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★ 100 Free Crochet Patterns For Beginners | Learn How To Crochet | Fun Craft Tutorials & Projects ★

Updated on February 16, 2016

Crochet Instructions & A Huge Roundup Of Patterns

Crochet can be used to make a wide range of items including amigurumi (stuffed toys), clothes, scarves, blankets, décor and much more - and all you need to start learning is this page, crochet hooks and yarn!

The first list of links direct you to excellent online lessons for beginners, and the following links provide you with hundreds of free tutorials, inspiring ideas and amigurumi patterns. Plenty of the projects are suitable for beginners as well as expert crocheters, so don't be put off if they look complicated - there are only a few basic stitches to learn :-)

I hope you find this page useful!

Photo and crochet by Raquel Veríssimo - Click Here for video instructions.

Mini Granny Stripes

crochet granny stripes
crochet granny stripes

This is the stripe version of the popular 'granny squares', and the stripes are perfect for using in blankets/throws.

Photo and crochet by Raquel Veríssimo - Click Here for video instructions.

Top-Rated Crochet Book

Books are extremely useful resources for beginners in any craft because they provide expert guidance, tips and projects all in one place. The following books are the best options I think, depending on what area of crochet you want to focus on:

An Introduction To Crochet

Knitting and crochet are actually very different even though they are often confused with each other. Both techniques create a series of loops using yarn in order to make a flat fabric, but knitting uses knitting needles, and crocheting uses hooks. Finished knitted products have a different look and feel to finished crochet products; knitting is mostly used for anything that needs to drape well or be soft and cuddly, for instance sweaters, cuddly toys and socks, whilst crochet creates sturdier, more durable and often thicker items than knitting and is good for placemats, rugs and throws. However it does come down to personal preference because all of these items can be made with either crochet or knitting - it just depends what effect you want.

Other differences between the methods are that more detailed patterns and colorwork can be achieved with knitting, and knitting can also be done by machine whereas it's impossible to crochet by machine. Also crochet is quicker than knitting and, in my opinion, crochet is simpler overall because there are fewer varieties in technique.

Crochet starts with a slipknot in order to loop the yarn onto your crochet hook. Then a series of chain stitches is completed to create the 'foundation' (base) chain, which is the equivalent of the row of cast-on stitches in knitting. After forming the foundation row, you can continue to crochet rows or you can create a ring and crochet in a circle.

The most important basic stitches to learn are the slip stitch, the single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch. You can then move onto half double crochet stitch, treble stitch and so on.

Often the first thing people want to learn to crochet is the very recognisable 'Granny square', which is a colorful striped square that is often made in large numbers before the squares are all joined together to form a blanket or an afghan.

Have fun!

Crocheting Flowers


Rag Rugs

Click here for a tutorial on making circular rag rugs.

Photo and rug by Recycling Artist Emily.

Overlay Crochet Potholder


Video Lessons for Crochet Basics

Crochet Blanket


Supplies For Crochet Adventures!

There aren't many tools and materials required for crochet, which is why it is important to buy a good starter set of crochet hooks. Here is a selection of hook sets that have 5-star reviews:

Fruit Coasters


Crochet Vegetables

Radishes, carrots and more! I love how these look, especially the subtle coloring of the yarn.
Radishes, carrots and more! I love how these look, especially the subtle coloring of the yarn. | Source

More Instructional Crochet Videos

Doctor Who Ood Mask

Awesome Doctor who ood mask!
Awesome Doctor who ood mask! | Source

Freeform Crochet


Brushed Crochet: Make Your Creations Fluffy!

This is a method usually used on amigurumi (crochet stuffed toys) but you can use it on any crochet item that you want to make soft and fluffy. The technique works best when you have used yarn made of natural fibers (such as mohair or wool), but it still works with acrylic yarn or similar too.

All you need is a slicker brush for pets, which has gentle wire bristles and so won't damage your crochet stitches.

