Knitting and crocheting are both wonderful crafts, particularly this time of year. When the weather outside is frightful and you simply don’t want to venture out into the cold, you can spend those winter evenings by the fireside creating beautiful hats, mittens, scarves, blankets or whatever else you want from yarn.
If you are a beginning knitter or crocheter, there are many patterns that you can try that are really easy and will ensure that your end result looks like you have spent hours fine-tuning your craft. Many of these patterns can be completed in just a few hours so if you have really frightful weather, you can rack up some great gifts to give to others.
Homemade gifts are the best for giving so if you love knitting and crocheting or if you have decided that it’s high time you had a yarn-based hobby, we have collected some great beginning patterns and projects for you that will help you to get started and have something beautiful to show for your time and effort.
Easy Pullover for Kids
There are so many projects that you can knit for babies and toddlers. This pullover is one of them and it is really easy to do. If you are a beginner who really wants to get started with a bang, this is the perfect project. You get all the instructions along with the yarn size and type and it comes in various sizes so whether your kids are babies, toddlers or even a little older, you can make them a wonderful pullover.
Source – Purlbee
Beginner Crocheted Mittens
It is wintertime after all and what could be better than crocheting a few pairs of mittens for the entire family? This particular pattern is very easy to do and great for beginners. The pattern has instructions for kids’ sizes as well as those for adults so you really can make a pair for everyone. The mittens are extra-long so that they can be cuffed or folded for added warmth.
Source – Favecrafts
Easy Crocheted Doilies
You can actually use this pattern to create beautiful crocheted doilies or make several of them and put them together to form a blanket or pillow. The pattern calls for medium/worsted weight yarn and is really simple. It creates a beautiful round ripple that you can use in so many different crafts and when combined, the ripples create a stunning afghan.
Source – Smoothfoxlover
Frilly Knit Scarf
You can make a beautiful scarf that any little girl will love using Sashay yarn. These are great for gifts or you can just make them in different colors so you always have something to go with your outfit. Each scarf only requires one ball of yarn and the instructions are super easy. You can make these in just a few hours and once you get the hang of it, you can really churn them out.
Source – Unsophisticook
Crocheted Cup Cozy
For those of you who are really just beginning to learn crochet, cup cozies are a great place to start. They allow you to try out those stitches and because they are so small, they are quick to get finished. This pattern can literally be done in under 2 hours, even for those who have never crocheted before. It’s a great start so that you can learn the ropes and move on to tougher projects.
Source – Oneartsymama
The Afternoon Scarf
You really can create an entire scarf in just one afternoon, even if you are a beginning knitter. For this particular project, you need 20mm knitting needles. These are fairly large needles but they help you to create a stunning, chunky scarf and the instructions are very easy. You just need one ball of yarn in each of 2 different colors to create a beautiful scarf and you can do it in one afternoon.
Source – Happyberrycrochet
Easy Crochet Rosette Flowers
For little girls who love frilly headbands, these rosette flowers are perfect. You just crochet the flowers and then attach them to a standard leather or plastic headband. You could even add them to scarves and other knitted or crocheted pieces if you want. This is a really simple project that you can do in just a matter of minutes if you have ever crocheted at all.
Source – Redtedart
Dishcloths are probably one of the easiest projects for beginning knitters. You can begin just knitting solid cloths until you get a bit comfortable with the process and then change colors throughout your pattern to create stripes. These little cloths are very useful when they’re finished and make wonderful gifts as well.
Source – Favecrafts
Crochet Chemo Cap
These caps are beautiful and very meaningful. They are called chemo caps and are very easy to crochet, even for those who have never held a crochet needle in their life. The best part is that there are groups that volunteer to make them and donate them to local hospitals for cancer patients. You can also do this in other colors if you want, but what a wonderful way to show your support to cancer patients and survivors by crocheting them a beautiful cap!
Source – Favecrafts
Drops Slippers in Garter Stitch
These adorable Drops slippers are very easy to knit and really fun to wear. They use just one basic stitch, making them great for beginners. You can also add a few frills if you want to the front and mix and match your yarn colors to make them a bit more unique. They are perfect for girls and women of all ages and make wonderful gifts.
Source – Garnstudio