Summer is at the halfway point and if you are a knitter, I know you are planning ahead to fall projects. If you’re also a busy parent with preschoolers running around, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with a list of quick and easy fall knitting projects that are perfect to work on during when you find a few spare minutes in your day. Make a coffee cozy, a blanket, and more. Let’s get to the patterns!

8 quick and easy fall knitting projects

Hand knitted, dark gray coffee cup sleeve, monogramed with the letter H.

Monogram knit coffee cup sleeves

Keep your coffee piping hot with adorable personalized coffee cup sleeves. This project is not only great for the environment, but it also makes a beloved DIY gift idea!

Blue knitted infinity scarf wrapped around a mannequin for display.

Faux cable infinity scarf pattern

ThisΒ relatively simple knittingΒ pattern makes a big impact, and don’t let the cable fool you. This is a faux cable pattern, that is done without the intimidating cable needle but still looks amazing.

Light gray hand knit candle cozy wrapped around a white candle in a glass jar.

Knitted candle cozy pattern using t-shirt yarn

Tapping into the hygge lifestyle; this knitted candle cozy adds an extra touch of coziness and comfort that is both enjoyable and soothing.

knitting needles and a ball of yarn. a heandknit headband with two buttons.

Easy free knitted headband pattern for adults

This simple pattern knits up so quick that you’ll likely want to make more and more.

white chunky handknit blanket thrown over a couch.

Chunky knit blanket pattern with broken rib stitch

Easy to Knit Blanket Pattern knit with Bernat Blanket Big yarn uses the Broken Rib Stitch to create a lovely pattern on this Chunky Blanket.

hand knit purse in natural beige colored yarn wtih leather handles

Knit purse pattern

This Knit Purse Pattern uses the Half-Linen Stitch for the body of the purse. This easy to make handbag is lined and features detachable leather handles for easy washing.

hand knit trivet in a natural beige yarn color

Garter Stitch Trivet Pattern

With this Free, Knit Garter Stitch Trivet Pattern and a spool of rope, you could knit several handy trivets in a day!

Woman wearing a gray hand knit, cabled  beanie with fuzzy pompom on top

Cable knit hat pattern

This free, cable knit hat pattern has a delightful texture due to its twists and cables. The sewn-on pom finishes it perfectly.

What to knit for Autumn?

When you are a busy parent, finding time to dedicate to a major knitting project can be daunting. I remember having SO MANY sweaters and complicated items on the needles for months and months. A finished object or two, like the ones in this post, would have been so welcome to start off the season.

These quick and easy projects offer instant gratification, are super practical, and add some welcome coziness to your life. Everyone loves to have a cozy new hat or scarf to top off an outfit. A knit cup sleeve adds a special touch to your morning coffee run.

What’s the quickest thing to knit for Fall?

Patterns with simple stitch patterns and knitted in worsted weight yarn or larger are going to be your best bet. The above coffee cup sleeve and the candle cozy are really fast if you are comfortable knitting in the round. If not, the headband and a few trivets can both be completed in an afternoon. Not only are these projects fast to make, but they are great for using up those special single skeins you’ve been saving forever.

When to find time to knit when you’re busy

I often have a small project in my purse so any time I had a few spare minutes, I can pull it out and knit a few rows. Instead of scrolling your phone while waiting for your dentist appointment, parked in the school pickup line, or in the stands at soccer practice are all great times to pull out the needles.

What are you planning on knitting this fall? Let us know in the comments!

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Updated 2023


2 Comments on 8 quick and easy fall knitting projects

  1. Great ideas here Kym! Thanks for sharing! I never thought about knitting a lunch bag, but this lunch bag looks beautiful! I just might try it! And that throw blanket … maybe I will start with that!

    • Thanks! That lunch bag pattern is from years ago, but it’s one of my all time favorites because it’s just so unique πŸ˜€

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