Hello crochet-loving friends! My name is Amy Solovay, and I am your Guide to crochet here at About.com. Crochet.about.com is home to free crochet patterns designed by several crochet designers, including myself -- plus a wide variety of informative resources relating to crochet. This page is dedicated to featuring all the crochet patterns I've made available here on this website.
A Little About Me: I've been crocheting since I was a child, and my love of crochet was one of the factors that led me to pursue a career in textile design. In the past, I sold crochet patterns on the Internet through ebay and other websites. That was fun and challenging, and it taught me a substantial amount about what types of projects people are most interested in crocheting. I've applied that knowledge in my latest efforts as a crochet pattern designer; nowadays I make free patterns available for you through this website and others.
You're invited to visit my bio to find more information about me. At the bottom of my bio page, you'll find links on the topic of how to connect with me online via social networks such as Ravelry. I do hope you'll enjoy my patterns, which are linked below. Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your interest!
Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns Designed by Amy Solovay
These crocheted baby blankets are all made with tender loving care! Please excuse the miniscule photos on this page; larger pictures are available of all these projects, if you click through to the pages linked below.
- Striped Baby Blanket Pattern: Pictured at bottom left. This baby blanket is crocheted in lacy interrupted v stitch, and it's topped off with a pretty edging worked in vs and picots.
- Fast, Easy Baby Blanket for Beginners: (not pictured.) This baby blanket is one of the most popular free crochet projects on our website. It's beginner-friendly, attractive, unisex, and it works up fast.
- Heart Sampler Baby Afghan Pattern: Pictured at top left. If you'd like to crochet a colorful patchwork-style baby afghan, this one is a great choice! One of the things I like best about this design: the color changes all happen on the same side of the work, and you only have to do them on alternate rows. Those two things help to make the pattern move along a lot faster than you'd expect (although, honestly, this isn't one of those 24 hour baby afghan patterns.)
- Coral Heart Patchwork Baby Afghan: Pictured at top right. This is a simpler colorway of the heart sampler baby afghan linked above. My project sample is crocheted in "girly" colors - peach, pink and yellow; at first glance, the overall effect reads "coral," hence the name. If the new parents aren't crazy about pastels, I think this is a nice alternative for a baby girl's colorway. Of course, you can change the colors on this; it's an easy design to re-color, so feel free to explore other options.
- Gingham Check Baby Blanket: If you're interested in learning how to do tapestry crochet, this pattern is one of the easiest possible patterns to learn and practice on. It's a predictable pattern that you don't have to think too hard about.
- Nested Checkerboard Baby Blankets: Pictured at bottom right. Each of these blankets is constructed out of afghan squares. These patterns incorporate checkerboard designs nested within larger checkerboard patterns; they are interesting to crochet, and visually interesting to look at.
I designed these patterns specifically with baby boys in mind; I crocheted my project samples in blue and white baby yarns. However, this is really a great unisex pattern that would also work well for baby girls; if you aren't sure of the baby's gender beforehand, a blanket made from these patterns in greens or neutrals would be a safe choice.
- Easy Baby Afghan Square: This baby afghan square is worked in single crochet. It's such a simple pattern to crochet, but the results are lovely. This is another fantastic unisex pattern; it'll work great for baby boys or baby girls, and, for that matter, you could customize it for people of any age.
Granny Squares and Other Square Crochet Patterns by Amy Solovay
My first crochet project was a granny square, and ever since then, granny squares have held a special place in my heart. I never tire of crocheting them, and I love coming up with interesting new granny square variations. Here are a few of my granny square patterns for you to try crocheting:
- Easy beginner's granny square pattern (pictured at lower left)
- Criss cross granny square pattern (pictured at lower right)
- Rainbow outlines granny square pattern
- Lightweight thread crochet granny square pattern
- V-stitch granny square
I've also posted a tutorial for the traditional crocheted granny square design; I cannot take credit for designing this; it's a vintage pattern that my great aunt taught me when I was a child. I did, however, take photos of each step in the process of crocheting the granny square, so hopefully you'll be able to see exactly how it's done.
I take great satisfaction in designing and crocheting squares. Each square is its own delightful microcosm of interesting stitches and colors; but when you start taking the individual squares and combining them with others, the process opens up a world of fascinating design possibilities. I have more fun with crocheted squares than I used to have when playing with building blocks as a child, although the creative process in either case is somewhat similar. You could take a pile of building blocks and build anything with them, and it's the same with crocheted squares; you could turn them into bedspreads, afghans, pillows, linens, clothing, wall hangings, tablecloths, or other projects.
