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26 Straight Needle Knitting Patterns You Need

All of these free knitting pattern use two needles. What are you waiting for? Find your next straight knitting needle pattern today.

By: Katelin Burke, Editor,
Updated October 16, 2018
26 Straight Needle Knitting Patterns You Need

Straight needle knitting patterns are a mainstay of the knitting world. Most beginners learn how to knit on straight needles, and even advanced knitters love their straightforward simplicity.

Chances are good that you have straight needles in a variety of sizes just waiting to be put to use. But while it's a safe bet that most scarves are knit on straight needles, patterns with instructions on how to knit a hat with straight needles can be much harder to find, and knit sweater patterns harder still.

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If you're on the hunt for these elusive patterns, you've come to the right place. Maybe you're a beginner still intimidated by knitting in the round, or maybe you're a seasoned veteran who's just not interested in dealing with double points and stitch markers at the moment. Whatever the reason, we've got you covered. These straight needle knitting patterns will are good for more than just knitting a hat with straight needles.

These hat and sweater patterns range from the simple to the sophisticated, all of them wonderful additions to any wardrobe.

PLUS: Check out the video below to learn how to fix your knitting mistakes using two needles.

Knitting for Beginners: Super Simple Hats

As a staple piece of any winter wardrobe, a good knit hat should do more than just keep your head warm. You want to make something interesting enough that you'll want to wear again and again. With their simple but attractive designs, these patterns are a great way for beginners to learn how to knit a hat with straight needles.

  • My First Knit Hat

    If you can knit and knit two together, you can knit this hat. My First Knit Hat is perfect for the beginning knitter just learning how to knit a hat.

  • Orange Sherbet Easy-Fit Hat

    This easy knit hat pattern features a simple ribbed stitch, fold-over brim, and a yarn the color of one of our favorite summer treats.

  • 2-Hour Butterfly Beanie

    This incredibly quick and easy knit beanie pattern is a gorgeous and cozy way to show off a skein of lacy butterfly yarn.

  • Essential Berry Beret

    This cold weather necessity is knit entirely on straight needles, so you don't have to worry about trying to learn a new skill just to get a knitted hat of your own.

  • Nice and Easy Beanie Pattern

    This cute and easy knitting pattern for beginners is the perfect pattern to knit for charity. The Basic Adults Knitted Beanie is an adorable knit hat in a beautiful shade of steel gray blue.

  • Super Simple Knit Bow Hat

    Dismal weather doesn't have to mean dreary clothing. Bright colors and a big knitted bow make the Super Simple Knit Bow Hat a cheerful and stylish way to keep the winter cold at bay.

  • Ribbed Flat Hat

    This knitted pattern is sure to keep you warm! Wear this hat on chilly or windy days to keep your hair in place. Knit it using your favorite colors.

Beyond the Basics: Textured Knit Hat Patterns

Once you've moved beyond the basic garter, rib, and stockinette stitches, the possibilities are endless. Adorn your head with the classic curls of cables, or knit yourself a beanie with textured striping. These straight needle knitting patterns come in a variety of beautiful stitch patterns keep your fingers busy and your head warm.

  • Cobblestone Hat

    Travel back in time to a world full of cobblestone with this unique knit hat pattern. By using the garter stitch cobblestone technique, this adorable hat that mimics the shape of its rocky counterpart.

  • Burgundy Breeze Cable Knit Hat

    The Burgundy Breeze Cable Knit hat is the perfect knit hat pattern to add to your stash of adorable knit accessories. The fun cable knit design adds a classic touch to this contemporary pattern.

  • Lazy River Beanie

    Everything about this slouchy knit beanie pattern is cool and breezy. It's a simple knit, takes no time at all to finish, and sits loosely on your head for an relaxed, lazy day fit.

  • Cable Crush Winter Hat
  • Arctic Sunset Cable Hat

    Dazzle your friends and family with the lovely Arctic Sunset Cable Hat. You can stay warm in true knitting style with this fun cabled hat, a modern take on more traditional patterns.

  • Super Slouch Hat

    Learn how to knit a hat that's not only cozy but also quite fashionable. The Super Slouch Hat is the gorgeous knitted hat you don't have to be a professional knitter to cast on.

