50+ Free Easy Crochet Patterns and Help for Beginners
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Learn how to crochet for beginners with this collection of free crochet patterns. With these free crochet instructions, answers to common crochet questions and helpful tips, you'll discover that it's actually so easy to find beginner crochet patterns.
In fact, there are plenty of projects for everything from easy crochet baby patterns to free afghan patterns. There are also patterns for the kitchen and easy crochet scarf patterns. When you're getting started, certain projects might seem intimidating and the crochet stitches feel complicated. These beginner patterns help you ease into this artful craft and guide you into the wonderful world of crochet.
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Table of Contents
- Easy Crochet Scarf Patterns for Beginners
- Easy Crochet Dishcloth Patterns and More Kitchen Crochet Projects
- Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners
- Easy Crochet Bags and Accessories
- Easy Crochet Flowers and Bows
- Beginner Crochet Shawl Patterns
- Easy Crochet Afghan Patterns for Beginners
- Easy Crochet Rug Patterns
- Free Baby Crochet Patterns for Beginners
- Free Crochet Video Tutorials
- Common Questions About Crochet
- More Answers to Common Crochet Questions
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Easy Crochet Scarf Patterns for Beginners
If you've just learned how to crochet, consider making one of these crochet scarves. Though these free crochet scarf patterns may be small in size, their impact is huge.All of these beginner crochet patterns make great gifts for a birthday, shower or holiday, so work up a few and save them for later. Once you start working on these beginner scarf patterns, you may not be able to stop.
- Basic Beginner Crochet Scarf
This is a fantastic beginner scarf for mastering three of the basic crochet stitches: single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet.
- Caramel Apple Infinity Scarf
This is a super easy infinity scarf made up simply of double crochet stitches! Learn how to seam it together to make your first infinity scarf.
- Twist Scarf Crochet Pattern
This scarf may look complicated, but it's super easy! This pattern is great practice for skipping stitches to create this unique spiral effect.
- Trendy Lace Crochet Scarf Pattern
Don't let the word "lace" scare you! By using a large crochet hook with a light, DK weight yarn, you can get the effect of lace while just crocheting single crochet stitches.
- Always Kiss Me At Midnight Cowl
This pattern repeats just two rows over and over to get a slight ripple effect. This is a good pattern for beginners who have tried a project or two already and are more comfortable than complete beginners.
- Knit Look Cowl Crochet Pattern
Get this look by crocheting in the "back loop" of half double crochets. This is a good pattern for beginners who are familiar already with the basic stitches, but even an absolute beginner could give it a try!
- Infinity Cowl Crochet Pattern
This is a fantastic cowl for practicing your treble (or triple) crochet skills! You only need to know basic double and triple crochet to accomplish this pattern.
- Sea Foam Infinity Scarf
This is a fan-favorite crochet scarf pattern on our site! Featuring basic single and double crochets, this pattern creates a lovely block stitch when completed. It just repeats two rows throughout until you get the scarf to the width you'd like.
- Classic Crochet Infinity Scarf
This is the first scarf pattern I followed when I was learning to crochet! This pattern uses the V-stitch, which is just a combination of double crochet stitches and chains. The scarf is so cozy to wear and looks really nice when finished!
- Outlander Crochet Cowl Pattern
Learn how to get a lovely texture in your cowl by crocheting in different loops! A pattern like this is a great way for beginners to get the hang of where to insert the crochet hook to accomplish different textures.
Easy Crochet Dishcloth Patterns and More Kitchen Crochet Projects
These gorgeous projects are just waiting to be made! Create a lovely small project for the kitchen. Kitchen crochet projects are wonderful because you can make something useful and display for family members and guests! From crochet dishcloth patterns to kitchen towel toppers to stash baskets and more, these easy patterns are truly remarkable.
- Thick Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
Every beginner should start with a dishcloth pattern. Crochet dishcloths are small and so easy to work up! Then you'll have your tension under control. This squishy pattern teaches you how to crochet with two strands of yarn to create a unique color and thicker texture.
- Modern Vintage Crochet Coasters
If you're new to crochet in the round, this is a fantastic beginner pattern to try! You'll also get to practice changing colors, and these coasters are so small that they aren't a huge time commitment either!
- Pink and Red Crocheted Hearts
Once you've had some practice with crochet in the round, take your skills a step further by crocheting a heart! You'll begin with basic crochet in the round, but a combination of single and double crochets will produce the heart shape.
- Bright Yellow Jar Topper Easy Crochet Pattern
Speaking of crochet in the round, start by crocheting a flat circle and then learn how to shape the jar topper so it curves around the top of the jar! It's an easy, small project that will add a special extra touch to gift giving.
