10 Simple Crochet Patterns Perfect for Beginners

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We like to think of crochet as a welcoming craft — pick up a hook, learn a few stitches, and voila! A whole world of projects is at your fingertips. If you’re new to crochet, and aren’t sure what you can make, we’ve got plenty of projects to keep you busy.

1. Easy Crochet Necklace

You can make a gorgeous necklace using just one stitch! That’s right, if you can make a chain, you can make this necklace. Color-changing yarn and beads make this simple necklace special.

2. Crochet Coasters

Here's a secret — basically any square motif can be used as a coaster. Our favorite is this sleek take on the traditional granny square. It's the perfect backdrop for your morning cup of joe.

Classic granny squares can sometimes read a little...groovy. If you're looking for a granny that's more contemporary, it's time to cut out the frills: eliminate the chain spaces everywhere but the corners and your square is suddenly giving off a totally new vibe.

3. Simple Dishcloth

You can never have too many dishcloths — fact. Grab some cotton yarn, and single crochet your way to the cleanest dishes ever. If you’re really in a groove, work up some longer versions and you’ll have matching kitchen towels.

Crochet dishcloths are PERFECT beginner projects. They're small, simple and super practical, so you can make a bunch and your "practice" won't go to waste. Prepare to become a wizard of basic crochet!

4. Granny Square Blanket

Granny squares are classic for a reason — the stitch pattern is easy to memorize and simple to stitch. This blanket version eliminates the need for joining squares, making it even easier.

5. Basic Beanie

You can’t go wrong with a basic beanie. Keep it simple with single crochet stitches, or try adding some texture by working through the back loop only of each stitch. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can add in some colorwork, too!

6. Slouchy Beret

Though this loose-fitting beret looks fancy, it still uses simple stitches to get its shape. You'll learn how to work into chain spaces to create that open texture.

7. Super Speedy Cowl

If you’re looking for something you can stitch up quickly, this cowl is perfection. The marled texture is created by holding two different yarns together — go crazy with your color combos on this one.

This easy (and quick!) crochet infinity scarf is the perfect for those times when you need to make something and you need it done now (come on, I know I'm not the only procrastinating crafter out there). What makes this project so quick? Crochet is almost always fastest when you work the same stitch across a row and the same stitch for many rows. That's exactly what this cowl brings to the table: the first half of the scarf is worked in half double crochet and the rest is double crochet. Simple. Fast. Perfect.

8. Beginner-Friendly Shawl

This lacy crochet shawl was designed specifically with beginners in mind! Basic stitches are combined with worsted-weight yarn to create a shawl that anyone would be proud to wear.

9. Amigurumi Bird

If you’ve decided to learn crochet because you want to stitch up adorable critters, we’re right there with you. While some amigurumi projects aren't super beginner friendly, this chipper bird, with it’s simple shape and not-too-intricate details is ready and waiting to be your bff.

10. Dip-Dye Hat

What do you do when you want to stitch up a super simple hat, but also want it make it ombré? Dip-dye to the rescue! The super-bulky crochet hat from Startup Library: Crochet is the perfect canvas for all your ombré ambitions, but any hat crocheted in a light-colored yarn will work.

We are ALL aboard that ombré bandwagon. But rounding up tons of yarn colors to create a perfect fade? Not so much. That's why we love dip-dye. Just knit or crochet your fave basic hat, dip it, put it on, and look ombré-dorable. Seriously, it's that easy.

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