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55 Free Worsted Weight Knitting Patterns

These knitting patterns will let you show of your worsted weight yarns beautifully!

Updated April 22, 2019
Free Worsted Weight Knitting Patterns

If you're anything like us, you've got a nearly endless supply of worsted weight yarn lying around and adding to your yarn stash.

There's a good reason that worsted weight yarn is so popular to knit with. It's lighter than the super bulky yarns that most knitters first learn to knit with, but it's also not so thin that you have to struggle to see the stitches (like with lace weight yarn). It's the Goldilocks of yarn!

Not only does worsted weight yarn feel great in the hands and on the needles, but it's also perfect for pretty much any kind of pattern you can think of. It can make both a warm sweater that isn't too hot as well as a chunky hat that shows off stitches well and keeps your ears and head toasty warm.

Worsted Weight Scarf Patterns

  • Big Old Bias Knit Scarf

    The Big Old Bias Knit Scarf elevates basic garter stitch with a refined simplicity. Knitting on the bias, or knitting diagonally, involves increasing on one edge of your work while decreasing at the same rate on the other edge.

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  • Knit Faux Fair Isle Scarf

    This beginner knit pattern checks all the right boxes, as it is stylish, warm as can be, and won't take you long to make. The result is a beautiful knit scarf that you will be proud to wear this winter, especially with its delightful fringe!

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  • Hogwarts Scarf

    This precious scarf pattern is easy to knit and perfect for that Harry Potter fan in your life.

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  • Diagonal Twist Scarf

    This free knit scarf pattern is a great starting pattern for this stitch, easy enough to get the hang of in no time.

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  • Amazing Mitered Scarf

    Mitered squares are the perfect way to show off the beautiful colorways of the yarn. Plus, since this scarf simply consists of eight squares sewn together, you don't need to be an expert in order to complete the free pattern.

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  • Rick Rack Rib Scarf

    This free knit scarf pattern was designed to be a fun challenge for beginner knitters and an engaging project for the more experienced.

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Worsted Weight Cowl Patterns

  • Fabulous Fair Isle Knit Cowl Pattern

    Have you been thinking about trying your hand at Fair Isle knitting? This Fabulous Fair Isle Knit Cowl Pattern is just the pattern you need to begin your journey.

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  • Easy Garter Stitch Cowl

    If you're just beginning knitting and you want to knit a cowl, there's no need to learn how to knit in the round! This Easy Garter Stitch Cowl is worked on straight needles and is incredibly simple.

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  • Cinnamon Swirl Knit Cowl Pattern

    This pattern repeat is a super-simple twist on the rib pattern, in which you knit one below your current stitch every other round, and purl one below on the others.

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  • Blossoming Poppies Entrelac Cowl

    This stunning knit cowl is really best for advanced knitters only since it uses skills that are bound to befuddle beginners. While we love the colorway of Caron Cakes yarn used in this example, it would look just as beautiful in any other color scheme!

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Worsted Weight Hat Patterns

  • Glacier Sunrise Knit Hat Pattern

    For a beginner project, you can't go wrong with a straight needle hat. Knit on two needles, the Glacier Sunrise Knit Hat Pattern is a great way to try knitting hats.

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  • Antique Pearl Hat

    This stunning hat pattern goes beyond the simple knits and purls to create a one-of-a-kind hat that will let you really show off that worsted weight yarn.

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  • Fair Isle Knit Hat Pattern

    Your first fair isle project should be easy, but still beautiful! This Fair Isle Knit Hat Pattern should do the trick. Using only three colors of yarn, and never more than two colors per round, you'll never find yourself confused while working through this fair isle hat.

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  • Vivid Fair Isle Hat

    Everyone loves a good fair isle knit hat! The Vivid Fair Isle Hat brings our favorite stranded colorwork design into brighter territory.

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  • Cadence

    "This latest hat can be a stash buster too! The model was knit using 3 different colors of DK weight yarn, but as usual, the instructions are included for all yarn weights, so you can use what you have on hand."

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  • Bird Tracks Beanie

    "This textured beanie features a traveling stitch pattern. Pick your favorite method (knit flat and seamed, or knit seamlessly in the round) to make your version."

