7 Not-Boring Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Crochet Patterns for Beginners

How many times have you started a crochet project only to abandon it because you lost interest after a few rows? Beginner crochet doesn’t have to be plain single crochet scarves that make you yawn with boredom.

Repetition is great when you’re searching for crochet patterns for beginners, but repetition doesn’t have to be boring. These patterns from our Bluprint designers make even the simplest repetition interesting with shells, color changes and plenty of other opportunities to learn something new.

Add some new, impressive skills to your repertoire with these crochet patterns for beginners that are guaranteed to stifle yawns — unless, of course, you’re crocheting right before bedtime!

Fox Mug Cozy FREE Crochet Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member LaRoseDuRang

Fox Mug Cozy

This pattern doesn’t require much commitment in time or in supplies. You can use scrap yarn of any color — hey, purple foxes are awesome, too! — and the pattern is free to download! You won’t need much expertise to customize the size, either; just add or subtract stitches to fit your favorite mug.

Amigurumi Small Fish Anchovies Crochet PatternPhoto via Bluprint member it took two

Amigurumi Small Fish Anchovies

Here’s another pattern that’s great for practicing shaping. Use scrap yarn of any size to crochet the fish; just remember that you need to match the hook size to the proper yarn weight. Check out the yarn label to find out which hook size is best.

Get the FREE pattern »

Penny's Clamfare Scarf Crochet Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member imsoto24868113

Penny’s Clamfare Scarf

This scarf will work for any season. If you’re a beginner learning in spring, for instance, crochet this in a nice cotton yarn. Winter crocheters will appreciate a warmer wool. Once you’re comfortable, play around with the design to make the scarf longer, shorter, wider, more narrow — it’s totally up to you!

Get the pattern »

Baby Blanket Afghan Build-A-Shell

Photo via Bluprint member TooCuteCrochet

Baby Blanket Afghan Build-A-Shell

Practice the most basic of crochet stitches — single, half double and double crochets — with this afghan that builds on new shells. It’s great practice for shaping, too, and when you’re finished you’ll have the perfect baby shower gift.

Beatrice Cape Crochet Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member Wonderful Hands

Beatrice Cape

If you want to get a little intro to shaping, this cape is an ideal first project. The stitches are basic, so you can focus more on the shaping than on the stitches. After you stitch this, you’ll be able to conquer with confidence many more crochet patterns that require shaping.

Afghan Detail Crochet

Photo via Bluprint instructor Kim Werker


An afghan is a traditional beginner crochet project. Once you learn the magic of the afghan, you’ll be totally hooked! This pattern is available exclusively to Bluprint members enrolled in Kim Werker’s class Crochet: Basics & BeyondIn the class, you’ll learn all the basics from how to hold your hook to stitching gorgeous patterns like this afghan. (Kim also teaches a Next Steps in Crochet class for when you’re ready to move on!)

Read more about the afghan »

Summer Wrap X Stitch Crochet Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member PatternParadise

Summer Wrap X Stitch

Forget any kind of complicated shaping and instead focus on some pretty new stitches. This can serve as your summer wrap over sundresses in warm weather, then as a bulky scarf in cold weather. All those open stitches work up quickly, too, so you’ll be able to complete this in a weekend.

Check out other crochet patterns that are made with beginners in mind


Share tips, start a discussion or ask one of our experts or other students a question.

Make a comment:
characters remaining

6 Responses to “7 Not-Boring Crochet Patterns for Beginners”

  1. minnie


  2. MARI

    It's still not working. Seems unlikely I'll renew my membership if I cannot get anything out of it other than articles...

  3. Sylvia Fohlin

    The last post on this topic was 1/19/21 and it's still a problem.What good is a Gold level membership if we can't use it? Thinking about canceling.


    Your response to Martha dated Dec. 23, 2020 says: Once the pattern that you are looking for is uploaded there will be a button just below the description that says, “Make it” or “Get the Pattern”. I clicked on the "Get the pattern" link for Penny's Clamfare Scarf and I was taken to the Craftsy home page. I tried two or three others which had the "Get the pattern" link and the same thing happens. Why disappoint Craftsy members by offering a link that doesn't work -- especially after claiming (not even a month ago) that the link does work. I suggest you remove the links and put a note at the top of the page saying that the patterns are not yet available.

  5. Martha

    I paid for patterns and I see you posted you no longer offer patterns? Where are the patterns that we purchased? I have been very patient when you changed over to Blueprint and then when you changed back over to Craftsy. I JUST had my auto payment for my membership come out. What exactly and I paying for, for $120.00? When and how am I going to be able to access the patterns that I already PAID for? I'm about to lose patients with Craftsy.

  6. Rouletta A Blowers

    You have great ideas and patterns on the website, but none of your links seem to work to get me to the actual patterns. I'd even be willing to pay for some of the patterns if I could actually get to them and see some of the pertinent details - difficulty, type of yarn, crochet/knit, etc. Instead EVERYTIME I click a link I am directed to the Craftsy.com main page what good does that do me? Why have a website if it is full of dead links? It's a beautiful website, but beauty is nothing without function!