Many crafts require a steep learning curve before you are skilled enough to make beautiful finished items. Crochet is not one of those crafts!
There are many simple crochet patterns available for those of you who have just picked up the hook. Even a very beginner in crochet can make beautiful products of all types using just the basic crochet stitches that you'll learn right away.
Here are 10 simple crochet patterns that any beginner can handle.
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1. Bookmark for Beginners
If the only thing you've learned so far in crochet is the basic single crochet stitch, that's OK! You can still make something to use yourself or even to give as a gift. This crochet bookmark pattern is the perfect example.
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2. Chain Necklace
Like with the bookmark pattern above, this crochet pattern only requires knowledge of the chain and the single crochet stitches. It's slightly more complex than the first pattern: You'll join the work to create circles and use crochet thread instead of yarn. Note that if you're not yet comfortable with thread crochet and small hooks, you could also use a larger hook and thicker yarn to create a more scarf-like item with the same design.
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3. Mollie Infinity Scarf
The Mollie Infinity Scarf is another crochet pattern that uses only the single crochet stitch, although this time you'll practice the technique of working in the front loop only. That's what gives the scarf its great texture. You'll also need to do a color change to get the great design here, although you could work it all in the same worsted weight yarn for a more subdued look.
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4. Augusta Crochet Shawl
This beautiful crochet pattern can be done by anyone who has learned how to chain and double crochet, which are two of the most basic foundational stitches in the craft. You'll be working into crochet chain spaces, so it'll be even easier for you if you've already learned how to crochet a granny square or granny stripe. You'll be changing colors if you want the beautiful ombre effect shown above although you could make the pattern in a solid color if you don't know how to change colors yet.
Photo via Craftsy member Cream of the Crop Crochet
5. Free Beginner Scarf Pattern
Scarf patterns are always popular among people seeking simple crochet patterns. This crochet project uses two basic crochet stitches - single crochet and double crochet. You'll work with a size H crochet hook and worsted weight yarn, both of which are good choices for beginners. At the end of the project, you'll have your first crochet scarf!
Please note we have updated the pattern with one that is from another designer as the one pictured was removed.
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6. Bright New Beginner Scarf
This crochet scarf pattern utilizes new stitches that you might not have tried, yet including the double treble crochet and triple treble crochet stitch. However, they are all made using the skills that you already have, building taller and taller with each set of stitches. It was designed as a sampler instructional scarf and can be used to teach yourself these tall stitches while creating a beautiful scarf.
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7. Beach Skirt, Shawl, Scarf
This free crochet pattern shows you how to make a beautiful openwork crochet rectangle using basic knowledge of double crochet stitches. It also shows you how the same rectangle can be worn as a skirt, a shawl or a scarf, making it a terrific convertible item for a beginner crafter.
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8. Chains of Warmth Cowl
Most people start by learning crochet with a simple chain, and you can create a great scarf by bundling together a bunch of these chains. In this pattern, you'll learn how to work with three different crochet hook sizes to create varied texture and make a simple crochet chain cowl a little bit more interesting without making it any more difficult.
Photo via Craftsy member Jessie At Home
9. Basic Single Crochet Coaster
This is a simple pattern for a crochet coaster made in single crochet. A border gives it a nice finishing touch (and the included video tutorial for borders makes it easy). You can see in the photo above that the designer also offers a free crochet pattern for the Stripy Single Crochet Placemat that matches the coaster. A placemat and coaster set makes a great gift!
Photo via Craftsy member Crochet Me Lovely
10. Giant Granny Square Afghan
The crochet granny square is the most iconic motif in the craft. When you make it increasingly larger from round to round, you eventually end up with a crochet afghan. This free crochet pattern teaches you what you need to know to make your first large granny square blanket.
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