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. Chain and single crochet cowl
If you’re only comfortable making chains and single crochets, that’s OK! You can still crochet impressive accessories, like this cowl. You might not guess it, but this cute scarf only uses small sections of single crochet fabric joined by long chains.
2. Granny square blanket
Even beginners can crochet the classic granny square motif! In fact, you can even make something to use yourself or even to give as a gift. This easy granny square blanket works up in a flash, and you can use whatever yarn you have on hand.Get the pattern in Crochet: Basics & Beyond
3. Granny squares patchwork blanket
Here’s a slightly different approach to a granny square blanket that’s equally easy. Instead of making one large square, you’ll crochet a few simple squares and then join them together.
4. Basic crochet beanie
If you’re looking for a simple crochet hat pattern, this is it! The pattern includes step-by-step instructions for increasing to create the shape of the hat. As a bonus, if you want to challenge yourself with a little colorwork, the pattern includes a chart for adding hearts to the hat.Get the pattern in Crocheting in the Round: Mix & Match Hats
5. Easy crochet beret
If the basic beanie isn’t quite your style, opt instead for a loose-fitting beret. It still uses basics stitches that you’ll recognize, and along the way you’ll practice working into chain spaces and making increases.Get the pattern in Crochet in the Round: Basics & Beyond
6. Beginner shawl crochet pattern
If you’re not sure where to start when choosing a pattern, pick one that’s designed specifically with beginners in mind, like this crochet shawl. It uses a large hook with worsted weight yarn, which means it works up quickly — you’ll be wearing it in no time!Get the pattern in My First Crochet Shawl
7. Hudson wrap shawl
When you pair simple stitches with really lovely yarn, a beautiful color palette and a few professional quality touches (like tassels or pom poms), amazing things happen! This crochet shawl pattern is easy enough for beginners, but it looks so nice, you might think a professional made it.Get the pattern in the Hudson Wrap Crochet Kit
8. Easy crochet scarf or cowl
The same goes for this scarf: A little fringe goes a long way in making this super simple crochet scarf look extra special. The best part of this pattern is that it’s a two-for-one: You’ll get instructions to make a fringed scarf and an infinity scarf.
9. Granny stitch vest
Even beginners can crochet garments that they’ll love to wear! This one uses the granny stitch, so if you can crochet a granny square, you’re only a few steps away from using your skills to make a cute vest.Get the pattern in Classic Crochet: The Granny Stitch
10. Raglan baby sweater
You might be thinking that a sweater is too complicated for a beginner — but we promise you it’s not! Believe it or not, this beginner crochet pattern for a baby sweater uses only double crochet stitches and a few simple decreasing and seaming techniques. Easy peasy!
11. Easy linen stitch blanket
Linen stitch might sound unfamiliar, but it’s no more difficult than regular single crochets. This stitch creates a more dense fabric, which means you get a cozier blanket.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2015 and was updated in March 2018.