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7 Free Crochet Patterns for Beginners

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Crochet squares for beginners

Crochet squares for beginners

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!

In This Article

  1. Rectangular square rug
  2. Potholder
  3. Scarf
  4. Oval (doilies, table runners, etc.)
  5. Oval rug
  6. Heart
  7. Rose

Crocheting Basics

  • 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.
  • The first thing you need to do with any crochet pattern is to tie a slipknot. This is a good video tutorial: Tie a Slipknot for Crochet
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Rectangular rug for beginners

Rectangular rug for beginners

1. Rectangular Crochet Rug

This rectangular crochet rug is double crocheted by using three 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.

Crochet potholder

Crochet potholder

2. Crochet Potholder

The crocheted potholder was made 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.

Beginner crochet scarf

Beginner crochet scarf

3. Crochet Scarf

The madecheted 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
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Crochet oval

Crochet oval

4. Crochet 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.

Crochet an oval rug with double crochet stitch

Crochet an oval rug with double crochet stitch

5. Crochet 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

6. Crochet 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 Roses for Beginners

How to Crochet Roses for Beginners

7. Crochet 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 an African Flower Hexagon

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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:

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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!