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40 Easy Crochet Patterns For Beginners Step By Step

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Easy Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Looking for crochet patterns for beginners with step by step instructions? We’ve got you covered with this collection of projects using simple stitches and basic techniques. 

Crochet is a lot of fun and it’s easy to get started because you don’t need a lot of supplies or knowledge to get started. The most important thing is just to pick a project and begin!

If you are a beginner crocheter or just starting out I think you would learn a lot from my Crochet Fundamentals course. I teach you everything you need to know to perfect you crochet skills and techniques and learn those little things that you might feel like you are missing. Check out my entire video course here.

What is the First Thing a Beginner Should Crochet?

When you’re new to crochet, you’ll want to get the hang of repeating a pattern row by row while maintaining the tension in your working yarn, meaning that your stitches are consistently the same size, not too loose or too tight.

Rectangular pieces like scarves, dishcloths, and baby blankets are great first projects that you can work on even if you only know the basic stitches.

If you want to practice working in the round, then coasters, granny square projects, and hats should also be in your to-be-crocheted list. 

I teach you these techniques in my 72 video classes in my Crochet & Knit Essential Skills course. What could be better then learning some crocheting tips and tricks with my amazing instructors. Come crochet along with us free for 2 days!

How to Crochet for Beginners Step By Step

Step 1: Find the Right Pattern for Your Skill Level

When you’re new to crochet, it isn’t practical to jump right into a complex pattern that involves multiple types of stitches, shaping, and a lot of sewing. It’ll only leave you frustrated and confused and won’t leave you with any motivation to keep crocheting.

Beginners should read a pattern they want to work on thoroughly and completely to find out if it matches their skill level. There should be comprehensive instructions, clear pictures, and plenty of tips to guide you in the pattern and/or accompanying blog post.

A beginner-friendly pattern uses basic crochet stitches like chains, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet stitches. Typically for your first project you will want a pattern that uses only one stitch consistently without any shaping, but you can also practice any stitches called for in the pattern before you start and work with whatever you feel comfortable with.

Need step by step tutorials walking you through these basic stitches? These are all included in my Ultimate Crochet Stitch Library where I teach you 45 Crochet Stitches. Each video is less than 15 mins so you can learn and practice them all. I am giving access to my community free for 2 days.

Many patterns will use the word beginner or easy in the pattern name, which makes it easier to find simple patterns. But keep in mind that what an experienced crocheter finds easy and what a beginner finds easy might not be the same, so be sure to read through the pattern first to make sure you know how to do what it asks. 

Step 2: Pick the Right Yarn

Yarn comes in different weights depending on how thick it is. The pattern will tell you the weight of yarn to use, as well as what kind of yarn the designer used. You can purchase the same yarn if it’s available, or choose a yarn in the same weight category the pattern called for.

For beginners, a good quality worsted/medium weight yarn is tough to beat. Most beginner-level patterns are worked with this kind of yarn, since the stitches and texture are easy to see and the yarn is comfortable to handle.

Knit Picks Brava Worsted, Lily Sugar‘n Cream, and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice are all great worsted weight yarn options, but whatever you have on hand or can easily buy locally is a great choice to start with. 

Step 3: Choose What Crochet Hook to Use

Crochet hooks, like yarn, come in a range of sizes. Hooks can be measured by diameter in millimeters, though they also sometimes have letter or number markings that correspond to their size. 

The pattern you’re working will tell you the size of crochet hook you should use. If you are just practicing, you can consult the label of the yarn you want to use for the correct hook size. 

While you can buy a single hook or two for your first couple of projects, having a full set of crochet hooks is a great investment if you plan on exploring different patterns as you continue your crochet journey. Our favorite has got to be the Clover Amour set because they are both ergonomic and affordable!

Step 4: Prepare Your Notions and Tools

The preparation doesn’t stop there, however! The following are some of the most common tools that a beginner crochet pattern might require:

Crochet Patterns You Can Make With Only Single Crochet Stitches

Listed below are five free crochet patterns that you can make using just the single crochet (sc) stitch. It’s as easy as it gets!

