Easy Knitting Patterns
This page contains a selection of easy knitting patterns suitable for beginner knitters. I have included easy knitting patterns for dolls and more toys, Christmas items, dishcloths, headbands, and also hats, scarves, baby's booties, and bags (are on separate pages - just click the links to see them).
When my daughter had cancer, she was given a really cute hand-knitted teddy. It looked quite simple so I thought I would try to knit a similar one. After a bit of trial and error, I came up with the pattern I have displayed on this page. Let me know if you make one of these teddies.
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting DVD
Fluffy Knitted Teddy
- 4 or 5 x 50g balls of a fluffy novelty yarn (such as eyelash)
- Knitting needles US6 (UK8, 4mm)
- Black yarn or buttons (not for young children) for eyes and nose
- Ribbon to tie around neck
Start at the legs
- Cast on 16 stitches
- Knit 38 rows - this completes one leg
- Leaving this leg on the needle, cast on 16 stitches on the same needle (for the other leg)
- Knit 38 rows - now you will have two legs on one needle
- Knit 28 rows knitting across both legs (32 stitches)
- Cast on 24 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows
- Knit 22 rows (80 stitches)
- At the beginning of next 2 rows cast off 24 stitches
- Knit 62 rows (32 stitches) - this does the front and back of the head
arms - back
- Cast on 24 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows
..... continue the remainder of the teddy in reverse order
Finishing the teddy
- With good sides facing, sew up seams leaving a gap in the crotch for filling.
- Turn teddy good-side out.
- Sew diagonal top corners for ears.
- Sew on a happy face - the face will be flat. Just use yarn and/or buttons to make the nose and eyes.
- Stuff head loosely with filling.
- Gather around the base of head by sewing gathering stitch and pulling tighter to form neck.
- Stuff the rest of the teddy loosely with filling and stitch up the hole.
- Tie a ribbon around the neck.
Here are a couple more pictures of teddy bears which other knitters have knitted from this pattern:
three more teddies - in white and pink (scroll down past the jacket)
More Easy Knitted Doll, Animal and Toy Patterns
Many of these lovely patterns would be fun projects for kids to do, or for you to make and give as gifts to children. And if you are an experienced knitter, you will be able to complete these dolls and toys quite quickly, making them great ideas for charities. They would be great projects for finishing off your leftover yarn from bigger projects.
The free patterns for the toys on the right are available to download from another knitting pattern website
See some of the toys available by clicking on the thumbnails. Look at the name under the picture of the toy you'd like to see the pattern for (eg "flopsy rabbit"), and type it in the in the search box at the top right of the page after you get to the website. You will need to sign up (free) and give your email address to this site to be able to download their cute toy patterns.
Even More Easy Knitting Patterns of Animals and Toys
Several easy knitted toys are available here - Nittybods, Squidgy Beanbugs, Halloween ghosties, Cup and Birdie Game, Easter Egg Treats.
An easy doll pattern - make long hair for a girl and short hair for a boy
Super easy knitted cat
Jellybean skittle and ball pattern
Baby block (cube)
Snake - this project is a little more difficult, using double-pointed needles
Cute worm finger puppet
Easy Knitted Beanies and Hats
A lovely selection of knitted hats and beanies for the whole family - for babies, children, teens, and adults.
Great Projects For A New Knitter
Scarves make fabulous projects for the beginner knitter. On this page you'll find several different styled, quick and easy scarf projects to keep you warm this Winter.
Sweet Baby's Booties
On this page you'll find some patterns for cute babies' booties. Nice quick and easy projects.
Easy Knitted Headbands and Earwarmers
Headbands and earwarmers are good ideas for new knitters and also for quick easy projects to use up your left over yarn.
A friend of ours who was going on a mission trip made a whole bunch of knitted headbands to sell for fundraising. Fun idea! They would also make lovely Christmas or birthday gifts.
The picture on the right: © Copyright firepile (CC BY 2.0)
Headband cinched in the middle to create a bow look
Another cinched headband / cowl pattern
Ribbed ear warmer pattern
Headband with a bow
Simple knitted headband
Easy Knitted Dishcloth Patterns
Dish cloths make a fun way to test out a pattern. You can use these lovely creations for washing dishes, but you could use two sewn together to make a cute bag, several sewn together to make a blanket (for a bed, baby, pet), or just make one bigger to use as a doll's blanket or baby's afghan.
