Crochet Instructions & A Huge Roundup Of Patterns
Crochet can be used to make a wide range of items including amigurumi (stuffed toys), clothes, scarves, blankets, décor and much more - and all you need to start learning is this page, crochet hooks and yarn!
The first list of links direct you to excellent online lessons for beginners, and the following links provide you with hundreds of free tutorials, inspiring ideas and amigurumi patterns. Plenty of the projects are suitable for beginners as well as expert crocheters, so don't be put off if they look complicated - there are only a few basic stitches to learn :-)
I hope you find this page useful!
Mini Granny Stripes
This is the stripe version of the popular 'granny squares', and the stripes are perfect for using in blankets/throws.
Top-Rated Crochet Book
Books are extremely useful resources for beginners in any craft because they provide expert guidance, tips and projects all in one place. The following books are the best options I think, depending on what area of crochet you want to focus on:
An Introduction To Crochet
Knitting and crochet are actually very different even though they are often confused with each other. Both techniques create a series of loops using yarn in order to make a flat fabric, but knitting uses knitting needles, and crocheting uses hooks. Finished knitted products have a different look and feel to finished crochet products; knitting is mostly used for anything that needs to drape well or be soft and cuddly, for instance sweaters, cuddly toys and socks, whilst crochet creates sturdier, more durable and often thicker items than knitting and is good for placemats, rugs and throws. However it does come down to personal preference because all of these items can be made with either crochet or knitting - it just depends what effect you want.
Other differences between the methods are that more detailed patterns and colorwork can be achieved with knitting, and knitting can also be done by machine whereas it's impossible to crochet by machine. Also crochet is quicker than knitting and, in my opinion, crochet is simpler overall because there are fewer varieties in technique.
Crochet starts with a slipknot in order to loop the yarn onto your crochet hook. Then a series of chain stitches is completed to create the 'foundation' (base) chain, which is the equivalent of the row of cast-on stitches in knitting. After forming the foundation row, you can continue to crochet rows or you can create a ring and crochet in a circle.
The most important basic stitches to learn are the slip stitch, the single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch. You can then move onto half double crochet stitch, treble stitch and so on.
Often the first thing people want to learn to crochet is the very recognisable 'Granny square', which is a colorful striped square that is often made in large numbers before the squares are all joined together to form a blanket or an afghan.
Online Crochet Lessons for Beginners
- Knit Simple
Brilliant crochet basics.
- Crochet Stitches
Photo step-by-steps for the main stitches needed.
- Learn to Crochet
Including how to increase and decrease stitches.
- Crochet Guide
With plenty of diagrams to help.
- Beginner Basics
Including how to make granny squares.
- Single Crochet Stitch
Super detailed tutorial on the basic but very important stitch.
- Demystifying Double Crochet
Help and advice for beginners struggling with double crochet.
- Crochet Pattern Abbreviations
Meanings behind all of the codes and symbols on patterns.
- Yarn Weights & Hook Sizes
Yarn weights and their uses.
- Stitch Markers
How and when to use stitch markers.
- Seamless Single Crochet
How to do circular stitching and change colours.
- Tunisian Crochet
An interesting technique combining knitting and crochet.
Click here for a tutorial on making circular rag rugs.
Photo and rug by Recycling Artist Emily.
More Stitches & Techniques
- Stitch Finder
Including fair isle crochet blocks.
- How to Join Squares Together
A tutorial for joining crochet squares together.
- Granny Squares
A pattern for regular granny square blocks.
- Granny Square How-To
Another guide to this popular technique.
- Granny Straps
Make pretty crochet straps for bags.
- Lining a Crochet Bag
Learn how to sew bag lining into your stitching.
- Weaving in the Last End
For a seamless finish on your work.
- Ripple Pattern
Really awesome wavy crochet technique.
- Change Colours
How to switch colours of yarn.
- Joining Granny Squares
How to crochet the squares together to make a blanket.
- Stitch Marking Trick
How to use a length of yarn instead of regular stitch markers.
- How to Print on Crochet
A tutorial on printing a pattern onto crochet.
- Granny Ripple
A wavy twist on the classic Granny Square.
Overlay Crochet Potholder
Video Lessons for Crochet Basics
Free Patterns & More Techniques
- Crochet Projects
Including wearables and amigurumi.
- Summer Flowers
A few crochet patterns for different flower designs.
- Picot Flower
A pointed petal flower.
- Simple Tawashi Flower
Great for use as appliques, embellishments and coasters.
- Hawaiian Flowers
An excellent pdf file showing you how to make colorful joined flowers.
Create your own little butterflies.
- Loads of Tips & Tutorials
Lots of blog posts with advice on different techniques.
- Brushed Crochet
How to make your crochet product furry.
- Magic Circle
A technique to help you crochet a perfect circle.
Spiral technique for embellishments.
- Basket Weave Afghan
Lovely looking stitch technique for a blanket.
- Hexagon How-To
How to crochet hexagon shapes to form a blanket.
- Bobble Stitch
Technique for a nice textured stitch.
Crochet Projects & Patterns
- Granny Square Throw
Gorgeous blanket project.
