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Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners, Wanette Winter Set

Girl wearing matching easy knit ear warmer, cowl, and mittens. She stands in front of a brick wall and wears a gray coat. The knit accessories are striped with pink, blue, lime green, dark green, yellow, and dark purple. Text on the image reads: Banana Moon Studio.

Set of Easy Knitting Patterns

I bring you beautiful, but simple, winter accessories knitting patterns for beginners! This matched set includes a cowl, ear warmer headband, and mittens. These are sized to fit adults, but work just as well for teens and tweens. They fit my 11 year old daughter nicely, and they fit me nicely.

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Easy handknit ribbed winter cowl in stripes of green, yellow, blue, pink, and red lying on a background of fall leaves. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.
Easy ribbed cowl

Wanette Winter Set, Knitting Patterns for Beginners

By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

As with all my patterns, please do not make paper or digital copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!

Difficulty Level: Easy

Finished Measurements:

Mittens – About 7 ¼ inches long from wrist to fingertip and 8 ¼ inches around hand [18.5 cm long from wrist to fingertip and 21 cm around hand].

Cowl – About 7 ½ inches wide and 33 inches around [19 cm wide and 84 cm around].

Headband – About 3 ¼ inches wide and 16 ½ inches around [8.5 cm wide and 42 cm around]. This stretches to fit a wide range of sizes.

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Gina Chunky (100% Wool; 131 yds; 100 g; yarn weight category: 5/bulky): 2 skeins #102 Brights.

Knitting Needles:

US Size 9 (5.5 mm) 40 inch circulars (for Magic Loop) or DPNs.

US Size 10 (6 mm) 40 inch circulars (for Magic Loop)

US size 10 (6 mm) 24 inch circulars or DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge.

If you change the larger needle size to match gauge, then use needles one size smaller than those instead of the US size 9 (5.5 mm) needles.

Gauge: 15 sts x 19 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st on larger needles.

Notes

All 3 pieces are worked in the rnd with RS always facing, except for the 5 rows of the mitten thumbhole. You will work flat for those 5 rows.

I suggest that for all three pieces, you use the Super Stretchy Bind-off when binding off is needed. See instructions below.

See this tutorial post for help knitting these pieces.

Girl climbing a tree in the woods with branches in the background. She wears a gray winter coat and matching handknit winter accessories that are easy knitting patterns for beginners. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.

Super Stretchy Bind-off

For Cowl and Headband:

K1, *P1, place left needle through backs of 2 sts on right needle, P2tog, K1, place left needle through fronts of 2 sts on right needle, K2tog tbl, repeat from * around, after BO every st, pick up and K1 st through first BO st, fasten off.

For Thumbhole of Mitten:

RS row: K2, *place left needle through fronts of 2 sts on the right needle, K2tog tbl**, K1, repeat from * to **.

WS row: P2, *place left needle through backs of 2 sts on right needle, P2tog**, P1, repeat from * to **.

Mittens

Cuff

With smaller needles, cast on 32 sts, join to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1: *K1, P1, repeat from * around.

Repeat Rnd 1 until cuff measures 3 inches from cast on edge.

Switch to larger needles.

Heel

Rnds 1-3: K around.

Rnd 4: K1, m1, K each st to last st, m1, K1 – 34 sts.

Rnds 5-7: K around.

Rnd 8: Repeat Rnd 4 – 36 sts.

Rnds 9-12: K around.

Thumbhole

Row 1: BO 2 sts (see BO instructions), K each remaining st, split to work flat, turn – 34 sts.

Row 2: BO 2 sts, P each remaining st, turn – 32 sts.

Row 3: K each st.

Hand

Rnd 1 (RS): Join to work in the rnd, K each st.

Rnds 2-16: K around

Rnds 17-23: *Ssk, K across first half to last 2 sts of first half, K2tog, repeat from * for second side – 4 sts.

With a long tail, gather remaining sts. Fasten off.

Thumb

Beginning at bottom of thumbhole, pick up and K 12 sts around thumbhole.

Rnd 1: K each st TBL.

Rnds 2-11: K each st.

Rnd 12: *Ssk, K2, K2tog, repeat from *. See short video tutorials for SSK and K2tog here.

With long tail, gather remaining sts. Fasten off.

Easy knitting pattern for mittens for adults and teens. The mittens are striped in dark green, yellow, blue, purple, and pink. They lay on a bed of fall leaves. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.

Cowl

Using larger needles, either 24 inch circulars, or 8 inch DPNs, cast on 124 sts.

Rnd 1: Join to work in rnds, *K1, P1, repeat from * around.

Repeat Rnd 1 until width measures about 7 ¼ inches from cast on edge. BO according to instructions above.

Headband

Using larger needles, either 40 inch circulars for Magic Loop, or 6 inch or longer DPNs, cast on 60 sts.

Rnd 1: Join to work in rnds, *K1, P1, repeat from * around.

Repeat Rnd 1 until width measures about 3 inches from cast on edge, BO according to instructions above.

Weave in ends.

Back side view of a girl standing outside wearing a gray gingham coat and easy knit winter accessories. The ear warmer and cowl are ribbed and striped with green, blue, yellow, pink, purple, and red. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.

And there you are! Three matching easy knitting patterns for beginners to get you all set for winter, or perhaps fall, for those of you in colder climates.

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