Beginning knitters dream of clacking away with their needles
and creating magazine-perfect projects. Yet nothing can bring those visions
crashing down like a flawed pattern or an ugly finished product. To help those
new to knitting, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite knitting-for-beginner projects that
can be completed with just one stitch, skein or sitting.
Beginner's Hat Trick
Tweed yarn inspires this
beginner knitting project, which uses the stockinette stitch almost
exclusively. Try your hand at a DIY pom-pom (with or without the official
maker) to add quirky charm.
You'll need to sign up for a free account at Lion Brand Yarn to grab this knitting pattern for beginners.
Never Felt Better Bowls
Knit bowls offer a
charming home decor for the beginner and are great for holding earrings, tiny candies
or even party favors. Even better, as long as the yarn
used is 100% wool, felting will hide any mistakes.
Alice Thelma has the free beginner's knitting pattern for the felted nesting bowls.
This easy-to-read beginner's knitting pattern creates a rustic-inspired pillow. Buttons allow the pillow form to be removed and washed, and a tight fit prevents the creation from sagging, which often happens with heavily used knitting projects.
Looking for an easy
beginner knitting project with a big impact? This afghan blanket uses bright squares, which are hand-sewn together along the edges. While this
project may get expensive the larger you make the blanket, consider knitting a
baby blanket or even just a pillow for a cheaper alternative.
Lucky Penny Pouch
This easy knitting
project was designed for high-schoolers just learning the craft and uses
felting to hide loose or uneven stitches. The garter stitch and a button hole offer a personal touch.
Fish Out of Water
increasing and decreasing skills with these easy and quick knit fish. This
project doesn’t use the traditional pattern abbreviations and has lots of pictures
to help the knitter that's just getting started.
Want the free knitting pattern for beginners? Click on over to the oddly named Stinky Mom.
All Keyed Up
Half a skein is all
you need for this easy, one-piece knit keyhole scarf. Worked flat, this beginner project
uses the stockinette pattern, which may curl up since it’s not a reverse
stitch (i.e., the front doesn’t look the same as the back), but the curl actually adds to the scarf’s charm.
Kate Klemp offers a free pattern for this beginner's keyhole scarf.
Baby's First Blankie
Lion Brand Yarn
offers this baby blanket, a free knitting pattern for beginners. Get creative
with this easy project and improvise the pattern to make scarves,
pillows or a vintage-inspired cloak when you add a shawl pin.
Described as great
for the absolute beginner, this knit cowl covers several techniques, including
binding off, the stockinette and garter stitches as well as ribbing. While
these may sound complicated, the beginner knitter can be reassured that this
pattern walks knitters through using very basic terms.
Try out this free knitting pattern for beginners from Isla Webb.
A tiny flower
offers a quick project even beginners can finish in one hour or less. While the
flower is a part of a larger, more complicated scarf pattern, feel free to make just the knit flower and use it to decorate hair bands, sweaters or even pet collars.
Bernat has the free knitting project for beginners.
Image credits (from top): Cocobarahorse / Raverly.com, Lion Brand Yarn, Alice Thelma, Spud and Chloe, Canadian Living, Hattie B. Holtapp, Stinky Mom, Kate Klemp, Lion Brand Yarn, Isla Webb and SteamyKitchen.com.