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You finally realized your dream about learning how to crochet, but learnt one stitch so far. You already know how to make a slip knot and starting chain, and you learnt the single crochet stitch. Don’t worry, there is a huge amount of single crochet patterns you can use knowing only these basic crochet stitches!

Using only the single crochet stitch, you can create almost everything – a potholder, a rug, a scarf, a cardigan and many, many more. Just pick a one of the free crochet patterns from below and start crocheting.

Feel free to adjust any of the projects, choosing the colors or the size.   After you completing your first pattern, you may start creating your own project based on the skill you already have.

20 Free Single Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Single Crochet Face Cotton Scrubbie

A pink crocheted cloth featuring single crochet patterns on a white surface.

Designer: Your Crochet 

This is thee easiest pattern possible, perfect for beginners and a great motivation for practicing single crochets by repeating rows, turning and counting stitches. For this pattern, I recommend 100 % cotton yarn. As a final, you will have a little price – your first handmade cotton scrubbie.

Go to the free pattern: Single Crochet Face Cotton Scrubbie

Easy Textured Beginer Earwarmer

A group of knitted headbands.

Designer: Simply Hooked by Janet

Here is another one that’s simple, fun and very useful. The alternating ribbed structure gives it some spring and helps it stay on your head.

Go to the free pattern:

Easy Textured Beginer Earwarmer

Single Crochet Headband

A woman holding a yellow crocheted headband.

Designer: Jennyandteddy

Alternatively, here is a smoother headband that’s a bit fancier. I really like the combination of crochet and the button accent.

Go to the free pattern:

Single Crochet Headband

Single Crochet Baby Blanket

A white crocheted dishcloth on a carpet.

Designer: Gretchen Kalhust

A baby blanket is a more time consuming project than a washcloth or a dishcloth, but it’s also easy for you to make right now.

Go to the free pattern:

Single Crochet Baby Blanket

Spring Meadow Baby Blanket

A crocheted afghan with flowers and a heart hanger applique next to it.

Designer: Sigoni Schaap

If you are looking for a challenge, try a multicolor blanket. The Spring Meadow Baby Blanket is based on a moss stitch with is a combination of single crochets and chains.

Go to the free pattern:

Single Crochet Baby Blanket

Pretty Washcloths

A stack of white knitted blankets on a wooden bench.

Designer: Corinne Munger

Washcloths are very useful items for the home. But there is no reason to buy one, since now you can make them by yourself. In these single crochet washcloths, the ribbed texture is achieved by variation of a single crochets.

Go to the free pattern:

Pretty Washcloths in Single Crochet

Ribbed Washcloth

A group of knitted pieces of fabric.

Designer: Amy Ramnarine

Here is another washcloth also based on single crochets. The ribbed look is achieved by inserting the hook into the back loop of the stitch only every second row.

Go to the free pattern:

Ribbed Single Crochet Dishcloth

Coffee Cup Cozy Sweater Wrap

Four pictures of a crocheted mug cozy with heart applique and buttons.

Designer: Christine Naugle

If you like fancy stuff, this playful project is just for you. You can show off  your crochet skills to your colleagues immediately, by making a coffee cup sweater.

It an easy project, made from a strap. You will learn how to add the button and make a buttonhole.

Go to the free pattern:

Coffee Cup Cozy

Crochet Leather Basic Tote

A hand holding a crocheted tote bag.

Designer: Delia Creates

After making a blanket or washcloth, a bag can be your next challenge. Do you accept? It isn’t any more complex, really. Just larger.

Go to the free pattern:

Crochet Leather Basic Tote

Basic Beanie in Single Crochet

A purple knitted hat and pair of scissors.

Designer: Belle Tracy

Free crochet hat patterns are the next project you may try, knowing only a single crochet stitch. You will obtain the rounded shape by making 2 or more single crochets in the same chain.

Go to the free pattern:

Basic Beanie (Single Crochet)

Single Crochet Beanie

A mannequin wearing a grey and yellow striped hat.

Designer: CrochetnCrafts

Once you master the basic beanie, you can try add some edge variation, such as stripes.  It will give your beanie a more interesting look and motivate you to practice how to add a new yarn color. 🙂

Go to the free pattern:

Single Crochet Beanie Pattern

Single Crochet Thermal

A purple crocheted beanie with a heart applique, laying on a sidewalk.

Designer: Suzanne Resaul

If you already have a Ravelry account (it is free) you can try this pattern – the single crochet thermal hat. The pattern is in single crochet and working single crochets in a back loop.

Go to the free pattern:

Single Crochet Thermal Hat

Single Crochet Slippers

A woman wearing purple knitted slippers.

Designer: Kathrin Vercillo

Next, slippers will be a good project if you already tried other single crochet projects and feel more comfortable with crocheting. In 3D shapes, you will learn and practice increasing and decreasing the circumference of an item.

Go to the free pattern:

Single Crochet Slippers

Single Crochet Stocks

A person wearing colorful crocheted socks on a stool.

Designer: E.A. Kelley

Of course, you can crochet a more sock-like sock than a slipper. Working rounds and altering the circumference are important here too.

Go to the free tutorial:

Single Crochet Socks

Moss Stitch

A close up of a colorful crocheted afghan.

Designer: Hooked by Robin

The moss stitch is a variation of single crochets, when you mix a single crochet stitch and a chain. It will give you a beautiful texture, especially when you introduce a new color of yarn in each row.

Go to the free tutorial:

Moss Stitch

Crochet Fingerless Gloves

A pair of crocheted fingerless gloves on a wooden table.

Designer: Naztazia

Knowing the moss stitch, you are good to go with these cute fingerless gloves.

Go to the free tutorial:

Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Single Crochet Cluster Washcloth

Single cluster washcloth by the american crocheter.

Designer: Salena Baca

The single Crochet Cluster gives a more textured surface than a regular single crochet. It will give the nicest look, but also be of better use for scrubbing while dishwashing or cleaning.

Go to the free pattern:

Single Crochet Cluster Washcloth

Little Pumpkin Crochet

Two crocheted pumpkins next to a bowl of pine cones.

Designer: Petals to Picots

As you see, you can make a little home decorations, like a simple pumpkin as well. Perhaps it isn’t pumpkin season, but never mind. They’re just so darned cute!

Go to the free pattern:

Single Crochet Little Pumpkin

Little Baby  Monkey

A person holding a crocheted monkey with a heart hanger applique.

Designer: Oombawka design Crochet

If you want to be  a skilled amigurumi (crocheted toy) maker, you need  to practice. Why not to start training immediately? This little baby monkey from single crochet stitches is waiting to be your new roommate.

Go to the free pattern:

Baby Monkey

Chevron Blanket

Crochet chevron afghan pattern.

Designer: Daisy Farm Crafts

While mastering single crochets, you will inevitably get to the chevron pattern. Here it is in all its zig-zag glory.

Go to the free pattern:

Single Chevron Blanket

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