Easy Knitting Patterns for Children

Updated April 17, 2017

Knit warm, colourful items for children using simple knitting techniques and a few basic supplies. Choose soft yarns when knitting for kids, preferably ones made of acrylic or wool-acrylic blends that are machine washable for convenience. Beginning knitters should select projects, such as scarves and blankets because they are easier to knit than more-challenging projects, such as socks or sweaters. Pick yarn in the child's favourite colour to give the knitted item a personal touch.

Child's Scarf

Use size 10, size 10.5 or size 11 knitting needles and one skein of soft, bulky-weight yarn to create the scarf. Cast on 14 to 18 stitches, depending on the size of the needles you are using and the desired width of the scarf. Knit each row until the scarf is the length you want it to be; a child's scarf should range between 4 1/2 feet to 5 feet in length. Bind off, and sew in the loose ends.

Child's Blanket

Cast on 95 stitches using a size 10 or size 10.5 circular knitting needle and soft, bulky-weight yarn. Work in a pattern of knit 1, (purl 1, knit 1) across the first row. Repeat this row until the blanket measures the desired length. This is called seed stitch. Bind off and sew in the loose ends. This project will likely require more than one skein of yarn, depending on the desired size of the blanket.

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Jeris Swanhorst is a writer and English and literature instructor at the college level, and owner of SwanJay, a knitting and crochet business. She earned a master's degree in English from Minnesota State University in 2007.