- Rag Rug
Chunky crochet rug made with fabric strips.
- T-Shirt Rug
Another rag rug tutorial.
- Crochet Baskets
Lovely shallow bowls with a stripe.
- Grocery Bag
Very useful crochet tote bag.
- Mesh Tote Bag
For carrying your groceries back from the market.
- Stash Basket
Bucket shaped container for keeping your yarn in.
- Simple Coasters
Lovely round coaster pattern.
- Slouchy Beanie
Cool hat stitched in 2 colours.
- Laptop Sleeve
SImple and protective case for your laptop.
- Autumn Wreath
Pattern for a floral wreath form.
Supplies For Crochet Adventures!
There aren't many tools and materials required for crochet, which is why it is important to buy a good starter set of crochet hooks. Here is a selection of hook sets that have 5-star reviews:
Creative Crochet Tutorials
- Monster Booties
Adorable furry baby booties.
- Mini Animals
Patterns for owls, robins and elephants.
- Doorknob Covers
Including a cute cat and a toadstool.
- Wire Crochet Jewelry
Very delicate and pretty wire jewelry.
- Copper Leaf
Make a leaf shape for use as a decoration.
- Men's Scarf
Scarf you can make in 4 hours.
- Cozies for Candles
Little sweaters for your candle holders.
- Paper Chain
Brilliant garland for a special occasion.
- Red 3D Hearts
Chunky heart shape tutorial.
- Viking Pride Hat
Fun and cozy hat replicating a viking helmet.
More Instructional Crochet Videos
Blankets, Rugs and More
- Sunny Spread
Free pattern for a pretty square block with a sun design.
A fun 12-pointed star shape to create.
- Crochet Acorns
Very cute decorations.
- Spring Placemat
With a swirly flower embellishment.
- Small Rosette
Little flower made by twisting crochet chain together.
- Big Fat Crochet Rug
Video tutorials for a rag rug.
- Ribbed Scarf
Designed to be less stiff than other crochet scarves.
- List of Tutorials
Plenty of projects including ear muffs and amigurumi.
- Bobbly Popcorn Scarf
A great technique to add texture.
Cute little crochet fruit, perfect for displaying in a bowl or using on a mobile.
Doctor Who Ood Mask
Decorations & Creative Tutorials
Adorable stuffed animals stuffies.
- Woodcutting Tools
Patterns for an axe and a saw.
- Christmas Baubles
Covers for tree decorations.
- Clothes Hangers
Colorful covers for your wooden hangers.
- Freestyle Crochet Hangers
Decorate your hangers with string of crochet art.
- Sweet Heart Garland
Pattern for 2D heart shapes.
- Chocolate Cake Tea Cozy
Complete with a cherry on top.
- Granny Square Tortoise
Funny little stuffed toy design.
- Girl's Party Dress
Very cute dress for little girls.
- Frog Pincushion
Useful as well as cute.
- Crochet Edging
Step-by-step tutorial for adding crochet edges.
- More Edging Patterns
Several how-tos for fancy edging.
- Crochet Rocket
Large statement decoration - interesting to see how it was constructed.
Accessories to Wear & Other Patterns
- Framed Coin Purse
Gorgeous ruffly purse with a snap closure.
- Little Squares Scarf
Making a colorful scarf by crocheting mini squares.
- Acorn Yarn Holder
Also with a strawberry design alternative.
- Projects from Needlecrafts
Loads of crochet projects split into a wide range of categories.
- Glasses Holder
Based on characters from The Muppets.
- Fingerless Gloves
Classic make for the old weather.
- Mustache Hat
Hilarious hat combining hair, a beard and a mustache!
- Crochet Bow Tie
Free pattern for a fun geeky accessory.
- Puff Stitch Beanie
Comfy slouch hat made using a squishy stitch.
Brushed Crochet: Make Your Creations Fluffy!
This is a method usually used on amigurumi (crochet stuffed toys) but you can use it on any crochet item that you want to make soft and fluffy. The technique works best when you have used yarn made of natural fibers (such as mohair or wool), but it still works with acrylic yarn or similar too.
All you need is a slicker brush for pets, which has gentle wire bristles and so won't damage your crochet stitches.
If you are using the brushing method specifically on amigurumi then it's easier to do so before attaching the parts/limbs together. Also, you don't want to use a wire brush after you have inserted the eyes, as they could easily be damaged.
Simply take the brush and slide it in one direction across the surface of the crochet several times (exerting a bit of pressure), before brushing in the opposite direction several more times. You then need to repeat this action all over the crochet fabric until you are satisfied with the look.
Slicker Brush For Under $10
This product is good quality and ideal for the brushed crochet technique (detailed above):
Fun Novelty Makes & More
Amazing collection of crochet project instructions.
- Grace Lace Beret
Feminine style slouchy hat.
A classic wintery pattern.
- Finger Puppets
Chicken and pig patterns.
- Racetrack Rug
Brilliant idea for a little boy's rug.
Complete with stalk and leaves.
- Bicycle Seat Cover
Decorate your bike seat with your own design.
- Halloween Costumes
Crochet and knit fancy dress ideas and tutorials.
