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5 Free Crochet Patterns For Total Beginners

Updated on January 23, 2018

The endless possibilities of crochet projects on social media and blogs always leave a new crocheter feeling excited at the prospect of recreating them with only a hook and some yarn. They hurry to the store, pick up the cheapest crochet hooks available, and select 1 or 2 skeins of yarn in their favorite color. Onto the projects they go!
Just kidding. The yarn they selected is not the right weight for their pattern, their new pack of hooks is ironically missing the size they need, AND they are left-handed. Then comes the realization all crocheters have at some point... they are only just beginning.
If you are in a similar situation, do not worry, I've picked some patterns that will serve as the building blocks forget you crocheting everything your heart desires!

1. Bella Coco's Coasters

This coaster is the very first crochet project I ever attempted! I used worsted weight and a cheap plastic hook with an unknown size and it still turned out pretty nicely! Granted, the coaster ended up substantially larger than what it was supposed to be, but all in all, I learned a lot of the basic techniques from it. The pattern is written in UK terms which is also extremely helpful when you are just learning how to read different patterns. As a bonus, the creator made a 15-minute video to guide you through it. Click here for the pattern!


Please Note:
4 out of these 5 patterns require that you know how to do the magic ring/ circle! This ring will allow you to close the end of a sphere or cylindrical project instead of leaving a hole. Click here for a youtube video by MJ Carlos on how to do this technique!

2. Double Crochet Beanie

This is another project I made very early in my crocheting experience: Melanie Kham's double crochet beanie. It's made with Red Heart worsted (medium) weightyarn, the type beginners most often purchase, and provides a gauge so that you can make it any size you want! Click here for her video tutorial. There is a free pdf pattern in the video description if you are already familiar with pattern reading.


3. A Simple Scarf

This scarf by The Spruce is as simple as it gets, completely made up of single crochets. What makes it good for beginners is how long it takes to crochet it to the suggested length—7 feet. Of course, you can tweak it a bit, but consider it your first "big" project! The pattern's material list says you need at least 5 ounces of worsted weight yarn, but as always, if you want a softer, thicker scarf use a bulkier yarn and adjust accordingly! Click here for the pattern.


4. A Sphere

That's right! Just a sphere...a very useful sphere.
This pattern by A Hook Amigurumi will give you the foundations for creating any stuffed toy you would like! (Remember to start small.) The creator includes a single pattern along with 5 different techniques that shift the overall quality of the sphere itself. Click here for this pattern.


Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.

5. An Amigurumi Whale

I personally suggest making this Little Blue Whale your first amigurumi project because:
1. You can use yarn of any weight.
2. It allows you to practice going from a simple sphere to making a defined shape without being overly complex.
3. You'll get the hang of using tiny crochet hooks.
4. It's cute!

Created by 临来老师, translated by Crochetwawa, here is a link to the pattern.

Translated by Crochetwawa
Translated by Crochetwawa | Source

Please do not be discouraged if you try these and they do not look like the picture! After all, this is what my first little blue looked like....

Crocheted too large, covered with holes, overstuffed, yet still a sentimental masterpiece.
Crocheted too large, covered with holes, overstuffed, yet still a sentimental masterpiece.

I wish you the BEST of luck with your future crochet projects and I hope my article was helpful to you in some way!

P.S. The creators of these patterns have more advanced projects you can try, so be sure to click the links!

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