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Crochet Patterns for Relaxation

AKA "Mindless" Crochet Patterns


We often turn to crochet when we want to relax and unwind. Stitching can be such a soothing, meditative activity.

There are going to be times when you're not in the mood to calculate stitch repeats, change colors every few stitches, or check your pattern every minute. This is a list of crochet patterns you can turn to when you want to kick back, put your brain on autopilot, and let your fingers just go.

Granny Squares

Crocheted Wool Granny Square
Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

The traditional granny square is the ultimate mindless crochet pattern. Once you've got the basic formula down, you'll never need to look at the pattern again.

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Fast, Easy Crochet Baby Blanket

Fast, Easy Crocheted Baby Blanket -- Free Crochet Pattern
Photo © Amy Solovay

You'll memorize this stitch pattern in a heartbeat. It might also take you a few rows to catch on to finding the spaces in the work, which is important because you have to crochet into them. You kind of have to go by feel rather than by sight. Once you get the hang of feeling the work, from there on, the project is a total piece o' cake, and I've found that I don't even have to keep my eyes on the project while I'm working on it. One word of advice: just don't watch the news while you're crocheting this, because that's usually anything but relaxing.

Beginner's Easy Jeweled Neck Warmer

This Jeweled Neck Warmer Is a Quick, Relaxing Crochet Project.
This Jeweled Neck Warmer Is a Quick, Relaxing Crochet Project. Photo © Amy Solovay

This is one of the fastest, easiest patterns ever. It's just basic double crochet stitch, made extra-special during the finishing process by the addition of some gathers and a pretty jeweled doodad in front.

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Pixie Hood

Pixie Hood
Pixie Hood -- Photo © Erica Jackofsky

This fun pattern is sized for all the ladies in the family, from babies to adults.

Easy Baby Afghan Square

Baby Afghan Square
Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Here's a free pattern for a baby afghan square worked in single crochet stitch. My sample is made using several colors of fingering weight yarn. While there are a few color changes in the edging, most of the block is made up of solid-colored rows of single crochet.

This is a great pattern for beginning crocheters, and also for veteran crocheters who like to have a project handy when watching movies or talking on the phone.

Easy Crochet Potholders

Easy Crochet Potholder in Afghan Stitch
Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.
Here's an easy pattern for crocheted potholders worked in afghan stitch. The potholders are made from basic squares joined together, with an added loop so you can easily hang them up in your kitchen.

Denim Ombre Crocheted Dishcloth

Shaded Denim Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Sometimes there's a fine line between relaxing and downright boring. If you want to keep things interesting, using variegated yarn is one creative approach. It allows you to create a multicolored design without doing lots of color changes. You get the best of both worlds - a relaxing pattern that looks interesting but still doesn't require a whole lot of brainpower.

This dishcloth is a good example of a relaxing pattern that incorporates variegated yarn. The dishcloth is square, and doesn't require any complicated shaping.

Denim Ombre Potholders

Shaded Denim Crochet Potholders Made Using Variegated Blue and White Yarn in Afghan Stitch
Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Here's another example incorporating variegated yarn. These potholders are based on the easy pattern linked above. They are just as easy as the others, although perhaps a bit more interesting to crochet.

  • Blue variegated potholders, as shown

  • Perhaps you'd prefer to use browns and neutrals instead.

  • Remember, you can make the potholders in any color you like - variegated or solid. Feel free to substitute any color, as long as you use a yarn that is comparable to the one called for in the pattern.

Fancy Fur Scarf Pattern

Women's Scarf Crocheted Using Lion Brand Fancy Fur Eyelash Yarn
Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

This scarf pattern requires slightly more brainpower than some of the other projects listed above, but it's still pretty easy; there's a lot of repetition, allowing you to easily learn the pattern from memory. You don't ever need to change yarns.

Since the yarn is so bulky, the scarf works up pretty quickly.

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