks for letting me know, Charlotte! I’ve been seeing tons of traffic to this post from StumbleUpon, so that must be why!

  6. Found this from Stumble Upon and pinned it to my knit board on pinterest!!! I have been knitting for years and these are still great patterns. Thank you.

  7. a great list! i know i definitely could have used this when i was learning how to knit, and i will be making a few of these items now, even though i am more advanced now.

    i’d LOVE to see a similar list of crochet patterns, as i am just now teaching myself how to crochet.

    ps. i was also lead here by breadcrumbs from StumbleUpon! :D

  8. Great idea for a similar post of beginner crochet patterns. I’m a more advanced knitter than crocheter and like you taught myself to crochet. Even though I can do much more now, sometimes it’s the simple patterns that are the most beautiful!

  9. Such a wonderful list! Thank you for posting this. Do you happen to know where we can find the mug cozy from DaniDo now? Looks like the site no longer exists??

  10. Love your compilation! I’m a long-time crocheter who is new to knitting and I’m so glad to have found this list so early in my knitting career. Thank you!!

  11. this is a lovely list! I’ve been meaning to put one together myself because people ask me to teach them on ocassion. Thank you!

  12. I am a brand new knitter. I was thrilled to find your site with these great, easy ideas. I am ready to move on to step two in knitting – reading a pattern. Finding your ideas has encouraged me to continue learning and challenging myself. I hope you and others continue to add beginner ideas with a variety of new skills. Thanks!!!

  13. Patricia, I’m so glad you feel inspired to improve! It always seems intimidating at first, but once you learn something new, you’ll wonder why you thought it was so hard.

    Thanks for reading!

  14. I have been knitting forever (since I was eight years old) and I love these patterns! Thanks so much – these are going to be fun!!!

  15. Thank you SO MUCH for these patterns! I’m a beginner knitter, and I’m struggling to find cute patterns that are easy enough for me to complete. This list is amazing!

  16. hey there I have been knitting for about ten years now and am trying to knit mittens i find that all the patterns cuff meassurment are too big can you help me out plz

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  18. These ARE great project ideas but I’m a beginner knitter and these patterns seem very difficult! I have no idea how to start. I can cast on, basic knit, and cast off. Most sites seem way more advanced although they say beginner!
    Can you help me?
    I’m stuck. I’m just finishing scarf number 2 and I’d really like to NOT be making scarfs for my whole life of knitting…heehehe
    Any help would be grateful, thanks!

  19. Hi Nicole,
    The way I learned more techniques was to just pick a pattern I liked and learn the skills I didn’t know. There are a lot of awesome YouTube tutorials that show different techniques for knitting in the round, cabling, and other stitches.

    If you get stuck, local yarn stores are often a great place to get help. The people that work there really know their stuff and can help explain confusing patterns.

    Lindsay

  20. I am a new knitter and so appreciate all of these patterns in one place. I found them via Pinterest! Can’t wait to try a bunch of them. Thank you!!

  21. Thanks for these. I am quite easily intimidated by patterns and one thing I have found so helpful is I found a yarn store that offers lessons, but frankly, I have learned more by talking to the more experience knitters around the table. Everyone is very willing to share tips and help. This is a really good way to learn.

  22. I totally understand, Diana! I used to be really intimidated by new patterns, but just tried tackling one new skill at a time. I learned a lot from my Mom (who has been knitting for ages) and YouTube videos.

  23. Thank you, like everyone else has said this is exactly what I was looking for! was becoming frustrated at learning the stitches but not being able to locate as easy enough pattern to put them into practice!

    Thanks again, I’m going to get busy now!

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