- Norwegian House Slippers
Quite an easy project, as well as being useful and cute.
- 'Wool Eater' Blanket
Beautiful crochet square technique.
- Bird House
Cute birdhouse decoration made using granny squares.
- Hot Air Balloon Mobile
Fun 3D hot air balloon which you can stiffen to hold it's shape.
Crochet Wire Jewellery
Wearables & Useful Ideas
Patterns for every letter of the alphabet.
- Reversible Swiffer Sock
Useful reusable duster cloth.
- Baby Sunhat
Cute floppy rimmed hat.
- Sisal Rug
Tutorial for a crochet welcome mat.
- Yeti Baby Booties
Fabulous furry monster booties.
- Chain Trees
Cone shaped tree decorations.
- Matryoshka Bookmarks
Pretty designs with tassels.
- Crochet Roundup
Stitch tutorials and interesting things to make.
- Flower Coasters
Sweet and simple pattern, perfect for beginners.
- Tunisian Crochet
Technique to make DIY makeup removing squares.
Lacy Bicycle Guard
Crocheting Blogs, Ideas and Inspiration
Blog archives full of crocheting gems.
- Mostly Nerdy Crochet
Fun projects and ideas to satisfy your inner nerd!
- Craft Gawker
Huge gallery of crochet products and some tutorials.
- Wolf Dreamer
Lots of amigurumi patterns and info.
- Flickr Gallery
Plenty of inspiration from people's personal projects.
- Crochet Inspiration
A few crafty crochet ideas such as shoes and garlands.
- Pretty Modern
Patterns and crochet tutorials plus much more.
- Granny Square Parasol
Such a creative and eye-catching idea.
- Pattern Central
Large resource for free patterns.
- Crochet Dress Idea
An example of a more adventurous project for the advance crocheter.
- Crochet Craft Archives
Lots of design inspiration and creative crochet projects.
- Shauna Richardson
Awesome bear, jaguar, deer and other animal sculptures.
Please Leave a Comment!
Judith Youtsey on June 12, 2017:
Loads of fun
hidesofpa on January 28, 2015:
I love to crochet, but stopped maybe I should start again. You have some great ideas that makes me want to start crocheting again.
Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on January 27, 2015:
You feature photos of some very pretty crochet projects in this hub. Thanks for the all of the information.
Rota on January 27, 2015:
what a great hub! Love the crochet ring. I used to crochet a lot. Not real skilled but i was reasonably prolific and covered the house in doilies among other things.
elle444 on January 23, 2015:
Wow, what a great resource! I love to crochet and am always looking for more ideas -- thanks so much!
Michele Gallagher from Massachusetts on January 22, 2015:
Thank you for sharing these! The rag rug looks particularly interesting. I love finding new craft ideas!
weisz fina on January 12, 2015:
Think I have a new hobby, inpiring.....
CherylsArt on November 05, 2014:
You've got some interesting ideas here. Your article has inspired me - I might crochet a small rug for by the kitchen door.
banzellotti on May 26, 2014:
I've been crocheting and knitting for as long as i can remember. I'd literally die if I couldn't crochet! This is an awesome site and I can't wait to try some of the things. Thanks so much.
cerise33 on March 16, 2014:
I am very impressed with all the information you have here. Thanks for sharing. It's a fantastic list.
CMWilliams LM on May 22, 2012:
Wow that is a lot of info you have shared. Thank u for taking the time to do this. I love to crochet but I am not very good yet. I appreciate the knowledge.
myraggededge on April 09, 2012:
Fantastic resource. Thanks!
Heads up on your intro photo - it is only licensed for non-commercial use - no good for lenses, which are, of course, commercial.
dwnovacek on March 17, 2012:
Great lens - so many resources and tutorials. Blessed!
Shannon from Florida on March 16, 2012:
Great resource! Thank you for posting this helpful tutorial! Blessed and liked.
Ann Hinds from So Cal on March 16, 2012:
Tons of great stuff here to wander through. Thanks for putting it all together.
entertainmentev on March 16, 2012:
What an immense group of helpful and inspiring crochet lenses. Thank you for sharing!
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Country Sunshine from Texas on March 16, 2012:
Used to crochet a bit when I was a teenager. It's been some years since I made anything. Interesting to see all the different things that can be crocheted. I was always limited to scarves and blankets. Good article!
Blackspaniel1 on February 10, 2012:
textbookmommy on January 30, 2012:
Such a wonderful and informative lens, good work!
pianolessongirl on December 06, 2011:
This is a wonderful teaching resource, thank you so much. Beautiful lens!
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on November 14, 2011:
I love to crochet and I especially love finding new patterns to try, so thanks for this list of resources. I've already looked at several that look like fun to make. :)
Shanir LM on July 06, 2011:
such a cool lens! I do know how to crochet, but my skills are limited to making scarves and blankets lol :) its nice to see so many other things that can be made with crochet :)
kimbesa from USA on June 30, 2011:
Some very classy stuff, and links to even more. Thanks!
Linda Pogue from Missouri on June 21, 2011:
You have some really interesting patterns and photos on this lens. I especially like the Granny Bunting photo. These would be a cool way to dress up a bland curtain. Thanks!