Not sure what to make with your circular knitting machine? Not to worry! This list will give you pattern ideas for every season – from wearables to decor, useful items, and more! Most of these patterns can be created in less than an hour. Grab your knitting machine and some yarn, and enjoy these 21 free circular knitting machine patterns!
Knitting Machine Patterns
It’s not uncommon to get stuck thinking about beanies when you see your circular knitting machine. And hey, beanies are great! But there is SO much more you can do with a knitting machine, even if you’re just starting out!
Within this list, you’ll find a collection of beanies, headbands and bows, handbags, loveys, scarves, pillows, gloves, home decor, and more.
Why use a circular knitting machine?
One of the major benefits of circular knitting machines is that they allow you to create projects much faster than you could with hand knitting. In fact, many knit patterns, such as beanies, headbands, and fingerless gloves, can be finished in 30-60 minutes or even less on a knitting machine.
Because knitting machines involve creating stitches using a hand crank instead of the traditional needle method, a knitting machine can also be less taxing on the hands, especially for those that experience hand or wrist pain.
What can you make with a circular knitting machine?
The options for circular knitting machine patterns are nearly endless! Some of the most popular projects include hats, scarves, gloves, afghans, socks, headbands, loveys and toys, home decor, pillows, scrunchies, handbags, pet sweaters, and more.
Supplies You’ll Need
Here’s what you’ll need to create all sorts of patterns on your circular knitting machine.
Knitting machine (see below for the best brands and size options)
Be sure to read through your pattern to find out if any extra supplies or materials are needed.
Best Yarn for Circular Knitting Machines
When using a circular knitting machine, it’s best to find a smooth-textured yarn that won’t get easily caught up in the pegs. Fluffy yarns can be difficult to use on a circular machine. Worsted weight (category 4) yarns generally work the best. However, some of the patterns below also suggest DK yarns or knitting with two strands of lighter yarn held together.
For your convenience, we’ve linked the ideal yarn for each pattern right here in this post, so you don’t have to worry about finding one that will work well! Some of the most popular yarns for knitting machines include:
Circular knitting machines come in multiple sizes, and most patterns are specifically designed for a certain size machine.
Knitting machines are sized according to the number of pegs – or needles – they have. 22-, 40-, 46-, and 48-needle machines are among the most common sizes. The difference in machine size allows for creating knitted tubes of different diameters.
Most popular circular knitting machines
Here are some of the most commonly used knitting machines currently on the market.
The Prym features 44 hooks and can create tubes up to 12” in diameter. It’s a less expensive option than Addi machines and does not include a row counter – so be sure to grab your stitch markers to keep track! Scarves, bags, and beanies are all good projects for this machine.
The Sentro is a great option for an inexpensive, beginner knitting machine. With this machine, you can quickly make hats, socks, leg warmers, gloves, other clothing items, and more. Sentro has other machine sizes available as well, so there’s no end to the free patterns you can create with a Sentro knitting machine!
21 Free Circular Knitting Machine Patterns
Enjoy these quick and fun circular knitting machine patterns for beginners and more advanced knitters alike!
This cozy, bonfire beanie is an excellent project for beginners who are new to using a knitting machine. It’s made by knitting a long tube, then pulling one end through to create a double-layered hat. The pattern includes both written instructions and a video tutorial.
You can make adorable headbands in multiple sizes with this versatile Addi knitting machine pattern. Row counts are included for newborn, toddler, and adult sizes. The pattern features a cute X-closure which will require some basic sewing with a yarn needle (photo instructions included).
This two-toned beanie can be made on a knitting machine or hand knit. When the brim is folded, it fits a toddler or child, and when unfolded, it works well for a teen or adult. This pattern is made with two types of yarn - one for the liner and one for the main color.
This knit holiday bag can be made in nearly any size to accommodate different treats and goodies! When knit with a smaller machine, it’s great for a wine bottle or smaller treats. Larger bags are ideal for cookies, candies, or anything else you’d like to give!
Why use regular, plastic water balloons that you have to purchase over and over when you could have fun with reusable balloons? These balloons are enjoyable for kids and adults alike, and won’t leave you with dozens of tiny pieces of plastic to pick up after you’re finished playing.
This creative rainbow is knit with 7 tubes that have foam dowels inside for shaping. Some sewing is required for stitching your tubes closed. This decorative pattern would make an adorable gift for a child or a new baby’s room.
This precious little hat makes the cutest gift for your favorite little one! This pattern is ideal for size newborn through 9 months, but instructions are also included for larger sizes. It’s designed to be worn folded for little ones and then unfolded as they grow, allowing the beanie to grow with the child.
This cuddly bear is made mostly on a knitting machine, but also utilizes some crochet stitches and techniques. You can use regular, worsted-weight yarn or furry yarn to make these adorable creatures, but you’ll probably want to try making a bear using non-furry yarn first (it’s much easier!).
Looking for a super quick project? You’ve found it! These adorable little bows can be attached to either a clip or a headband. Since they’re so quick, it’s easy to make lots of them for any little girls in your life. Both written and video instructions are included.
This infinity scarf is made by creating a tube and then grafting the ends together. It’s fun to make using either a solid color or an ombre yarn. This pattern is excellent for gift-giving during the colder months!
This traditional button scarf is an easy way to add class and style to your winter wardrobe. It measures approximately 42” long plus an added fringe for a finished look. For the button loop, you’ll need regular, 5mm knitting needles or a 22 needle knitting machine.
This colorful headband is ideal for both holding hair out of your face and keeping your ears warm in style! After knitting, you’ll lay your headband flat, create a twist, and seam the ends together using the mattress stitch.
Knitted items aren’t for winter only! This modern knitting machine pattern is a beautiful and useful piece to have around at any time of year. It uses less than one skein of yarn, so it’s a great project for using up any extra bits of yarn that you have in your stash.
This quick tote bag is ideal for summer and fall adventures! When finished, your bag will measure approximately 9” wide by 12” tall. These fast, easy, and versatile bags are wonderful for gift-giving for nearly any occasion!
This clutch has a zip closure and is perfect for keeping your most needed items safe. Throw your phone and keys inside, sling the cord around your arm, and you’re ready to go! When finished knitting, you will need to do some basic sewing to add the zipper to this useful pattern.
These adorable headbands are available in sizes small, medium, and large. There are tons of ways to customize this cute piece according to your preferences, such as a larger or smaller bow for your band, embellishments, or two-tone options. The video tutorial will walk you through each step of the process!
Choose your favorite combination of colors for this happy, striped pillow! It’s filled with stuffing and measures approximately 7” x 15” when finished. This pattern would be great for decorating a bedroom, adding fresh colors to your couch, or giving as a gift.
Perfect for crafting, typing, or texting, fingerless gloves are an excellent option for keeping your hands warm while still allowing for finger dexterity. When you’ve finished knitting your gloves, you’ll need to seam the tube using the mattress stitch.
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