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Have you recently learned how to chain or make some basic crochet stitches and you’re not really sure what to do now to take your crocheting to the next level? This post is for you. I’ve gathered up some of the greatest SIMPLE crochet patterns to help you build up your crochet confidence and gain some skills that will open up new doors for you.
I tried to include a nice variety of free crochet patterns so you can find something that speaks to you. If you can’t seem to quite get something don’t give up! There are resources and people out there to help you. If you need more guidance or clarification on something I’d be happy to help or point you in the right direction.
Some of these are video tutorials (which is how I got started learning crochet). If you are not comfortable reading crochet patterns yet, or are just a visual learner, you may want to check out the videos first to get your chops up. Have fun and happy hooking!
10 Crochet Patterns for Beginners – A Free Crochet Pattern Round Up
1. Easy Fingerless Gloves Video Tutorial
The first beginner crochet pattern I have to share is actually the first crochet item I even made, a pair of easy fingerless gloves, or wrist warmers. I’d like to share this one first because, technically, it’s not a pattern, it’s a video. So if you don’t know how to read a crochet pattern yet this is a great place to start learning without having to actually read a pattern. Many thanks to Claire of BobWilson123 for the great video tutorial. She will talk you through (and show you) step by step how to crochet a simple and lovely pair of wrist warmers.
For those of you who aren’t comfortable reading a crochet pattern yet, but want just get started making something, this crochet beanie pattern video tutorial is a great resource! The instructions are clear (and close up), and the pattern text is displayed in the video as it’s playing, essentially helping you learn to read a crochet pattern along the way. Being able to pause and rewind to make sure you got everything right is priceless. So don’t let not being able to read a crochet pattern stop you!
This crochet hanging basket is a great pattern for beginners for a couple reasons. It is small, which means it can be completed relatively quickly. Also, it only uses single crochet stitches, and a chain at the end to form the loop. Simple to make, and when you’re done you’ll have a great sense of accomplishment AND a place to store your pens. Score!
One of the quintessential items every crocheter will want to know how to make is a scarf. They are versatile, unisex, and make great gifts. I chose this particular scarf pattern as a beginner crochet pattern because it is worked from side to side the narrow way. Many scarves are made chaining as long as you would like the scarf to be, but if you are just beginning to crochet, a super long starting chain is probably the last thing you want to be doing. You may get discouraged with your lack of quick progress, and if you happen to chain the wrong number of chains, you won’t find out until you reach the end of the next row…that may induce tears! So, since this scarf crochet pattern is worked side to side the short way, you’ll see your scarf start coming together quickly and it will make you want to keep going! One note about this pattern, I do NOT recommend using the yarn the designer specifies. Yes, it is very pretty…however, it is a fancier yarn which will make the stitches harder to see. Use a regular, run of the mill yarn for your first attempt, then once you are comfortable with the pattern go ahead and break out the fancy stuff.
If you’d rather crochet a cowl than a scarf, this beginner crochet pattern is a great one to try. It uses only single crochet and double crochet stitches and has a very well written pattern. The finished item is beautiful too, no one will know you are just a beginner!
I added this simple squares headband to the round up to add a little variety to the projects, and also because as the name suggests, it is a simple pattern. You could work this up in afternoon and have it ready to wear for an evening out! The pattern also includes a crochet symbol chart, which I love.
This simple coffee cup cozy pattern is a great beginner crochet pattern. You can use it to protect your hands from a too-hot coffee cup, or to keep an iced coffee from sweating all over the place. It’s also a great eco-friendly pattern, since this coffee cup cozy will replace all the cardboard sleeves you might otherwise use for each coffee you purchase.
If you would rather make a crochet hat working from a written pattern than the video tutorial (#2 in the list), this crochet pattern is the one for you. This simple beginner crochet pattern uses just double crochet stitches, so it works up quickly. The designer includes a pattern for ALL sizes, so you can make handmade gifts for all the loves in your life.
Bags are one of my favorite things to crochet because they are so useful! This drawstring pouch works up quickly, and is perfect for practicing crocheting in the round. It can hold your makeup or other small trinkets, and makes a great small gift bag.
10. Netted Soap Saver – Karla of Cute Little Crafts
This cute little netted soap saver is one of the first things I ever crocheted from a pattern. It’s small, simple, and it works up quickly. Not to mention, it would make a great gift for yourself or someone you love. For gift giving, include a handmade soap to make it extra special.
I hope you enjoyed this round up of free beginner crochet patterns! Hopefully these projects will help you gain some crochet confidence to be able to move on to more advanced projects. If you have any questions I’d be happy to help as best I can. Please do share pictures of what you make! Good luck on your crochet journey!