- Crochet Stash Baskets
This is a fantastic easy basket pattern for beginners. It's more of an undertaking than some of the smaller beginner projects, but it's an easier basket than many others!
- Easy Soap Saver Crochet Pattern
This is a great idea for saving all those little bits of leftover soap! Learn how to crochet a tiny, cute mesh pouch out of cotton yarn so you can use this in the shower.
- 2 Strand Fold Basket
This crochet basket is worked up with two strands of yarn for a thicker weight, and you can produce beautiful unique colorways when using two strands of yarn! Fabric stiffener will keep your completed project in shape.
- Crocheted Stash Buster Basket
By crocheting this basket in the round, you'll work it up quickly and easily. You'll hold two strands together of yarn and do the V-stitch to complete this easy project.
- Crochet Towel Holder Rings
This is a fan-favorite kitchen crochet pattern! If you have dish towels without hooks on them for hanging, you can crochet your own towel hangers with this small pattern.
If you're looking for even more easy dishcloth patterns to crochet, check out our latest collection designed for the novice: 18 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns for Beginners
Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners
Add a cute crocheted accessory to your wardrobe with any of these lovely projects. Learn how to crochet a hat for beginners. There are a few basic techniques you'll practice, like crocheting in the round in some cases, or learning the magic circle. Not all of them require the magic circle though, such as the Fairy Garden Beanie (ADORABLE). These free easy crochet hat patterns are an absolute must!
- Blue Beret Crochet Beanie Pattern
Each row of this pattern gives you a unique texture to the stitches so you wind up with a nice ribbing effect. This pattern is worked flat and the top is threaded together, making it particularly easy for beginners.
- Beginner One Skein East Village Slouch Hat
Work up this easy slouchy hat by crocheting in continuous rounds. You'll learn how to increase gradually to make the hat shape. It uses only single crochet stitches, making this the perfect slouchy hat for the absolute beginner!
- Great Gatsby Crochet Cloche Hat Pattern
An added embellishment really takes this beginner project to the next level! The beautiful broach makes the pattern look more professional even though it's so easy.
- Basic Beginner Crochet Beanie
If you prefer to learn by following a video tutorial, this is the perfect video for you! Learn how to make a basic beanie with a pattern that features double crochet clusters.
- Faux Mistake Rib Easy Crochet Hat
This hat may look super complicated and even knit, but it's actually very simple! You'll become a master at reading crochet patterns because several abbreviations are listed, but don't let that intimidate you. It's a great learning experience.
- Fairy Garden Beanie
This is one of my favorite beginner hat patterns. Worked flat and then seamed together, it has a whimsical slouch and the finished project is simply enchanting!
- Pink Pompom Crochet Beanie Hat
A pompom will take this darling crochet hat to the next level! You can finish off your hat with a pompom maker or learn how to make a pompom with materials you already have at home.
- Easy Bucket Hat Crochet Pattern
This is a fantastic easy pattern for making a hat. It's perfect for beginners because it uses single crochet! It also has a unique look compared to a traditional beanie.
- Crochet Mesh Roll Hat
This is a wonderful easy pattern for a mesh crochet hat. The ribbing is super easy to crochet, and you'll be a master at crocheting mesh in no time!
Easy Crochet Bags and Accessories
Bags are so much fun to make, because we take them with us wherever we go! Below, find several small projects like free crochet bag patterns for beginners, crochet slippers, boot cuffs, and more. A new bag or a set of earrings may just be calling your name. Find pretty projects below.
- Work Satchel Crochet Bag Pattern
This satchel looks difficult but it's actually so easy! You'll want to be comfortable with the basic stitches before attempting it, and it's very straightforward once you know the basics!
- Beginner Tote Bag
This is another tote bag that looks involved but is actually very simple! This has been one of our most popular patterns on the site year after year.
- Iris Crochet Earrings Pattern
Practice basic shaping techniques with this lovely pattern for earrings! It's an easy mandala to make and it's such a small pattern it will work up very quickly.
- A Fabulous Pair of Crochet Slippers
Everyone loves socks and slippers, and you can learn to crochet a basic pair of slippers with this lovely tutorial. It's a great opportunity to master your tension and practice shaping.
- Microspun Crochet Fantabulous Flip Flops
Add extra oomph to your flip flops with this easy pattern! You'll single crochet around the strap of the flip flip until it's completely covered, then add darling motifs for a fun pair of summer shoes.
- Beginner Mittens for All
This pattern is aptly named! Work up a pair of mittens for every member of your family. The long wrist portion is so nice for wearing under a winter jacket.
