Now that you’ve learned to knit the basic knitting stitches, you’re ready to start a beautiful 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 not my own but have been graciously shared by some amazing designers. If you have questions about a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
The patterns are so easy to do, so beautiful, and they’re free! The only problem you will have is deciding which one to knit first.
Take a look!
This gorgeous 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.
If you need instant knitting gratification, this stockinette stitch headband from Lion Brand is just the thing.
Knit flat on straight needles, you don’t need to worry about circular needles or joining in the round. And since it's knit with bulky yarn, you’re sure to finish in no time.
When you’re done, the finishing touch is a quick seaming. So easy, fast, and beautiful. The trifecta!
This lovely scarf, also knit in bulky weight yarn, is a variation of a knit one purl one ribbing. The knit and purl pattern consists of a 2-row pattern repeat, which makes it easy to remember.
The best part about ribbing is that it is reversible. Every side is the right side.
What I love about rib knit scarves is how timeless they are. This beginner’s scarf is no exception.
You simply work this knit two purl two ribbing (also written as knit 2, purl 2 or K2,P2) pattern until you have knit your desired length. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Knit in bulky yarn, you will see results quickly, too. A thrill for any knitter.
Here’s another great example of how basic knit & purl stitches can be rearranged to create something new.
Knit in worsted weight yarn on size 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles, this colorful scarf is another classic piece. And with only a single row to memorize, there’s no need to worry about forgetting your place in your knitting.
This scarf is great practice for knitters looking for a smaller, tighter stitch with equally beautiful results.
This men’s scarf knitting pattern in worsted weight is the epitome of style and simplicity. Knit on size 10 straight needles and with an easy 4-row repeat, there are no hidden punches behind this pattern.
While it is a considerably longer scarf (nearly 7 ft. long), don’t let that deter you from knitting this beauty. You can always customize it to your taste.
Ready to take your knit and purl to another level? If so, then you’re ready to learn the seed stitch.
This beautiful headband is a great beginner knitter project. It has a single row repeat that is simple and easy to do. Just remember to keep your tension tight between stitches to prevent gaps between stitches.
Give it a shot. You can do it!
Another way to keep your patterns interesting is by choosing fun yarn. This chunky knit cowl pattern is a great example.
Knit on straight needles, it is so easy to do.
Make it bigger or smaller, in funky or subdued colors. Just make it absolutely you!
Looking for a bigger knitting project? Then try this beautiful chunky 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?
As you can see from these examples, there’s really no limit to knit or purl stitch patterns. Pretty amazing when you consider all of these were created with just two stitches.
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.