We love our circular needles and all the things we can make when we knit in the round. But for new knitters or those who just want to take it back to basics, straight needles are where it’s at. Straight needles may be blasé to some, but there’s nothing like a pair of needles where your stitches won’t slip off one end or you don’t have to reposition them on a circular needle to start a new row. We found four designs that celebrate the straight needle and knit projects worked flat.

Daylight Cardigan by Stephanie Jessica Lau

This classic, comfy cardigan is knit flat with stockinette stitch, dropped sleeves, and front panel pockets. Even the sleeves are knit flat and seamed up the side. Worked with worsted weight yarn and sized for small – 5XL, this beginner-friendly pattern is one that welcomes all levels of knitters.

Easiest Knitted Hat Ever! by Yay For Yarn Patterns

Hats don’t always have to be knit in the round. From Yay For Yarn Patterns, Easiest Knitted Hat Ever is knit flat into the shape of a rectangle and seamed up the side. If that doesn’t seem easy enough, the pattern is written for all gauges from fingering to bulky weight, and for all sizes from preemie to adult large. There’s even a video tutorial to help you out.

Playful by Meg Gadsbey

By design most shawls are knit flat and Playful is no exception. With two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn, this shawl is knit with skinny stripes and a whole lot of garter stitch. Regular increases and decreases create an asymmetrical shape that is effortless to wear.

Misty Morning Mittens by Heather Walpole

Double points can become a handful when knitting small circumference mittens, so why not knit them flat on straight needles? From Heather Walpole, Misty Morning Mittens are knit with bulky weight yarn and a size US 10 pair of needles. Knit them flat and then seam them up the side. They knit up fast, so cast on today and you’re bound to get a few pairs made before the weather warms up.