When you're new to knitting, making a simple scarf is a safe and easy project. You may be intimidated at first, but after a few rounds through the steps, you'll soon find your stride. There are so many beginner projects out there that you get the opportunity to do a lot of experimenting and find the patterns and styles you really like.
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These 23 free knitting patterns will encourage you to use your newly acquired skills and venture into making items for your home or to wear in addition to additional scarf ideas. Each pattern is perfect for the newbie or advanced beginner who is looking to learn new techniques. Many patterns call for using up a stash of yarn and combining color schemes.
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Color Block Garter Stitch Scarf
If you only know how to do the knit stitch, you can still make this adorable dual-colored scarf. It's a quick and easy project, and the color change and tassels add fun details. Use the pattern to knit scarves in school or team colors for personalized collegiate gifts.
Tasseled Garter Stitch Color Block Scarf from Flax and TwineContinue to 2 of 23 below.
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Confetti Scarf in Stockinette Stitch
Once you learn how to knit and purl, you can make this gorgeous scarf. The secret to that "confetti" look is in the knitting of four colors together. While knitting, you'll hold several strands of yarn together as you work the pattern. This knitting technique is super quick so you can make a fast last-minute cozy, chunky scarf.
Confetti Scarf from Purl Soho
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Chunky Knit Pillow
Add a soft and cozy knit accessory to your home decor with this throw pillow from Smitha Katti of Smiling Colors. Grab your largest knitting needles and three colors of yarn. Working in stockinette stitch and using the same quick-knit technique as the scarf above, all you need to do is create one large square. Then attach the square to a backing and add a pillow insert.
Chunky Knit Pillow from Smiling ColorsContinue to 4 of 23 below.
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Easy Baby Booties
Simple and adorable baby booties stay on an infant's feet while warming them up. The booties are made using a garter stitch and simple shaping to make the fold-over slippers. And when baby outgrows them, make them in toddler-size. If that's not cute enough, there's even a size for grown-ups to match.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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Star Dust Garter Stitch Scarf
Practice your yarn overs when you make this chunky scarf. The yarn overs create the holes that give this garter stitch design its character. And to make it even simpler, you can use self-striping yarn so you get color changes without needing to switch out yarns or weave in any yarn ends.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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Summer Fling Triangle Shawl
Shawls are newly popular again for their ability to keep the chill off your shoulders on breezy summer evenings and in air-conditioned spaces. You can even wear them like scarves. This triangular shawl project shows off fun, speckled yarn while the tassels add a fun detail. The crenulated (scalloped) edges infuse a feminine touch.Continue to 7 of 23 below.
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Bulky Throw Blanket
Beginning knitters can easily make a chunky blanket like this. Start with this throw-size Afghan pattern in a single color. By working with bulky yarn and large needles, and using simple stockinette, you'll quickly tackle this project. The pattern calls for polyester yarn to make the throw easy to toss into the wash. You'll knit three panels and stitch them together to make the blanket.Continue to 8 of 23 below.
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Lacy Knit Top
Who knew that new knitters could create fashionable no-sew tops so easily. The Talland Tee from Blacker Yarn is simple enough for advanced beginners, but it has some special lacy elements that make it shine. Plus, with a linen-wool blend yarn, it's a lightweight knit piece you can wear almost all year long alone, under jackets, or layered with a cardigan.
Talland Tee Pattern from Blacker YarnsContinue to 9 of 23 below.
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Cute Kitty Hat
Make a child's hand-knit hat even sweeter by adding a kitty face. This Child's Cat Hat pattern uses a simple stockinette stitch on three double-pointed needles. After you finish the main part of the hat, add knit ears and a simple embroidered face with black yarn.Continue to 10 of 23 below.
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Drop Stitch Kimono
There's no need to fear dropping a stitch. For this project, it's not a knitting faux-pas. This lovely, easy-breezy kimono design incorporates intentionally dropped stitches in a technique called drop stitch or elongated stitch. The simplicity of the pattern means you don't need to do any shaping. Knit two rectangles, then join the back and sides to create a lightweight, delicate accessory for any outfit.Continue to 11 of 23 below.
