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Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

Check out these free beginner knitting patterns and learn how to knit with ease!

By: Audrey Huggett, Editor,
Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

Every knitter has to start his or her love affair with yarn somewhere: as a beginner. Yes, every knitter out there was, at some point in his or her life, unsure of what to do with two sticks and a bit of yarn. The good news is that, with a bit of patience and practice, you are fully capable of one day knitting sweaters, complete with lace edging, without breaking into a sweat.

One of the difficulties in knitting for beginners is finding patterns that are suited to their skill level. For those who are completely new to knitting, easy knitting patterns for beginners can be surprisingly difficult to find. This collection of patterns is intended for those just learning how to knit; with the help of these knitting patterns for beginners, you’ll be able to build your skills and confidence as a knitter.

How to Knit: Your First Project and Beyond

First Scarf Tutorial

So you're ready to pick up those knitting needles and start learning. Awesome! Scarves are generally accepted to be a great place for knitters to start, since you only need to master a basic cast on and the knit stitch. For absolute beginners, the First Scarf Tutorial is a great place to start. 

This beginner knitting pattern has lots of pictures that illustrate both a cast on method and the knit stitch. If you need more help with the knit stitch, you can check out our video tutorials for some handy tips.

More Knit Scarf Patterns to Try

More Scarves to Try

The Easy Cozy Cowl and Rainbow Dreams Scarf are good choices for knitters who have a firm grasp on the knit stitch and would like to try some new techniques. Both of these easy knitting patterns for beginners are straightforward and introduce only one or two new concepts, like changing yarn.

These patterns illustrate the wide range of possibilities presented by knitting—both are patterns for beginners, but each pattern has a distinctly different design and look.

Helpful Tutorial:
How to Cast On

The Next Step: Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

Simple Vanilla Hat

Now that you’ve mastered a knit scarf pattern or two, you’re probably ready to move onto the next big thing. What you knit next is largely up to you, depending on what techniques you want to learn or what you want to make. From scarves you can move on to simplistic forms of almost any knitted item.

These basic patterns are the perfect stepping stones for beginners. The experience gained from successfully finishing these projects will help you become a more confident knitter, allowing you to move onto bigger and more complex patterns.

Any one of these patterns would be an excellent project for a beginner knitter looking to expand his or her skills. All you have to do is choose your favorite and have the confidence to cast on. And if these easy knitting patterns aren't for you, try checking out our whole collection of knitting patterns for beginners.

Helpful Tutorials:
How to Decrease Stitches
How to Increase Stitches
How to Increase Stitches: M1


Easy Lace Patterns

Lemon Lace Shawl Pattern

Many knitters get needlessly intimidated by lace patterns, thinking that such delicate work must be incredibly hard to do. The truth is that lace patterns are actually quite manageable, provided you can master basic knitting increases and decreases. Once you’ve created a couple of other basic knitting patterns, you might want to try your hand at lace. 

These knitting patterns for beginners are a great way to transition to more challenging patterns. Plus, lace knitting patterns are gorgeous and timeless and super versatile. From lacy scarves to lace shawls, lace knitting makes for beautiful accessories that will bring light, airy texture to your wardrobe.

If you get stuck at any point when working on these patterns, be sure to check out our Video Basics, Tips for Knitting, or Knitting Tutorials for help!


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