- Beachy Boot Cuff
Boot cuffs are fantastic beginner patterns because they're so small! They also don't require the meticulous attention to gauge that other garment patterns demand.
- Unforgettable Tote Crochet Pattern
This darling tote features basic granny square motifs and a simple pattern for completing the rest of the tote. This is a fantastic beginner bag project!
- Creative Crochet Lip Balm Holder
Learn how to crochet a tube with this crazy easy little project. It's a fantastic way to learn the basics of crocheting a shaped pattern.
Easy Crochet Flowers and Bows
If you want to add an adorable embellishment to your completed beginner crochet projects, this is the section for you! Learn how to crochet flowers and bows. These easy flower patterns are perfect for adding to a girl's scarf or bag, and the bows can easily be attached to headbands or barrettes for cute hair accessories! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to make a small crochet project that will be versatile for projects to come.
- Crochet Hair Bows
This might be the easiest pattern in this entire collection. Single crochet a small rectangle and wrap yarn around the center to create a darling bow.
- Sassy Crochet Bow Pattern
This easy little bow tutorial will teach you how to reverse single crochet, also known as the crab stitch.
- Quick and Easy Crochet Butterfly
Begin with your basic granny stitch and add yarn to the center to create this precious butterfly!
- Love Me Tender Flowers
Crochet flowers are a fun, easy little project to make. You'll get to practice crocheting different shapes, and the small projects work up quickly.
Speaking of small crochet patterns, go even smaller with our new collection of 24 Miniature Crochet Patterns! These phenomenal crochet ideas may be small in size, but they're big in detail. Get the collection: 24 Miniature Crochet Patterns
Beginner Crochet Shawl Patterns
A larger project you might be interested in diving into is a, easy crochet shawl or a wrap. These beginner crochet patterns are so much fun to work on. They're a good size---smaller than an afghan but larger than a small project like a scarf or cowl---which makes them rewarding to complete but less of a commitment than a blanket.
Enjoy perusing this collection. You might just fall in love with your new favorite project and make an accessory to wear for years to come.
- Rose Garden Crochet Shawl Pattern
A stunning variegated yarn takes this easy shawl pattern to the next level! This is a fantastic beginner pattern for learning how to make a triangle shawl.
- Autumn Shawl
This pattern may look advanced because of the colors, but never fear! You'l work up this project with a basic striped pattern. It's a great opportunity to practice changing colors.
- Black Mesh Shawl
This project may look advanced, but it's quite easy once you get the basic pattern down! It involves rows of treble and double crochet clusters.
- Beachy Wrap
This pattern also looks advanced, but never fear! You're simply working up several motifs and then joining them all together, almost like you would a crocheted afghan.
- Hooded Poncho Cowl Crochet Pattern
Learn how to make an entire poncho using half double crochet stitches! This pattern will take you a while, but it's a good one for beginners because the fit isn't as precise as it is when you're crocheting other garments.
- Ella's Crochet Rhythm Shawl
Make a basic mesh shawl that can be looped around your neck as a scarf or worn normally as a lightweight shawl this summer!
- Purple Beginner Shawl
The name says it all. Simply double crochet and chain one along each pattern row to make a basic, easy beginner shawl.
- Striped Crochet Shawl Pattern
This pattern is very similar to the purple beginner shawl but it uses single crochets and involves changing colors! This is a super cozy and easy wrap pattern to make.
- Shawl Scarf Crochet Pattern
Is it a shawl or a scarf? Doesn't matter! This cozy pattern features a beautiful triangle stitch. Once you master the basic stitch, this pattern is a total breeze.
Easy Crochet Afghan Patterns for Beginners
This free crochet afghan pattern is one of our most popular projects on our site, and it's no wonder why! Once you master the pattern of the first five rows, the pattern repeats and creates a simply lovely design. Afghans are wonderful projects to make. They're giant and look impressive, but are often easy enough to work on in front of your favorite TV show. Enjoy making these lovely easy crochet afghan patterns and snuggling under them when they're done!
- Arrow Stitch Crochet Afghan
Learn how to crochet the arrow stitch for a truly stunning afghan. Making this pattern is a matter of learning the stitch and repeating the rows until finished. This is a fan-favorite project.
- Picturesque Windows Afghan
This afghan looks challenging but it's just a matter of following the basic motif and joining together to complete the pattern!
- Fun and Fancy Double Crochet Afghan
These darling twisted double crochets really add interest to this cute blanket! The colorful edging is a wonderful finishing touch.
