10 Free One Skein Knitting Patterns

I recently finished a few knitting projects and as I thought about what I should cast on next, I realized I have so much yarn in my stash. Leftover yarn, skeins I bought with no project in mind, stray projects I abandoned--I have enough to fill up a couple of cubbies in my IKEA cabinet. Instead of buying new yarn for new projects, I thought I would challenge myself to at least make a dent in the stash I have now. I've been knitting quite a few hats this winter (for me and for gifts). Many one skein projects are for hats or baby gifts or dishcloths. I tried to find some that looked fun and interesting and didn't all fit under the traditional categories.

It will be nice to try a few of these quick projects. What's your go-to project to use up leftover yarn?

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recent happenings + fun friday links

I've been making very slow progress on my knitting and other projects lately. Going out of town every other weekend for 2 months will do that to you, though!

I spent a weekend in Estes Park in mid-April. It snowed, but that was pretty much the norm in Denver every week from April through mid-May.

I celebrated my 30th birthday with some friends in NYC. It was really fun to go back to the city where I used to live. We had amazing spring weather, shopped and ate and drank a lot. I stopped by Purl Soho, the shop that inspired me to learn to knit 8 years ago where I bought some fun fabric and thread for a summer sewing project. The photo below is our hotel room at the W Downtown

Last weekend I went on an epic road trip with some friends to Zion National Park and Bryce National Park. It was a 10ish hour drive from Denver so we spent a lot of time driving for a 3 day weekend. The parks were absolutely amazing, though.

Zion National Park
Bryce National Park

I'm headed to San Diego next weekend to visit my brother and sister-in-law. And then I'm staying put for a little while!

Since it's Friday, here are some fun links for you:

Spring rolls in a bowl look like a perfect summery meal

I made these grilled carrots with dill last night. They're super easy and delicious!

I've been taking some fun classes on Skillshare lately. They're cheap, super useful and you can go through them at your own pace. Currently, I'm learning more techniques for digital illustration using Adobe Illustrator. I'm working on a redesigned logo and design for the site here!

My latest obsession is green smoothies. I make one every day for breakfast. My coworkers make fun of me, but these are seriously tasty and healthy!

Have a great weekend!

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns from paintinglilies.com #knitting #yarnTake a second and think back to when you first started knitting. Were you intimidated by difficult techniques? Was it hard to find patterns at your skill level? Did you want a list of beginner knitting patterns? Preferably free beginner knitting patterns?

I remember being frustrated by all the terms and techniques. I wanted to knit items I would actually use or give away, but I didn't think I could create those unless I knew all the stitches and advanced knitting techniques.

If you're a beginner knitter and need some easy patterns to start out with, this list is for you.  You also might be an experienced knitter that just wants an easier pattern for some mindless knitting.

The following 25 patterns don't involve much more than knit and purl stitches. Some require you to knit in the round or do simple increases and decreases. They all leave you with a beautiful knitting creation and best of all, these patterns are all available for free! (Some are from Ravelry, so you'll need a free account there to access them.)

For each pattern, I included some of the skills you'll need and where to find the pattern. If you like this list and find it helpful, I'd love to create more. What patterns would you like to see? Top cable knitting patterns? Knitting patterns for the adventurous knitter? Beginner crochet patterns? Leave a comment and let me know!

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

Cowl & Scarf Knitting Patterns

 

free beginner knitting patterns
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knitting in the round on circular needles
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit and purl
By: Purl Bee
How to get it: Free on Purl Bee

 

free knitting patterns
Where: Madelinetosh
Techniques: Knit, purl, slip stitch
By: Madeline Tosh
How to get it: Free download from Madelinetosh.com

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit
By: Elisa McLaughlin
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

5. Spiral Cowl Pattern

spiral cowl

Where: Knitty Gritty Thoughts
Techniques: Knit, purl, yo
How to get it: Free PDF download

 

Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns

free baby blanket knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit, purl, joining a second color, knitting in the round
By: Whit's Knits
How to get it: Free on Purl Bee

 

free knitting pattern
Where: TLC How Stuff Works
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free from TLC

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Painting Lilies
Techniques: Knit and purl
By: Specific instructions by me, though I can't really take credit for creating this simple pattern
How to get it: Instructions from Painting Lilies

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Purl Bee
Techniques: Knit and join new colors
By: Whit's knits
How to get it: Free from Purl Bee

 

free baby blanket pattern
Where: Ravelry / Lion Brand
Techniques: Garter stitch
By: Lion Brand Yarn
How to get it: Visit Ravelry and click on the link to Lion's website. Free registration required to access pattern.

