30+ Best crochet patterns for beginners
Whether you're a complete crochet beginner or are looking to start your first proper crochet project, you'll find loads of inspiration in our list of easy beginner crochet patterns!
If you've learnt a few of the basic crochet stitches and are ready to move onto your first proper project, then welcome to a whole world of crochet fun! There are so many different crochet patterns out there, but it can be tricky to know where to start when looking for easy beginner crochet patterns. So we've made it easy for you, and found 40 fabulous patterns that are perfect for crochet for beginners. We've split the patterns into sections, so whether you're looking for a pattern for complete beginners, or want to try your hand at some new stitches, you'll easily find a pattern to suit your skills. We've included loads of free beginners crochet patterns, as well as some affordable crochet patterns for if you really want to create something amazing for your first project.
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If you're looking for your very first beginners crochet pattern, then this Free rainbow flag pencil topper crochet pattern is the perfect project. You'll only need to know how to do chain and double crochet stitches to make it, so even complete crochet novices can give this quick and easy crochet pattern a go!
When it comes to easy beginner crochet patterns, you can't get much simpler than a classic scarf! This free mood scarf crochet pattern from Caron uses funky stripes and simple stitches to create a fun-to-hook scarf. But if you haven't quite got to colour changes yet, why not try this Free self-striping scarf pattern instead - it's easy peasy!
If you've learnt your basic stitches, and want to move onto the next step, then mastering increases and decreases will open up a whole new world of crochet patterns for you. The simplest way to get started is with simple triangles, and you can find out how to make them in our How to crochet a triangle tutorial.
Once you've given triangles a try and know how to do crochet increases, then you've already got all the skills you need to hook up these cute crochet envelopes - perfect for keeping your bits and bobs safe! Find out how to make them in our How to make crochet envelopes tutorial.
If you're wanting to turn your crochet triangles into an epic project, then why not give this Crochet doorstop pattern a try. As well as some simple crochet shapes, you can really get crafty with this project as you'll make a cardboard pyramid so it can keep it's shape, as well as using household materials to give it that weighty doorstop feel.
Everybody loves a rainbow, and this Free rainbow crochet pattern is a cute little motif that will help you to get to grips using crochet increases to give shape to your crochet.
This pattern may look pretty tricky, but it's easier than you think - and even if you are struggling with the twisty bit, this Twisted ear warmer headband crochet pattern also comes with a handy video tutorials to guide you through it!
Maybe you've tried some smaller projects already, and want to start on your first garment - which can be a bit of a daunting prospect! If this sounds like you, then this Free colourblock top crochet pattern from Patons is a super-simple make, with easy stitches and minimal shaping it's a great first garment to crochet for beginners.
If you fancy a book with a range of easy crochet patterns for beginners, then you might like this one skein wonders crochet book. Every one of the 101 projects inside uses only a single ball or skein of yarn, so you can try a range of projects without needing to buy loads of yarn!
Once you've learnt how to crochet back and forth in rows, your next step will be learning how to crochet in the round. Once you know how to do this essential crochet technique, there's so many more patterns that become available to you - from circles to granny squares! We've picked 10 easy beginners crochet patterns that use this technique, but once you've mastered it you might also be interested in our top beginner amigurumi patterns which you'll find further down this post.
Here's a fabulous shape that starts out as a simple circle! This awesome star cushion crochet pattern would look great on any sofa or in a child's bedroom, and is another project that focusses on clever construction rather than special stitches!
A pincushion is a practical crafty project that you can crochet easily once you've learnt how to crochet in the round. In our how to crochet a pincushion tutorial you'll find handy step-by-step instructions on how to crochet the circular shapes, as well as how to sew a stuffed inner lining to keep all those pins in place!
Crochet circles make great drinks coaster, but give yours a fruity twist with this Free Citrus slice coaster crochet pattern. There's also a handy video tutorial to help you with this fab free crochet pattern.
It's not just circles that you can make once you've learn how to crochet in the round, there's a whole host of easy crochet patterns and shapes that use this essential technique. Crochet hearts are a fine example of this, as they start with a simple circular round, and then the heart shape is created on the second round. You can find out how to make them with our How to crochet a heart tutorial.
We'll be honest, trying to tackle crochet gloves is not an ideal project for a crochet beginner - all those individual fingers make it a bit too tricky. However, crochet mittens are far simpler! This Free crochet mittens pattern are a simple enough project but still one that will be a bit of a challenge - and we love a challenge! Again, you'll also find a handy video to help you with this pattern if you get stuck!
Continuing with the warm crochet accessories, a crochet hat is another fab project that almost every crocheter will try at some point. This Free bobble hat crochet pattern is an easy crochet pattern that most crochet beginners will be able to handle, and with those funky stripes and giant pompom, you'll certainly have fun making it!
When looking for a beginner crochet pattern, it's always better to start small rather than going straight into a huge project. So rather than trying to tackle a huge blanket, why not try hooking up this Free granny square baby blanket pattern. Granny squares are super-easy to make once you know how, and the repetitive nature of them means that once you've got the hang of them you can easily hook them up while watching the tv! And if you really get into the groove, you can easily keep going and make it into a bigger blanket - but be warned, granny squares are incredibly addictive!
Maybe you fancy trying granny squares, but a blanket seems a bit much to start with. Then not to worry, this Free granny square slippers crochet pattern is a simple make that only requires 6 squares for each slipper!
