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45 Quick and Easy Free Knitting Patterns and Beginner Help

Don't miss out: these free knitting patterns for beginners will become your new obsession.

By: Caley Walsh, Editor,
Updated November 10, 2017
45 Quick and Easy Free Knitting Patterns and Beginner Help

Peruse this collection of quick and easy free knitting patterns when you are first learning how to knit. Create an easy scarf, dishcloth or even a felted coffee cozy. There are even free knitting patterns for babies and kids.

Before you try any of these patterns, take a look at our three-part Beginner’s Guide to Knitting. This guide will explain how to get started, lay out all of the materials you need and introduce basic techniques. The video tutorials included in this guide will really aid the visual learner.

Don't be nervous about tackling bigger projects. Take a look and these easy knitting patterns - you'll discover just how many great patterns there are for you to try. Whether you're a beginner or just want to make a quick and easy project, you'll surely find something that will catch your eye. These are also great handmade gift ideas, so save this collection for the holiday season.

BONUS! Are you a visual learner? Start with the basics and learn how to knit the garter stitch.

Common Questions about Simple Knitting Patterns

Black and White Infinity Scarf Knitting Pattern

Don't be embarrassed if you are new to knitting - there is so much to learn and take in! Gather up a few free knitting patterns for beginners, secure your needle and yarn and gather up your list of questions. While you're seeking out your free easy knitting patterns, keep these questions and answers as a resource and refer to them when you need some extra help as you look for more free knitting patterns for hats, scarves and more.

Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns for Beginners

Bold Boho Knitted Scarf Pattern

Free scarf knitting patterns are a reliable starting point for most beginning knitters Try your hand at one of these beginner free knitting patterns for scarves. Start with a small project and, once you've tested your skills, move on to other free easy knitting patterns. Before you know it, you'll be a knitting expert with an arsenal of handmade items to give to friends and family members.

Easy Knit Infinity Scarf Patterns and Cowls for Beginners

Convertible Cowl Knitting Pattern

Wraps are some of the loveliest knitting projects to work on. Cuddling under what feels like a mini blanket in the cooler months is one of the best feelings. Find more projects for knit wraps and scarves below!

Knit Ponchos, Vests and Other Wearables

Single Skein Scarflette Pattern

If free knitting patterns for scarves aren't your thing, you can still find plenty of free beginner knitting patterns for a variety of other projects. These simple knitting patterns that don't require a ton of time and effort, these free easy knitting patterns are the perfect projects for you. Get ready for compliments - these versatile wearables are sure to get you noticed.

Easy Free Knit Hat Patterns

Bulky Mustard Knit Beanie

Create a gorgeous knit hat with any of the patterns in this collection! Scarves are great starting projects since they're often worked flat, but hats are a natural next project to progress to. Give one of these hats a try as you hone your newly acquired knitting skills!

Easy Knit Afghan Patterns

Homespun Country Cousins Knit Baby Blanket

Make a stunning knit afghan that's beginner-friendly. Knit blankets are some of the best gifts in the world. There's nothing better than snuggling under a blanket on a chilly day with a hot beverage, and a person can never have too many blankets in my opinion! Enjoy one of these gorgeous knit afghan patterns today.

Easy Dishcloth Knitting Patterns

Diagonal Lace Knitting Pattern

We have gorgeous easy knitting patterns for days! A dishcloth is an excellent beginner project, and so useful. Knitting a dishcloth is a great way to get familiar with your tension and practice an easy pattern. We have so many easy knitting patterns on the site, so don't miss your opportunity to take up a fantastic new skill! Knit something today.

More Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

Cute Turtle Coaster Knitting Pattern

You can never have too many free easy knitting patterns, so we've rounded up some reader favorites for you to enjoy. Save your favorites and make knitted slippers, blankets and so much more. These simple knitting patterns for beginners make great gifts too, so be sure to revisit this list during the holiday season. Who wouldn't want to receive a warm pair of knitted footies? Be sure to try a couple different projects - it's a great way to stretch your skills.

Free Craft Video Tutorial: Finger Knitting

If you want to explore knitting before purchasing all the materials, try finger knitting. Done without needles, finger knitting is a great way to learn the basic concepts of knitting. You can create easy headbands, toys and scarves with finger knitting. Once you've mastered finger knitting, you can explore a ton of free knitting patterns.

Knitting Beginner Help

Knitting vs. Purling

We answered many of your common knitting questions above. If you have other areas to troubleshoot, check out these questions and answers.

How do I knit a scarf?

Fantastic question! View our popular collection of knit scarf patterns to learn how to start knitting a scarf.

How to knit for kids:

We have one lovely tutorial from our friends at about knitting for kids: Easy Knitting With Straws.

How do you make a slip knot in knitting?

There are a few ways to do this! Check out our short article on AllFreeKnitting about How to Make a Slip Knot, or visit YouTube to get a helpful video tutorial.

What is the difference between a knit and purl?