- Custom crochet afghan pattern -- pictured at upper left. This afghan is comprised of crocheted squares, all of which are part of my series of mix and match afghan squares.
- Double rainbow square or dishcloth
- Easy baby afghan square
- Striped heart baby afghan square
- Striped checkerboard baby afghan square
- Checkerboard squares
- Large nested checkerboard baby afghan square
- Diagonal stripes afghan square
- Three-color checkerboard afghan square
- Filet crochet checkered diamond square
- Filet crochet square with large center diamond motif
Amy's Free Patterns for Crochet Trims, Borders and Edgings
Trims, borders and edgings work wonderfully for finishing off various craft projects. I use them on bunches of different creations, not limited to my crochet projects. They're handy for finishing off knitting and paper crafts projects too.
- Lacy blanket edging with v-stitches and picots
- Checkered blanket edging
- Easy single crochet blanket edging
- Half double crochet shell edging
- Two-color treble crochet shell stitch edging
- Crochet hand towel edging pattern
- Fancy edging for dishcloth
- Filet crochet trim with alternating hearts
- Lacy crochet trim with cross stitched hearts
- Easy vertical trim patterns
- Scalloped trim with ribbon
Scarves Designed by Amy Solovay
I enjoy creating, designing and wearing crocheted scarves. I'm often working on new ones. I've published the following scarf patterns here on our website for you to enjoy:
- Basic beginner's scarf
- Simple crochet scarf
- Easy jeweled neck warmer pattern
- Christmas scarf pattern
- Valentine scarf pattern
- Fourth of July scarf pattern
- Easy thick and thin scarf pattern
- Easy grid lace scarf pattern
- Two-color grid lace scarf pattern
- Easy crochet mesh scarf pattern
- Vertical mesh scarf pattern
- Amy's scarf of many colors
- Checkered eyelash scarf -- version with solid squares
- Checkered eyelash scarf -- furriest version
- Thread crochet cotton scarf pattern
- Striped lace scarf
- Eyelash scarf with subtle striped design
- Fun Fur scarf
- Fancy Fur scarf
- Men's classic winter scarf
Crochet Hat Patterns by Amy Solovay
When it comes to hats, I'm pretty demanding. I like them to be comfortable, wearable, and stylish, but at the same time I also want the style to be classic enough that it won't be outdated before I even have a chance to finish crocheting the hat. On top of that, I like for the design to be versatile enough for me to wear it with a good part of my wardrobe - a tall order, but one that's not impossible. With all that in mind, here are the hat patterns I've designed. I hope you'll enjoy them.
- Lacy v-stitch hat - Pictured at top left; see more hat photos in this image gallery. The image gallery features large images of the front, back and sides of the hat.
- Lacy v-stitch hat with brim - Pictured at lower left; more hat pictures are also available for this design, if you'd like to get a better idea of what the project looks like before you crochet it.
- Simple crochet beanie hat -- Pictured at top right. This simple beanie looks great when crocheted in variegated yarn, as pictured; it also looks fantastic when crocheted in solid colors of yarn. See more pictures of the hat, and the other coordinating accessories in the set, in the simple accessories photo gallery.
- Freeform knit and crochet hat -- There's no actual pattern for this hat, since it was a freeform project. However, I've posted plenty of insights about how to make this type of hat.
- Men's winter hat - pictured in the scarves section above. This hat coordinates with a scarf which is also linked in the scarf section of this page.
- Team spirit hat - not pictured - I designed this hat with sports fans in mind. If you have a favorite sports team, you can cheer the team on by wearing a hat specially made in the team's colors. And if you could care less about team sports, that's fine too; just crochet the hat using two of your favorite colors, or two colors that match the jacket you wear most often.
Amy's Free Jewelry Patterns
When it comes to jewelry making, crochet might not be the first technique you'd think of; but if you put your mind to it, you can crochet some truly exquisite jewelry.
