Free Simple Knitting Patterns

Here are free simple knitting patterns. These projects are quick and easy so you can produce a finished item fast.

Especially selected as best for the beginner or those seeking a break between more complex creations, the projects listed below are knitted on straight needles (as opposed to the more difficult circular or double-pointed).

Getting Started

If you  happen to need a little guidance before moving onto the patterns below, we highly recommend Rachel’s all-in-one Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Knitting from HobbyHelp. As she says, knitting is not just for your grandmother anymore! Lots of people of all ages are enjoying this wonderfully creative hobby. She keeps the guide uncomplicated, and it includes beautiful visuals such as how-to videos.

1. Men’s, Women’s or Child’s Hat

A knitted hat is always welcome for winter! Even the larger men’s version of the hat is simple and fast for even a beginner to accomplish in this free pattern from Red Heart.

2. Christmas Tree Decoration

A lovely memento of your knitting journey, a Christmas tree decoration is a simple easy project which can inspire you year after year. It also makes a nice gift for a loved one. Try this beautiful knitted Christmas bell pattern from Free Vintage Knitting.

3. Stylish & fun pincushion

A knitted pincushion is a fast simple project. Use it to keep your small knitting supplies in one place, such as yarn sewing needles and stitch holders. Or make it as a gift for a friend who sews. Either way, you’re guaranteed to love this free no-calorie knitted cupcake pincushion pattern from The Stitch Sharer.

4. Large Baby Booties

Parents get a lot more mileage from booties designed for an older active baby than a swaddled newborn. Large knitted booties are a real sanity-saver for parents of a not-yet-walking baby, in order to keep baby’s feet warm when out and about. Booties are easier than shoes to put on and harder for baby to kick off! Knit this Baby Through Toddler Booties pattern at Bev’s Country Cottage. This makes an ideal baby shower gift, and the pattern is free and simple to make.

More free simple knitting patterns

Rachel from HobbyHelp lists other great resources for some beautiful free knitting patterns toward the end of her Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Knitting, and that’s definitely worth a good look.

Projects to avoid if you want to be finished fast

Unless you’re very patient, it’s best to avoid attempting a large scarf or baby blanket if you’re looking for a fast project. Although it’s true that scarves and blankets are very simple knitting patterns, they actually take a surprisingly long time. If you want to be finished fast, you may give up before the project is finished! I’m not suggesting you never make a scarf or blanket; only consider knitting these if you don’t mind it taking a while.

Help! I don’t know which one to make!

If you wish to make one of the clothing or accessory projects above but don’t have a particular recipient in mind, consider donating your finished knitted piece to an appropriate local charity (for example, a pregnancy help center for the baby booties). You’ll get a great sense of satisfaction knowing that your handcraft helped someone in need – but take a photo of it first so that you’ll be able to “see” it time and again!

Conclusion

Knitting lets you create what you want in the colors you want. Completing a handcrafted project is an immense confidence booster that will leave you hungry for more, no matter what skill level. The five free simple knitting patterns here have been selected as best for a beginner or the advanced knitter seeking an easy project. Pick out your yarn and enjoy!