You may sit around asking yourself “What to crochet next?” I do it all the time, while designing. Look no further because this post is filled with over 100 fun and new free crochet patterns for every skill level to fill that void and get that yarn back on your hook!
So, if you’re looking for your next crochet project and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place!
In this post you will find:
- Your next crochet project
- Fun patterns for all skill levels
- Amigurumi, sweaters, blankets, accessories & more…
With so many free patterns available online, it can be overwhelming to decide which one to choose. But fear not, I have compiled a list of the top trending free crochet patterns to help you get started.
Also included in this post:
- Latest Crochet Alongs
- A few video tutorials
- Crochet Tutorials
- Some oldie but goodie crochet patterns
There are so many simple patterns and different sizes available, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye. And if you’re a newbie, don’t worry – many of these patterns come with video tutorials to guide you along the way.
Without further ado, grab your hook and let’s get started!
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What to Crochet When You are Bored…
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Here is a list of fun things to make when wondering what to crochet next…
- Amigurumi: Amigurumi is the Japanese art of making small, stuffed animals or characters. They can be cute, whimsical, or even a little bit creepy, depending on what you’re into!
- Blankets: A cozy blanket can be a relaxing and rewarding project to fill the time.
- Scarves: Crocheted scarves are another great thing to make when bored with crochet. I have a fun one that will keep your interest and challenge you a bit called the Mandala Infinity Scarf. Full of fun stitches for a unique look.
- Hats: Beanie & hats can be a fun and functional project. My favorite beanies are fair isle &
- Bags: Crocheted bags can be a fun and unique accessory. From small, simple bags to larger totes, there are many patterns to choose from.
- Dishcloths: Dishcloths is a great way to practice new stitches while also creating something practical for your home.
- Potholders: Potholders are easy to make and so much fun.
- Granny Squares: Granny squares are a classic pattern that can be used to make blankets, scarves, and wearables too! They’re also a great stashbusters!
Remember, the most important thing is to choose a project that you’ll enjoy and that matches your skill level.
What crochet items are trending in 2023?
In 2023, popular crochet items include oversized blankets, chunky scarves, and fun ponchos.
Sweaters fashion in 2023 is going vintage too, with lots of color blocks and 80’s inspired patterns (which I’m not sure I like at all!)
I lived through the 80’s…those styles were ugly to me back then. lol.
We’re also seeing a resurgence in vintage-inspired designs, with granny squares and doilies making a comeback.
Change is good right?
Amigurumi toys and other crocheted decorations are also gaining popularity, especially with the popularity of the Honeybee pattern that trended on Tik Tok.
Beginner? Ideas on starting.
If you’re new to this craft, starting with a simple project is a great way to build your skills and confidence. A basic scarf or a dishcloth are great beginner projects.
Starting out with quick and easy patterns (like some of the ones listed below) is a great place to start.
Find patterns that use single or double crochet only and you’ll be well on your way to creating your first project.
I’ve listed some beginner resources at the bottom of this post too, to help you along.
What are fun things to crochet?
Crochet can become not so relaxing when you get the math wrong, skip a stitch, or just get frustrated with a project.
Personally, I find learning new things fun (and frustrating at times), so I seek out projects that challenge me! However, if you want more fun and less frustration…
Here are some fun crochet projects you can do AND you will find links to most of those projects listed below in this roundup.
Examples of fun projects that are EASY!
- Face scrubbies
- Small projects like a dishcloth, ear warmers & beanies
- M\arket bags are fun too!
- Up your game and try some tapestry wall hangings.
- Use self striping yarn! – Self striping yarn makes crocheting a blanket or scarf a lot of fun! You never know what you’ll get and the yarn does the work for you.
- EZ Kitty Cat Loops patterns – Lion brand has some amazing loops yarn and pattern
Get ahead of the crowd with these new free crochet patterns and find inspiration here.
What is popular in crochet right now?
Right now, crochet is all about texture and color.
- Chunky yarns and oversized stitches are popular
- Bright and bold color combinations.
Although, over on Instagram, It’s all about high fashion.
Have you seen the crochet fashion show yet? It’s amazing.
Amigurumi toys continue to be a hit, with cute and quirky designs popping up all over social media.
Finally, there’s been a renewed interest in vintage-inspired designs like granny squares and doilies, with a modern twist.
I think vintage is here to stay…check out my Granny Square Headband pattern for an easy free pattern and it comes with a full video tutorial too!
Here is What to Crochet Next…
Now that you have an idea about what’s happening in crochet, let’s get down to the patterns!
I’ve compiled a great list of new free crochet patterns (and a few paid – at the bottom of the post). You’ll find what to crochet next here! I guarantee it!
This list is great for beginner crocheters because it’s filled with easy diy & easy crochet projects. Grab your favorite hook and let’s get started!
Crochet with Me – Relax and Crochet
A friend of mine sent this to me too – if you want to sit and crochet with relaxing music….Check out Juniper & Oakes “Crochet with Me” video. The music truly is relaxing.
Crochet Toys & Stuffed Animal Patterns
Crochet toys and stuffed animals are SO incredibly popular right now!
You can use cotton yarn or acrylic yarn too, so the possibilities are endless. Amigurumi is a great way to add personality to your crafting.
