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Easy Knitting Patterns

Updated on October 8, 2014

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

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting

How would you like to be shown, step by step, the basics of knitting so that you can be up and knitting in 30 minutes? This DVD has received more than 140 5 star ratings on Amazon. It walks you through how to cast on and bind off, the knit stitch and purl stitch (English and continental), adding yarn, changing colors, increasing, decreasing, ribbing (knit and purl in the same row), how to measure your gauge, finishing off your knitted project, and how to fix mistakes.


Easy Knitted Doll and Toy Patterns

easy knitted teddy
easy knitted teddy

Fluffy Knitted Teddy


  1. 4 or 5 x 50g balls of a fluffy novelty yarn (such as eyelash)
  2. Knitting needles US6 (UK8, 4mm)
  3. Black yarn or buttons (not for young children) for eyes and nose
  4. Ribbon to tie around neck

easy knitted teddy
easy knitted teddy


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

easy knitted teddy
easy knitted teddy

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:

orange teddy

three more teddies - in white and pink (scroll down past the jacket)

>> Printable version of the easy teddy pattern <<

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.

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flopsy rabbitwooly lambfat catflurry snowmanbonnie bunnyeasy balls
flopsy rabbit
flopsy rabbit
wooly lamb
wooly lamb
fat cat
fat cat
flurry snowman
flurry snowman
bonnie bunny
bonnie bunny
easy balls
easy balls

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 Hat Patterns


Easy Knitted Beanies and Hats

Easy Knitting Patterns - Hats and Beanies

A lovely selection of knitted hats and beanies for the whole family - for babies, children, teens, and adults.

Easy Knitted Scarf Patterns


Great Projects For A New Knitter

Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns

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.

Easy Knitting Patterns for Babies


Sweet Baby's Booties

Easy Knitted Baby Booties

On this page you'll find some patterns for cute babies' booties. Nice quick and easy projects.

Easy Knitted Bag Patterns

Coming soon!

More Easy Knitting Patterns


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.

Colorful 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

Christmas tree

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

Tea Cosy 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.

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      claret 9 months ago


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      Sueb 10 months ago

      Thank you for such an interesting patterns.

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      Frances Sullivan 10 months ago

      I enjoyed your post and look forward to it. lol. Frances

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      teelover 4 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks for sharing!!!

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      seahorse60 4 years ago

      These patterns look very impressive but not too difficult to make, I think even I could manage some of them, thanks!

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      getupandgrow 4 years ago

      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...

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      PlantNerd 4 years ago

      I'm more of a crochet fan, but I really should sharpen my knitting skills. The bears look cute!

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      Jeanette 4 years ago from Australia

      @anonymous: Did you try the link at the big arrow?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I struggle to print the easy teddy bear knitting pattern. Help please. Only print part of it.

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      kerryhrabstock 5 years ago

      Great job. I like to knit but have trouble with non-square shapes. However, your directions seem easy to follow. We'll see.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      lovely patterns cant wait to try some out thankyou

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you. I liked looking at everything. great

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      I started learning how to knit, but life got complicated. Will try again soon! thanks for the wonderful lens and be blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      really good teddy bear :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice collection of patterns! I'll be checking back to try out new projects. Thanks.

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      If I knew how to knitt I'd be making those teddy bears all the time.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      @anonymous: Hi Leslie-Anne, I've now added a Christmas section which includes a couple of Christmas stockings.

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      SquidCrew1 5 years ago

      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!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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

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      Nyathearai 5 years ago

      Wow, this actually has me considering digging out my wool and needles. =oO Some gorgeous ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Good resources.

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      @anonymous: The face is just flat and the nose is just stitched on with yarn or maybe a button.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't understand how to do the face ie nose?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't understand how to make face (nose) on bear?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some of your patterns are just what I am looking for, thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just stumbled onto your site. I am a newbie in knitting and found it very helpful. Thank you for the variety of patterns

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      I love those Baby Booties! It is ALMOST that I want to try!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just found your site. Am going to try the teddy bear. Thanks !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I have just found your site, love the toy patterns, will visit again, thank you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi i have just found you wonderfull site.the patternon there look very easie.i will use same of them .regardsdulcie .aust

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      sarahrk lm 6 years ago

      I love knitting. I have made hats for all of the kids in our family.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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.

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      Little Linda Pinda 6 years ago from Florida

      I love the teddy bears. I would never had known they were knitted. Wow!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is my frist time on this web site.I like it I'll be back soon!!!!

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      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*)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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!)

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      boutiqueshops 6 years ago

      I've bookmarked this page to try out those teddy bears! Awesome job on the patterns! This page is blessed by an angel!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really nice patterns - I'm bookmarking your site so I can come by again soon. Thanks!

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Great patterns for the beginning knitter. Blessed

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      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      Very nice patterns. Nice work, this lens is blessed by this squid angel.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      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 :)

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      The teddy bear is adorable. Always wanted to make a toy for my kid....