Knitting For Beginners: Easy Projects To Get You Started

While on lockdown, why not learn how to knit and try your hand at a few beginner-friendly knitting projects? Winter is well on its way, which means it's time to make your own woolly blankets, scarves, beanies and boot cuffs. We promise, these knitting projects are easy to make!

What You Need

Knitting can be a fun and rewarding hobby! With a few video tutorials, a few balls of wool and lots of practice, you’ll be well on your way to making scarves, beanies, baby booties and much more. Once you get the hang of various patterns, the possibilities are endless. But for now, lets start with a few easy beginner-friendly knit projects to get you practicing. All you need are:

  • A pair of knitting needles
  • Your fingers (some projects don’t require knitting needles)
  • Wool or yarn in various colours, sizes and consistencies
  • Wi-Fi or internet connection to view YouTube videos

A Few Basics

So, you’ll also need to know how to do various stitches. We have found some of the best knit tutorials for you to follow, practice and master before you get started.

woman knitting with blue wool

A Basic Scarf

To get you started with a basic knit, we suggest you start off with the garter stitch. What makes this easy for beginners is the fact that it’s the same knit pattern over and over. This gives you the perfect opportunity to figure out how to hold the knitting needles, master the stitch and start making your very own scarf! Head to All About Ami for the full written tutorial, images and a helpful video to help you through crafting your first scarf.

A Winter Beanie

With winter on the horizon, what’s the bet you’re looking for a cosy beanie to keep you warm? Why not make your own from scratch with this tutorial from Utopia.org? There are pictures for you to view as well as step-by-step instructions you can follow. And don’t worry, knitting a beanie is far easier than you think it is. It will take a little bit of trial and error, but once you get the pattern down to a fine art, it becomes easier. And if you’re looking for the simplest way to make a beanie without knitting needles, here’s how to make a loom knit beanie! We’ve tried and tested this, and it’s super easy!

scarves knitted in orange, turquoise, purple and blue

A Knitted Headband

Another simple and oh-so easy project you can get started on is making your own knitted headband. It’s a must-have winter accessory to add to your seasonal wardrobe. Utopia.org has another step-by-step written tutorial and images to help you make your own. But just watch out at the end of the instructions, there’s a twist waiting which might be tricky. Don’t have a circular needle like they suggested? Then why not use your hands and finger knit this beautiful turban headband by Simply Maggie?

A Patchwork Blanket

Creating your own woolly, cuddly and cosy blanket is a simple project to get you crafting and making something useful for the upcoming colder winter months! Since you have some time on your hands due to the lockdown, why not get started on a patchwork blanket? Basically, knit a bundle of “patches” or squares in various colours, then sew them together to make a beautiful blanket. One of the best tutorials that we’ve tried comes from WikiHow! Choose your yarn and size of knitting needles and get started! A quick tip: the larger your needles, the looser the knit will be and the quicker it’ll be to make the various squares.

WikiHow how to knit a patchwork blanket
Image sourced from WikiHow.

Cute Boot Cuffs

Winter is boot season, so why not accessorise your look with a pair of knitted cuffs to peek out from the top of your favourite pair? Not only are they cute, but they’re super easy to make! Veronica Marie on YouTube has a chunky knit boot cuff video you can follow with your pair of knitting needles. And if you’d rather loom yourself a pair of boot cuffs, here’s another YouTube tutorial by LoomaHat.com.

wool skiens in maroon and orange

Looking for more things to do during the national lockdown? Here are a few more suggestions: