Knitting Patterns: Nine Easy Stitch for Beginners

If you’re new to knitting, it can be a little daunting to walk into your local yarn store and see all the different types of yarn and patterns. There are so many things to choose from! Don’t worry; we’re here to help.

This blog post will share eleven easy knitting patterns for beginners. These patterns are perfect for those just starting and are all relatively simple to follow. So grab some yarn and get started!

The basics of knitting

The first thing you need to know is the basic stitches. There are only two: the knit stitch and the purl stitch.

  • The knit stitch is made by inserting your needle into the front loop of the stitch below, wrapping your yarn around the needle, and then pulling the yarn through both loops.
  • The purl stitch is made by inserting your needle into the back loop of the stitch below, wrapping your yarn around the needle, and then pulling the yarn through both loops.

If you can master these two stitches, you can knit anything! Practice them a few times until you feel comfortable before moving on to one of the patterns below.

Now that you know the basics let’s get started with some patterns!

Eleven easy knitting patterns for beginners

  1. The first pattern on our list is the knit stitch. This is one of the most basic stitches and is perfect for beginners. To do this, you simply need to insert your needle into the next stitch on your left-hand needle, wrap the yarn around the needle, and pull the yarn through the loop.
  2. The second pattern is the purl stitch. This stitch is very similar to the knit stitch, but instead of inserting your needle into the next stitch on your left-hand needle, you’ll insert it into the next stitch on your right-hand needle. Wrap the yarn around the needle and then pull it through the loop. You’ve now made one purl stitch! Repeat until you reach the end of your row.
  3. The third pattern is the knit two together (k21) stitch. This is a decreased stitch, which will help create shaping in your knitting project. To do this stitch, you’ll insert your needle into the next two stitches on your left-hand needle as if you were going to knit them. Wrap the yarn around the needle and then pull it through both loops. You’ve now decreased by one stitch!
  4. The fourth pattern is the purl two together (p21) stitch. This is also a decreased stitch and is worked in the same way as the k21 stitch, but with purl stitches instead of knitting stitches.
  5. The fifth pattern is the yarn over (yo) stitch. This very simple stitch is often used to create lace patterns. You’ll wrap the yarn around your needle clockwise to do this stitch. This will create an extra loop on your needle. On the next row, you’ll knit or purl this stitch as normal, and the yarn over will create a little hole in your knitting.
  6. The sixth pattern is the slip stitch (SL ST). This very simple stitch is often used to join pieces of knitting together or create a nice finished edge. To do this stitch, you’ll insert your needle into the next stitch as if you were going to knit or purl it. But instead of wrapping the yarn around the needle, you’ll just slip the stitch off your left-hand needle and let it fall. You’ve now made one slip stitch!
  7. The seventh pattern is the knit front and back (KFB) stitch. This is a simple increase stitch often used in patterns to create shaping. To do this stitch, you’ll insert your needle into the next stitch as if you were going to knit it. But instead of just wrapping the yarn around the needle and pulling it through, you’ll knit into the stitch’s back loop. You’ve now increased by one stitch!
  8. The eighth pattern is the purl front and back (pfb) stitch. This increased stitch worked the same way as the kfb stitch, but with purl stitches instead of knitting stitches.
  9. The ninth pattern is the knit three together (k31) stitch. This decreased stitch worked in the same way as the k21 and p21 stitches, but with three stitches instead of two.

How to follow a knitting pattern

Now that you know some of the most common knitting stitches, you’re ready to start following a pattern! But if you’ve never followed a knitting pattern before, it can seem a little daunting. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  1. First, look at the materials list to ensure you have everything you need. You’ll need the correct type and size of needles and the right weight and color of yarn.
  2. Next, take a look at the gauge. This is important because it will tell you how many stitches and rows you should have in a certain area to ensure your project comes out the correct size. If your gauge is too small, your project will be too big. If your gauge is too big, your project will be too small.

Once you’ve checked the materials list and gauge, it’s time to start following the pattern! The first thing you’ll see is an abbreviation key. This will tell you what all of the abbreviations in the design mean.

After the abbreviation key, you’ll see the actual pattern. The pattern will tell you what stitches to use and in what order. It will also tell you how many stitches to cast on (the number of stitches you’ll need to start your project) and how many rows to knit.

Tips for beginner knitters

  1. Start with simple projects. A scarf is a great first project because it doesn’t require any shaping. Once you’ve mastered the basic stitches, you can move on to more complex projects like sweaters and hats.
  2. Use the correct needles and yarn. Make sure you use the correct size needles and yarn weight for your project.
  3. Follow the pattern. Don’t try to change the pattern, especially when you’re first starting. If you want to make changes, it’s better to choose a different pattern that is more in line with what you want to do.
  4. Don’t get frustrated. Knitting can be challenging, but it’s also supposed to be fun! If you’re having trouble, take a break and return to it later.
  5. Ask for help. There are plenty of online resources and forums where you can get help from other knitters.