Are you struggling to find Free Beginner Knitting Patterns that:
- Are Knit Flat on Straight Needles
- Use Knit and Purl only
- Have Clear Instructions
- Are Classic or Modern Styles
- And are FREE!
I get your frustration! I was so eager to make something beautiful and useful when I was a newbie knitter, but was surprised at how complicated, poorly written, or boring the free beginner knitting patterns are.
So, I’ve collected these free knitting patterns that are great for a first project. All you need to know are the basics of casting on, binding off, knit stitch and purl stitch. Only a few require extra skills. If they do I made a note below the description.
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Before you Get Started
If you still need to learn the basics, I highly recommend this Startup Library from Bluprint. After several frustrating attempts, this is where I finally got the hang of knitting and really took off with it. It’s a full class of videos and printable materials that is SO easy to follow and will help you learn better than anything else I’ve found.
You can preview the full Knit Stitch Lesson for free here and sign up for a free trial…which should give you plenty of time to learn the basics and decide if it’s worth it for you. I LOVE having access to ALL the pros and amazing classes. I use it all the time!
A Few Notes
I did my best to find ONLY patterns that met the criteria listed above, but a few of these patterns do require skills outside of the basics. I still included them because the designer does such a good job of teaching it should still be easy. I’ve included a note if the pattern has extra skills to learn.
1) Malt Baby Blanket Pattern by Tin Can Knits
The Malt Blanket is part of Tin Can Knits learn to knit series called the Simple Collection. It’s an excellent series of beginner patterns that will walk you through several projects allowing you to practice new skills before moving on in difficulty. Their patterns are VERY well written, including diagrams and detailed notes.
Note: This blanket is knit flat going back and forth in rows, but in order to hold all the stitches you will use circular knitting needles. The cable gives the stitches room and makes everything easier to hold.
Required Skills: Cast on, Bind Off, Knit
Size: Approximately 30″ W x 32″ L
- 750 yds worsted / medium / 4 weight yarn (Malabrigo Rios or Cloudborn Superwash Merino)
- 24″ Circular Knitting Needles, US size 8 (5mm)
2) Easy Knit Hat Pattern by Bhooked Crochet
Are you a visual learner? Bhooked Crochet has a video tutorial to go along with this hat! This is a great classic hat that will knit up quickly and only requires one skein of bulky yarn!
Note: It IS knitted with in the round with circular needles, but since it has no decreases you don’t need to worry about double pointed needles. And, instead of binding off you use a darning needle to cinch up the top, which makes finishing your hat super simple!
Required Skills: Cast on (loosely!), Knit, Purl, *Knit in the Round*
Size: Adult, 17″ Stretch to Fit 22″ Circumference
- One Skein Super Bulky / 6 weight yarn (Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick recommended)
- 16″ Circular Knitting Needles, Size US11 (7mm)
- Darning Needle and Scissors
3) Easy Knit Flat Baby Hat by Little Red Window
This basic baby/toddler hat pattern is free in the 12 Month size, with other sizes available to purchase.
It is knitted flat and seamed up the back, so you can skip the circular needles for now if you’re not ready. Little Red Window also suggests you can use this pattern to easily modify her Pretty Kitty, Frog, and Bear Baby hats to be knit flat as well!
Required Skills: Cast On, Bind Off, Knit, Purl, *K2tog* (knit two together decrease)
Size: Free:12 Months or Paid PDF: 0-3, 6m, 12m, 2t+
- Worsted / Medium/ 4 weight yarn (Malabrigo Rios or Cloudborn Superwash Merino)
- Straight knitting needles, US Size 7 (4.5mm)
- Darning needles
4) Easy Trust Cowl Pattern by Brome Fields
I love this simple cowl pattern. It’s as easy as making a scarf, but the added button and clever seaming give it a classic comfy look. Plus, no fiddling with tying a scarf. Just slip this on and you’re ready to go!
Required Skills: Cast On, Bind Off, Knit Stitch, Sew seams and buttons
Size: One Size, Tween-Adult
- Super Bulky / 6 Weight Yarn (Lion Brand Wool Ease Quick & Thick)
- Straight Single Point Bamboo Knitting Needles, US Size 13 (9mm)
- Buttons (these are recommended by the designer)
- Needle and Thread for Buttons