Cozy knitwear and steaming cups of tea are the perfect accessories for autumn. Whether you’re a skilled craftsman or just starting out, knitting your own cold-weather clothing is possible and fun. Knowing where to start is crucial; But once you master a few basic stitches, you can make your own scarves, blankets, Christmas decorations, and more.
A festive autumn of handicrafts awaits you! Scroll down for our list of knitting and crochet patterns for all skills.
Learning the basics
If you are new to knitting and crocheting, there are plenty of educational resources available on the internet.
Crochet projects are done with a single crochet hook and can be faster than knitting. When knitting, however, two needles are used. While not difficult to learn, knitting is generally the more complicated of the two crafts. You will want to learn the basic knitting and how to cast on. This helpful video explains the basics of knitting – even for absolute beginners. The left stitch, another basic knitting technique, can also be learned through video tutorials.
Knitting needles and crochet hooks come in different sizes. This affects the size of the stitches and how tight (or loose) the fabric of your work will be. Larger needles create a looser knit. Be sure to follow the requirements of the pattern.
Although they use different tools, the same yarn considerations must be made in both knitting and crocheting. Yarn comes in strands of different widths. The thickness of the thread may seem like a small detail, but it can have a huge impact on the number of stitches and the size of your final product. When reading knitting or crocheting instructions, pay attention to the thread size you need.
Knitting and crochet instructions for all skill levels
A festive knitted pumpkin
Decorate your mantelpiece with adorable knitted pumpkins. Choose an orange thread or the color of your favorite fall squash. A free sample is available on Ravelry.
Comfortable slippers that you made yourself
Slippers are a must have for chilly fall days so make sure you are prepared with this DIY pair. The mid-level pattern designed by Mamachee requires an H-hook and bulky yarn to highlight the braid design over the top of the foot.
If slippers aren’t your thing, try crocheting this pair of socks. The beginner-friendly pattern from The Stitchery & Co. uses basic stitches with the option of changing colors so that you can personalize your look.
A cute knitted scarf
A scarf is a classic beginner knitting project for a reason. Simple, wearable and cute, there are so many scarf patterns for all abilities. Beginners can try this free chunky knitting pattern from Berroco. Another free color block swatch from O Wool is perfect for minimalists.
A quick knit headband
Regardless of your level of experience, a knitted headband is a quick project. Try this ribbed design from Ravelry to get started. Or if you’re feeling ready to try cable knitting, this free pattern is a perfect introduction.
Knitted stand-up collar with a shortened fit
Stand-up collars and cropped fit are in. Keep up with the latest trends with this sweater. As a beginner-friendly pattern, it uses the straight and rib stitch with some circular knitting. When you’re done, you’ll have something to carry you through fall and winter and even into the next spring.
A cozy scarf
For walks in the autumn forest, knit an elegant scarf. This cool, Outlander-inspired pattern is affordable and accessible. To crochet a scarf, check out this “casual cool” cover.
The cutest hat for kids
As the holiday season approaches, knit some adorable hats for the kids in your life. This Failynn Fox Cowl is perhaps the cutest pattern on the internet. Newbies to crocheting can try these simple and colorful bobble hats from Yarnspirations.
A brilliant shoulder “Cozy”
Sometimes a little more warmth helps. This nifty, cozy shoulder pattern is inspired by Icelandic winter knitwear. Another cable pattern gives a more Irish feel.
A chunky knit blanket
In addition to being trendy, these chunky blankets are quick to sew thanks to the size of the thread and needles. Try knitting the blanket with your arms instead of needles for a project that you really can’t put down. Would you like more instructions? Laura Birek offers an affordable pattern.
A useful coffee cozy
Equip your hot drinks with these cute cuddly toys. Decorate the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte in this perfect size pumpkin cuddle. For Oktoberfest fans, crochet these adorable colorful cuddly toys with this simple pattern. (Just keep in mind that knitted hats don’t completely protect your fingers from heat.)
Stylish layered cardigan
If the thought of crocheting a sweater intimidates you, this mezzo cardigan pattern looks a different point of view. “First you crochet two relaxing hexagons,” writes the designer, “which magically transform into sleeves, backs and sweater fronts.” Curious how it works? All you have to do is crochet it to find out!
Festive Christmas tree decorations
When the grocery store starts playing Christmas carols, it’s time to start thinking about pruning your tree. Get a head start by making these gorgeous tree ornaments for friends and family. A cute, dazzled tree pattern can add extra pizzazz to your decorations too.
Cozy sweater with a boat neckline
Knit a sweater is a noble goal and may seem intimidating. However, after you’ve mastered a few basics, this Madison Marie pattern provides an easy way to make your first sweater; The chunky boat neckline design is perfect for all fall. For crocheting, this simple pattern for a textured turtleneck is comfy enough to spend all day in.
Darling deer scarf
Originally designed for children, but adapted for adults, this design by Nina Führer may seem impossible. But with the help of their eight-sided pattern, you can make this adorable deer scarf. Before starting this project, you should have some knitting experience.
This article has been edited and updated.
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