Once you've learned the single crochet stitch and the chain stitch, and you've practiced them well, you're ready to start crocheting some projects. There are many interesting things you can do with these two stitches alone. If you learn the slip stitch as well, it expands the possibilities even more.
The free crochet patterns listed on this page are all made using single crochet stitch, along with the chain stitch and the slip stitch. Several of these patterns also utilize variations of the single crochet stitch, but other than that, no other crochet stitches are needed.
This scarf is a great starter pattern, and it's an appealing design that you can make for yourself or a friend. The scarf is a unisex design that looks great on both ladies and gentlemen. Best of all, the pattern is totally easy to crochet; after the starting chain, it's all single crochet from there on out.
If you're a brand new crocheter, this pattern gives you the perfect opportunity to practice your single crochet stitch. If you're not a beginner, this is a good no-brainer pattern that you can crochet while zoning out, talking on the phone or whatever.
To crochet this beginner-friendly baby blanket, you'll alternate single crochet stitches and chain stitches. The resulting fabric is drapey and soft, and it makes a fabulous afghan to wrap a little darling up in.
This baby afghan square is crocheted in both rows and rounds. It is worked in front loop single crochet.
You can alternate single crochet stitches and chain stitches to make an interesting textured mesh; that's the stitch used to crochet this dishcloth / washcloth.
I made my sample projects using a soft, smooth, delightful organic cotton yarn; organic cotton is better for the environment than pesticide-laden conventionally grown cotton. For kitchen projects, baby projects (and personally, any crochet projects that utilize cotton yarn) I'm thinking organic cotton is really the way to go.
I like this pattern so much that I made up bunches of these cloths -- some to use as dishcloths, some to use as washcloths, and some to give as gifts. I hope you'll enjoy crocheting this pattern too.
This washcloth gives you the opportunity to practice both your single crochet plus an interesting variation of single crochet stitch.
Here's yet another creative way to use the single crochet stitch in a project: it's an easy neck warmer. While this project looks complicated to crochet, it isn't at all; it's way easier than you'd think.
This neck warmer was designed by Andrea Lyn VanBenschoten.
If you're going to crochet with a highly textured yarn such as eyelash yarn, it's a good idea to use a simple stitch like single crochet. Sure, you could do intricate stitch patterns with eyelash yarn, but they might get lost under all that "fur."
This eyelash scarf is a perfect example of a visually interesting design that's made using the single crochet stitch. Between the subtle stripes of color and the intriguing texture, there's plenty that draws the eye, so you definitely don't need to use a complicated stitch pattern. Single crochet is the perfect stitch for crocheting this type of project.
Single crochet is one of the easiest stitches to use if you're crocheting with plarn, especially if it's your first plarn project. This plarn pouch is crocheted entirely in single crochet stitch.
Single Crochet Patterns With Mid-Row Color Changes
Tapestry crochet is a delightful technique you can use for creating colorful projects in single crochet stitch. If this type of pattern interests you, be sure to visit our list of free tapestry crochet patterns. If you are not yet familiar with the technique, our tapestry crochet tutorial will help you learn how to do it.
More Single Crochet Resources and Tutorials
- How to Do a Single Crochet Spike Stitch -- The single crochet spike stitch is an interesting variation of the single crochet. Spike stitches can also be made using double crochets, half doubles, etc.
- How to Change Colors in Crochet -- This tutorial shows you how to change colors in single crochet stitch. You can use basically the same steps for changing colors in other crochet stitches as well.