Picture on the right: © Copyright Jessi_9783 (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Berry basket dishcloth pattern
Reversible diamond patterned dishcloth
There are lots of different dishcloth patterns on this website, including this "up the stairs" dishcloth. The patterns / pictures on the dishcloths are made by using knit or purl stitches. You'll find several more of these types of patterns on the right side of the page under the heading KNIT DISHCLOTHS.
Baby joey (kangaroo) dishcloth
Koala dishcloth pattern
Easy Christmas Knitting Patterns
Why not knit something new for this Christmas. One or more of these patterns would a fun project to do with your children.
Picture on the right: © Copyright Birdies100 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
You'll find several easy knitting Christmas designs on this page. You may like to try the following:
- Bell I
- Bell II
- Bell III
- Santa Head
- Star II - Christmas star made from 2 triangles
- Wreath II
Easy mini Christmas stockings
Another easy Christmas stocking / Santa boot
Some of these patterns have the abbreviation KFB which stands for knitting into the front of the stitch then into the back. Here's a video showing how to do this.
More Knitting Patterns
You'll find dozens of novelty tea cosy knitting patterns here. These novelty tea cosies are both functional and decorative. Not only do they keep your teapot warm, but they do so in such a stylish way, they're sure to be a great talking point whenever you have friends around for tea.
Feel free to let me know of any other free, easy knitting patterns. Also let me know if you try out my teddy knitting pattern and show me a picture of it if you upload the photo onto the net.
Leave a note to let me know you dropped by
Gretta greaney on September 14, 2020:
Thank you so much for sharing your pattern of the teddy it looks very easy
Hanora on July 21, 2020:
Thank you so much .
Love the teddy x
Marjorie Parker on November 08, 2019:
Love this site. I have already knitted several teddy bears. Intend to make gifts of them to my senior group who love them. Also my kiddie friends.
Joanna on April 13, 2018:
like the teddybear, i am trying it, looks easy enough
Gill Compigne-Leaney on January 07, 2018:
Thanks for the pattern, I am now knitting them for charity.
claret on May 31, 2017:
WHY CAN'T I NOT RELOAD THE PATRONES ON MY STICK/
Sueb on May 07, 2017:
Thank you for such an interesting patterns.
Frances Sullivan on May 06, 2017:
I enjoyed your post and look forward to it. lol. Frances
Mandy Farr on December 12, 2015:
Thanks for your pattern for the teddy. I made one for my grand-daughter for Christmas. Very easy and very pleased with it. Mandy
Maisie on April 12, 2015:
Hi love I don't know if it's just me I am only 14 and love knitting on the leg bit patern for the back I don't mind though seeing as my grandma will show me how to do
teelover on February 20, 2014:
Great tips! Thanks for sharing!!!
seahorse60 on November 25, 2013:
These patterns look very impressive but not too difficult to make, I think even I could manage some of them, thanks!
getupandgrow on November 10, 2013:
I'm a bit of a craft-clutz, but knitting has always tempted me, and I love your lens...You make it sound so easy...
PlantNerd on October 29, 2013:
I'm more of a crochet fan, but I really should sharpen my knitting skills. The bears look cute!
Jeanette (author) from Australia on October 16, 2013:
@anonymous: Did you try the link at the big arrow? https://discover.hubpages.com/art/EasyKnitting-Pat...
anonymous on October 06, 2013:
I struggle to print the easy teddy bear knitting pattern. Help please. Only print part of it.
kerryhrabstock on January 17, 2013:
Great job. I like to knit but have trouble with non-square shapes. However, your directions seem easy to follow. We'll see.
anonymous on November 30, 2012:
lovely patterns cant wait to try some out thankyou
anonymous on November 08, 2012:
Thank you. I liked looking at everything. great
Mamaboo LM on October 31, 2012:
I started learning how to knit, but life got complicated. Will try again soon! thanks for the wonderful lens and be blessed!
anonymous on October 25, 2012:
really good teddy bear :)
anonymous on October 15, 2012:
Nice collection of patterns! I'll be checking back to try out new projects. Thanks.
Wendy Leanne from Texas on October 08, 2012:
If I knew how to knitt I'd be making those teddy bears all the time.
