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25 Free and Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

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Ready to jump into knitting, but not sure where to start? There are plenty of options for easy knitting patterns that will have you creating all kinds of practical and fun projects right away. Here’s a list of 25 free and easy knitting patterns for beginners that are perfect for getting you started.

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Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

To get started with knitting, all you need to know are a few basic stitches (knit and purl are the most common). Add a few more skills, like increasing, decreasing, and working in the round, and you’ll have dozens of wonderful knitting patterns to choose from!

Fortunately, there are plenty of knitting patterns for beginners (and intermediate-advanced knitters, too) available for free. So you can knit to your heart’s content! 

Below are a few of my favorites to get you started.

What is the first thing a beginner should knit?

Some of the easiest projects for first-time knitters include scarves, baby blankets, and dishcloths. These patterns can be knitted up quickly and only require knowing one or two stitches, worked back and forth. 

Fortunately, all of these types of patterns are included in this post! 

Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

Here’s a list of 25 knitting patterns for beginners. Find one you love and start knitting!

What to look for in an easy knitting pattern

But how can you tell if a knitting pattern is easy or not? Here are a few things to look for as you peruse around for the perfect project.

Simple stitch pattern

Many patterns will tell you right in the introduction what skills or stitches you’ll need to know. When you’re just getting started, look for simple stitch patterns, such as the garter stitch, stockinette stitch, or rib stitch.

Increases, decreases, and easy shaping

When you’re ready for something slightly more advanced than a scarf, seek out projects that utilize the skills of increasing, decreasing, and easy shaping. Shawls and hats are great beginner knitting projects that generally use these techniques.

Yarn weight

Some yarn weights are easier to knit than others. Worsted and Bulky tend to be the simplest to handle. After you get a few projects under your belt, you can start experimenting with heavier and lighter weights.

Easy colorwork

Colorwork in knitting is the technique of using multiple colors in your project. It may sound difficult, but it can really be quite simple. Stripes are one of the easiest types of colorwork for beginners. More complicated colorwork patterns will provide you with a color chart.

Clear instructions

Read through all of the instructions before getting started. Make sure you understand the techniques before jumping into your project. This will save you a lot of frustration as you knit. 

Many knitting pattern instructions include pictures or even videos, so you can visualize exactly what you need to do.

Best Yarn and Needles for Beginning Knitters


Worsted-weight yarn is the easiest yarn for beginners. Bulky yarn is a close second! With these yarns, you can easily see your stitches, and they won’t quickly get tangled like some lighter-weight yarns. 

Each of the free knitting patterns below includes suggested yarn weights. Be prepared to see worsted and DK suggestions a lot! (Fortunately, there are also tons of options for yarn choices in these weights!)


Medium to large-sized knitting needles are best for beginners. They’re easy to work with and hold as you practice your stitches. Sizes 8-11 U.S. (5mm-8mm metric) are excellent choices.

As you knit different projects, you’ll want to have a collection of straight, double-pointed, and circular needles. You can purchase starter packs or needle collections to make sure you have a variety of sizes and types of needles.

More Knitting Ideas

If you like to knit, you may be interested in these related posts.

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Thursday 15th of June 2023

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your free help, patterns and advice. Excellent website. Well done. Beautiful creative ideas for all the family to enjoy and create.

mary caprigno

Monday 27th of February 2023

Sarah, I am so impressed with your site and how you send out the cheat sheets. I printed them off and I love them all. Thank you so much.

Patty Clark

Wednesday 26th of October 2022

Love your site, well done. I have made Praying hands wash cloths, Difficult Little rabbits, as toys for my cats, An unfinished afghan I started 52 years ago. It is in panels with lacy panels in between and purple violets scattered around. Cute butterflies for the fridge. half finished red hat. it got difficult so it sits. I have been caretaking older people so they can stay home so I am always distracted. I need a new hat and like the red one of yours Chunky hat for beginners.

Thank you for your helpful everything. It is easy to learn.