Free Crochet Patterns 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!
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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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