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Single Crochet Square Face Scrubbie Pattern

Designer: Cream of the Crop Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Premier Yarns Premier Home Cotton

This quick and easy pattern will have you making a dozen of these square face scrubbies. Test out your favorite worsted weight cotton yarns in different colors to make a quick gift set!

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Basic Crochet Scarf Pattern

Designer: The Spruce Crafts
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Premier Yarns Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted

It doesn’t get any easier than this! Crochet your very own, seven foot long (or however long you want it to be!) basic scarf with only single crochets with this comprehensive and easy to understand pattern.

Simple Texture Crochet Pillow Simple Texture Crochet Pillow

Simple Texture Pillow Pattern

Designer: This Pixie Creates
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Make your own crochet pillows using just the single crochet stitch! By working your stitches in the back loops only, you can create a gorgeous texture that’ll make your design pop!

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Sea Soft Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Designer: Easy Crochet
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Suggested yarn: Bernat Baby Blanket

Rectangular projects are a great way to hone your crocheting skills, especially as a beginner. This soft and comfy baby blanket is made entirely of single crochets to create a dense fabric that a little one’s fingers and toes won’t poke through.

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Simple Single Crochet Hat Pattern

Designer: Oombawka Design Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart With Love

This pattern includes sizing from preemies to adults. It’s a great way to practice working  your single crochets in continuous rounds and will make a great gift you can make even as a beginner!

Crochet Patterns You Can Make With Half Double Crochets

Here are five free crochet patterns for beginners that you can make using just the half double crochet (hdc) stitch.

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Crochet Modern Beginner Blanket Pattern

Designer: Daisy Farm Crafts
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Chunky

Crochet your very first blanket using only half double crochets! Experiment with the size of your crochet hook to find the right drape for your blanket.

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Crochet Bucket Hat Pattern

Designer: Crochet Patterns Free
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted

Make your very own ‘90s style bucket hat using only half double crochets! Customize the fit or crochet it in your favorite color– this will definitely be a favorite pattern for any beginner!

Cute and Easy Crocheted Boot CuffsCute and Easy Crocheted Boot Cuffs

Cute and Easy Crocheted Boot Cuffs Pattern

Designer: Skip to My Lou
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted

Add a touch of fun to your outfit with these cute crocheted boot cuffs! They work up quickly and you can make several pairs in different colors to go with all your cold weather outfits.

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Beginner Hair Scrunchie Pattern

Designer: You Should Craft
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted

Put your half double crochet skills to work with these adorable scrunchies! These accessories are crocheted in continuous rounds around a hair elastic.

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Simple Crochet Dreamy Scarf Pattern

Designer: Daisy Farm Crafts
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Dreamy

Using a modified version of the half double crochet, you can create a soft and beautiful scarf. The pattern works up fairly quickly and features a nice, simple ribbed texture.

Crochet Patterns You Can Make With Only Double Crochets

Ready to work some double crochets? These patterns worked in dc stitches are great for beginners, or anyone looking to finish a project quickly.

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Double Crochet Beret Pattern

Designer: Delia Creates
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Patons Classic Wool

This gorgeous beret is a great weekend project for beginners! It’s worked up using only double crochets in joined rounds.

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Beginner Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

Designer: Winding Road Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

These cute and easy ear warmers are the perfect thing to work on for beginners. They’re made by crocheting a little rectangle and sewing the short ends together.

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Easy Double Crochet Blanket Pattern

Designer: Easy Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love

Make the easiest crochet blanket in any size you want! It’s worked up using double crochets and you can use any color you want for the stripes to truly make it your own!

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Double Crochet All the Way Shawl Pattern

Designer: Wilmade
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Caron Cakes

This stunning shawl is made in a basic triangle shape with increases in the first, last, and center stitches to form the shape. The designer adds a fringe detail but the choice is yours.

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Easy Fingerless Gloves Pattern

Designer: You Should Craft
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted

Crochet these fingerless gloves in any size for a quick gift for friends and family! They work up quickly with only double crochet and chain stitches.