Crochet socks can be quite tricky, so we wouldn't recommend them to a complete beginner - but if you've had a bit of practice, and are comfortable with crocheting in the round, this free kids crochet slipper socks pattern is a great starting point for understanding how crochet socks are made. There's no fancy stitches in this pattern, so you can really get stuck into it and focus on the construction techniques.
Perhaps you're ready to move on from simple stitches and super easy crochet patterns, but still want something that's not too complicated. No problem, here's 10 crochet patterns to help you learn some funky new stitches and techniques!
When it comes to crocheting with different coloured yarns, there's so much more that you can do than just simple stripes. Intarsia, Fair Isle and Tapestry crochet are all fun techniques that allow you to add some colour and create pictures with crochet. You can find out more in our how to do crochet colourwork tutorial, and this Free colourwork hook case crochet pattern is a great project for practicing this fun technique with!
If you like the look of crochet colourwork and want a fab project to try out your new technique, then maybe you'd like to try this crochet letter blocks pattern. These adorable letter blocks are great for children to play with and learn their alphabet, and you'll enjoy hooking up those colourwork letters too!
The more you crochet, the more you'll realise that many fancy stitch patterns are all about where you put your simple stitches. Take this Free wavy dishcloth crochet pattern for example, it's made from what we call peephole chevrons - but that's effectively just made of chains and treble stitches, it's all about how you arrange those stitches! Give it a go and you'll see what we mean!
If you want more proof of how arrangements of simple stitches can create stunning textures and effects, then check out this fingerless crochet mitts pattern by Hannah Cross! Amazingly it just uses only double crochet and half treble stitches, but with a bit of crochet magic Hannah's used these simple stitches to create these beautiful mitts.
Still haven't tried puff stitches yet? Then you're missing out! We love the soft spongy texture that these fancy (and surprisingly easy) stitches create. If you want to give them a go, then check out our free crochet clutch bag tutorial - a great way to practice these stitches as well as making a gorgeous clutch bag!
Once you're hooked on crochet, it won't be long before you're covering almost everything in crochet - including your tech! This free cell phone or tablet cover crochet pattern uses funky tilted stitches, which although can be a bit tricky at first, will give an extra level of interest to your crochet fabrics.
When it comes to crochet garments and accessories, a huge amount of them include ribbing - a technique that not only looks visually interesting and add definition, but can also add stretching elements to your crochet projects. Get your crochet ribbing perfect with this free ribbed hat crochet pattern, which includes different hat sizes so you can make one for every member of your family!
If what you're really looking for is a big crochet project where you can learn tons of different crochet stitches, then you should check out the Simply Crochet hook n learn blanket. Originally a part of a crochet-along in Simply Crochet magazine, this fabulous blanket is comprised of different sized panels all made in different stitches. You can buy the whole pattern on Ravelry, and you can find out more about the Hook 'n' Learn blanket (including helpful videos)
If you're after a book that shows you some crochet basics and includes some great crochet projects for beginners, then check out the How to crochet with Mollie Makes book! As well as showing you 100 stitch techniques, it also includes 20 stylish and fabulous crochet patterns for your home!
After learning the basic crochet stitches and how to crochet in the round, you're ready to move onto the fun and exciting world of amigurumi! These super-cute soft toys are hugely popular with crocheters of all abilities, and can range from simple creations to incredibly complex characters - if you've never heard of amigurumi before, then check out our what is amigurumi guide! If you're ready to try your first amigurumi project, we've picked 10 beginner crochet patterns for you to try.
This free crochet easter eggs pattern is the perfect pattern for your first ever amigurumi project. These simple shapes will help you get to grips with increasing and decreasing in the round, plus you'll end up with some cute little Easter decorations too!
The wonderful thing about amigurumi is that you can take almost anything and turn it into a super-cute crochet creation! This free amigurumi ice cream baby rattle crochet pattern is another great beginner crochet pattern, as it's all about the shaping - and who could resist those sweet little smiles!
Here's an amigurumi project that you'll have a whale of a time crocheting! This little whale amigumi crochet pattern by amigurumi designer Ilaria Caliri is a sweet little project that is both super-cute and super-quick to make too!
If you're looking to make an amigurumi toy for a newborn, then this free preemie crochet octopus pattern is perfect. Specifically designed for premature babies, studies have shown that babies who cuddle a toy octopus in their incubator are less likely to pull at their monitors and tubes!
Ready to take your crochet to next level cuteness? Then you've gotta try this amigurumi mouse crochet pattern by Erinna Lee. While it may be a bit intricate for complete crochet beginners, if you've already learnt the basic amigurumi techniques then this would make an entertaining and fulfilling project to get stuck into.
Although our free medusa doll crochet pattern is technically a Halloween pattern, it's easy to customise this adorable crochet doll if you want to make her a little less spooky!
We love it when amigurumi is on the small scale - it just adds a whole extra level of cuteness! If you're like us, then you'll love this amigurumi bees crochet pattern by Stephanie Lau. Why not hook up a load of them to give out as sweet little gifts!
It's not really an amigurumi project, but if you've fallen in love with all these cute crochet characters, then maybe you'll love our adorable free pompom bear pattern. They make a great keyring, plus if you're completely new to pompoms then you'll also find our how to make a pompom tutorial handy too!
Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.