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The pattern of this one-size-fits-all boxy sweater makes it look sophisticated. It features a simple shape and a wide neckline. The top is easy to knit and all you need to do is choose a few favorite colors of yarn to achieve the color blocking effect. Customize it with hems or cuffs or knit it as a longer tunic.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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Double Seed Stitch Baby Blanket
This simple, delicate baby's blanket uses two basic knitting stitch patterns: stockinette and seed stitch. The two textures look and feel soft for babies. The stockinette center of the blanket knits up fast for a quick baby gift. The elegant border is a common seed stitch made by alternating knit and purl stitches to create the little bumps. A seed stitch creates an identical look on both sides and lies flat. Choose an anti-pilling yarn to keep it comfortable for the baby.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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Fat Cat Stuffed Toy
For a knitting project that kids and cat lovers will want to cuddle, look no further than this stuffed fat cat toy. You can even transform this huggable toy into another animal by changing the features just a bit. Use favorite colors or gray and black to mimic fur. Raccoon, anyone?Continue to 14 of 23 below.
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Easy Breezy Cardigan
Knit this short-sleeved cardigan out of tape yarn, which is also known as ribbon yarn. Tape yarn is flat, almost like craft ribbon. The weight of tape yarn creates a casual and cute sweater you can wear year-round. Tape yarn may look lightweight and delicate to the eye, but when it's knit into a sweater, it creates a garment with a bit of heft.Continue to 15 of 23 below.
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Vancouver Toque Lined Hat
Choose your most stunning color yarn and knit this easy, slouchy beanie-style hat on circular needles. You'll use the ribbing and stockinette stitch for most of the hat. Instead of requiring the hat to be shaped, the top of the hat is finished off with a gathering that closes it like a drawstring bag. To make the hat extra warm, the pattern includes instructions for adding a fleece lining.
Knit Vancouver Toque Pattern from Kiku CornerContinue to 16 of 23 below.
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Ionos Infinity Scarf
Knit a fashionable infinity scarf with circular knitting needles. An infinity scarf connects at both ends so you can wrap it around your neck easily. This pattern incorporates a few yarn-over eyelets for a pretty style that shows off a soft and lovely yarn.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Slip-On Baby Bibs
Babies can never have enough bibs, especially when they're teething. This bib is similar to a basic dishcloth pattern, but the soft neckband slips right over the baby's head and the machine-washable cotton yarn makes it extra absorbent. Knit in a solid or rainbow colorway.
Knit Baby Bibs from Red HeartContinue to 18 of 23 below.
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Easy Peasy Socks
Knitting socks can sound intimidating, but knitting teacher Stacey Trock shows you how to make your first pair with this easy short-cuffed pattern. By knitting socks, you'll learn the important skills of working in the round and decreasing and picking up stitches. The pattern uses worsted weight yarn to make the project go fast. Worsted weight yarn is easy to work with and knits up fast without adding bulk.Continue to 19 of 23 below.
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Adorable Christmas Tree Ornaments
Add some knitting to your Christmas tree. Use this baby hat pattern to create Christmas decor in red and white. Add it as a topper to your tree or make a few to hang around your house. This pattern uses double-pointed needles, which might be new to a beginner, but it's well worth the effort to learn this skill.Continue to 20 of 23 below.
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Baby's First Football
Knit this soft and tiny football toy for the teeniest football fan. You'll need to do some shaping, but it's a small project so it won't take long. Insert a little rattle inside or keep it cuddly as is. A sports-minded parent will appreciate the thoughtfulness of this extraordinary baby's gift.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Simple Striped Baby Blanket
Make this striped baby blanket with just knit and purl stitches, alternating two colors, or perhaps adding in a few more colors. The stitches are basic, but the texture is lush when you use chunky acrylic yarn. The acrylic yarn is super soft, machine-washable, and quite durable making it an appreciated handcrafted heirloom gift.Continue to 22 of 23 below.
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Farrow Rib Scarf
Farrow ribbing is an easy pattern to work into your knitting skills, but it gives this scarf a beautifully textured and intricate design. Use large needles and smooth, but bulky yarn. With only two rows of a repeating pattern, this chunky scarf knits up quickly.Continue to 23 of 23 below.
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Easy Garter Stitch Baby Sweater
Using basic techniques, you'll knit this adorable and classic double-breasted baby sweater. The shaping is created by casting off stitches. You'll learn how to do the knit stitch, yarn over, and knit two together (or K2Tog) to create this beauty. The pattern requires that the pieces are sewn together for the finished product.