35+ Free Easy Single Crochet Patterns for Beginners
One of the amazing things about crochet is that you can make anything with very little knowledge of stitches. After learning the slip knot, chain stitch, and single crochet, you will be able to make hundreds of different projects! As important as it is to practice, I know the feeling of just wanting to make something. So because the single crochet stitch is the easiest crochet stitch to make, I’ve put together a list of free and easy crochet patterns that you can make with just the single crochet stitch! The best part? I’ll be updating this list of easy crochet projects as I find new patterns so this list will continue to grow.
What does SC mean in crochet?
SC in crochet means single crochet. This is probably the first stitch you will learn when you begin to crochet. After you’ve learned how to single crochet (see below), you can start making these patterns!
Practicing doesn’t mean you have to make a bunch of boring squares. You can crochet tons of different things using just single crochet!
All of the patterns in today’s roundup will help you practice the single crochet.
How do you start a single crochet stitch?
If you’ve never actually practiced the single crochet stitch, that’s where I suggest you start. Head over to this article to find a picture and video tutorial showing you how to start a single crochet stitch.
Once you practice enough that you’re feeling more comfortable, come back over here and try out some of these awesome single crochet patterns!
Is single crochet easy?
The single crochet is one of the easiest stitches to learn. It’s one of the four basic stitches and can be used to make hundreds of different projects.
One thing that can be tricky is keeping your edges straight. This might happen when you’re having trouble keeping track of the number of stitches you have in a row. If this sounds like you, you’ll want to make sure you’re not skipping the last stitch at the end of the row.
Here are some more tips for counting your stitches.
What can I crochet with single crochet?
I will say that a crochet dishcloth is a great pattern to start practicing. And you might think that there’s not much you can crochet with single crochet.
But really, there are TONS of things you can make with just the single crochet stitch. Take list very long list of free easy crochet patterns for example.
All of the patterns in this roundup use only single crochet stitches. Yet, there’s a huge variety of projects! Some of these patterns might also require the slip stitch too. But it’s even simpler than the single crochet.
Let me know in the comments which free crochet pattern you’re going to make first!
What is the easiest thing to crochet for a beginner?
All of the single crochet patterns I’ve included below are completely beginner friendly. But if you are just starting out some of these might look a little intimidating. If that sounds like you, the easiest thing to crochet is a blanket or something that consists of a repeat row.
Some of the easiest patterns from the list below are:
- Spring Meadow Baby Blanket (#2) – has a video tutorial for the Moss Stitch included
- Magnificent Mini Pouch (#5)
- Easy Modern Storage Baskets (#14) – requires holding two strands of yarn but includes a video tutorial that goes through the entire pattern
- Woven Crochet Baby Blanket (#17)
- Beginner Crochet Pillow Cover (#19)
- Beginner Crochet Coffee Cozy (#20)
- Woven Stitch Bookmark (#23)
Can you single stitch crochet a blanket?
Absolutely! You can use any of the basic stitches to create a blanket. And if you’re looking for something with more texture, try these beginner friendly blanket stitches.
Is single or double crochet better for a blanket?
Personally, I think double crochet stitches are better for a blanket. Why? Because single crochet takes a lot longer and it can create a stiff fabric if you’re not using the right crochet hook size.
If you are going to use single crochet for a blanket, I suggest going up at least 2 hook sizes that your yarn recommends.
How long does it take to single crochet a blanket?
How long it takes to single crochet a blanket depends on the yarn and hook size you’re using. It also depends on how much time you have to dedicate to crochet.
A single crochet blanket using medium weight yarn could take you months. If you’re using a super bulky yarn, that could cut your time in half.
BUT if you love crochet, it doesn’t matter how long it takes. You can also crochet smaller projects in between. Just enjoy the process!
What is the easiest and fastest crochet stitch?
The easiest and fastest crochet stitch really depends on the context. The single crochet is the easiest and fastest to make by itself. However, when it comes to making a blanket it takes the longest.
A double crochet blanket pattern works up faster than a single crochet blanket. And a double crochet is almost just as easy!
35+ Free Easy Single Crochet Patterns for Beginners
There are so many things you can make with the single crochet stitch and these are just a few to help you get started. One of the best ways to master a stitch, is by using it to make something you love!