- Early Bird Afghan
This is a phenomenal beginner pattern. If you like the look of a traditional granny square blanket, this is the pattern for you. The joins are really lovely as well!
- Fairy Tale Afghan
Learn how to crochet a hexagon motif and make this pretty pattern! It makes a lovely baby blanket with those pretty pastel colors, and the crochet joins are truly stunning.
- Lacy Open Shell Crochet Afghan Pattern
The stitchwork in this pattern is absolutely gorgeous. This is a slightly more complicated pattern to master, but once you get the first three rows down pat, you're good to go! It looks super impressive but isn't too complicated. Great for advanced beginners.
- Butterfly Wings Free Crochet Afghan Pattern
Look closely at this stitch. Doesn't it look like beautiful butterfly wings? The pattern may look complicated but you only need to repeat two rows over and over again to make the pretty blanket.
- Cozy Crochet Blanket Pattern
This is a super easy, snuggly blanket that works up quickly since it uses such bulky yarn!
- Blue and White Crochet Afghan
Work up a selection of large granny squares for this beautiful afghan. When you make oversized granny squares lik the ones seen in this project, you seam together fewer squares so that portion takes less time.
- Weekend-Wonder Giant Granny Square Throw
This fantastic pattern is one gigantic granny square. It's super easy to do in front of the TV or while listening to an audiobook!
- Lavender Lace Throw
This super easy pattern features alternating shell and V stitches to create a pretty lace design.
- Marshmallow Fluff Afghan
This is such a pretty pattern! The lacy shell stitches create a pattern that looks like arrows, or snowflakes, for you to crochet.
- Hand Crochet Chunky Blanket
Are you an expert crocheter and want to give something else a try? Check out hand crochet! This beautiful project includes a video tutorial to learn how to hand crochet.
- Mandala Popcorn Granny Square
Learn how to crochet the popcorn stitch with this beautiful tutorial.
Easy Crochet Rug Patterns
Once you've mastered the smaller free crochet patterns, you can start working on these larger, crochet rug patterns! Now that you know how to crochet, dive in and get to work. Rugs make outstanding gifts, and when you have these easy crochet patterns at your disposal, you simply can't go wrong. Discover why everyone loves these patterns and try one yourself.
- Easy Crochet Rag Rug
This rug is a great project for using up yards of fabric or even for upcycling old shirts! Learn how to crochet with fabric using this tutorial.
- Chic Chunky Wool Rug
This is a super easy rug pattern using super chunky yarn! Learn how to crochet a basic oval using this pattern.
- Modern Outdoor Rug
This fantastic pattern only uses single crochet stitches! It's super easy to work up and great for practicing crochet with rope or cord.
- Blue and White Checkerboard Rug
Crochet five basic strips changing colors along the way, and seam the strips together to make a checkerboard pattern.
- Brilliant DIY Rag Rug
Choose your most vivid fabrics and T-shirts to turn into a brilliant rag rug! This is an easy crochet pattern that just requires you to master working with a unique material.
- Neon Jersey Rug
Cut up a jersey knit fabric and turn it into yarn to make this project. This is a basic pattern for crocheting in the round.
- T-Shirt Yarn Round Rug
Grab your T-shirts and turn them into a rug! This is a super easy tutorial for making a rug out of shirts you might have thrown away.
Free Baby Crochet Patterns for Beginners
No small pattern is quite as cute as patterns for babies! One of the most rewarding projects to crochet is a baby project, and newbies can make projects for babies, too! These free baby crochet patterns for beginners are small and easy enough that you'll be able to make a gift you're proud to give the new mom in your life.
- Mary Jane Baby Bootie Crochet Pattern
This sweet pattern involves making basic baby booties and adding easy crochet flowers for a lovely touch.
- Newborn Baby Booties Crochet Pattern
Create the tiniest and cutest newborn booties and add bows for a girly touch.
- Two Hues Crochet Baby Blanket
This is a super easy basic granny square blanket featuring some color changing. Make the pattern neutral or choose something more traditionally boy or girl like blue or pink.
- Crochet Newborn Baby Booties Pattern
These are some of the easiest baby booties you'll find! Work up this basic pattern and tie in little ribbon bows for a cute finishing detail.
- Lil Darlin Crochet Cardigan Pattern
Crochet clothing patterns are often intermediate or advanced, but these cardigans are great for beginners! They're small and feature the basic granny stitch with some color changing.
- Baby Pumpkin Crochet Beanie Pattern
If your baby is a fall baby, make this precious pumpkin! This is one of our most popular fall patterns for babies.
- One Hour Baby Scarfie Hat
With one skein of scarfie yarn, you can make this precious baby beanie. It works up super quickly and includes basic crochet stitches.
