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50+ Free Easy Crochet Patterns and Help for Beginners

This is your ultimate guide to learn how to crochet for beginners.

By: Caley Walsh, Editor,
Updated January 19, 2018
easy crochet patterns

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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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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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This is an excellent collection for crochet beginners and those of us who have crocheted for years. For me in the early days I had to learn to slow down and count each stitch. This is a main problem for misaligned work. Also understanding what gauge is and being sure that the first stitches and rows match the patterns gauge instruction. Sometimes changing hook size solves a problem. How long have you been crocheting?

My biggest question was how to read the crochet patterns. I learned how to crochet from videos, but then the instructions were SO CONFUSING! ch, st, etc... idk!

My biggest question on crochet when I started was really just how to start off a project and work a starting chain. This is such a great resource for beginners!

Now that I have been fortunate enough to have had some fantastic crochet instruction from the fine folks at FaveCrafts and AllFreeCrochet, I'm finally ready to take on some projects bigger than a swatch! This collection has a wonderful variety of projects that are perfect for beginners, like me, and I can't wait to get started!

I'm a beginner crocheter so this is an incredible resource for me! The Common Questions About Crochet section is especially useful - I didn't even think to ask these questions, so thank you!

This page is a total goldmine for beginner crocheters! I think the easiest thing to start with is a scarf. And you can find an answer to all of your crochet questions!

I just recently started crocheting and I am in love with this page! It has some really great beginner patterns, but also patterns for me to work toward achieving when I become more comfortable!

My biggest question when I started crochet was "why are my rows all getting smaller??" I've since learned from my mistakes, though! I love the coaster patterns, they'd make a great gift for the holidays!

Same here! It took me a while to admit that there was an issue. I made myself believe that the bottom of my scarf was just stretched out a bit, and that's why it had a slight triangle shape to it. Whoops!

I LOVE the pattern for the arrow stitch afghan! I'm glad I found this just in time for making Christmas gifts this year

These are such marvelous ideas, and they all look like something I could make! I just learned how to crochet recently, so I am super eager to make as many cute projects as possible. This looks like a perfect place to start.

I love the retro ripple afghan but getting a print freindly version was hard. is there a way to do that with the free patterns? I absolutely love your site and you have such beautiful projects. I would love to do them all.

Hi there! Here's the direct link to the full pattern on the Yarnspirations website. They have an easy, printer-friendly version! Hope that helps. -Editors of FaveCrafts

This collection is an awesome resource for beginning crocheters! Not only are there a ton of easy patterns, but I've been consulting the "common questions" section as I get involved in this new hobby.

Tried this craft? What did you think?

English and American crochet terms use the same names, i.e. dc and tr but mean different things. I have to print the pattern then go through it changing the stitches. Any chance of printing a conversion list within or near each pattern? That aside, I love your patterns

@Jenannie this is a great idea! I will see if there if I can get one of our editors to work on this. Have a great day! -Kaylee, Editor of

I'm a little surprised that they would indicate that these patterns are for beginners. The first 2 afghan patterns that I opened were listed as Intermediate patterns. The next two were for a more advanced beginner.

How do I download this book? http// == -Easy-Crochet-Patterns-and-Beginner-Help

@kim030927 5096291 you should be able to click the download button on the page and it will download to your computer. Hope that helps! -Kaylee, Editor of

i wish this was an ebook!

If you are a beginner crocheted or you want to learn to crochet, then you should check out this book. There are so many easy patterns for you to start with and they are so easy for you to do, they make learning easy and fun. So get youre your hooks and yarn, and lets get started. Print out this book of patterns and you choose which one you want to start with. I am here if you have any questions.

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Hi echouinard 0141290, Feel free to reach out via our customer service form with any questions and concerns: - Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts


I am worn out. How, in the name of God, do I get the free pattern to crochet chemo hat? I have been around in circles for 90 minutes and have not found it yet!!!! Please help me

Hi there, is this the project you're looking for? Hope that helps! - Julia from FaveCrafts

I foundd so many pattern I was lookkingg for and more!!

im a total beginner and i need a video to understand the shawl method

the link for the twisted scarf (12 under small items) links to the hat (11 under small items). Frustrating

Thanks so much for letting us know! This link has been fixed. - Julia from FaveCrafts

I would like the pattern for the owl granny square,that,for some weird reason advertises tie-dye,yet the book says how to crochet.

Hi there - I can't seem to locate the pattern you're referring to - is it on this page? Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

Hi I'm having trouble understanding part of a pattern for a hat. Shape Top : 3ch 1tr in next 1tr.RFtr in each of next 2tr,* 1tr in next tr,decA,1tr in next tr,RFtr in each of next 2tr,rep from* to last 2 sts .1tr in last 2tr..... 31sts next row 3ch(decB)15times,1tr in last 0tr.......16tr I know how to work these sts but the patter is not turning out right at this stage. Can you possibly help? Kathy

Hi kmcm244, Which hat are you referring to? Have you left a comment on the pattern itself? You may find that others have run into the same problems and can offer advice. Thanks!

How do you download these patterns for printing ? :(

Hi gailericacooper--Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, at this time anyway, you cannot download all the patterns and print them at one time...but you can print the patterns you like by clicking on the link to the pattern and then clicking the Print button at the top of the project screen. Hope that helps!--FaveCrafts Editor


I am a total beginner and I now know how to finish a project but I am not clear on how you add join new yarn in the middle of a project. The way I am doing it looks very messy and also the two ends want to come out of the crochet stich that I am joining the two yarns at. In particular, I am having trouble when joining in a double crochet.

Here's a link for a video on how to change colors in crochet, both at the end of a row, and in the middle of a row: I made the crochet mesh roll hat, I posted a pic on my blog if you'd like to see it. I really liked the pink camo!

gmwill....I have made the twist scarf pattern 2 times and it is very fast and easy. "do not turn..." means do not turn the work back on itself for the second row. After you make the cluster at the end, continue to work around the chain. The next stitches are worked on the opposite side of the chain. Let me know if you need anything else.

Easy Twist Scarf Crochet Pattern.... What does the pattern mean when it says, "Do not turn. Work in opposite side of foundation ch"??? I asked 2 crocheting friends, and they have no idea either. Can you please help??? Thank you.

I am looking for a simple granny square sleppers or bootes

Here's how to do a magic circle:

I don't do magic circles but you can , look it up on you tube .. a little tricky to explain.

would you please explain a magic circle to me. How it's made etc. Thank you!

Hi, I'm looking for a pattern ,for a flower that has beads in the center of the flower. flower embellishment crochet pattern. I can't find the pattern anymore. please help. thanks, esther

hi, what does ch-1 sp mean and how do you do it. I have been searching you tube. thanks. karen


What is a magic circle--how many stitches, etc. to create and begin. Saw this mentioned in a few patterns namely Pokemon Pichu Plush. Thanks

Do you know how to crochet Tane? If you are a beginner it is a very easy stitch! God Bless

I would like a v-stitch afghan


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