Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Mittens
This is a very simple knit that is wonderful for beginners.
Knitting: Animal Toy
This is a super simple knit - but a great use of leftover yarn. You can use any weight yarn you would like with the appropriate size needles to create a nice tight fabric so that the stuffing won’t show through.
Knitting: Child Doll (American Girl, Sasha, etc)
This pattern is simple enough for beginners - it is a wonderful beginner’s knitting pattern. But it is also wonderful for busy people that have to pick up and put down their knitting throughout the day without keeping track or counting too much.