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Free Crochet Patterns for Beginners

A Variety of Free Crochet Patterns Easy Enough for Total Beginners!

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If you're in the process of learning how to crochet, and you want to choose a first project, this page is a great place to get ideas and find plenty of free patterns you can use. Most of these patterns are suitable for total beginners; unless noted otherwise, any of the patterns below would make a fantastic first (or second, or third) crochet project.

A few of these patterns are recommended for "advanced beginners". Those would be fine for a determined beginner to start out with, but they might have something small (like color changes) that make them a tiny bit more challenging than a beginner pattern would ordinarily be. In any case, don't worry, because we'll give you all the instructions you need to get the project completed, whatever your skill level.

Beginner's Crocheted Granny Square

Beginner's Crochet Granny Square
Beginner's Crochet Granny Square -- Photo © Amy Solovay

A granny square similar to this one was my first crochet project. I still remember the pattern; it was a vintage pattern that my father's aunt taught me when I was a child. I've written it down for you in tutorial format so you can see exactly how it is crocheted, step by step.

The photo at left shows a one-color granny square; that's the easiest way to begin, because with a one-color granny there is no need to cut your yarns and join new ones.

However, if you'd like to try a multicolored granny square, there's no reason at all you should hold back. You need not be intimidated at the prospect of changing colors; it's really easy. Hopefully you'll see how to do it if you study the instructions and pictures posted in my granny square tutorial, but you can also check out this tutorial for how to change colors.

One other thing you'll need to know: This pattern is written using crochet abbreviations. A key to each abbreviation is listed on the first page of the tutorial. Before long, you'll be very familiar with them, but in the beginning you may have to refer to the list from time to time. Once you get used to working with abbreviations, you'll probably appreciate how much space they save.

Basic Crochet Scarf Pattern for Total Beginners

Basic Crochet Scarf Pattern for Total Beginners
Basic Crochet Scarf for Total Beginners -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Anyone could crochet this scarf; the design is suitable for both guys and gals, and it's completely beginner-friendly. This is a classic style that'll work well into just about anybody's cold-weather wardrobe.

This scarf pattern was designed with total beginners in mind. The pattern does not use any abbreviations, and it includes explanations for all the "crochet jargon" used along the way. This project will allow you to practice two of the most important basic stitches in crochet; you'll begin by making a really long starting chain, and then from there on out it's all about the single crochet.

This pattern design is by Amy Solovay.

Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns

Easy Beginner's Baby Blanket
Easy Beginner's Baby Blanket -- Photo © Amy Solovay
  • Easy Beginner's Baby Blanket -- This easy design is crocheted using only chains and single crochet stitch. You could crochet this design as either a baby blanket or a lapghan.

    I created this pattern especially with beginning crocheters in mind. After having crocheted a couple of blankets using this pattern, I'm thinking any crocheter -- regardless of skill level -- could appreciate how quickly this blanket can be completed; I'm hoping that this will become your go-to pattern for those times when you need an in-a-hurry baby shower gift, long after you've ceased to be a beginner and you're well on your way to expert status.

  • Click here to get the free baby blanket pattern
    Click here to see additional pictures of this project.

Easy Baby Afghan Square

Easy Baby Afghan Square Worked in Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch
Easy Baby Afghan Square Worked in Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch -- Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay

I'd consider this to be an "advanced beginner" pattern. It requires a couple of color changes, as well as a finer yarn than beginners may be used to working with. Changing colors isn't difficult, but if you haven't learned how to do it yet, you may want to practice it a bit before you proceed with the pattern. See this tutorial for how to change colors. This pattern was designed by Amy Solovay.

See Also: easy afghan patterns

Women's Accessories

Beginner's Jeweled Neck Warmer
Beginner's Jeweled Neck Warmer -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Beginner's Jeweled Neck Warmer -- This pattern is ridiculously easy, and it's a reasonably quick project too. No shaping is required, and there are no color changes; it's just a flat crocheted rectangle which will allow you to practice and perfect your double crochet stitch. This pattern design is by Amy Solovay.

Treble Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Have you learned the treble crochet stitch yet? These fingerless gloves offer you an interesting project to work on while you practice this must-know stitch.

Simple Crochet Accessories:

Simple, Easy Crochet Accessory Patterns
Simple, Easy Crochet Accessory Patterns -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Crochet a matched set of accessories using only two stitches: the single crochet and the chain stitch. The set consists of a scarf, headband and fingerless gloves which are all beginner-friendly patterns; after you've completed those, you may also wish to try making the matching beanie hat, which is rated "easy" and is made using the same stitch pattern although it also includes use of the slip stitch.

Easy Beginner's Crochet Headband

Easy Beginner's Crochet Headband
Easy Beginner's Crochet Headband -- Photos © Michael Solovay

This headband is easy enough for a new crocheter to complete successfully. It's a narrow design, making it a reasonably quick project.

Team Spirit Hat (Unisex Crochet Pattern)

Team Spirit Hat
Team Spirit Hat -- Photo Copyright Amy Solovay

This is an advanced beginner pattern, due to the color changes you'll work to create each stripe of color. Otherwise, the pattern is about as easy as it gets. This pattern offers you a fantastic introduction to back loop single crochet stitch, which is an easy variation of single crochet. The body of the hat is worked completely in back loop single crochet stitch.

This crochet pattern was designed by Amy Solovay.

Kitchen Patterns for Beginners

Easy Afghan Stitch Potholders
Easy Afghan Stitch Potholders -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Beginner's Snowflake-Shaped Trivet

Beginner's Crochet Trivet Shaped Like a Snowflake
Beginner's Crochet Trivet Shaped Like a Snowflake -- Photo © Michael Solovay

You'll learn all kinds of interesting skills from this free crochet pattern with tutorial. The tutorial shows you step-by-step how to crochet a small circle shape. That's a handy thing to know on its own; but once you've crocheted a bunch of circles, you can whip stitch them together to create a snowflake-shaped trivet like the one you see pictured here. To make this project, you'll also need some metal bottle caps, which give the trivet extra dimension.

This project was designed by Amy Solovay.

Crocheted Flower Pattern for Advanced Beginners

Easy Crochet Flower Motif
Easy Crochet Flower Motif -- Photo © Amy Solovay

This is a basic crocheted flower with no color changes, and nothing too fancy schmancy.

See Also: easy crochet flower patterns

Baby Clothing and Accessories

Beginner's Baby Cardigan Sweater
Beginner's Baby Cardigan Sweater -- Photo © Erica Jackofsky
  • Baby's First Cardigan Sweater -- This pattern is intended especially for beginners. The sweater's simple shapes make the crocheting easy. All the instructions are written out, with no abbreviations used, making it easier for total beginners to understand. This baby sweater was designed by Erica Jackofsky.


  • Easy Baby Hat Pattern Recipe This page is part crochet pattern, and part tutorial; you'll learn how to customize your own crocheted baby hat. This design is by Erica Jackofsky.


  • How to Crochet a Baby Beanie -- Here's another easy pattern recipe for crocheting a baby hat; the instructions are written without any crochet abbreviations, enabling you to read it even if you haven't figured out crochet abbreviations yet. This design is by Erica Jackofsky.
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