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Free Crochet Patterns for Beginners

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Crochet Wash Cloths

Crochet Wash Cloths

Learn to Crochet With Free Patterns

Have you ever wanted to learn crochet? Beginners can find instructions for making crochet stitches and free crochet patterns here. All the patterns and instructions are in simple English without abbreviations. It's hard enough to learn how to crochet without deciphering abbreviations at the same time, right? I hope you find these patterns useful!

Crochet Squares for Beginners

Crochet Squares for Beginners

Crocheting Basics

1. Some people hold the crochet hook like a pencil. Others hold the crochet hook like a spoon. I personally hold it like a spoon. Do whatever is comfortable for you. Crochet should be enjoyable.

2. The first thing you need to do with any crochet pattern is to tie a slipknot.
Tie a Slipknot for Crochet

3. Next, you will chain stitch. All crochet patterns begin with a chain stitch. Look to the specific pattern to learn how many chain stitches to make. If you are just learning and not following any specific pattern, simply chain 15 and move to the next step.

4. A crochet pattern will tell you what type of yarn to use, what type of hook to use and what type of stitch to make after you have created the chain stitch. Two of the simplest crochet stitches are the single and double crochet stitches. This is a good stitch for beginners. All the patterns on this page were made using a double crochet stitch or single crochet stitch.

5. The tension you use during crochet, the size of the hook you use, and the weight of the yarn influences the size of the stitch and outcome of the pattern. Many beginners don't allow enough slack in the yarn as they crochet. Pull the yarn loose from the ball and make sure it is not pulling as you crochet.

6. When crocheting a single or double stitch, you stitch through the top loops of the previous row of stitches. You can change the appearance of finished project by changing the way you stitch through the loops on the previous row. Stitching through only one loop creates a ridge pattern (seen in the potholder below). Stitching through both loops creates a flat pattern.

How to Crochet a Chain

Double Crochet Stitch

Double Crochet Stitch

Washcloths are quick and easy to crochet. Beginners can make one in less than an hour with inexpensive cotton yarn. I like to decorate my bathroom with them. Nothing makes bath time a treat like a good homemade washcloth. The yarn to the right, "Peaches and Creme" is a good cotton yarn for making wash cloths.

Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Rectangle Rug for Beginners

Rectangle Rug for Beginners

Crochet a Rectangular Rug

This rug is double crocheted by using 3 pieces of yarn at once, which gives it plenty of weight on the floor. It requires a large hook to crochet with three pieces of yarn at the same time. The great thing about making your own bathroom accessories is that you can customize the colors and sizes to your own liking.

Rectangular Rug Crochet Pattern

Crochet a Potholder for Beginners

Crochet a Potholder for Beginners

Crochet a Potholder

The potholder was crocheted using the same pattern as the washcloth; except it was done by crocheting through only one loop of the previous row to give it a ridged pattern. A chain stitch was used at the end to create a loop for hanging the potholder. Nothing makes baking more fun than using your own custom crocheted potholder.

Crochet a Potholder

Beginner Crochet Pattern

Beginner Crochet Pattern

Crochet a Scarf

The scarf is crocheted through only one loop of the previous row to create a ridge pattern also. It is a quick and easy project to crochet.

Make it as a gift to show your friends and family that you put time and thought into their gift. It is perfect for Christmas. Of course, you can always make one for yourself too!

What You'll Need:

  • Caron Eco Soft Recycled Yarn (Navy, Chocolate, Wine)
  • Crochet hook

Crochet a Scarf

crochet oval

crochet oval

Crochet an Oval

You can crochet an oval for making a doily, rug, table runner, or anything you can imagine, using the same double crochet stitch used above! The traditional way to make an oval is to double crochet all the way around the work and then turn the work and go back around the other direction. This creates a seam in the oval that must be slip stitched together.

How to Crochet an Oval Using a Double Crochet Stitch

Crochet an oval rug with double crochet stitch

Crochet an oval rug with double crochet stitch

Crochet an Oval Rug

I made this double crocheted rug using the instructions for crocheting an oval above. I used two strands of yarn at the same time to give the rug extra weight. I crochet ovals using the loosest stitch possible, to prevent gathering as the rug gets bigger.

Beginner Instructions to Crochet a Heart

Beginner Instructions to Crochet a Heart

Crochet a Heart

Another cool thing you might want to try with the double crochet stitch is to make a heart. If you have crocheted before, you can make this heart in an hour or less. It makes a cute homemade valentine's day gift idea as well.

