10 Easy Knitting Projects That Any Crafter Can Enjoy

Kori Williams - Author

Jan. 8 2024, Published 12:03 p.m. ET

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There's nothing more exciting than starting a new hobby. Researching how to get started, buying everything you need, and making that first instance of progress can be a thrill. And when it comes to picking up knitting as a hobby, there's so much to discover.

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If you've ever ventured onto the knitting side of any social media app, you might be intimidated. People who have been working in this craft for years have experience and posts saved full of potential projects on their side. But don't worry. You have to get started somewhere and you can easily make progress if you keep practicing. Here are 10 easy knitting projects, along with video tutorials!

A scarf

For many beginners, a scarf is the perfect first project. It's long enough to see yourself get better at your stitches and it can have a simple design. Just knit a long rectangle and you're done. Not to mention your yarn options are basically endless. To get started, try this tutorial by Emma P on YouTube.

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A blanket

Now don't be intimidated. Knit blankets can be big and take a lot of time and yarn. But they don't need to be massive undertakings. You can make one to fit a king sized bed, or you can make something to throw over your couch. If you're looking to go even smaller, consider a baby blanket. B. Hooked Knitting has a tutorial for a fuzzy striped blanket that could be a welcomed addition to your bed in colder months.

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A beanie

Various kinds of hats are simple to knit, but a beanie may be the simplest option and it can be made multiple ways. This tutorial by KnittingHouseSquare is an easy ribbed project that uses the straight needles that have become synonymous with the craft.

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A coaster

A square may be even simpler than the long rectangle of a scarf. And this is clearly the better option if you live in a winter-less climate. Don't be fooled by its small size though. You can still be your best creative self with all kinds of stitches, colors, and yarn options. NimbleNeedles on YouTube helps you out step by step and you only need one small skein (ball) of yarn.

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A mug cozy

Mugs and yarn go together like the summer and sunshine. Just imagine snuggling up in a blanket with a warm cup of your favorite drink watching your favorite show. With a mug cozy, you can help keep any beverage hot longer and it's also effective when you're outdoors. This tutorial from Flock & Fern is easy to follow.

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A dishcloth

Although yarn may not be seen as a great cleaning tool, picking the right material can make all the difference. Plus, depending on the kind of yarn you use, knitted dishcloths can still be machine washable. This tutorial from NimbleNeedles is easy to follow and with a beautiful stitch.

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Fingerless gloves

Listen, knitting 10 fingers for a pair of gloves just makes the whole thing that much more difficult. So save yourself the struggle (unless you're looking for one) and make a fingerless option. Check out tutorial by Jacq Knits for knitting fingerless mittens.

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A bookmark

If you're looking for a project that's a little more unconventional or you're a bookworm, a bookmark is the right move. They can be a simple rectangle of stitches or more intricate which makes this a great way to practice different stitches without taking up too much space. This tutorial by This Pixie Creates that's flat enough to keep your book mostly closed while using a beautiful stitch.

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A pillow

Pillows are so much fun in part because it is rewarding to use something every day that you made with your own hands. This tutorial by GoodKnitKisses is adorably called a "knit along" and teaches you how to make texture tangibly.

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A sweater

Yes, making clothing can seem intimidating, but knitting a sweater can be simpler than it sounds. You don't need a ton of yarn to get started, and if you want a cozier feel, choose a thicker yarn. Plus, this is a great project for someone looking to jump in headfirst with something they can use. Check out this tutorial by Well-Loved Knits. It uses a chunky yarn that makes the whole process so much more enjoyable.

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