Jeanette (author) from Australia on October 02, 2012:
@anonymous: Hi Leslie-Anne, I've now added a Christmas section which includes a couple of Christmas stockings.
SquidCrew1 on October 01, 2012:
Thanks for helping Diva2Mom reach level 80 and get her /diva2mom lens in the Top Tier. This lens is featured on her /diva2mom "My Transition" lens under your Squid Angel recognition. Have a great day!
anonymous on October 01, 2012:
hi i just started knitting and would love a easy knit pattern for christmas stockings.. just something simple and straight where i don't need extra stuff that is going to confuse me
Nyathearai on September 16, 2012:
Wow, this actually has me considering digging out my wool and needles. =oO Some gorgeous ideas. Thanks for sharing!
Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on September 09, 2012:
Avi Wolfson from Massachusetts on August 16, 2012:
Great lens, thanks for sharing!
Jeanette (author) from Australia on July 22, 2012:
@anonymous: I've added a bit more in my instructions above. Hope that helps. :-)
Jeanette (author) from Australia on July 22, 2012:
@anonymous: The face is just flat and the nose is just stitched on with yarn or maybe a button.
anonymous on July 20, 2012:
@anonymous: I don't understand how to do the face ie nose?
anonymous on July 20, 2012:
I don't understand how to make face (nose) on bear?
anonymous on July 02, 2012:
Some of your patterns are just what I am looking for, thank you
anonymous on May 22, 2012:
Just stumbled onto your site. I am a newbie in knitting and found it very helpful. Thank you for the variety of patterns
irenemaria from Sweden on May 09, 2012:
I love those Baby Booties! It is ALMOST that I want to try!
anonymous on May 09, 2012:
Just found your site. Am going to try the teddy bear. Thanks !
anonymous on April 16, 2012:
Hi I have just found your site, love the toy patterns, will visit again, thank you
anonymous on February 24, 2012:
hi i have just found you wonderfull site.the patternon there look very easie.i will use same of them .regardsdulcie .aust
anonymous on February 14, 2012:
I am pretty much homebound in the winter and I love to knit and crochet. I make things for family andI also make doilies, what fun! Thank you so much for sharing the patterns! My grandchildren and my new grandchild that is due in July are the recipients of my knitting and crocheting!
Blackspaniel1 on February 10, 2012:
sarahrk lm on December 16, 2011:
I love knitting. I have made hats for all of the kids in our family.
anonymous on November 22, 2011:
I, too, was directed to your site via the Knitting Paradise Forum (looking for the Fluffy Knitted Teddy pattern. I'm looking forward to browsing thru your site. Thanks so much for all the info you are providing! Be back soon.
Little Linda Pinda from Florida on November 16, 2011:
I love the teddy bears. I would never had known they were knitted. Wow!
anonymous on November 15, 2011:
This is my frist time on this web site.I like it I'll be back soon!!!!
Johanna Eisler on November 13, 2011:
I love the beanie! Reminds me of the toques my mom used to knit for my dad and my husband - only without the fluffy yarn. It's a simple pattern, but I need the instructions and haven't been able to find them. I think I want to try this. (First for me - *wink*)
anonymous on November 06, 2011:
Oh, My, Gosh! I just stopped by via the Knitting Paradise Forum - and will certainly include Squidoo in my Favorites! Wonderful - interesting - and I just LOVE the Teddy Pattern (Thank you for including the flat-out lay-out of the project - makes so much sense!)
boutiqueshops on November 05, 2011:
I've bookmarked this page to try out those teddy bears! Awesome job on the patterns! This page is blessed by an angel!
anonymous on November 03, 2011:
Really nice patterns - I'm bookmarking your site so I can come by again soon. Thanks!
franstan lm on September 13, 2011:
Great patterns for the beginning knitter. Blessed
ChemKnitsBlog2 on December 22, 2010:
These are some really great suggestions! I am a huge fan personally of encouraging hats as first knitting projects because completion happens so quickly.
Your bear pattern is ADORABLE! Thanks for sharing.
In terms of other easy patterns, I would say I have designed a simple worm finger puppet (Smiley the Worm Finger Puppet at ChemKnits)
Happy Knitting! And this lens has been blessed by an angel :)
desilegend on November 11, 2010:
The teddy bear is adorable. Always wanted to make a toy for my kid....