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  • Brenna

    "Brenna is a beret that begins with a corrugated rib and continues on with interchanging blocks of color throughout the hat."

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  • Wool Beanie with Faux Fur Pom Pom

    Stay comfortable and warm this winter when you make this Wool Beanie with Faux Fur Pom Pom! The easy knitting pattern is super stylish, too.

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  • Winter Days Knit Rib Hat

    Whoever said that knitting a hat had to be a complicated and difficult endeavor? This pattern for the Winter Days Knit Rib Hat is geared for beginners and results in a hat that is stylish and colorful as can be.

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  • Baby Winter Cable Hat

    Quick and easy to make, the Baby Winter Cable Hat will be a warm addition to a little one's winter gear. This knit hat pattern won't take long to make and can be easily customized for any winter holiday.

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Worsted Weight Sweater and Cardigan Patterns

  • Capucine Baby Cardigan

    "The design is very simple and straightforward. It is knitted in one piece. This is a great project if you are not used to knitting clothes yet."

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  • Cabled Mustard Knit Cardigan Pattern

    A sampling of cables and bobbles are utilized throughout this rather chunky knit cardigan pattern, so you're very unlikely to grow bored while you knit.

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  • Chevron Knitted Cardigan Pattern

    The Chevron Knitted Cardigan Pattern is perfect for someone looking for a neutral layering piece with a pop of color. Its rainbow design has a retro flair to it, but the cropped sleeves and button-down construction still look elegant and adult.

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  • Shaded Steps Sweater Pattern

    When color comes together in perfect harmony, it's simply magic. That's what makes this Shaded Steps Sweater Pattern so attractive; though the stitch pattern is lovely, and the loose fit is chic and in-fashion, the coordination of the Caron x Pantone yarn is just divine.

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  • Autumn Equinox Sweater

    The Autumn Equinox Sweater is a beautiful drop shoulder sweater pattern that practically screams "Autumn!" This pullover boasts a trendy burnt orange color that is sure to get you in the fall spirit.

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  • Cabled Baby Cardigan Sweater

    If you have a set of twins coming, you won't find cuter baby sweaters to knit than this Cabled Baby Cardigan Sweater set. The blue cardigan with the little flower embroideries is perfect for girls, and the cream, plain one is an instant classic for boys.

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  • Royal Cable Knit Sweater

    The Royal Cable Knit Sweater is a beautiful free knitting pattern you're sure to love. The cables keep you interested as you knit, and the oversize style will work well with practically anything already in your wardrobe.

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  • Knit Kimono Sweater

    The Knit Kimono Sweater is a beautiful layering piece to add to your wardrobe. The ombre violet color is reminiscent of a bright spring day. The drape of the sweater will look stylish and flattering on just about anyone.

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  • Center Street Pullover Pattern

    "Center Street is a worsted weight, oversized boatneck pullover. It is knit in the round, bottom up with raglan shaping and a simple, intuitive lace panel up the center back."

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Worsted Weight Mitten and Fingerless Glove Patterns

  • Two Tone Fingerless Mitts

    These fingerless gloves have become increasingly popular in this world of touch screens. Friends and family alike will all smile with glee when they find these Two Tone Fingerless Mitts waiting just for them.

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  • Eggplant Fingerless Gloves

    The Eggplant Fingerless Gloves are an earthy-toned, striped knit fingerless glove pattern that are as warm as they are gorgeous. Fingerless gloves can be a bit of a challenge for some people, but they are so worth the struggle.

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  • Crazy for Cranberry Knit Mitts

    This beautiful set of knit fingerless mittens will keep your hands warm without sacrificing the freedom of your fingers. Plus, the granite stitch looks beautiful.

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  • Black and White Marl Mitts

    With their boldly contrasting colors and the splash of blue on one wrist, Black and White Marl Mitts are just quirky enough to stand out from the crowd.

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  • Navajo Arm Warmers

    These navy arm warmers are absolutely beautiful with the Navajo-styled pattern in the front. You won't see anybody else with this style. Gloves won't keep your wrists warm, but these arm warmers sure will.