Feel like you need to brush up on the basics? Our Crochet Fundamentals class is a great jumping off point for beginners who want to polish their crochet skills before moving forward to more complex patterns. Join the class today!

Patterns for One-Day Crochet Projects

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Crochet Coffee Cozy Pattern

Designer: Nana’s Crafty Home
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran

Looking for a quick beginner project? This coffee cozy is an adorable way to hone your crochet skills while keeping your drink warm.

Basket Weave Stitch Crochet Washcloth Basket Weave Stitch Crochet Washcloth

Basket Weave Stitch Washcloth Pattern

Designer: Meg Made With Love
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream

Create a set of crochet washcloths that stand out using this easy to understand pattern. The basket weave stitch is a great introduction to working post stitches and adding texture to your projects.

Crochet Lavender Bags Crochet Lavender Bags

Crochet Lavender Bags Pattern

Designer: Ned and Mimi
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

Whether it’s a party favor or an aromatic addition to your home, these lavender bags are a great crochet project to work on for beginners. Switch up the scents or match the colors to your bathroom for that Pinterest aesthetic!

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Crochet Rose Pattern

Designer: Naztazia
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

Crochet flowers are great beginner projects that you can also use to add visual interest to your other projects. Decorate your hats, shawls, bags, and more with these crocheted roses!

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Grapefruit Coaster Crochet Pattern

Designer: Make and Takes
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lily Sugar‘n Cream

These decorative coasters are a great addition for your coffee table and make great gifts! They’re worked up in joined rounds of three different colors for that distinctive grapefruit look!

Looking for more quick and easy patterns that you can accomplish in a day or over the weekend? Check out our Done in a Day pattern bundle!

Beginner-Friendly Wearable Crochet Patterns

If you’re ready to try your hand and your hook at a garment project, these crochet patterns for beginners step by step get you there! From hats to cardigans and tops, we’ve got you covered with ease.

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Beginner Crochet Crop Top Pattern

Designer: For the Frills
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine

Crochet this simple camisole with just half double crochets! The garment works up pretty quickly and can be customized to fit any size or body type.

A woman wearing a Crochet CardiganA woman wearing a Crochet Cardigan

Beginner Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Designer: Jewels and Jones
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Heatherly Sport

Crocheting yourself a cardigan is a huge act of self-love! This oversized basic works up quickly and adds a casual touch to any of your fave outfits!

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Easy Children’s Crochet Hat Pattern

Designer: Rich Textures Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

Take the stress out of crocheting beanies with this comprehensive pattern! Make a crochet hat for the little humans in your life because the pattern comes in sizes from preemie to child size!

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Done in a Day Quick Shrug Crochet Pattern

Designer: Mama in a Stitch
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Scarfie

There’s nothing like a handmade cozy shrug to snuggle up in on a chilly night. With the double crochet stitches used, you can crochet this quick shrug for you or for a friend in no time!

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Art Class Cardi Pattern

Designer: Fiber Flux Blog
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Premier Yarns Bloom DK

Granny squares and hexagons are some of the first crochet motifs that beginners learn. Take the granny hexagon to the next level with this pretty, easy scrap-busting cardi!

Crochet Accessories Patterns for Beginners

Bring crochet into your everyday life with these easy crochet patterns for bags, hair accessories, and more.

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Shoreline Seeker Tote Pattern

Designer: The Loopy Lamb
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Bernat Maker Home Dec

This mesh tote is the perfect summer accessory! It’s worked up using half double crochets and chain stitches in a long rectangle with the edges seamed.

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Easy Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

Designer: The Spruce Crafts
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Hue + Me

These crochet headbands are worked width-wise in one long piece which make for great, quick gifts! They are made with simple stitches and are perfect for someone learning how to crochet in the round.

Crochet Chapstick Keychain WristletCrochet Chapstick Keychain Wristlet

Beginner Crochet Chapstick Keychain Wristlet Pattern

Designer: Crochet It Creations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Premier Yarn Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted

Worked up with only single crochet and chain stitches, this unique crochet project is perfect even for beginners. It’s a cute way to secure your favorite chapstick on the go, and add a pop of color to your keys at the same time!