How to Crochet a Heart | Free Pattern for the Beginner

How to Crochet Roses for Beginners

How to Crochet Roses for Beginners

How to Crochet a Rose

Crocheted roses are easy to make, requiring only knowledge of the single, double, and chain stitch. They can be used to embellish scarves, blankets, hats, and many other crochet projects. They can also be used in crafts of other kinds.

Your friends will never know you're a beginner because these roses will make you look like a crochet expert!

How to Crochet a Rose

How to Crochet an African Flower Hexagon

Vote on Your Favorite Crochet Patterns

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Comments on Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Maxine Rist on August 28, 2019:

I really would like the printed crochet pattern for the easy cardigan for summer. Not a tutorial.

Thank you.

Dawn Johnson on April 12, 2017:

It sounds like fun.

I used to crochet but got away from it so I want to get back to it.

bevreader on January 21, 2017:

As a lefty, I get frustrated on patterns. Is it my mental block or should I just do it backwards?

Dyann on November 27, 2016:

Where's the direction for baby beanies? Was it in the "how to" part? I guess I gotta go back.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 11, 2015:

Love these crochet patterns. I need a pot holder right now so I will crochet one. Thanks.

anonymous on August 22, 2012:

I'm just trying to learn crochet. This is a great lens; I've bookmarked it. : )

fiskars on June 04, 2012:

I just decided I needed a new hobby and crocheting was what i picked. I was starting to regret that choice until i saw this lens. Apparently i had been doing A lot wrong. Thank you for this, it saved me.

purpleslug on May 19, 2012:

Great lens! I just added it to my favorites.

DecoratingMom411 on May 17, 2012:

Great lens. Nice selection and very informative, perfect for beginners.

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JoyfulReviewer on April 23, 2012:

Nice selection of beginner projects and helpful resources to complete them. Blessed!

gradientcat on April 17, 2012:

Nice collection of beginner patterns.

Phoenix2361 on March 18, 2012:

After nearly 25 years, I suddenly decided to start crocheting again. This lens will come in very handy as I seem to have forgotten a few things. Thanks for posting.

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on March 17, 2012:

What a terrific article for crochet beginners (like me) My mom and sister usedt o crochet all the time, but I never got the knack of it. This is so helpful. Blessed!

KarenCookieJar on March 17, 2012:

My mom used to Crochet all the time. She made countless blankets, pillows, scarves, you name it!

dahlia369 on March 17, 2012:

Nice collection of patterns for beginners, great and resource! :)

anonymous on March 17, 2012:

I can remember my mum crocheting when we were younger, never took it up though so I would need patterns for beginners

Lisa Morris on March 16, 2012:

I love to crochet, it is kind of a family tradition. Great lens, I love it.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on March 16, 2012:

Happy National Crochet Week! :)

OrganicMom247 on March 16, 2012:

Lovely lens! I have always wanted to try crocheting, your lens guided me pretty good. Thanks so much for the info!

faye durham on March 16, 2012:

Happy National Crochet Week. Your lens is encouraging me to give it a try. Lots of good information here.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on March 16, 2012:

Happy National Crochet Week my fellow crafter! :)

lilPinkfairy288 on March 16, 2012:

Great lens with patterns. Your lens is encouraging me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

WriterJanis2 on February 11, 2012:

I am amazed at what a beginner can do.

jimmyworldstar on February 01, 2012:

What's the best technique to learn for beginners? I'm trying to get a set for my daughter.

DesignedbyLisa LM on January 30, 2012:

Lots of great ideas. Thanks!

JoyfulReviewer on January 14, 2012:

Thanks for showing so many possibilities for crocheting. Someday ... maybe I'll get back to crocheting.

anonymous on January 13, 2012:

Came by to refresh my Squid Angel blessing on your fantastic Crochet Patterns lens. :)

Eighteen18 on January 12, 2012:

I really MUST give it a try!

JohnMichael2 on January 09, 2012:

wonderful presentation, I may have to attempt to make a scarf

Ivalotasay on January 07, 2012:

Love finding new crochet patterns - thanks

Showpup LM on January 04, 2012:

I need to dig out my crochet hooks and get back to work! Great patterns you've showcased here.

livingfrontiers on December 30, 2011:

A great lens on crochet...which is so much fun and enjoyable. A great way to spend a day with family or friends!