If you are using the brushing method specifically on amigurumi then it's easier to do so before attaching the parts/limbs together. Also, you don't want to use a wire brush after you have inserted the eyes, as they could easily be damaged.

Simply take the brush and slide it in one direction across the surface of the crochet several times (exerting a bit of pressure), before brushing in the opposite direction several more times. You then need to repeat this action all over the crochet fabric until you are satisfied with the look.

Slicker Brush For Under $10

This product is good quality and ideal for the brushed crochet technique (detailed above):

Crochet Ring


Crochet Wire Jewellery

A different technique from traditional crochet, using wire instead of yarn.
A different technique from traditional crochet, using wire instead of yarn. | Source

Lacy Bicycle Guard

A very cute accessory for a bicycle.
A very cute accessory for a bicycle. | Source

Granny Bunting


Acorn Amigurumi


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      Judith Youtsey 

      3 years ago

      Loads of fun

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      5 years ago

      I love to crochet, but stopped maybe I should start again. You have some great ideas that makes me want to start crocheting again.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      5 years ago from USA

      You feature photos of some very pretty crochet projects in this hub. Thanks for the all of the information.

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      5 years ago

      what a great hub! Love the crochet ring. I used to crochet a lot. Not real skilled but i was reasonably prolific and covered the house in doilies among other things.

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      5 years ago

      Wow, what a great resource! I love to crochet and am always looking for more ideas -- thanks so much!

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      Michele Gallagher 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you for sharing these! The rag rug looks particularly interesting. I love finding new craft ideas!

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      weisz fina 

      5 years ago

      Think I have a new hobby, inpiring.....

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      5 years ago

      You've got some interesting ideas here. Your article has inspired me - I might crochet a small rug for by the kitchen door.

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      6 years ago

      I've been crocheting and knitting for as long as i can remember. I'd literally die if I couldn't crochet! This is an awesome site and I can't wait to try some of the things. Thanks so much.

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      6 years ago

      I am very impressed with all the information you have here. Thanks for sharing. It's a fantastic list.

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      CMWilliams LM 

      8 years ago

      Wow that is a lot of info you have shared. Thank u for taking the time to do this. I love to crochet but I am not very good yet. I appreciate the knowledge.

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic resource. Thanks!

      Heads up on your intro photo - it is only licensed for non-commercial use - no good for lenses, which are, of course, commercial.

    • dwnovacek profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens - so many resources and tutorials. Blessed!

    • iijuan12 profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      Great resource! Thank you for posting this helpful tutorial! Blessed and liked.

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      Ann Hinds 

      8 years ago from So Cal

      Tons of great stuff here to wander through. Thanks for putting it all together.

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      8 years ago

      What an immense group of helpful and inspiring crochet lenses. Thank you for sharing!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      8 years ago

      Know this, O worthy and diligent lensmaster;

      With accomplishment youâve earned a tryster.

      As a token of immense appreciation expressed,

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      On a rendering that is sparkling in its own right,

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      From the angelâs wand, it is a spill of stardust.

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      Country Sunshine 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Used to crochet a bit when I was a teenager. It's been some years since I made anything. Interesting to see all the different things that can be crocheted. I was always limited to scarves and blankets. Good article!

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      8 years ago

      Such a wonderful and informative lens, good work!

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      8 years ago

      This is a wonderful teaching resource, thank you so much. Beautiful lens!

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love to crochet and I especially love finding new patterns to try, so thanks for this list of resources. I've already looked at several that look like fun to make. :)

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      Shanir LM 

      9 years ago

      such a cool lens! I do know how to crochet, but my skills are limited to making scarves and blankets lol :) its nice to see so many other things that can be made with crochet :)

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      9 years ago from USA

      Some very classy stuff, and links to even more. Thanks!

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      Linda Pogue 

      9 years ago from Missouri

      You have some really interesting patterns and photos on this lens. I especially like the Granny Bunting photo. These would be a cool way to dress up a bland curtain. Thanks!


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