Easy Crochet Patterns for Beginners

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Anne Baley

    About the Author

    Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Endless Summer. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.

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    Crocheting is faster than knitting and, to many people's minds, easier to learn. Beginning crocheters usually start with blanket squares, but there are a lot of simple projects for novices. Buy some delicious yarn and make yourself something special to wear or use.

    Scarf

    One of the simplest projects for a new crocheter is a scarf. Choose a gourmet yarn that looks rich, as your project will have a designer look. Most scarves will only take one ball of yarn to complete, so the cost isn't much of an issue. Using the appropriate hook for the yarn, chain until the chain is as long as you want your scarf. Turn, skip a stitch, and single-crochet in each chain until the end of the row. Turn, chain one, skip a stitch and single-crochet until the end of the row. Repeat this until the scarf is the width you had planned, fasten off the yarn, and enjoy your new scarf.

    Hat

    You can make a hat to match your scarf, or make a pile of hats for your kids to get wet and snowy. Pick a matching yarn for your scarf set, or a washable worsted for children's hats. Using the appropriate hook, make a chain 12" long. Turn, skip two stitches, and double-crochet until the end of the row. Turn, chain two, skip two stitches, and double-crochet until the end of the row. Repeat until the piece is tall enough to fit around your head, with the end row and the chain row touching. Fasten off the end of the row. Sew together the end row and the chain row, making a tube. Gather one end of the tube for the top of the hat, adding a pompom if you wish. Fold up the other end of the tube for the cuff of the hat.

    Baby Afghan

    Filet crochet is a delicate-looking stitch, but much less complicated than it looks. Basically, filet crochet is a fancy way of saying to crochet and then skip stitches, creating spaces. Make this lacy baby afghan with soft pastel baby yarn. Using the appropriate hook, chain for 36". Turn, skip two chains and double-crochet until the end of the chain. Turn, chain two, skip two stitches, then double-crochet one stitch, chain, skip a stitch, double-crochet one stitch, chain and repeat. Repeat this row until the piece is 36" tall, then finish with one row of solid double-crochet and fasten off.