- Pink and blue glass beaded wire crochet necklace -- pictured at upper left
- Wire crochet necklace with stone bead chips and a dichroic glass pendant -- pictured at upper right
- Beaded wire crochet flower necklace -- pictured at lower left
- Beaded wire crochet bracelet pattern -- pictured at lower right
- Freshwater pearl wire crochet necklace pattern
- Wire crochet necklace with jasper stone beads
- Purple seed bead wire crochet necklace
- Raspberry, taupe and brown beaded wire crochet necklace
- Red coral wire crochet bracelet pattern
- Fabric crochet necklaces with wire-wrapped pendants
- Layered flower necklace pattern with tutorial
- Beaded crochet bracelets
- Beaded necklace with dichroic glass pendant -- If you'd like to see additional work-in-progress pictures or more detailed instructions, be sure to check out the beaded crochet necklace tutorial too.
- Holiday sparkle bracelet
- Simple crochet headband pattern
- Wide crochet ear-warmer headband
- Easy beginner's crochet headband pattern
- Men's headband
- Checkered headband
Purses, Bags and Handbags:
- Fabric crochet tote bag
- Afghan stitch purse with beaded crochet apple applique
- Striped crochet bag pattern crocheted with Lion Brand Homespun yarn
Amy's Crochet Patterns for Flowers, Appliques, Motifs and Shapes
Pretty little "extras" are one of my great delights as a crafter and artisan. I find it so much easier to be creative with my pattern designs when I have a wide variety of flowers, appliques, motifs, and shapes on hand to draw from. Here's a list of my free patterns for motifs and shapes. I hope you'll think of all kinds of amazing ways to use them.
Christmas Crochet Patterns by Amy Solovay
My free Christmas patterns are pretty basic; I'm not too excited about making things that can only be used for one month out of the year, and my crochet designs reflect that. I tend to stick with general wintery motifs like snowflakes and snowmen, which can be used long after the Christmas holiday has passed. I love using color combinations suggestive of Christmas - red and green, red and white, red white and green, red and gold, red and silver...that way, even people who don't celebrate Christmas can use these patterns; it's easy to recolor these designs and make them look totally different.
- Christmas crochet afghan
- Christmas potholder with crochet and cross stitch
- Candy cane stripes potholder pattern
- Christmas button necklace pattern
- Beaded crochet snowflake pattern - pictured at lower left
- Winter snowflake appliques
- Snowflake potholders
- Christmas candy cane dispenser - pictured at upper right
- Snowman lollipop dispenser - pictured at upper right
Dishcloth, Washcloth and Scrubbie Patterns by Amy Solovay
Washing the dishes = bleah. Having pretty dishcloths = HOORAY! I hope these fun dishcloth designs will bring a little bit of joy to a task that is probably not the most enjoyable part of your day.
- Single crochet mesh washcloth or dishcloth
- Camel and blue ombre dishcloth
- Denim blue variegated crochet dishcloth
- Fancy cotton dishcloth
- Strawberry potpourri variegated dishcloth
- Variegated earthtone dishcloth
Some of the dishcloth patterns linked above would also make good washcloth patterns.
Amy's Free Patterns for Potholders
I enjoy crocheting potholders for several reasons - mostly because they give me a fantastic excuse to run riot with crazy color combinations that I would never, in a zillion years, want to try out in a wearable project. Sometimes my potholders turn out well and sometimes they don't, but it's always fun to test out new color combinations.
On top of that, potholders are a good way to test out combinations of different crochet stitches too (always keeping in mind that solid stitches work better than lacy ones, so you don't burn your hands when you use the finished potholders.)
Even better, potholders are inexpensive projects; they're quick to crochet, and they are endlessly useful to have around. I never have any problem finding someone to give them to, or some way to make use of them, once they are finished.
So, if you want to try crocheting a few potholders, I invite you to take a peek at my free potholder patterns:
- Blue, white and red crochet potholders with cross stitch
- Easy crochet potholders
- L'Shanah Tovah potholders
- Potholders with diagonal stripes
- Pretty potholders crocheted in Tunisian simple stitch
- Red, yellow and blue potholders
- Red white and blue crochet potholders with cross stitch
- Red,white and green Christmas potholders
- Snowflake motif potholders
- Tapestry crochet heart potholders
- Variegated denim blue potholders
- Variegated earthtone potholders
Collaborations With Other Designers:
Sometimes I collaborate with other designers to create interesting new crochet projects for you. Here's one example: Connie Barwick designed the cross stitch chart for this funny potholder, which incorporates both crochet and cross stitch. If you enjoy both techniques, and you need a wacky gag gift for Dad, check it out.