- Crochet Baby Sock/Slipper
Keep baby's feet warm! This is a fantastic introductory pattern for crocheting socks and the finished result is so sweet. They work up in a hurry and will help prepare you for making adult socks down the line!
- Adorable Bear Lovie Blanket
Are you a visual learner? Learn this basic amigurumi pattern with a video tutorial. The blanket portion of this lovey is a basic granny square, and the bear's head is fairly simple to make.
Free Crochet Video Tutorials
Video tutorials are the best way to learn how to crochet, just short of having someone there with you! It's better to watch crochet videos than follow a photo tutorial in most cases when you are just beginning to learn. Videos allow you to really see what a person is doing!
Thankfully, our friends at AllFreeCrochet.com have several crochet video tutorials for the most common stitches you'll find, as well as many other interesting stitches! The basic beginner tutorials are listed below.
- How to Single Crochet Video Tutorial
Single crochet is the building block of your crochet patterns!
- How to Double Crochet Video Tutorial
Double crochet is one of the most popular stitches in crochet and a basic building block to other crochet stitches like the V-stitch.
- How to Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial
Half double crochet is named aptly: it is halfway between a single crochet and double crochet! It is recommended to learn how to single crochet and how to double crochet first before tackling this stitch.
- How to Triple Crochet Video Tutorial
Triple crochet is a level taller than the double crochet stitch. It's a great stitch for afghans because it's so tall and works up quickly.
- How to Change Colors in Crochet Video Tutorial
This is a wonderful skill to master so you can create beautiful crochet designs.
- How to Choose Crochet Hooks and Crochet Hook Sizes
Learn how to choose the appropriate crochet hook and size for your project. Experiment with different feels to find out what's comfortable in your hands.
- Granny Square Crochet Blanket
A granny square is a super basic shape to master for much of your crochet afghan needs! The granny stitch is a cluster of double crochets, and working them up in the round is the basic building block for your afghans.
Common Questions About Crochet
Deciding to learn to crochet is the first step in creating stunning crochet patterns that you can be proud of for years to come. While we love offering free crochet patterns, we understand that sometimes learning to crochet comes with lots and lots of questions. If you're stuck or need a little extra help? We're here to help. Click below for answers to your burning questions. Crochet patterns aren't always foolproof, so don't be afraid to reach out and look for help.
- Where does the word “crochet” come from?
- What does YO, ch, sc and dc mean?
- What is crochet in the round?
- What is a crochet granny square?
- What are the different kinds of yarn to use in crochet?
- What are the different weights of yarn indicated on crochet patterns?
- What are the best eco-friendly yarns for crochet?
- How do you hold the crochet hook and yarn?
- What is the best yarn to use when making dishcloths?
- How can I resize a crochet pattern?
- How should I wash my crochet projects once I have finished them?
- How early should I start my crochet Christmas gifts and patterns?
- What crochet tips should I know as a beginner?
More Answers to Common Crochet Questions
How do I crochet a scarf?
I'm glad you asked! Visit our complete collection of free crochet scarf patterns to find great tutorials.
What is a stitch in crochet?
A crochet stitch is the building block of any crochet project. After you've completed your chain, which is the foundation of your project, you begin crocheting "stitches". A stitch may be simple, like single crochet or double crochet, or it may be more involved, like the V stitch or crocodile stitch. Most stitches involve combinations or variants of chains and single, double, or treble crochet stitches. Learn how to do a basic single crochet stitch.
How do you make a slip knot in crochet?
There are a few ways to do this! Check out our short article on AllFreeCrochet about Beginning with a Slip Knot, or visit YouTube to get a helpful video tutorial.
What is a chain stitch in crochet?
A chain stitch is the foundation for almost any crochet project. After creating a slipknot and tightening it around your crochet hook, you will "yarn over", or loop the yarn still attached to the skein (not the other tail) over your hook. You'll catch this yarn around the hook and draw it through the knot. Yarn over again, and draw the yarn through the loop on your hook. Continue to form a chain.
What is a single crochet stitch?
This is the first type of stitch you learn after you make a chain. It is the building block to all other crochet stitches! Learn how to single crochet with this video tutorial.
How do you do a double crochet?
Follow this easy video tutorial to learn how to double crochet.
How do you make a second row in crochet?
Any of our crochet video tutorials will cover this! Simply turn your work, chain 1-5 chains depending on the "height" of your stitch (the pattern will specify), and continue crocheting.
If you are looking for more easy crochet patterns and projects, consider making one of the adorable projects found in 41 Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns
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