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10 Free Easy Knitting Ideas for Beginners

Updated: Jun 21, 2022

Are you a beginner looking for inspiration for your next knitting idea or project? If so, you’ve come to the right place! It can be a frustrating task filtering through page upon page, trying to find a pattern suited to your preferences and experience level. Don’t worry because we’re here to help. As a beginner, it goes without saying that smaller projects will be quicker and easier to complete, which is a sensible idea for building up your knitting knowledge and ability. Below you will find a curated list of fantastic free knitting ideas to help guide you in the right direction for your next knitting project.


1. Knitted Coaster

Coasters offer a perfect, simple knitting project for beginners to get started with. Small, quick, and easy, knitting a coaster can help you learn the basic stitches required for knitting, most importantly knit and purl, and for practicing stitch definition. This project takes around 3-60 minutes to complete.

beginner knitting ideas

Pattern Designer: Nimble Needle



2. Knitted Hat

Knitting your own clothing should provide a unique sense of pride and achievement. After all, who else gets to enjoy the spoils of their work so closely? Like the coaster pattern above, a knitted hat is a great starting point for beginners. Knitting a hat should take between one and three hours, depending on your speed and confidence. For this project, you’ll need double pointed needles (DPNs), circular flyer needles, stitch markers, and yarn (preferably worsted).


The size of your needles, yarn, and project measurements will vary depending on how big your hat will be.

beginner knitting ideas

Pattern Designer: Becciebcreative



3. Fingerless Knitted Mittens

Keep your hands warm without losing any dexterity with these wonderful fingerless mittens. The simple design of these fingerless mittens makes them perfect for beginner knitters, as well as anyone who wants to keep their hands warm. Mittens can be worn without stopping you from using your mobile phone, playing an instrument, or even knitting your next pair!