For any fiber art—whether you're knitting, embroidering, or crocheting—patterns are important. They provide critical directions and precise structure for your projects. If you've taken up crochet, learning about crochet patterns will be one of the first things you do. Once you learn about the abbreviations that make up “crochet language,” you'll be able to start reading patterns and begin sourcing new projects.
There are many excellent crochet patterns available for purchase online via Etsy or specialty shops like Darn Good Yarn, but there are also just as many creative free crochet patterns that you can download immediately. These free patterns are also a nice way to test out different crochet techniques without investing too heavily. From Tunisian crochet blankets to cute Arugami animals, there's something for everyone.
So where to find good free crochet patterns online? Ravelry, a social media network for knitters and crocheters is full of resources. While many designers sell patterns in the marketplace, plenty also offer up free patterns on their profile, making it a must for avid crocheters. Yarnspirations is another incredible resource for crochet patterns. Broken up by difficulty level and type of project, these one-click downloads also come with the possibility to quickly order the correct yarn indicated in the pattern.
Other crochet-specific resources for free patterns include love crochet, Yarn Plaza, and Red Heart. Just be sure to check your patterns to see if they're written with US or UK abbreviations, as they slightly differ, and you're on your way to start stitching.
Need a crash course in reading crochet patterns? This quick video tutorial will get you up to speed.
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Marled Crochet Basket
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