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Published on February 4th, 2016 | by Liza


Knitting patterns for beginners

When you’re a beginning knitter, it can be daunting to look at libraries of patterns, not sure what you can actually handle. But fear not, newbies, because we dug up a selection of knitting patterns for beginners!

Head and Neckwear


Knitting patterns for beginners:: Three strand headband by Rachel Braff

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The Three-Strand Headband by Rachel Braff is simple and quick, and can serve as a great way to learn how to make an i-cord. It works with any weight of yarn, but looks best with a tight gauge (so you can learn about gauge and yarn weight with this one, too!).

Knitting patterns for beginners: Minty Fresh by Susanne Sommer

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Minty Fresh by Susanne Sommer is a pretty basic stockinette hat that will let you practice a few new skills, like knitting in the round, decreasing, short rows (for the brim), and pompoms. The simple stitch pattern will let you show off a beautiful yarn, if you want to try your hand at splurging on something fancy. You’ll need some Malabrigo Worsted yarn in 2 different shades – and there are tons to choose from!

Knitting patterns for beginners: Soft Ridge Hat by Katya Frankel

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The Soft Ridge Hat by Katya Frankel is both beautiful and simple. You can practice knit and purl stitches, as well as increases, decreases, yarn overs, and working in the round. For this project, we love Rowan Alpaca Colour – it’s super soft and incredibly warm.

Knitting patterns for beginners: North Snood by We Are Knitters

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North Snood from We Are Knitters is a basic cowl that any level of knitter can handle. Made in super bulky The Wool from We Are Knitters, it will work up fast, and you can practice knit and purl stitches, casting on, and binding off.

Hands and Feet

Knitting patterns for beginners: Calm No Digit Mitts by The Lonely Sea

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Finglerless mittens are a great introduction to glove knitting, and the Calm no digit mitts by The Lonely Sea are a basic and lovely option. They’re knit flat and sewn up the sides, so you don’t even have to worry about working in the round. You only need one ball of Sirdar Soukie DK to make these mitts!

Knitting patterns for beginners: Marshmallow by Tin Can Knits

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If you’re feeling brave enough to work a thumb (it’s not that hard, I promise), Marshmallow by Tin Can Knits is a cute choice. Worked in basic garter stitch, a button band adds detail and interest, and worked up in MadelineTosh Tosh Vintage, you’ll have luxurious, snuggly mitts for years to come.

Knitting patterns for beginners: Keelan by Julie Taylor

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Keelan by Julie Taylor is a cute pattern for baby booties that even the most novice knitter can handle. They’re knit flat in garter stitch, with an adorable button band that would look great on any baby. We love Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK – it’s super soft and perfect for tiny baby feet.


Knitting patterns for beginners: My First Dishcloth by Mommiknits

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Dishcloths are about as basic as you can get, and the My First Dishcloth pattern by Mommiknits is a great simple option. You’ll get to try out increases and decreases in a basic garter stitch. Make these in a cheap cotton yarn for the most useful outcome.

Knitting patterns for beginners: Abstract by Cooperative Press

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Abstract by Cooperative Press is another excellent basic dishcloth pattern. A simple square, this one involves no increases or decreases, just knits and purls. Again, a basic cotton is the best choice for household use, like Lion Brand Cotton Ease.

What are your favorite knitting patterns for beginners? Tell us in the comments!

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About the Author

Liza is a New York-based writer and photographer who is working on a Ph.D in Information Studies. She gets her best knitting done on the subway, and likes dogs more than people. She posts about knitting and yarn on her blog, Knitblr, as well.

Last updated: August 11th, 2017.

2 Responses to Knitting patterns for beginners

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  2. Sofia says:

    Good newbie patterns! I think a scarf is a good beginners project since you only need to know how to cast on, knit, and cast off. I think scarf and fingerless mittens were my first projects, but I remember having some trouble with knitting I’m the round…

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