There’s no better way to show your love and appreciation for Mom than with a handmade knitted gift from the heart. And with Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, it’s time to start knitting! To help you get started, we’ve gathered some of our favorite free knitting patterns for cowls, shawls, jewelry, and more. One is sure to be the perfect gift your Mom will love. Take a look.
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This easy garter stitch cowl is the perfect example of simplicity meets luxury. Although it is a plain and simple knitting pattern, the result is far from boring.
Made by knitting with two-strands and knit in the round, this chic cowl is a quick knit. It’d be the perfect Mother’s Day knitting gift.
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With only 3 knitting stitches to know and only three rows to remember, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make this cute shawl! This easy knit triangle shawl pattern is mostly garter stitch, which is great for beginners. You’ll also need to know how to knit-front-back (KFB) and yarn over (YO).
Made with about 570 yards (521 m) of variegated sock weight yarn, the color possibilities are endless!
With summer on its way, this no-fuss cowl would make a perfect summer knit gift.
You can choose to follow the pattern or customize it by changing your needle size, yarn material and yarn gauge. We love unlimited possibilities!
First knit flat with two needles, then seamed, this cowl is a great knitting project for beginners. It requires 300 yards (274 meters) of Shibui Knits Heichi which, unfortunately, has been discontinued. You can find yarn substitutions at YarnSub. You’ll want to bookmark this link.
This cowl will make a gift that’s perfect for Mom, but would also make for a quick and easy handmade gift for a friend.
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This free lace knitting pattern produces a lovely stole that is both delicate and beautiful. So if you’re looking for something light and airy, this would be perfect for your early summer knitting.
This 4 row lace knitting pattern has both written and charted instructions, and the designer includes knitting help for this pattern here.
Even if you’re not the fastest knitter, you can still finish this lovely shawl in a couple of days. The Red Heart 8-Hour Shawl is an easy 4-row knitting pattern made with aran weight yarn (or worsted weight yarn).
The knit purl pattern features a rectangular construction, flat knitting, and easy lace knitting for beginners. The only other knitting techniques you’ll need to know are how to yarn over (YO) and how to pass slipped stitch over (PSSO).
So if you’re looking for an easy and fast knitting project, you should move this simple knitting pattern to the top of your list.
If you’ve been searching for a multi-functional knitting pattern, then look no further. Here you will find instructions for a knitted scarf pattern, a knitted shawl pattern, AND a knitted throw pattern. Awesome, right?
This 4-row lace knitting pattern from Knit Picks is perfect if you’ve been wanting to work with lace knitting stitches for the first time. It’s easy to remember and easy to do.
To make the lace knit scarf, you’d use Knit Picks Luminance yarn in 100% silk. To knit the lace shawl knitting pattern, you’d use a blend of merino wool, silk, and alpaca yarn. And the knitted throw pattern uses a yarn blend of merino and acrylic in worsted weight.
These easy lace knitting patterns for beginners are simple knitting projects with beautiful results.
When it comes to easy knitting projects for gifts, it doesn’t get any easier than knit and purl stitch patterns. Like this big knit throw blanket.
Knit in garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and ribbing, the combination makes a wonderfully textured throw. It’s perfect for gift-giving and for beginners learning to knit.
Knit with superwash wool, it’s so easy to care for. And knitting this throw with large needles and super bulky yarn will be a quick project. This knitted throw pattern can also be resized and makes a good gift for new moms.
This easy lace scarf knitting pattern for beginners features a lace edging that adds a nice touch of the feminine. And with a simple garter stitch pattern, yarn overs, and bind offs, any beginner could easily tackle this project.
You’ll need about 450 yards (411 meters) of fingering weight yarn and size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) knitting needles to knit the garter stitch scarf.
We think it’d make a wonderful gift for working moms.
Read more: Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns for Beginners
Love lace as much as we do? If you know how to read a knitting pattern, then this women’s knit poncho will be a cinch for you. The pattern isn’t a difficult one and once you find your rhythm, it’ll be perfect to Knitflix and chill.
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Knit as a seamless one-piece in the round, this knitted poncho uses worsted weight yarn (aran) and size U.S. 11 (8 mm) needles. The pattern includes three different sizes and includes only written instructions.
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If you’re looking for a vibrant and unique cowl for Mom, look no further than this knit infinity scarf.
This reversible cowl knit pattern is knit in the round using the stranded knitting technique.
To hand knit this infinity scarf you’ll need to know how to join in the round, knit and purl. You’ll also need to know the backward loop cast on for knitting. The final touch will be grafting your knitting, which will give you this lovely reversible effect.
If you’re looking for a practical gift for Mom, this free sock knitting pattern will make the best socks. I’m sure if you dig around in your yarn stash you’ll find some sock yarn that’ll be perfect for these easy socks.
They are knit top down and you’ll need about 400 yards in fingering weight yarn. You can choose your favorite cuff ribbing and choose between three heel flap variations. This easy sock knitting pattern includes written instructions.
Looking for a quick knit gift for Mom? This easy knitted face mask uses size U.S. 10 needles and chunky yarn so you’ll be done in a flash. Great for Moms who love a quick nap or some much-needed ME time!
Every Mom loves a little color. That’s why this fun rainbow cowl would make such a unique handmade gift. Made with simple knit and purl stitches, this is an easy knitting pattern for beginners. If you’re a more advanced knitter, this would make for a quick knitting project.
This cowl uses size 8 U.S. (5.0 mm) knitting needles and is knit flat with aran weight yarn in Cascade’s Melilla. It requires two colors of this color changing yarn and about 440 yards (400 m) total.
It’s so easy to knit, too. Besides knits and purls, you’ll only need to know how to knit front and back (KFB) and knit two together (K2tog).
If Mom loves bracelets, then this knitted bangle bracelet pattern is just the thing you need.
Knit in stockinette stitch and with no worries about knitting gauge or yarn, these are the perfect knitted gift! Plus, they are great stash busters.
This gorgeous lace stole will certainly make your Mom feel so elegant and beautiful. Knit with Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze, a blend of mohair and silk, this featherweight wrap is all luxury.
Want more dazzle? Embellish it with beads. Want a longer stole? Add extra repeats of Chart B. Want a larger stole? Change your knitting needle size. If using the recommended yarn, you can increase your needle size up to a US 8 (5 mm).
This lace knitting pattern has both written and charted instructions.
Another great stash buster, this seed stitch bracelet is perfect for any Mom. Knit with sizes 4 US and 6 US needles and with only a single row pattern to remember, you will be finished in no time. Knit one in every color!
If you’re looking for handmade gift ideas for her, consider making this lovely eyelet shawl knitting pattern.
Designed for Pompom Magazine, it’s knit with DK weight yarn in a blend of merino and silk. It is a simple knit shawl, easy enough for any beginner. You’ll need to know how to increase (M1L, M1R, YO), decrease (K2tog, SSK), and knit through back loop (tbl).
The free knitting pattern includes both written and charted knitting instructions and is available in English and French translations.
We hope you enjoyed these handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas for her. Remember, the best knit gifts are the ones that are handmade and come from the heart.
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