Free Beginner Crochet Patterns

Once you are comfortable with the basic crochet stitches, the creative possibilities are simply endless! The next question many have, however, is where to find beginner crochet patterns.

First, take a trip to your local craft store. In the yarn section, there will be a wide variety of pattern options. Some yarn companies, for example, have free handouts with patterns right next to the yarn used in the project. There will also be a wide variety of books for sale with projects for every ability level. You can also find plenty of crochet books at your local library. This is a great way to keep spending on books down and regularly try out different patterns.

There are also tons of free crochet patterns on countless websites. A few better-known crochet pattern sites include:

  • Yarn company websites

Just like available crochet books, these sites have patterns to meet every crocheter’s ability level. These sites also will provide helpful hints for completing projects and general “tips and tricks” every crochet will appreciate.

Then there are some “patterns” that can be simply “made up” by someone without need for a written out pattern. A perfect example of a simple pattern is a single crochet scarf.

The Basics of a Single Crochet Scarf

Foundation: Made a foundation chain of 21

Row 1: Sc in the second ch from hook and in each ch across (20 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across

Repeat row 2 until scarf is desired length

Text Box: A sample of single crochetThis is the perfect example of a simple pattern. It can be personalized by simply adjusting the width (changing the length of the foundation chain) and the color (all in one color, or changing colors and creating stripes). This “simple pattern” project concept can be applied to just about any project as you gain experience and confidence. What is important to remember is that crochet is to be enjoyed, so there is really no “wrong way” to crochet and create a pattern or project. So, with hook and yarn in hand, give yourself permission to just have fun!




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