It’s a question I’m often asked, “now I’ve learned the basic stitches…what’s next?” It can be daunting picking your first few crochet projects. You want to find something that challenges you to grow your knowledge, but not so difficult that you’re going to struggle. But with so many patterns available, how do you know which one will be perfect and which will get you in a tangle? I’m here to help. I’ve pulled together a list of five of my favourite beginner friendly crochet projects that will help you improve your basic stitches and learn a few new ones – if you’re ready!
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People often start their crochet journey with the granny square, myself included! There’s a reason this humble little square is a timeless classic. Not only is it easy to make, a great stashbuster and the ideal quick project. It’s versatile as heck! You can use these squares to make blankets, garments even home decor. The best part, you don’t even need to decide what you want them to be before you make them. Just grab some yarn and a hook and build yourself a small pile of squares and see where inspiration takes you!
Moving on from the granny square, but sticking with a similar theme is…the solid hexagon. Like the crochet granny square, these hexis can be hooked up in an hour or two and then pieced together to make anything you like – cowls, cushions…things not beginning with c… (hehe!) The list is endless!
…and if you can make the hexagons…then you can certain make the stunning Hexi Cowl. Using just basic stitches, this eye-catching design is the ideal beginner project. Pick your colour palette and hook up hexis to your heart’s content!
The Crochet Headband pattern is also a lovely first project, using just a couple of basic stitches, this sweet little pattern is quick to make and creates a beautiful soft, comfortable headband. It also makes a FAB stashbuster, as it only uses a small amount of wool.
Finally, if you want your first project to be a BIG one! Why not try the Switch It Up Blanket? This baby blanket is SO simple to make, but has a big impact. This beginner friendly pattern not only looks great, but can be made in as little as THREE HOURS. It’s quick, fun to make and leaves you with a super squishy soft blanket at the end. What could be better?
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Narelle CameronMay 6, 2020 at 8:59 am
Hi Sarah-Jayne, I am very rusty after my hooks being put aside but I’m ready to start crocheting again. I am in Australia and I notice the UK stitches ate the same as I am used to however the US stitches are different. Do you recommend focusing on what I know and follow UK and Australian sites and patterns. Do you do all of your tutorials in UK style? Thank you in advance 🙂
BellaCocoTeamMay 12, 2020 at 10:45 am
Hi Narelle it’s better that you follow what you are used to otherwise you may get confused. My tutorials are in UK terms as that is where I am based. Let me know how you get on, I’m sure you will pick it up again in no time at all 🙂
Lynda OssiMay 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm
Please were is the pattern for the headband. I love your projects, as your instructions are s clear.
BellaCocoTeamMay 12, 2020 at 10:41 am
Hi Lynda if you mean the crochet headband by Esther Graafland you can find this on my blog, if you go to the menu and in the drop down menu you will see crochet projects, if you click on this it will bring down another menu and choose wearables you will find it here. I hope this helps 🙂