If you are brand new to crochet, like I was just a few months ago, you might be a little overwhelmed by all the amazing project ideas out there, and maybe you need a little help figuring out where to start.
If you want to learn the basics of crochet and have questions about hook sizes and yarn types, read this post first!
Since beginning to crochet, I have tried out a handful of “beginner” and “easy” level patterns, and I want to share them with you! I hope you find some inspiration to get started on your next project.
1. Crochet Dishcloths/Washcloths
Making dishcloths is a really great place to start when learning and practicing crochet. It helps you make even rows without missing stitches (one of the most challenging things for a beginner) and there are many different stitches you can do to make a dishcloth or a washcloth.
For my dishcloths, I actually got the book Easy Crochet Dishcloths for initial inspiration. Later on I also used the Spread the Joy pattern that I found for free here. (The image above is the Spread the Joy dishcloths courtesy of the designer Catherine)
When making a crochet dishcloth it is important to use cotton yarn like this one as it will be the most sturdy and effective for washing. Also, you can use them as a hot pad in a pinch if they are thick enough!
2. Crochet Chunky Infinity Scarf
One of my favorite beginner-friendly crochet projects is the Jorja Scarf (Pattern is free here by Tinderbox). I made mine using 2 skeins of Billow yarn. This particular scarf works up really quickly with bulky yarn & a large hook size, and it utilizes the double crochet stitch. I used Billow in Ice for mine and I think I want to make one in every color now!
3. Herringbone Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern
If you want a slightly more advanced infinity scarf, you can try out the Savannah Infinity Scarf (Pattern is free here by Little Monkey’s Crochet). I used Lofti DK in Mistletoe for mine, and a yarn like this one would also work up really nice. This scarf utilizes the herringbone double crochet stitch and it took me a bit longer as it is a little tighter/more dense of a stitch than the Jorja scarf, but I love how it turned out!
4. Crochet Bobble Headband
I had so much fun making this bobble headband I ended up making THREE of them as Christmas presents! I found the pattern in this book and then adapted it to better fit the gauge of my yarn (I used Feels like Butta yarn and have made it in a few different colors).
5. Granny Squares – the crochet legend
Granny Squares are probably the most famous of all crochet items and there are ENDLESS possibilities out there for different ways to make them and what to do with them! I first learned how to make a granny square at an event at my local library. This very sweet girl named Jessy taught me and even gave me a print out of a simple pattern for me to use!
6. Crochet Pumpkins
Since I began my crochet journey in the fall, it was fitting to make some Pumpkins! I really adore the Bobble pumpkins pattern by @thehomebodyco. You can grab the pattern from her website here! Are you starting to catch onto my deep affinity for the bobble stitch? I love it because it adds an amazing texture and looks way more difficult than it is! A yarn like this chunky one would work perfectly! (Photo above is courtesy of the pattern designer Raye!)
7. Crochet Christmas Baubles
Speaking of using yarn scraps, another small festive project that is fairly easy is the timeless Christmas Bauble! I made quite a few of these beauties and definitely plan to make more for the holiday season next year. I used cotton yarn from LoveCrafts for mine in some non-traditional Christmas colors. Get the free pattern here.
8. Crochet “1-hour” Beanie
The one-hour beanie is another project I made using Billow yarn from KnitPicks. I really can’t tell you enough how much I love this yarn – it is soft, luxurious, and works up so fast! Get the free pattern for the beanie here and get started!
9. Velvet Crochet Hair Scrunchies
These Velvet Scrunchies are really great and come together super quick! This photo is courtesy of Raye from @thehomebodyco and you can find the crochet pattern here. You’ll want to use a yarn like this one!
10. Crochet Sweater
Ready for a Challenge? Once you have a couple simple crochet projects under your belt, you may feel ready to try a bigger project. I chose to make myself a sweater – I used the Farrow pattern by Little Things Blogged and MillaMia Cotton Yarn! If you’d like to make your own, read all about my Tips & Tricks for Crocheting Your Own Sweater!
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