I always say that the possibilities of crochet are endless. And if you’ve joined us for the Limitless Crochet Everyday project, you’re probably tired of hearing that. But it’s true!
All of the patterns below only use single crochet stitches, but some of them are used in different variations. Learn something new with these free and easy single crochet patterns and have fun doing it!
35+ Free Easy Single Crochet Patterns for Beginners
Free Crochet Bird Pattern: Bob and Betty Bird
If amigurumi is your calling, this is the best beginner amigurumi project to start with! Not only are these birds super cute, but they're quick to work up and she also have a video tutorial for you to follow along with.
Spring Meadow Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
This beautiful, Neapolitan ice cream styled baby blanket is easy and quick because you're working straight into the chain spaces. Make a cute blanket and learn a new stitch! Video tutorial included.
Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern
This easy crochet ear warmer pattern is a great first pattern to start with because you'll learn a few things in one pattern. One of them is crocheting around a hair tie - which is great to learn for future projects! Plus, it's super cute.
Crochet Gift Card Holder | Quick Crochet Christmas Gift
This crochet gift card holder is a really simple pattern using single crochet and chain stitches. There is also a video tutorial if you need helping switching to different colors.
Men's Classic Beanie with Colour Crochet Pattern
It can be hard to find items to crochet for men, but this classic beanie is the PERFECT gift for the man in your life! You don't see hats made like this very often, but it's great to learn new techniques.
The Magnificent Mini Pouch (Free Crochet Pattern)
I love these mini pouches because they're simple, can be used for many things, and would make a great little gift.
Spring Market Tote Bag | Free Crochet Pattern
The Spring Market Tote is one of my favorite patterns to date. It requires holding two strands of yarn, but it is simpler than what you'd expect. There's also a video tutorial to walk you through step by step.
Crochet Wine Bottle Cozy | Free Crochet Pattern
This pattern uses single crochet with a twist. Did you know there are different ways to make a single crochet that create a completely different look? This stitch is called the waistcoat stitch and it's a really fun one to learn!
Crochet Wine Glass Lanyard Free Crochet Pattern
If you're going to make a wine bottle cozy with the waistcoat stitch, then you have to make his friend! This wine glass lanyard is so fun and makes a great White Elephant gift too!
Winter Legs Crochet Free Leg Warmer Pattern
Looking to keep those legs warm? Leg warmers are one of my favorite things to make because they're so useful during the winter months. This pattern is for a confident beginner and uses the extended single crochet stitch.
Faux Fur Hooded Scarf with Pockets | Free crochet pattern
The Faux Fur Hooded Scarf looks like it could be complicated, but it's really very simple and only takes a few hours to make! With a video tutorial to walk you through and tips for working with this yarn, you have to give it a try!
Timeless Teal Chevron Blanket
Because the single crochet stitch is a short stitch, it does take some time to make certain things. A way to make things go faster is to use thicker yarn!
Small Crochet Basket Pattern for Beginners
Although this crochet basket is part of the 12 Days of Crochet Christmas, it doesn't have to be Christmas related. You can use any yarn, any color, for any holiday! With this one, you will also learn the crab stitch.
Simple Geometric Crochet Throw Pillow - Free Crochet Pattern
Pull a few colors from your bedroom or living room and use them to make a stylish, modern crochet throw pillow to decorate your home and impress your guests.
Flower Fields Mug Rug
Mug rugs are great projects for beginners because they work up quickly, you can customize them easily, and they make great gifts.
Easy Peasy Fisherman Beanie | Free Crochet Pattern
This entire beanie is make strictly of single crochet stitches, BUT you will work through the back loop and front loop to create a gorgeous ribbed texture.
Have you seen my Baby Crochet Monkey?
How cute is this little monkey?! Any kid (or adult) would enjoy setting their eyes on this cutie pie. It may be a little more advanced, but you can do anything you put your mind to!
Free crochet pattern | Blue Star Crochet
Eager to try tapestry crochet? This bag would be a great first try. If you've never tried tapestry crochet, Veronika has an easy to follow video tutorial on changing colors in tapestry crochet.