Knit Sweater Patterns

When you first started knitting, you probably dreamed of knitting yourself a sweater, then took a look at a pattern and filed that dream in the “maybe someday when it's not so scary” folder, never to be seen again. Beginner sweater patterns take the fear factor out of that dream by showing you how to knit a sweater with straight needles.

When you break it into smaller pieces you can check off as you complete them, a sweater starts to look a lot more approachable. These beautiful sweater patterns feature all of the warmth and accomplishment without having to to worry about knitting yourself in circles.

  • Sapphire Knit Pullover Pattern

    The Sapphire Knit Pullover is one of those knit sweater patterns that becomes only more beautiful upon second glance. The classic, slimming silhouette is enhanced by a visually stunning stitch design.

  • Fitted V-Neck Pullover

    This simple, knit pullover pattern is a wardrobe essential. The Fitted V-Neck Pullover is a great way to show off your figure while staying warm all season long.

  • Peek-a-Bamboo Top

    Try on this cute, flirty top for a fun night out. The Peek-a-Bamboo Top is a great beginning knitting project for those looking to push their needles and complete an interesting piece.

  • Cozy Weekend Sweater

    The ultimate garment of relaxation, this chunky Cozy Weekend Sweater is so comfortable, you'll find yourself longing to throw it on at the end of every workday.

  • Favorite Fashion Sweater Pattern

    You'll turn heads when you don the sleek and stylish Favorite Fashion Sweater. This simple two-tone sweater will always be in style, particularly when the cold weather rolls around.

  • Easy Casual Pullover

    You'll turn heads when you don the sleek and stylish Favorite Fashion Sweater. This simple two-tone sweater will always be in style, particularly when the cold weather rolls around.

Knit Cardigan Patterns

Every girl needs a couple of good cardigans. These light and versatile layers are a great way to dress your outfit up or down, or to keep your wardrobe prepared for autumn breezes and the arctic air conditioning in that one store. However you choose to wear them, you'll love the knit cardigans made from these straight needle knitting patterns.

  • Aidez Fitted Cardigan

    Wrap yourself in this cozy sweater that's full of elegance and warmth. You'll love how the Aidez Fitted Cardigan goes with nearly everything in your wardrobe!

  • Women's Irish Knit Cardigan

    Use this free knitting pattern to make your own Women's Irish Knit Cardigan. I love the cozy cables on this sweater!

  • Evening Allure Sweater

    Make some midnight knitting magic with the Evening Allure Sweater. This pretty knit sweater pattern is a beautiful blend of purples, blues, and grays stitched together in a cool, short sleeved, cozy knit.

  • Easy Silk Cardi

    This beautiful, ice blue knit cardigan pattern is a year-round essential. The Easy Silk Cardi is thin enough to dash away a summer breeze, yet thick enough to keep you warm throughout the autumn and winter seasons.

  • Soft Cable Sweater

    An incredible yarn makes this one soft, luscious sweater you won't want to miss. Make this Soft Cable Sweater to challenge yourself if you're a beginner, since it's an intermediate pattern, or to relax if you're an expert.

What do you love most about knitting with straight needles?

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I need help in straightening out my circular plastic loop between the two needles. I want to use this method of knitting a hat but the loop is very wavy and difficult to manage. Thank you.

Go at the dollar store and get an aluminum roasting pan (large oval or rectangular), put enough boiling water in it to submerge your knitting needle (it has to be completely plastic, if your needle tips are wood leave them hanging out) leave your needles for 5 or 10 minutes and that will straighten them.

I started knitting "my first hat" shown above in pink in garter stitch After a few inches, I decided to add a few rows in different colors as a border. The effect was like a rickrack strip (lovely) on the wrong side. I recommend this for different projects. Also when giving hat instructions, could also suggest buying extra wool and making a matching bag. That's what I'm doing now.

I definitely prefer straight knitting needles to circular, so I'm excited to try out some of these patterns!

Every Link takes me to a page that says error, page not found... It didnt used to do this and unhappy that it is. PLS Fix!!

Hi PureClover, the links for this page have been updated and should be working properly now. Our apologies for the inconvenience! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

another good collection a source of ideas for those times when the saved patterns don't catch the imagination - you know you are going to knit them but not today, so turn to a book like this one


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