 

baby blanket
Where: JCasa
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Instructions from the JCasa Blog

 

 Baby / Kid Knitting Patterns

 

free knitting pattern
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease, knitting in the round
How to get it: Free from Knitty Gritty

14. I-Love-Stockinette Baby Bib

free bib knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

baby hat
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

baby hat
Where: Random Stitches
Techniques: knit, purl, increase, knit with two colors
How to get it: Free PDF on Random Stitches

 

Hat & Glove Knitting Patterns

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knitting in the round, increase and decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

18. Rikke Hat

free beginner knitting patterns
Where: Happy Knits
Techniques: Garter stitch, knitting in the round, increase and decrease
By: Jessa
How to get it: Free download from Happy Knits

 

free knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free hat knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, yarn over, increase, decrease, knitting in the round
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

easy knitting pattern
Where: Ravelry:
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease, knit in the round
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

Misc. Knitting Patterns

22. Three Dishcloths

knitting pattern dish cloth
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit and purl
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

free knitting pattern shawl
Where: Ravelry:
Techniques: Knit, purl, increase, decrease
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

boxy cozy
Where: Ravelry
Techniques: Knit, purl, knit with double pointed needles
How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry

 

knit washcloth
Where: Tricksy Knitter
Techniques: knit, purl, increase, decrease
By: Megan Goodacre
I'm sure I missed quite a few...great patterns, so share a link to your favorite pattern for beginners in the comments. 
Looking for more free knitting patterns?
Happy knitting!

what's next?

After finishing the never-ending project (aka the Tunisian Tweed Blanket), I'm trying to figure out what to tackle next. It's summer, which means I'm way less excited about knitting. It's hard to get motivated to make warm garments when you're sweating and winter seems a million miles away. Also, knitting large garments and blankets doesn't exactly help you cool down.

But the problem is that I don't start knitting again until it's already cold. At that point I want to be wearing cool, handmade items, not knitting them.

Plus, there's the goal I set this year to knit a sweater. A sweater that I can wear. And I'm pretty sure that I should start that soon so that I'm not scrambling to do it in December.

Why are all the cute sweater patterns for kids? I can't seem to find an adult sized sweater that doesn't look...well, super homemade.

Maybe I'll start by knitting a kid-sized sweater and then move onto one that works for me?

I love this Duck Soup Sweater from Blog A La Carte.  (Pattern here)

kid's sweater
kid's sweater

And how about this Sunnyside Baby Cardigan from Learn to Knit with Katie? (Free pattern here)

sweater
sweater

Does anyone have any summer knitting suggestions? How about any good patterns for adult sweaters?

smoothie recipe

Smoothie RecipeI'm on a big smoothie kick right now. Smoothies for breakfast. Smoothies for lunch. Smoothies for snacks. It's an easy and fast way to get healthy calories and I've been burning a lot since I started my road bike training this spring. I accidentally biked 72 miles on Saturday. The weather was perfect and I didn't map out my route. I had an idea of where I wanted to go, I just didn't realize how many miles I committed to with my loop. Around mile 65, I realized I didn't want to keep biking. So I called home for a pick up and biked another 7 miles.

When I got home, my leftover breakfast smoothie was divine. And the enormous hamburger I ate wasn't too bad, either.

There are endless varieties to this smoothie. When I have spinach and kale, I throw a handful of that in for added nutrition.

But this one is a good ol' fashioned fruit smoothie.

Step 1: In your blender, throw in 5-7 frozen strawberries and 1 banana (fresh or frozen)

Step 2: Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of yogurt. I used Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Step 3: Add in your powdered ingredients. I used 2 teaspoons of ground flax seed and 2 teaspoons of vanilla protein powder

Step 4: Add in about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk or almond milk

Step 5: Mix it in the blender & enjoy!

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Smoothie RecipeSmoothie Recipe

PS...can you tell that Instagram finally released an Android app? I'm having fun with it...