Where to Find Free Crochet Patterns Online
Once upon a time, crocheting was thought of as a hobby for grandmas. Today, however, people of all ages are picking it up and making cool things, ranging from fashionable hats and scarves to sweet baby blankets and booties. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy to run out of projects pretty quickly, but luckily, there are many places online that offer free patterns to crocheters. Just grab your yarn and head to the following sites:
Craftsy isn't just for crochet lovers. It's a site dedicated to all sorts of crafting, from quilting and knitting to baking and gardening. It offers free classes online, as well as project kits, hooks and notions. But best of all, there are thousands of both free and paid patterns. Choose patterns for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, or pick from categories like technique, types of clothing, types of accessories, who the project is for, specific home items and specific types of toys. You can also narrow it down to just free patterns or the maximum price you're willing to pay.
Crochet Pattern Central
Crochet Pattern Central is a bit more simplistic than some of the other choices on the list, but it offers tens of thousands of patterns. Instead of breaking it up by category, the directory simply breaks the site down into patterns for each item. You'll find typical items here, like baby items, scarves, kids' clothing, hats, mittens and gloves, but you'll also find unique categories, like keychains, sunflowers, finger puppets and food. The site offers tips and tricks, crochet tutorials and even some patterns that blend knitting and crocheting. If you're looking for something even more specific, there's a custom Google search bar.
At first glance, Ravelry doesn't seem like much of a website, but after signing up for a free account, you'll find yourself lost in a world of all things crochet. First, there are the free patterns — thousands of them, and more and more are added each day. There are plenty of categories to choose from, making navigation a little easier. You can also check the shop for even more paid patterns. What makes Ravelry unique is the social aspect of the site. You can chat with people in groups that represent your city or region, and you can take advantage of the forum when you have questions about crocheting.
You're probably familiar with the Red Heart website where you can shop for yarn, hooks, kits, accessories and other sewing items, but you may not know that it also features thousands of free patterns. If you're looking for crochet only, choose that category from the navigation bar (there are also knitting and other crafts categories). You can select from patterns for various skill levels, for making different types of items, for projects for different people and from your favorite name brands. The newest and most popular patterns are featured on the homepage of the free pattern site, and you'll also see a selection of how-to videos and tutorials.
The Lion Brand website has free and paid patterns, and you can either print them out or set up an account and create a list of favorites so you can return to them as needed. Of course, you can also shop for yarn, hooks and other supplies while you're there. Use the easy-to-navigate filters on the side of the site to narrow the patterns down by well over a dozen categories. Some of them include holidays, skill level, project type, yarn weight, needle type and made for, which breaks the patterns down into categories like baby, dog, home, women, men, gifts and holidays.