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Crochet Heart Bracelet Pattern

Designer: Happy Berry
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

This cute bracelet is perfect for the little kids in your life! Each heart is worked into a magic circle and when sewn together, make for adorable friendship bracelets!

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Crochet Hair Scrunchies Pattern

Designer: Happy Berry
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

Elevate your elastics and hair bands with crochet! This quick and easy pattern will have you making scrunchies by the dozen in no time!

Simple Crochet Appliqué Patterns

Applique crochet projects are fun to make and stitch on to other projects, or larger ones can be used as washcloths or scrubbies. Check out these easy patterns and see what you can embellish!

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Crochet Pineapple Appliqué Pattern

Designer: Easy Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lily Sugar‘n Cream

Appliqués are a great way to create beautiful flat pieces that you can use to decorate your other projects. This pineapple appliqué is easily made with just single crochets. You can even make a bigger one to use as a coaster for all those summer drinks!

Lavender Crochet Appliqué Lavender Crochet Appliqué

Lavender Crochet Appliqué Pattern

Designer: Golden Lucy Crafts
Yarn weight: Cotton Thread Size 10
Suggested yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10

Flowers are great options for appliqués because of their delicate appearance. You can add these crochet lavenders to your totes or use them for scrapbooking!

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Pansy Flower Crochet Pattern

Designer: Yarn and Chai
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted

This pansy flower appliqué is an exercise in switching colors and paying attention to details. You can add small embellishments to the center of the flower like beads and embroidery to make it pop.

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Crochet Strawberry Appliqué Pattern

Designer: Raffamusa Designs
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

Strawberries are always a favorite in the crochet world and these appliqués are no different! They’re super fun to make and are great additions to cardigans, baby blankets, and more!

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Crochet Fern Leaf Appliqué Pattern

Designer: Attic 24
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

These crocheted fern leaves would make a great wreath if you put a bunch of them together, or they make great bookmarks on their own. They’re made with just chain and slip stitches so you can make a handful in just one sitting

Easy Amigurumi Patterns

Lots of people get into crochet because they want to make little toys and animals. The good news is, amigurumi projects are great for beginners, because they use basic stitches. As long as you know how to work in the round (or are ready to learn) these sweet projects are totally accessible for you. 

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Little Pumpkin Crochet Pattern

Designer: Petals to Picots
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted

These adorable crochet pumpkins work up pretty quickly so you can make a whole patch to decorate your home for the fall!

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Amigurumi Crochet Whale Pattern

Designer: Hooked by Robin
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Suggested yarn: Premier Yarns Premier Anti-Pilling Bulky

Whales are such a fun beginner amigurumi project! This one is worked in the round with the fins and tail attached at the end.

Crochet Howl The Littlest Ghost Crochet Howl The Littlest Ghost

Howl The Littlest Ghost Pattern

Designer: Cafe del Craft
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Hayfield Bonus Aran

Halloween or not, this teeny tiny ghost makes for a cute keychain or charm that you’ll fall in love with! It works up quickly with only 16 joined rounds.

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Jumbo the Bee Crochet Pattern

Designer: Curious Papaya
Yarn weight: (7) Jumbo
Suggested yarn: Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles

This adorable, huggable amigurumi bee is a great pattern to work on for beginners! Practice working in the round and switching colors and you’ll find yourself with a jumbo bee in no time!

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Dumpling Kitty Pattern

Designer: Sarah Sloyer, via Ravelry
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

If you’re still wondering what your first crochet amigurumi project should be, these dumpling kitties are your answer! The pattern makes a little cat that’s around 4 inches tall and sits nicely wherever you put it!

Want to Learn More about Crocheting Amigurumi?

There’s a whole big world of amigurumi crochet out there, and it’s a great niche in crochet that lots of people love. Whether you have kids who love stuffed animals, want to make toys for friends, or are looking for a charity project, making amigurumi is a great option. 
Our Amigurumi workshop teaches everything you need to know to get started in this fun craft, from basic stitches and techniques to learning patterns you can easily modify to make your own cuddly creatures.

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