Happy New Year! This year, diets are out and learning is IN! It’s a great year to learn a new craft, like crochet. Since we are all still staying home for a while and it’s a little chilly here in Edmonton, there’s no better time to learn to crochet. I learned to crochet just before Christmas break one year in college. She taught me one stitch: single crochet. That Christmas break, I crocheted a rather large blanket in single crochet and gave it as a gift to my friend. It was probably not very good. I crocheted VERY loosely with the wrong sized hook. My mom tried to teach me double crochet because she noticed how loosely I was crocheting and double crochet would have sped up the process, but I was a stubborn cow, so I said no and tediously finished my project. Now it’s come back around because my kids don’t really like to learn from me either, so I guess it runs in the family. Anyway, all that to say, learning to crochet can happen at any age and if you have a mom/grandma/friend who will teach you, you should accept some help and then you will be able to make some of these cute crochet patterns even sooner. I’ve gathered up a bunch of patterns that are perfect for the beginner crocheter, so check them out and learn to crochet this year!
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Dishcloths are a great first project because they’re small, so the payoff of making something yourself is quick. Check out this Moos Stitch Dishcloth Crochet Pattern from Shady Creek Farm NC. The texture on this dishcloth is lovely and the moss stitch creates a nice tight fabric, perfect for washing up. They make lovely gifts, either for the kitchen or the bath. Get the pattern by clicking this link.
The Waffle Dishcloth Crochet Pattern from Little Conkers is another great first project: small and approachable and every so useful! The waffle stitch also creates another tight fabric that is perfect for pot holders or trivets. Get the pattern by clicking this link.
If you feel like launching yourself into a larger project, the Moon Shadow Blanket Crochet Pattern from Only As Brave is modern and sleek, making it the perfect addition to any room. This simple, woven-look blanket with classy fringe is the perfect thing to warm up under while you stay home and watch some Netflix! Get the pattern at this link.
The Fireside Throw Crochet Blanket Pattern from Darling Jadore is made from a simple textured stitch and is perfect for the beginner, with links to helpful video tutorials included if you’re just getting started. Get the pattern by clicking this link.
Once you get the hang of projects that are worked flat, you should try your hand at this Easy Modern Crochet Storage Container Pattern from Sigoni Macaroni. Perfect for containing odds and ends in the house and organizing bathroom paraphernalia, these handy baskets are quick and simple to make and ever so useful. Get the pattern at this link.
Also, when you learn to crochet, you will be able to make amigurumi!!! Amigurumi is just little crocheted stuffed toys. They are so fun to make! This year, I made some Grogu dolls and Among Us Crewmates for my nephews. They’re so fun to come togeher. This Learn to Crochet Penguin Kit by The Woobles contains everything you need to lear to make this adorable little penguin. I know Christmas is over, but this penguin is the perfect size for a Christmas ornament. Don’t think of it as being late, learn to make this little guy now and you’ll be ahead of the game for making handmade ornaments for everyone by next Christmas! Get the pattern at this link.
Once you’ve got the hang of crocheting in the round and the basic stitches, then you can move on to garments! Garments require some consistency and even gauge in order for them to fit properly. This Easy Ribbed Beanie Crochet Pattern from Miskunn is a great first hat project. Get the pattern by clicking this link.
UPDATE: this shop seems to be taking a break right now, so check out these other ribbed beanie crochet patterns for some good options.
This Easy Slouchy Leg Warmers Crochet Pattern from Sigoni Macaroni is another relatively small project to practice your new crochet skills with. The lovely textured stitch pattern keeps it interesting and makes a great finished result: the perfect accompaniment to your new yoga practice! Get the pattern at this link.
Or you can keep working flat and make this Easy Crochet Poncho Pattern from Crochet Baby Boutique. Ponchos are basically blankets that you wear, so this is a great start into garments, but without the worry of fit, as the size ranges are broad and they fit loosely, so they don’t need to be perfect. Get the pattern by clicking this link.
Once you’ve got the hang of the basics, try this Simple Sweater Crochet Pattern from Hooked Homemade Happy to venture into more fitted garments. It’s all about following the pattern, using the available tutorials and YouTube (so handy!) to learn the new skills you need if you mom isn’t near by. Honestly, I’ve learned most of my knit and crochet skills from books, patterns, tutorials and YouTube videos; you can do it, too and learn to make this great sweater. Get the pattern here.
If you’re just getting started and you need some supplies, check out this cute Dandelion Crochet Kit from Sparkling Pumpkin. A great wrap and organizer to store all your crochet tools and it comes complete with all the basic hooks and tools that you need to get started with crochet. Get the kit here.
If you’re looking for some yarn for your project, can I recommend We Crochet? They have a wide selection of yarn in a variety of price points. Sometimes it’s hard to find jus what you need for a project at Michaels or your local yarn store, so ordering online is a great way to get all the supplies you need for a project. Ordering online also eliminates the worry of dye lots… here’s the deal if you’re new to yarn: most yarn is dyed in lots, meaning that even though they use the same formulation for the same colour names, the dye lots can be ever so slightly different from each other, which you may not be able to tell at the store, but you might be able to tell when you work up a larger project. So, always get an extra skein/hank/ball of yarn if you can afford to. There are few things more frustrating than running out of yarn and not being able to find more.
I hope you’ve found this pattern round-up of easy beginner crochet patterns helpful and that you make 2021 the year to learn a new craft! I’d love to see what you make. Tag me on Instagram @craftevangelist! Grab one of these great patterns and some supplies today and get crocheting! Or pin it for later.