When you're new to knitting, making a simple scarf is a safe and easy project. But then what? These 25 free knitting patterns are perfect for the newbie or advanced beginner looking to learn a few new techniques.
And while a few scarves made the list, they are anything but simple, while remaining easy for you to jump in right away.
If you only know how to do the knit stitch, you can still make this adorable scarf. It's a quick and easy project, and the color change and tassels add a fun detail. Knit one for yourself, then make a few for gifts.
Once you learn how to knit and purl, you can make this gorgeous scarf. The secret to that "confetti" in the knitting is holding several strands of yarn together as you work. The technique makes the scarf bulkier (and faster), as well as beautiful.
Add some knitting to your home decor with this pillow from Smitha Katti of Smiling Colors. Working in stockinette stitch and using the same technique as the scarf above, all you need to do is knit a square. Then attach it to a backing and add a pillow insert.
Want to make some simple baby booties? These use garter stitch and simple shaping to make fold-over slippers for baby. And when baby outgrows them, make them in toddler-size. If that's not cute enough, there's even a size for grown-ups to match.
Practice your yarn overs when you make this chunky scarf. The yarn overs create the holes that give this garter stitch design character. And to make it even simpler, you can use self-striping yarn so you get color changes without needing to weave in any yarn ends!
A shawl might sound a little old-fashioned, but they have gained popularity again, especially when you wear them as a scarf. This triangular shawl is a great project to show off fun, speckled yarn. Plus, you can add tassels as a fun detail!
As a beginning knitter, making a blanket can seem intimidating, but this throw-size Afghan pattern changes that. By working with bulky yarn and large needles, and using simple stockinette, anyone can tackle this project.
The Talland Tee from Blacker Yarn is simple enough for advanced beginners, but it has some special elements that make it shine. Plus, with a linen-wool blend yarn, it's a knit piece you can wear almost all year.
A child in a hand-knit hat is cute, but when it's a kitty hat, that's even better. Although this hat uses double-pointed needles, which might be new to a beginner, the knitting remains pretty basic. After you finish the main part of the hat, add ears and a simple embroidered face.