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Free Crochet Patterns Sources

Updated on May 30, 2016
The best websites for free crochet patterns
The best websites for free crochet patterns | Source

Here are a few of my favourite sites that have free crochet patterns.

Be sure to check each pattern for which country each pattern originated in, as some of the terms can differ depending on their location. Check the conversion tables for knowing which crochet stitches and hook size to use!

Crochet Pattern Central

Crochet Pattern Central is a directory of free patterns across the web and includes nearly 20,000 designs!

The patterns are from many different sources and so vary in quality and skill, but it's highly unlikely you won't find what you're looking for here.

The site doesn't include photos, so it can take a while to trawl through the designs to find one you like. But the patterns are organised into specific categories and there is a search button, to make things a little easier.

The site also includes handy 'Tips 'n Tricks', 'FAQ' and 'Tutorials' sections.

Crochet Hook Size Conversion

Metric (mm)
10 1/2 /J


This site will regularly share new and exclusive free patterns for you (and not just for crochet), and there are thousands of other blogs that do the same. The beauty of using patterns from blogs is that you can comment on them. So if you get stuck, or want to let the author know how the pattern turned out, you can do it directly on the pattern itself!

Just search for the type of pattern you want on Google and sort the results by 'blogs'.

Running your own blog is also a great way to share your own designs. If you don't have a blog already, consider starting one today~ It can be up and running in minutes!


Garn Studio: Drops Design

ALL patterns on the Garn Studio website are free to download. Called 'DROPS Design', there are hundreds of patterns for both crochet and knitting.

The designs are truly stunning and though designed for DROPS yarns, the site includes information on how to choose alternative yarns~ although their yarn is so reasonably priced I can't see any reason not to use it!

The only drawback I found with this site is that DROPS is a Norwegian company and sometimes the translations of the patterns are a little difficult to understand. But being generous as they are, Garn Studio have included some video tutorials for if you get stuck.

Lion Brand

Probably one of the most popular yarn and free pattern sources, Lion Brand have nearly five-thousand gorgeous designs.

To get access to Lion Brand's patterns, you simply need to sign up to their online community (for free of course). This is a handy feature as you can choose to receive their free 'New Pattern Alerts' emails, so you never need miss any future designs.

There is a huge range too, with patterns not just for jumpers and baby hats. There are even patterns for dogs and iPad covers!

Crochet Stitch Terms and Abbreviations

US Terms
UK Terms
Chain (ch)
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (ss or sl st)
Slip Stitch (ss or sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Treble Crochet (tc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Half Treble Crochet (htc)
Triple Crochet (tr)
Double Treble Crochet (dtr)


This is my favourite place to find patterns! But then I have well and truly caught the Pinterest bug.

If you haven't tried it yet, Pinterest is a bookmark sharing site that focuses on sharing pictures. it's quick and easy to find really beautiful designs, just search for what you want in the top left of the site. You can also follow boards that have been created specifically for free crochet patterns, so when others are added you will see them on your Pinterest home.


Red Heart

Red Heart have hundreds of free patterns on their website, for a wide range of occasions and people. The patterns are designed for Red Heart yarns.

My favourite feature of this site, is the handy menus on the right hand side. Here you can choose to refine which patterns you see by project type, skill level, who is it for and yarn category (craft). So if you have a rough idea of what you want to make (such as a gift for a child) you can easily narrow down the results and yet still find inspiration in something you may not have considered before.

Where do you like to get free crochet patterns? Is it from any of the above mentioned or do you know other sites? Let us all know by commenting below!


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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a useful hub, Karen. I knit, but I haven't done much crocheting. I want to do more crochet work, though. The sites that you've mentioned sound interesting. Thanks for the links.