"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” - Edward de Bono
Focusing on your hands can increase the production of dopamine and serotonin, two hormones responsible for increasing happiness and reducing the stress hormone cortisol. There are few hobbies where you focus on your hands more than knitting and crochet. If you don't fancy taking up knitting you could always do crochet. Crochet is a little different from knitting as you’ll only need a single crochet hook rather than two knitting needles.
You might have noticed that there are plenty of knitting patterns available online.
But what about crochet patterns?
Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to find them, too. In this article, we’re going to have a look at where you can find crochet patterns so that you make shawls, snoods, cardigans, ponchos, etc., the best websites for knitters and crochet fans, and a few simple patterns to get you started!
Red Heart Yarn
If you're looking for a free crochet pattern for a granny square, crochet baby booties, baby blankets, scarves, or mittens, you should have a look at Red Heart Yarn.
Red Heart Yarn is a website where you can find thousands of free crochet and knitting patterns on the site and you can filter them by function like home, women, kids, baby, teens, men, or pet patterns. You can also filter results by skill level (great for finding easy crochet patterns), and even project type.
If you're looking for a free pattern for your next project, here's a site you just keep in mind. As you may have guessed, you can also get yarn from them but since they're based in North America, you might want to source yarn from elsewhere.
You should be aware that crochet terminology is different in the US and UK so make sure you're aware where your guides and tutorials were made!
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Lion Brand Yarn
As you can imagine, much like with Red Heart Yarn, Lion Brand Yarn is a company that sells yarn. Fortunately for you, you can also find plenty of free patterns and tutorials on how to crochet. Be it Tunisian crochet, crochet Afghan patterns, a crochet blanket for a newborn, or a poncho.
As with Red Heart, Lion Brand Yarn is also based in the US so their patterns and resources make use of American crochet terminology. However, as long as your consistent with one or the other it won't matter.
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Ravelry is effectively a social network for knitters, crocheters, and anyone interested in the textile arts. Be it a crochet baby blanket, a crochet hat pattern, or beginner crochet projects, you'll find patterns and a community to help you.
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Finding Crochet Patterns on Pinterest
What better way than Pinterest for finding inspiration for your next crochet project?
Whether you're using Worsted weight yarn or something heavier, by searching “crochet patterns”, you’ll be presented with thousands of results. I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours pinning projects and inspiration on Pinterest.
You just need to create an account and you’re ready to start pinning your favourite inspiration. Don’t forget that you came here for ideas for your own projects so don’t start procrastinating. It’s very easy to get distracted on Pinterest.
You could find plans for baby booties, amigurumi soft toys, or hats. Imagination knows no limits on Pinterest and you’ll definitely be able to find some great free crochet patterns and tutorials. Make sure you create your own board and pin everything you find on it. Most images have a link to the project, too.
You might also want to follow users who regularly post crochet and knitting inspiration.
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Four Simple Crochet Projects
To get you going, here are four simple crochet projects for you, your kids, or your friends.
- Three colours of wool or cotton yarn.
- Two beads for the eyes and one for the nose.
- Padding or stuffing.
Steps to follow:
- Make the owl by doing a 6-loop magic circle from the bottom to the top.
- Place a marker on the last loop of each line to indicate the middle of the owl.
- Pull the yarn into the loop to finish the line.
- For the eyes, create two white circles by doing a 6-loop magic circle. The same for the wings but with different colours.
- You then need to put the owl together by placing the eyes and creating a beak with orange yarn.
You can find plenty of crochet owl patterns online.
A Crochet Basket
Each summer, a basket is a must-have for transporting your sunglasses, towel, suncream, and magazines to the beach. With a crochet basket, you’ll be the envy of all your friends.
- 2 balls of wool in one colour.
- 4 balls of wool in another colour.
Dimensions: 40cm wide by 30cm long.
- Chain stitch
- Single crochet
- Double crochet
Steps to follow:
- Start at the bottom of the basket and crochet in the round towards the top.
- With the first colour (2 balls), make a chain stitch of 20 loops and then 15 chain stitches, single crochet, and half double crochet.
- On the 15th time around, change colour and go up to the 34th.
- You just have to fasten off the end.
A Teapot Cosy
- Two balls of wool of two colours (4 total)
- An 8mm crochet hook.
Steps to follow:
- Do 42 chain stitches.
- Close with a single crochet.
- Continue by doing 42 half double crochets and then close off with a single crochet.
- Change colour, then attach the yarn and crochet 13cm of half double crochets.
- Cut and fasten off the end.
Check online for even more crochet patterns and make sure you adjust the dimensions to your teapot. You can always check around for different patterns.
A Crochet Rug
For the more disciplined among you, you could even do a crochet rug.
- 1.5kg of 2mm-diameter cotton.
- A size 6 crochet hook.
Since the yarn isn’t very supple, you’ll need to be patient to get to the end of this.
- Chain stitch
- Double crochet
- Treble crochet
Check for patterns online using the sites we mentioned in this article. You’ll have 36 lines to do but it’s quite simple. You just need to be patient.
So are you ready to get started with crochet?
Consider getting in touch with a crafty private tutor. They'll be able to help you learn techniques like the slip stitch, shell stitch, applique, Amigurumi crochet, or baby crochet patterns!
There are three main types of tutorial available on the site: face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and the best one for you really depends on your situation.
Face-to-face tutorials are the most personal and have you and your tutor working together for the whole session. Of course, this bespoke service comes at a cost, making it the most costly type of tutorial available. However, it's also the most cost-effective as every minute of the tutor's time is spent helping you. Some tutors may even loan you crochet equipment to use during their tutorials so that you don't need to invest in all the gear when you first start.
Online tutorials are similar to face-to-face tutorials with the main difference being that the tutor isn't physically in the room with you. Thanks to services like Skype, a tutor can teach you remotely using a webcam and an internet connection. Since the tutor isn't in the room with you, this can make hands-on skills like crochet a little trickier and you won't be able to loan you equipment. However, without travel costs, the tutor can charge their student less per hour.
Finally, there are group tutorials. In these types of tutorials, there are several students and just one tutor. With all the students sharing the cost of the tutor's time, these tutorials are usually the cheapest per person per hour but each student won't get the bespoke tutoring or one-on-one time that they would in the other types of tutorials. This is a great option if you and a number of friends have been thinking about learning to crochet and want to take up a new hobby together.
If you're ready to get started with crochet, there's never been a better time to do it. With sites like Amazon, you can easily find equipment, tools, resources, and a whole plethora of crochet paraphernalia!