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10 Small Knitting Projects

These free small knitting patterns are great for travel, as a time-filler, or to just fill your house with something cute.

Small Knitting Projects

As much as I love knitting afghans and sweaters, there comes a time after attaching the final motif and binding off the second arm cuff that I always think to myself how much I would love to knit something small and quick as a palate cleanser. After all, if I jump into another multiple-month project, I didn't give myself any kind of break! Sometimes, I need something even smaller than a dishcloth—something I can literally knit up in less than an hour or with just a few yards of yarn just to refresh and reset.

There are plenty of other reasons you may find yourself looking for small knitting projects. Maybe you're looking for something tiny and cute to give away to all the kids in the family for the holidays, or maybe you're looking for quick knitting projects to sell (be sure to always check in with the designer to see if this is something they allow you to do). At the end of the day, knitting isn't all massive needles and jumbo yarn, and you can really create some cute knitting projects. Here are my top ten here at AllFreeKnitting.

Bookmark Trio

Bookmarks are my go-to small knitting projects. They're great gifts for readers, and, frankly, I lose all of my bookmarks and I'm always in need of more. You can make them as wild and crazy as you like since you don't need to match them with anything, so use whatever yarn you have on-hand.

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Bookmark Trio

Baby Gators

Don't miniature knits like this just melt your heart? And look how impressively realistic they are for the size! These little guys are a big hit with kids, but they also make adorable home decor for your Florida house.

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Baby Gators

Bobble and Ribs Coffee Coat

Everyone drinks coffee. People who don't drink coffee drink tea. People who don't drink either probably drink hot chocolate or something. My point here is that if you're looking for a quick knit gift, a coffee cozy is a no-brainer. If you're just looking to spice up your coffee mug cabinet a bit, patterns like this will also help.

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Bobble and Ribs Coffee Coat

Garter Stitch Nursery Lamb

This classic pattern is a great use of less than an hour of your time and just a few yards of your yarn. They make great little knits for charity, so even if you don't have a little one in the family or friend circle to knit for, you can take some time out of knitting your long queue of cardigans to make these.

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Garter Stitch Nursery Lamb

Cute and Simple Knit Flowers

Spring is the time for flowers, so a great use of your knitting time when the weather starts to warm up is to take some yarn that fits the color scheme of your house and go ham. Knit up a few flowers with which to decorate the walls, or even just sprinkle on surfaces for a lovely, springy touch.

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Cute and Simple Knit Flowers

Square Bear

Free small knitting patterns for kids and babies are easy to come by because, well... they're pretty small. I usually like to knit with a purpose, so when I find myself knitting many small projects in a row, it's usually because there's a baby on the way from someone I love. This toy is a go-to of mine.

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Square Bear

Pincushion Cactus

Why not marry two of your favorite hobbies? I'm an amateur sewist myself and I'm already wishing I had a pincushion rather than just a tiny little box in which to fish for my pins. If you haven't considered knitting little trinkets for your other skills and hobbies, that's a great way to knit something small.

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Pincushion Cactus

Lace Soap Sock

The first time I ever used a soap sock, I was skeptical, but came out of the shower a changed woman. Now, if you don't usually use soap in the shower and opt for body wash instead, these are still a good quick, easy knit for charity. S.A.C.K. specifically takes soap sacks!

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Lace Soap Sock

20 Minute Bow

This project uses this gorgeous bow as a necklace but, frankly, you could embellish with this bow in whatever way you want. Sew it to a piece of clothing, decorate the walls with it, or just give it to a young girl to put on her dolly's hair. Like with flowers, bows are easy and versatile.

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20 Minute Bow

Bitty Baby Booties

Baby booties are definitely the go-to small knitting projects for a lot of knitters. Not only are you still knitting clothing of some sort (the reason many people got into knitting in the first place), but they can take less than a half hour with the right pattern.

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Bitty Baby Booties

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