Knit by Bit: 10 free knitting patterns for beginners
It can be hard to find free knitting patterns for beginners – in fact, some newbie knitters resign themselves to making scarves or dishcloths for years! This list of our top Knit by Bit projects is perfect for beginners, and these 10 patterns are all free.
Using only knit and purl stitches, this one-size-fits-all phone cozy is a perfect choice for a beginner knitter. It’s knitted in one piece and seamed up the sides, and the button loop means you don’t have to worry about a buttonhole. Plus, you can make several phone cases with one ball of yarn!
We all love our e-readers, but these gadgets need protecting, and this super-simple case is an excellent option. It is knitted in the round, which will be a new skill for many beginners – but it’s a good opportunity to learn a new technique while following a simple pattern.
3. Cat Toy by Sara Thomas
Created by Sara Thomas of Cats in Hats fame, this next entry in our list of favorite knitting patterns for beginners is also one of the most fun. This cute toy is perfect for beginner knitters who are learning basic skills — in this case you’ll be learning how to decrease stitches by knitting two stitches together, which is one of the essentials.
When learning to knit, one of the easiest ways to add interest into your knitting with minimal hassle is with a texture. This “pebble stitch” texture is created using only knit and purl stitches, and the mitt is knitted in one piece and seamed up one side. These handmade wash mitts are great for those with sensitive skin, and also make lovely gifts.
If, like me, you’re a dyed-in-the-wool (ha!) eyeglass wearer, then you also know that those lenses can scratch in an instant. This retro style case is knitted flat in one piece and seamed up, and introduces a beginner knitter to how Fair Isle and stranded knitting works with a small, attainable project.
Next up on our list of free knitting patterns for beginners: an i-cord flower applique. Every knitter should learn how to knit i-cord, because so many patterns require it for edging, button loops, and more. This cute i-cord flower is a good introduction to learning what i-cord is and how it works: this project includes a full picture tutorial.
This watermelon mug cozy is the ultimate in adorable free knitting patterns for beginners. The cozy is knitted in one piece and uses either i-cord, crochet chains, or braided yarn to act as button loops. All a beginner has to know is how to knit in stocking stitch (knit one side, purl the next) and sew on the “seeds” with a yarn needle.
Speaking of adorable, this striped baby hat is incredibly simple to make. The pattern includes three different sizes to fit newborns to 18 month old babies and some helpful tips and tricks. This hat is knitted in the round, and is a great way for beginner knitters to discover that knitting in the round isn’t nearly as scary as they thought!
Desperate to learn how to cable? This pattern and tutorial will have you cabling up a storm in no time. This mitt is knitted flat and seamed up one side, leaving a gap for the thumb. The tutorial includes gifs (animated images) that show how to cable. Once you see how it’s done, you will realize just how simple cabling is!
T-shirt yarn is all the rage in the crafting community, and knitters won’t be left behind! These coasters knit up in less time than a coffee break, and they are machine washable and incredibly absorbent. Any beginner who knows how to knit and purl can knit these coasters.
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Last updated: August 5th, 2016.