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  • Woodland Fingerless Gloves

    When the weather is chilly and brisk, but not quite cold enough for your entire winter garb, just grab a pair of knitted fingerless gloves to block out unwanted drafts.

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  • Inverness Diamonds Handwarmers

    Simple and chic, these Inverness Diamonds Handwarmers are one of a kind. This is a wonderful pattern for fingerless knit mittens. The flecked yarn makes each glove unexpectedly different.

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  • Two Needle Fingerless Mitts

    Not only is this fingerless mitten pattern simple and easy to accomplish, it's a classic template that looks great with both self-patterning and solid color yarns. The Two Needle Fingerless Mitts are a winter essential you should add to your knitting list today.

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  • Sweetheart Mittens

    Free knitting mitten patterns are the most useful of all free knitting patterns because they keep your hands nice and toasty. After all, frostbitten fingers cant stitch very well.

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  • Teal Ocean Cable Mittens

    "Brighten up these dark and cold day with the bright and cozy set. These mittens are knit in the round and have the same cable pattern as the hat."

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  • Toasty Warm Stockinette Stitch Mittens

    One of the best things about winter is the ability to wear large, comfy mittens, and the Toasty Warm Stockinette Stitch Mittens fit that description perfectly.

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  • Lucky Rainbow One Skein Mittens

    It looks like you just found the pot of gold of easy knitting patterns! Try your hand at these Lucky Rainbow One Skein Mittens, and be sure to leprechaun-proof your house.

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Worsted Weight Shawl Patterns

  • Dragon Tail Knit Shawl

    Whether you're the mother of dragons or just wish you were, there's no denying this Dragon Tail Knit Shawl will be a gorgeous addition to your wardrobe!

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  • No Time Flat Shawl

    The zig-zag pattern of the stitches gives the color changes a unique, sloping look that's easier than it looks to achieve. The seed stitch border helps keep this easy knit shawl for curling and also helps give it a little bit of texture.

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  • Poppy Knit Triangle Shawl

    This makes it a great neck warmer for the winter, as well as a great way to layer up in the springtime. We love this quick knit shawl for first-time shawl knitters since you get to create a fantastic, uniquely wearable piece with minimal effort due to the self-striping nature of the yarn.

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  • True Blue Knit Shawlette

    This pattern is worked from the rounded bottom up, so the size is completely dependent on how much material you have and how long you want to work.

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  • Tranquility Shawl

    "The tranquility knit shawl is a tranquil knitting experience for anyone looking to advance their beginner skills. You'll learn how to knit a simple increase as well as a simple decrease and learn to transition from one color to the next."

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  • The Easiest Shawl

    "Every knitter needs a project so easy they can knit it in front of the TV and not worry about making a mistake. This is that project."

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  • Sweet and Simple Knit Shawl

    This project makes for a great DIY gift idea and is completely customizable. Have fun with your creative side and create this fun DIY shawl!

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Worsted Weight Blanket and Afghan Patterns

  • Lincoln Easy Knit Baby Blanket

    This easy knit baby blanket for beginners can be made in the shown gray and white for a gender-neutral nursery or a surprise baby, but if the mommy is looking for gendered baby supplies, it would look just as cute in either pink or blue contrasting with the white.

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  • Bear Claw Throw

    The Bear Claw Throw is a wonderfully lacy, yet warm blanket that is a welcome addition to any room in your house. Try draping it over a chair or cuddling up with it on the couch.

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  • Red Cable Blanket

    There's nothing like a thick and cozy cable knit blanket pattern. This gorgeous Red Cable Blanket is a perfect example of the luxurious look and feel these blankets offer.

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  • Lace and Cable Afghan

    Everything looks better with lace! Use this free knitting pattern to make this beautiful lace afghan. The fringed detail on the bottom is a nice design element.

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  • Ripple Baby Afghan Pattern

    Using the traditional 3 color and wavy stripes motif, this free knitting pattern will show you how to make a thoughtful handmade gift for the baby in your life.

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  • Seascape Lace Knit Blanket Pattern

    The variegated jumbo yarn is super soft and cuddly, making this a cozy, touchable blanket knitting pattern you'll want to snuggle with on the couch for hours.

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