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on December 30, 2011:

My daughter is teaching me to crochet. I'm making a scarf. Great tutorial that I'll come back to for a refresher. Blessed

rachellelikes on November 19, 2011:

this lens actually makes me think i just might be able to crochet ;)

acreativethinker on November 17, 2011:

Great ideas and patterns. I love to crochet blankets. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

caffimages on November 03, 2011:

Great lens. My first grandchild is due in March and I've just made a blanket. you have some lovely ideas here!

anonymous on October 11, 2011:

Nice lens! I think my first pattern was a Barbie blanket for my little sisters (wash cloth) about 30 years ago. I love to crochet, it is so relaxing to me. Most winters I make an afghan just because it's so relaxing to me. Most of the people I know knit if they do either, so it's nice to see someone who crochets!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on October 03, 2011:

Really nice basic crochet patterns for beginners (or anyone interested in crochet) to choose from on this lens. A crocheted washcloth was my very first project long ago. :)

jphendrix on September 30, 2011:

I like this lense! There are some great free patterns here, anyone can create something with these free patterns!

pawpaw911 on September 15, 2011:

My Grandmother and her sister used to crochet a lot. I still have a few things they made.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 01, 2011:

an excellent lens and a wonderful resource. Thank you.

lucybrz1 on August 26, 2011:

I like to crochet. But for now I can make just simple patterns.

Cynthia Davis from Pittsburgh on August 13, 2011:

This lens has inspired me to crochet a blanket for my son as a wedding gift!

Blessed by a Squid Angel**

Eighteen18 on August 10, 2011:

wow... I might actually be able to try!!! I love the wavy scarf - looks like I need lots of practise before I can make that though!

franstan lm on August 04, 2011:

Wonderful lens

Holley Web on July 24, 2011:

These are so lovely. It reminds me of learning to crochet with my grandmother. We had a great time and I made my first afghan out of "granny squares" when I was only 9 yrs old.

WorldVisionary3 on July 24, 2011:

Such great tips and resources here for crochet patterns. Thanks!

hsschulte (author) on July 21, 2011:

@JackNimble: I'm hoping the lens will inspiring everyone to crochet, it's such a fun hobby. Thanks for stopping by.

hsschulte (author) on July 21, 2011:

@Scarlettohairy: Scarlett,

Thanks for stopping by. Granny squares are my favorite too. They are so versatile.

JackNimble on July 18, 2011:

Cool lens for the crochet inspired!

MoiraCrochetsPl on July 16, 2011:

A very informative lens! Congratulations!

MoiraCrochetsPl on July 16, 2011:

A very informative lens! Congratulations!

Gayle from McLaughlin on June 25, 2011:

I have finished several afghans, but now I don't know how to start again. Thanks for this informative lens!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 18, 2011:

Nice sum up of crochet projects. I can't knit or crochet but love the good ol' Granny squares and oval rugs.

william-kate on May 20, 2011:

awesome share. I have just started learning. And I hope this lens will be a great help to me.

Will be visiting again and again.

smithrusty on May 20, 2011:

This is a great tutorial on the basic crochet stitches, especially for a beginner. I had to teach myself lo these many years ago, and this would have been very helpful.

really great job.

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bidzinger on April 25, 2011:

Really great lens for teaching crochet basics!

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Very good lens for Crochet Beginners. I'm lensrolling this to my Crochet Lenses. I'll also post a link on my www.CrochetForHomeless.org site. Liked and Favorited, FaceBooked, also. Great Job!

Philippians468 on April 03, 2011:

thank you for sharing this informative lens! cheers

happynutritionist on March 30, 2011:

Excellent! I just started crocheting again after many years...finished a prayer shawl this week and started another for a ministry at our church and between am working on a shell afghan. Love the idea of doing rugs with a few strands, want to give one of those a try.

Garadjo12 on March 10, 2011:

Just a great information! Very informative.

Lemming13 on February 09, 2011:

Nice patterns!

joanv334 on January 20, 2011:

Thanks for the patterns!

sorana lm on November 26, 2010:

Really like your lens. I like to crochet but haven't done it for a while. I might start again ... making a blanket is a good idea.

Julia Wildman on October 08, 2010:

great lens - I used to crochet when I was younger and have been thinking about picking it up again; this lens will certainly help!

babygirl3605 on September 12, 2010:

Wow great lens. I love to crochet and will be teaching my sister to do so.

VBright on September 11, 2010:

I love to crochet. Especially with thread. What a wonderful lens you have created. Keep up the great work!

RickyRobi LM on September 09, 2010:

When I find some time, I will have to come back and learn how to crochet. My grandmother always wanted to teach me, but we never got around to it. It's too late now for her to teach me, but I can still learn this craft on my own.

Lemming13 on September 09, 2010:

Really good lens, I'm lensrolling it!

Obscure_Treasures on July 15, 2010:

what a great lens...5*..

Sara Duggan from California on March 16, 2010:

What a lovely lens for beginning crocheters. Lots of wonderful simple projects for newbies.