Easy, Modern Crochet Storage Basket - Free Crochet Pattern
These baskets have been wildly popular since the day they were released. I think it's because they're easy, quick to make, and they have a beautiful pop of color and texture. Learn how to make the spike stitch with this free pattern and video tutorial.
Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap – FREE Crochet Pattern!
The idea behind these coffee cozies is so clever. Learn how to make different variations of the single crochet stitch, 4 ways.
Mesmeric Dots Beanie Modern Free Crochet Pattern
This modern crochet beanie pattern is probably one of my favorites on the list. This is one hat you will be so proud to say, "I made this!"
Woven Crochet Baby Blanket - Meadowside Blanket
This crochet baby blanket is unique in that it uses the moss stitch with one color, but you can add color by using the woven technique. This would also be a great way to use up your scrap yarn.
Crochet Pyramid Doorstop
This pyramid doorstep is so cute to me because it's so different from what you normally see AND it can be incredibly useful.
Beginner Crochet Pillow Cover Pattern
This beginner crochet pillow cover pattern is as simple as it gets, but also so cute! It's easy to customize your pillow to matching your living room and using a super buiky yarn, you will have it finished in no time.
Beginner Crochet Coffee Cozy Pattern
All we need is coffee and yarn, am I right? That's how I feel anyway. If you are a habitual coffee drinker like me than you can never have too many coffee cozies!
Crescent Moon Free Pattern!
This little moon is so cute and versatile. You can create it as an applique to sew onto a blanket or as part of a baby mobile, you name it.
Colorblock Beach Bag Crochet Pattern
You might have noticed that I really enjoy using double strands to make bags. But holding double strands makes bags much more sturdy. Use this bag for beach supplies, on a road trip, or to the farmers market!
Woven Stitch Bookmark Crochet Pattern
Nowadays a lot is done on tablets and computers, but something I've always loved (and it will never change) is reading from a physical book. And if you enjoy reading as much as I do, bookmarks are always neccessary. So why not make one?
Tapestry Crochet Rooster Potholder
Here's another tapestry crochet pattern for you and it comes with a whole collection of farmhouse potholders! These are adorable and a great way to practice and improve your tapestry crochet skills.
Simple Single Crochet Hat Pattern
A beanie is one thing a maker has to learn. Hats are great to give as gifts and they're very helpful in the winter months. But it doesn't have to be fancy. Give this simple single crochet hat a try and then try branching out as you learn new stitches.
Single Crochet Cluster Stitch Dishcloth - Free Pattern and Tutorial
This dishcloth shows another unique way to use the single crochet stitch. This time it's use as a cluster stitch and would be a nice change from working the typical single crochet stitch.
Cozy, beginner friendly shawl; free crochet pattern: Haystacks • RV Designs
You've probably noticed that the moss stitch is quite the popular stitch as this is our 3rd pattern using it in this roundup. Shawls are always a wonderful way to stay warm and show of your work at the same time.
As a beginner, remember to practice the basic crochet stitches to gain a better understanding of crochet, but also have fun with it! Even if all you know how to do is the single crochet, there are so many things you’ll be able to make. You just have to step a little outside of your comfort zone.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of single crochet patterns for beginners and that you learned something new along the way. Let me know in the comments which free crochet pattern you’re going to make!
Looking for more easy crochet patterns?
If you enjoyed this roundup of simple crochet patterns, you will love some of the other roundups I have put together! That is, if you’re ready to learn the next stitch 😉
- If you’ve learned the double crochet, check out this roundup of patterns using double crochet stitches.
- What about the half double crochet? This is another one of the simple stitches you should learn first. Here are some easy patterns you can practice with.
If you’re looking for more easy crochet patterns, I’ve created lots of roundups for different holidays and categories. Like Halloween, Christmas, granny squares, and more! Find them all here.
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I want to try the cup and coffee cup cozies , the mug rug, the woven blanket too.
I can’t wait to try the pillow and baskets and maybe even the beach tote!
Since we are still on a modified lock-down here in California, I decided to make come hats. There are several homeless shelters by me and I’m sure they can use them and I can rid my closet of some yarn.
As soon as I complete the sweaters that I am crocheting, I will make the little monkey & the two other animals for my great-grandchildren, I think.
I am going to make the Pyramid Doorstop I think it is adorable. Thank You
I love that one too!
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