Now that you’ve learned to knit the basic knitting stitches, you’re ready to start a beautiful knitting project of your own. We want to help you by sharing this collection of easy knit and purl stitch patterns for beginners.
These patterns are so easy to do, so beautiful, and they’re free. You’ll find something to knit under each category. Over time, we’ll expand each category to offer you more options so keep checking back.
And without further ado, please enjoy these free knitting patterns.
These patterns are not my own but have been graciously shared by their designers. If you have questions about a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
Love to snuggle up in winter? Then try this beautiful chunky knit blanket from Fifty Four Ten Studios. This blanket is the perfect knitting pattern for beginners.
With a simple knit three, purl three (K3, P3) stitch pattern, it makes for an effortless knit. And with six (6!) blanket sizes and yarn quantities included in the pattern, there’s no guesswork. I love it!
Doesn’t it look so warm and inviting?
This is like oversized cowl meets shoulder wrap. I love versatile pieces like this because they look great with everything.
Knit with Malabrigo's Caracol yarn, this gorgeous oversized cowl has loads of beautiful texture and color.
You'll need large circular knitting needles in sizes US 11 and US 13. This free cowl knitting pattern is a simple knit one, purl one. And since it's a bulky yarn, it’ll knit up fast. What could be better?
Knit Gloves and Mittens
We loved this yarn so much, we wanted to design a free knitting pattern. And we published it just for you!
These fingerless gloves provide the perfect amount of form and function. Knit with worsted weight yarn on size US 8 knitting needles, it is an easy fingerless gloves knitting pattern for beginners.
You can find all the details and how to knit these fingerless gloves here.
If you love chunky knit hats, you'll love this free knitting pattern.
This hat requires less than 1 ball of Malabrigo Rasta yarn. Knit in the round, this chunky knit hat pattern calls for basic knits, purls, and knit two together decreases. Easy!
Knit Headbands and Ear Warmers
If you need instant knitting gratification, this knitted headband pattern from Lion Brand is just the thing.
The finishing touch for this easy knit headband pattern is a quick seaming. So easy, fast, and beautiful. The trifecta!
Knit Infinity Scarves
Infinity scarves are a great accessory for those cold winter months.
Knit on straight needles with bulky yarn, this infinity scarf knitting pattern is so easy to do. Make it longer or shorter, in solid or variegated colors. There are so many fun ways to make this scarf completely you.
This easy poncho knitting pattern is the perfect beginner knitter pattern. With easy stockinette stitch throughout, it knits up in one piece and is then sewn together.
Using Lion Brand's Shawl in a Ball yarn, this yarn does all the work. You'll need two yarn balls, just as the name says, and size US 7 knitting needles. Give this free poncho knitting pattern a try.
This easy knit scarf from Tin Can Knits is so simple and so unexpected. Never mind how lovely this yarn color is, take a look at the ribbing that breaks up the garter stitch. Clever!
You’ll get to practice your knit one purl one and create ribbing. You’ll see this written as Knit 1, Purl 1 (or K1, P1). Plus, with such an interesting design, which is also reversible, knitting and purling will never get old.
Want more scarf knitting patterns? Then explore these easy beginner knitting projects.
Knit Shawls and Wraps
This easy knit shawl pattern uses alternating sections of garter stitch and knit one, purl one rows. There are no special techniques to learn. It's just simple knitting on straight needles.
You'll need 3 balls of Red Heart's Hygge Charm worsted weight yarn and size US 8 knitting needles.
This shawl makes a great knitting project for travel knitting or while watching television.
Read more: How to Read a Knitting Pattern
There you have it. As you can see from these examples, there’s really no limit to knit or purl stitch patterns. Play and experiment with any or all of these patterns. You’re sure to learn something new and improve your knitting.
Speaking of learning, be sure to check out our guide on How to Fix Common Knitting Mistakes. It may come in handy.
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