Easy Knitting Patterns for New Knitters

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    Garter Stitch Scarf

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    The Garter Stitch Scarf is a perfect pattern for new knitters. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Sometimes it can be difficult to determine which knitting patterns are good for you if you are new to knitting. Skill level is a tricky thing, but there are some projects that are better than others if you're brand new to knitting.

    This collection offers some simple, ideal for beginner projects as well as a few that throw in a few new skills like felting and cables. Don't be intimidated; they're all totally doable.

    Your First Pattern

    We will begin with the simple garter stitch scarf. It...MORE is a perfect first pattern for anyone who is new to knitting. All you need to know is how to cast on, make the knit stitch, and bind off. You'll need one pair of knitting needles and one (or two, if you want a longer scarf) balls of yarn, both of which you can buy at any craft store.

    Check out more great garter stitch knitting patterns that are perfect for beginners and people who love quick and easy projects of all sorts.

    Remember that even though garter stitch is considered the most basic of all knitting stitches, there are some interesting things to learn about it. You can learn how to seam, count rows and stitches and -- probably most important for newer knitters -- how to pick up a dropped stitch in garter stitch.

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    Stockinette Stitch Washcloth

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    This Stockinette washcloth adds a Seed Stitch border to prevent curling. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Once you've mastered the knit stitch, it's time to try purling. This makes stockinette stitch when you alternate rows of knitting with rows of purling.

    Stockinette is a classic knit fabric, but it's not great for beginners because of its tendency to curl. This often makes new knitters think they're doing something wrong (you're not).

    A great way to avoid the curl is to add an edging to a stockinette stitch project that won't curl (usually because of a more equal mix of knit...MORE and purl stitches across a row). This simple stockinette washcloth pattern is a perfect example as it uses a simple seed stitch border to keep everything flat. It's still an easy pattern and it lets you practice switching between knitting and purling in the same row. 

    If you don't mind the curl, check out the Fun Fur Knit Scarf, which is so fluffy and fuzzy you don't even notice any curling. Or, once you've accumulated a yarn stash, try the Stash-Busting Stockinette Scarf, which curls but is still pretty in its tube shape.

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    Flat Hat

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    Funky yarn and simple knitting combine for a great, showstopper project. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Hats are great projects to knit, but some knitters are intimidated by the thought of knitting with a circular needle, which is often required to knit a hat.

    This Flat Hat project is worked flat as a rectangle and it is then seamed up the side and around the top to form a hat shape. It sounds kind of crazy, but it actually makes a simple and comfortable hat. And lest you be worried about having to sew up the side, if you use a really funky yarn, no one will be able to tell if your sewing isn't...MORE perfect.

    This can quickly become one of your favorite hats because it's super warm and cozy and it will make you smile every time you wear it. It doesn't hurt that it's such a simple project, too!

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    Ribbed Wrap

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    Ribbed Wrap. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The stockinette washcloth gives you a little practice switching between knitting and purling in the same row, but working a project in ribbing will make you a knit/purl pro.

    This Ribbed Wrap is simple, pretty, and gives you tons of practice working ribbing. All that's required of you is to knit two stitches then purl two stitches. These four stitches repeat through the entire project and after awhile you will be cruising right along.

    If you'd like to try a different ribbed project, check...MORE out the Bulky Ribbed Scarf or the Triple Rib Baby Blanket. There are many more patterns that use ribbing available and after a few projects, you'll discover just how valuable, easy, and fun a little rib and you'll want to use it all the time.

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    Vegas Arm Warmers

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    This simple armwarmer is worked flat, so it's a great project for a new knitter. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    It's great to knit things you will get a lot of use out of, especially when you're a new knitter because it will help keep you interested in the craft. If you're a fan of fingerless gloves, these Vegas arm warmers are a great choice.

    Worked flat, they feature a ribbed edge and Stockinette body and are seamed up the side, leaving a hole for the thumb. It's a perfect project that allows you to step beyond scarves and other flat pieces of knitwear.

    These are a ton of fun and very...MORE stylish when knitted with a sparkling yarn, though they're pretty comfy with a plain wool as well.

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    Moss Stitch Lap Afghan

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    This Moss Stitch Lap Afghan is big but still easy to knit. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Once you're comfortable with working knits and purls in the same row, you can move beyond ribbing and work more textured stitches like Moss Stitch and its bumpy cousin seed stitch.

    This Moss Stitch Lap Afghan is a bigger project than any of the others we've looked at so far. You will want a circular knitting needle even though you're still knitting flat because this number of stitches doesn't fit on the average straight needle. It is, however, completely manageable and a nice,...MORE warm, and very useful project.

    Knitting either moss stitch or ​seed stitch also gives you a great opportunity to learn how to read your knitting, an essential skill for later in your knitting career.

    If you want to try another new skill, pick up two strands of yarn at once and knit the Moss Stitch Headband.

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    Striped Pillow

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    The front of the Striped Pillow. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Adding stripes to a knitting pattern is a great way to make it look more interesting without doing a lot of extra work. This striped pillow uses two colors of yarn along with two textures -- stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch -- so it's doubly interesting.

    Don't sweat it thinking that's going to be difficult. As the name implies, reverse stockinette is exactly the same as regular stockinette, only the purls are on the outside. See? You already know how to do it!

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    Squared Check Bag

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    The Squared Check Bag. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Knitting bags and accessories is a great place to start in knitting because they don't have to be a particular size. It's also great to knit something useful, and this bag -- especially if you line the inside -- can be a great knitting bag.

    The stitch pattern on this Squared Check Bag is easy to fall in love with because it's very simple but it looks really nice. This project also gives you practice in working with two strands of yarn at the same time. Remember, each loop is not its own stitch!

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    Felted House Scarf

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    This scarf with Harry Potter colors is an easy first felting project. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A lot of knitters are intimidated by felting, so I say just get it out of the way! It's a skill you'll use throughout your knitting life for all sorts of things (including DIY dryer balls).

    This Felted House Scarf was inspired by Harry Potter, though you can make it in any color you like. It is simply worked in Stockinette Stitch stripes, but you don't have to worry about that curling we were talking about because it's going to be felted anyway.

    This is a good first felting project...MORE because it doesn't have to be a particular size. Just throw it in the washing machine and see what happens.

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    Cabled Napkin Rings

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    These napkin rings really are suitable for beginners. I promise. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Cables are not that scary. They just aren't. All you're doing is knitting some stitches in a different order. You're going to want to learn to knit cables eventually, so why not start with these super simple cabled napkin rings?

    After making a few of these and mastering the different ways the cables turn, you'll be ready for a bigger and more complex cable project in no time flat.