15 Easy Free Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Projects perfect for the brand new crocheter

When you are first learning how to crochet, it is helpful to have beginner crochet patterns to work with. Of course, you could just learn the stitches in rows without a pattern in mind but that's not nearly as satisfying as being able to create a finished project. This collection of easy crochet patterns is perfect for people who are working on their first few crochet projects. Of course, they are also great for advanced crocheters who are interested in working on simple meditative crochet...MORE patterns that take them back to the basics.

Note: A few of these patterns are recommended for "advanced beginners". Those would be fine for a determined beginner to start out with, but they might have something small (like color changes) that make them a tiny bit more challenging than a beginner pattern would ordinarily be. Don't be afraid to give them a try; just be aware that the are slightly more complex than the easiest crochet patterns.

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    Pink Crochet Baby Blanket Free Pattern
    Pink Crochet Baby Blanket Free Pattern. Amy Solovay

    This easy design is crocheted using only chains and single crochet stitch. You could crochet this design as either a baby blanket or a lapghan. It is worked with a larger than normal crochet hook, allowing you to easily see your stitches and also allowing for quick crocheting. This is a very satisfying project for a new crocheter to complete.

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    Crochet Granny Square, Round 3
    Crochet Granny Square, Round 3. Kathryn Vercillo

    The great thing about the classic granny square is that once you've learned it, you'll never forget it, and you can use it over and over again in so many different ways. After learning how to work the first few rounds, you'll know all that you need to create a square in any size so you can use the pattern to make coasters, placemats, cushions, rugs, blankets and more. Once you learn the additional skill of joining crochet squares, you can combine small squares to make almost...MORE anything!

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    How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round Four
    How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round Four. Kathryn Vercillo

    After you have mastered the easy classic crochet granny square, you can expand into additional types of squares. Although some of these are better for advanced crafters, there are plenty of sweet and simple crochet squares that use only basic stitches and are easy enough for newbies to the craft.

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    Easy Beginner's Crochet Headband
    Easy Beginner's Crochet Headband. Easy Beginner's Crochet Headband -- Photos © Michael Solovay

    This headband is easy enough for a new crocheter to complete successfully. It is a narrow design, making it a reasonably quick project. The main thing that a newbie will learn from working on this project is how to create and use turning chains.

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    Simple, Easy Crochet Accessory Patterns
    Simple, Easy Crochet Accessory Patterns. Simple, Easy Crochet Accessory Patterns -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    Crochet a matched set of accessories using only two stitches: the single crochet and the chain stitch. The set consists of a scarf, headband and fingerless gloves which are all beginner-friendly patterns; after you've completed those, you may also wish to try making the matching beanie hat, which is rated "easy" and is made using the same stitch pattern although it also includes use of the slip stitch.

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    Beginner's Jeweled Neck Warmer
    Beginner's Jeweled Neck Warmer. Beginner's Jeweled Neck Warmer -- Photo © Michael Solovay

    This pattern is ridiculously easy, and it's a reasonably quick project too. No shaping is required, and there are no color changes; it's just a flat crocheted rectangle which will allow you to practice and perfect your double crochet stitch.

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    Oversized Double Crochet Super Scarf
    Oversized Double Crochet Super Scarf. Kathryn Vercillo

    If you haven't already mastered the double crochet stitch, you'll have it completed when you create a big scarf like this one. This tutorial explains how the scarf was made and describes some options for altering it. 

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    Single Crochet Mesh Dishcloth Pattern
    Single Crochet Mesh Dishcloth Pattern. Amy Solovay

    This simple crochet dishcloth pattern uses primarily single crochet stitches. It can also be worked as a wash cloth. People who are seeking to make their first gift for someone will find this pattern to be  great beginner's choice.

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    Place Setting With Crochet Placemat and Napkin Ring
    Place Setting With Crochet Placemat and Napkin Ring. Amy Solovay

    ​This pattern is a good one for learning how to half double crochet, which is one of the terrific staples of basic crochet. This is considered an advanced beginner crochet pattern because of the edging and color change.

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    Striped SC Placemat Free Pattern
    Striped SC Placemat Free Pattern. Jessie At Home

    This free crochet pattern from Jessie At Home is easy because it uses only single crochet stitches. The only thing that elevates it to a more advanced beginner level pattern is the fact that there are color changes. These changes are simple and it's a great way to learn about changing yarns, which is a foundational crochet skill.

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    Beginner's Crochet Trivet Shaped Like a Snowflake
    Beginner's Crochet Trivet Shaped Like a Snowflake. Beginner's Crochet Trivet Shaped Like a Snowflake -- Photo © Michael Solovay

    You'll learn all kinds of interesting skills from this free crochet pattern with tutorial. The tutorial shows you step-by-step how to crochet a small circle shape. That's a handy thing to know on its own; but once you've crocheted a bunch of circles, you can whip stitch them together to create a snowflake-shaped trivet like the one you see pictured here. To make this project, you'll also need some metal bottle caps, which give the trivet extra dimension.

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    Easy Crochet Flower Motif
    Easy Crochet Flower Motif. Easy Crochet Flower Motif -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    This is a basic crocheted flower with no color changes, and nothing too fancy schmancy. You will learn about working in the round if you haven't mastered that yet. You can use these flowers as coasters or string a bunch of them together into bunting or sew one onto a pair of jeans as an appliqué.

    Find more easy crochet flower patterns here.

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    Beginner's Baby Cardigan Sweater Pattern
    Beginner's Baby Cardigan / Sweater. Erica Jackofsky

    This pattern is intended especially for beginners. The sweater's simple shapes make the crocheting easy. All the instructions are written out, with no abbreviations used, making it easier for total beginners to understand. If you are ready to crochet your very first item of clothing, start here!

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    Crochet Baby Hat
    Crochet Baby Hat. Erica Jackofsky

    This is part crochet pattern, and part tutorial; you'll learn how to customize your own crocheted baby hat. It is the simplest crochet hat you will ever find due to the fact that it starts with a rectangular shape. It's also super cute.

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    Crochet Slippers Free Pattern
    Crochet Slippers Free Pattern. Erica Jackofsky

    These crochet slippers use single crochet stitches throughout. You will have to do some decreasing (sc2tog) so it's a great opportunity to learn about that. This crochet pattern is worked both in rows and in the round. It is an advanced beginner pattern.