This is super important! A knit stitch enters through the back of a stitch, and a purl stitch enters in front. This video on how to do the seed stitch is a great representation for what the difference looks like.

How do I bind off knitting?

There are many popular ways to both cast on and bind off in knitting. View our infographic to learn about the different methods, choose your favorite, and consult or even YouTube for video tutorials.

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Oh, what fun that "What Type of Yarn are You" quiz is. I like doing quizzes on Buzzfeed all the time, so it's pretty cool that I get to get in my craft fill while enjoying them here as well. In case anyone cares to know, I got "Anything Sparkly." It doesn't really match me (like AT ALL), but that's probably because I had to lie quite a bit about some of my faves since they weren't there. Can't wait to discover more of these hidden gems!

Boooo, I'm bummed your answer didn't match! What faves were missing?? Maybe the quiz can be updated. What if there was an answer like "Yarn the color of darkness" or "yarn of villians"? D

My favorite knit was a pair of monster pants for my 2year old. There are lots of great patterns on this site that may become my new favorites.

What is stocking stitch

Hi joanmarghani3 5945 508! A stocking stitch is also known as the stockinette stitch. If you have never attempted this stitch before, check out this how to video from our friends at Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor

What are ridges on slippers?

Hi Gogograndi 5108626, When a pattern refers to the ridges on slippers, I believe it refers to the edges around the top and bottom of the pattern. If you could please let us know what pattern you are looking at, we might be able to be a bit more help! :) Thanks. - Kaylee, Editor

Yes, I knit slippers and am willing to share my pattern with you. 2 skeins of yarn, your choice of colors, to begin with I used Red Heart, worsted medium,4, because it washes well. size 13 knitting needles. For adult slippers: cast on 35 with both strands together leaving a tail of 12". Knit 12, pearl 1, knit 9, pearl 1, knit 12 Knit next row Repeat pattern for 10 sets. I set is the 2 rows, so actually 20 rows. Decrease by 1 stitch at the beginning and the end of the knit and pearl row knit next row Do this decreasing for 3 sets Now you have: knit 9, pearl 1, knit 9, pearl 1, knit 9 Knit the next row and repeat this pattern for the main body of the foot. I do 3 sets for a man's size 10. The ribbing around the toes is k1,p1,k1,p1,k1,p1..... next row is p1,k1,p1,k1..... and you will see the ribbing pattern emerge. Do this for 4 rows then decrease by k1, then pearling 2 loops together, p1,k2 together, k1, p2 together, p1 and repeat for entire row. Less stitches now. K2 together, p2 together, k2 together, p2 together. Cut a 12" tail and use a crochet hook to loop the tail through all the loops on the needle and pull tight to secure the toe. Now you are only working with the crochet hook. Good Job! Weave the yarn through the toe end again and then alternating sides up to the middle of the decreasing rows. tie a knot and make a tiny bow, doble knotted and ends knotted to prevent fraying. The beginning tail is now used to lace up the back starting at the top edge, weave through both sides to the bottom edge and weave through, pull tight, weave through again and secure. tuck loose strands into the pattern. Repeat for second slipper. Note* Wear over socks for the most comfort and wash with your towels. They will scrunch back to original size in the dryer and should last 1 year with regular use. For Children I start with 29 and k9,p1,k9,p1,k9 smaller children just adjust the sides and bottom. Enjoy! Cassie

i am new knitter; need beginner pattern's for cowel's and sweater's; thank you for your help.

Hello, when I was in Junior High School, back 30 plus years ago, my home ec teacher started us on a very simple knitted slipper, bootie, or houseshoe project. It was a k1p1 type slipper. Would anyone out there please have the instructions and or pattern for this bootie? Thank you for your time. Synthia

Hi Synthia, I am not sure we have the specific project you are looking for, but we do have knitted slippers listed here: Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor

Would someone please recomend a book with easy knitting patterns and instrcutions.

Hi Deacon Joe! We have several completely free downloadable eBooks here on Check them out here: Happy knitting! - Kaylee, Editor

on your knit vest pattern on this page,it seems like the pattern isn't wrote right. i've had it to three diff people and the of stitcks doesn't come out to the of the siges you need.could you please explain this to me in a e-mail.

Hi Crafter 1547787! Thanks for your comment and concerns. If you are having a problem with a particular pattern, please reach out to the designer with questions. This name will be listed on the byline of the pattern below the title. Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor

I would like to see more of the old fashion knitting method. My sister and I knit tobaggons and mittens for the underpriveleged in our area schools. We just ask if any one has yarn that they would like to give away we would greatly appreciate it. Little by little the word is getting around that we will accept the yarn. The only wish we have is that our names are not mentioned to any one who receives a tobaggan and mittens from us.

i would like some circle loom patterns. I donot knowcannot grasp the concept of reg knitting. hoping a loom will help. i have a knit to crochet pattern instruction book but it does not look as nice for some projects. any help would be greatly appreciated.


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