Crochet Patterns for Beginners

By Rachel Choi – 2 Comments

Taking the dive into working with crochet patterns can be daunting for a beginner. So here’s a few tips and free crochet patterns to get you started!

Tips before beginning:

  • Always have the crochet abbreviation chart with you. This will tell you what all those funny symbols and letters mean.
  • Choose a pattern that is labeled with the skill level beginner.
  • Choose a pattern that you won’t get bored working on.
  • Make sure the project isn’t too big. It’s nice to get instant satisfaction when you’re a beginner to help boast your confidence.
  • Take your time and work at your own pace.
  • Be patient if something doesn’t make sense initially. Remember to go back to the abbreviation and symbols chart to help you figure it out.
  • Don’t be shy if you need help!  Ask the designer of the pattern for help.


Here are few free crochet patterns that I pulled from the archives that I think are great beginner crochet patterns:

Of course, there are tons of crochet patterns to work with here on Crochet Spot.  You can use the search box at the top of the page to find more patterns or you can roam through the Crochet Spot Archives!  To use the search box, type the word “beginner” into the box and it will show more beginner crochet patterns for you to choose from.

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Great tips! The best tip I ever got (and one I still use frequently) is to not be afraid to rip something out and start over! If a pattern started to go wrong I’d be so afraid to start over, I would get frustrated and felt like I would never get the hang of crocheting. Once I felt OK about just tearing it out, I learned so much!

  2. Don’t worry, Lisa…I’ve been crocheting for 58 years (since 9 years old), and I STILL have to rip stuff out and start over from time to time!…sometimes more than once on the same pattern. Eventually, the lightbulb will go on and I can see what I’m doing wrong, and I feel like a do-do head.

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