With the Christmas holidays here, it's a great time to teach someone in your family to knit. So we've gathered together five free patterns that are perfect for beginners, using simple stitches and minimal making up, so they can quickly finish their first project!
If you sign up to the Lily's Sugar 'n cream website you can download this cute tea cosy pattern. So you can help your children or grandchildren to knit something you'll treasure for years...
Free on Ravelry is this Can Cozy by Mei Lynne Travis - great for protecting small hands from cold drinks!
Also on Ravelry is this cup cozy by Luciana Young, which uses up your leftover sock yarn. She helpfully includes the detail that the finished project weighs exactly 12g, so you can weigh your yarn to see if you have enough.
If you sign up to the Lion Brand yarns website, you can download the pattern for these colourful placemats. They're great for using up yarns from your stash!
Geri Inglis has designed this Easy Peasy phone cozy pattern, and you can download it for free on Ravelry. The garter stitch fabric will protect a phone, camera, or iPod Touch.
For more of our great free patterns, click here.