Plus, crocheting toys can be a great way to use up small amounts of leftover yarn.
If you're looking for inspiration on what to crochet next, consider trying your hand at a crochet toy or stuffed animal!
Quick Crochet Projects: What to Crochet Next
If you're short on time or just looking for a quick project, there are plenty of options to choose from.
- Crochet dishcloths, coasters, and simple headbands are all great choices for quick projects that can be completed in just a few hours.
- There are a few patterns here and also under the heading below for gift ideas & handy crochet projects.
For a cozy and practical project, consider crocheting a set of coasters or a simple scarf. With so many possibilities for quick crochet projects, there's no shortage of inspiration for what to crochet next.
Crochet Wearables: What to Crochet Next
Crochet isn't just for blankets and accessories - there are plenty of wearable items you can create too!
Crocheted hats and scarves are also a great way to add a personal touch to your winter wardrobe.
Crochet Projects for Warmer Months
Winter months are the only time to crochet!
For warmer weather, crochet tops and dresses are perfect for a boho-inspired look. And don't forget about crochet swimsuits, which are gaining popularity for their unique and stylish designs.
Whether you're a seasoned crocheter or just starting out, there's no shortage of inspiration for what to crochet next when it comes to wearables. So grab your hook and get started on your next project today!
Useful & Handy Crochet Projects
Crochet isn't just for decorative items - there are plenty of practical and useful projects you can create too! Dishcloths and washcloths are quick and easy projects that can be used around the house every day.
Crocheted baskets and storage containers are also popular for organizing small items like office supplies or makeup. For on-the-go, crocheted market bags and reusable produce bags are eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags.
And for those who love to cook or bake, crocheted pot holders and trivets are perfect for protecting your hands and surfaces. You are going to love these great home decor crochet projects.
Crochet accessories are wonderful additions to add some personal flare to your wardrobe. It's my favorite way to stand out in a crowd.
Accessories are great projects that add extra texture and are a perfect gift idea!
Great Crochet Gift Ideas
Crochet is a great way to create unique and heartfelt gifts for your loved ones.
Blankets and throws are always a popular choice, especially when personalized with a special message or design.
Crocheted scarves and hats are also great gifts for the winter season, and can be customized to match your recipient's favorite colors and styles. For a more personal touch, consider crocheting a stuffed animal or amigurumi toy.
These cute and cuddly creations make great gifts for children and adults alike. And if you're short on time, crocheted coasters or dishcloths are quick and easy projects that make great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.
Here are a few cute crochet gift patterns.
Easy & Simple Crochet Projects
If you're new to crochet or just looking for a quick and easy project, there are plenty of options to choose from.
One great choice is crocheted dishcloths, which can be completed in just a few hours and make a practical addition to any kitchen. Another easy and simple project is a basic scarf or cowl, which can be crocheted using just a few basic stitches.
Coasters and small amigurumi toys are also great options for beginners, and can be completed in just a few rounds. As you gain more experience, you can move on to more complex projects like blankets and sweaters, but there's no rush - take your time and enjoy the process!
Learning new crochet stitches is a great way to expand your skills and add variety to your projects. There are countless stitches to choose from, each with its own unique texture and appearance.
To get started, consider investing in a stitch dictionary or taking a class to learn new techniques. Online tutorials and videos are also great resources for learning new stitches.
Start with a simple stitch and practice until you feel comfortable before moving on to more complex ones. Incorporating new stitches into your projects can help you create one-of-a-kind items and challenge yourself to grow as a crocheter.
Here are some great crochet tutorials.
Baby Shower Crochet Projects
When it comes to baby showers, handmade gifts are always a hit. Crocheted items are not only adorable and practical, but they also add a personal touch to your gift.
Whatever your skill level, there are plenty of baby shower crochet projects to choose from here. From soft and cozy blankets to cute and cuddly stuffed animals, the possibilities are endless.
Best of all, crocheting baby shower gifts is a great way to show your love and support for the new parents and their little one. So if you're looking for a special and heartfelt gift for an upcoming baby shower, consider picking up your hook and yarn and trying one of these adorable crochet projects.
Home Decor & Blanket Crochet Projects
Crochet is a perfect way to add a cozy touch to your home decor. From decorative pillows to stylish afghans, crocheted home decor projects are versatile, practical, and fun to make.
You can customize the colors and textures to match your home's aesthetic and create unique pieces that reflect your personal style.
These beautiful patterns are great whether you are a seasoned crocheter or just starting out.
Add touch of handmade charm to your home with one of these beautiful crochet projects.
Paid patterns I want to include too and show some love for
Many talented designers and creators offer paid crochet patterns for their unique and original designs.
While there are plenty of free patterns available online, purchasing a paid pattern is a great way to show your support and appreciation for the hard work and creativity that goes into designing a crochet pattern.
Paid patterns also often come with additional support and resources from the designer, making the process of creating your project smoother and more enjoyable.
Plus, the satisfaction of completing a beautiful project using a paid pattern is truly priceless. So next time you're searching for a new crochet project, consider supporting a designer by purchasing one of their paid patterns and showing them the love.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you learned something new and walked away with something fun to crochet! Leave a comment below and tell me which one is your favorite and why?