Have you put off learning to crochet, because it looks too complicated? Or do you think you don’t have time for it? Crochet is the most versatile and quickest of the needle arts. Knitting can be quick and easy, too, but you only need one hook (and not two needles) and a few quick lessons to learn how to crochet. Anyone can do it. I will have a video up soon to if you’re interested in learning how to crochet, but if you already know, at least, a single stitch, here are some patterns that will take you no more than one skein and only a few minutes a day.
This is a simple starter project for anyone looking to practice what they have just learned in a beginning crochet class. Even if you’re new to crochet, this is a nice quick pattern to remind you that you crochet doesn’t have to always be complicated to be beautiful. Click on the picture to access this free pattern.
#2 Caron One Skein Baby Blanket
This pattern is a little more complicated than the single crochet pattern above, but it’s still an extremely simple pattern. If you don’t like the pink, use another color. You don’t have to use the suggested yarn, either. It’s just important that you’re able to match the gauge. This elegant pattern makes a wonderful baby shower gift. Click on the photo to get the pattern and instructions.
#3 One Skein Wrap
Using quality yarn will make just about any project look stunning. Make sure that you don’t just buy the cheapest yarn you can find. Use something that won’t pill and wear quickly. If you’re only using one skein, you can afford a quality yarn from your local yarn store. This wrap looks best in lightweight, hand-died, cottons. Click on the photo to get the pattern.
#4 Zeens and Roger Crochet Mesh Bag
Zeens and Roger has a wonderful, simple crochet mesh bag pattern on their website. You can make this in just one afternoon. Use it as they have in their photo, as a yarn holder. Sew a quick lining that you can insert and take out easily, and store smaller items in it. You’ll have fun with this pattern. Click on the photo to get the instructions. They’re well laid out and easy to follow. If you need a confidence booster, this one will do it for you.
#5 Crocheted Travel Mug Cozy
It seems like everywhere I turn these days, I see one of these crocheted or knitted travel mug cozies. They always catch my eye. They’re great, because you don’t have to use them on just reusable mugs. You can put a sleeve on one of the paper cups you get from your favorite coffee house as well. Leave the cardboard sleeve and save the planet from one more landfill item. Consider it support for your favorite tree. Click on the picture to get this quick, chic pattern. My personal tip–don’t use wool even though it sounds like a good idea for keeping something hot. Use cotton. It also holds in heat and cleans well.
Crochet should never be stressful. If a pattern is too hard for you to understand, take a break and try something different. Search out YouTube, sites for large yarn distributors, like Red Heart and Lion Brand, and Ravelry (if you’re a member) for assistance. Check out the lesson roster at your local yarn store as well. Give back locally as often as you can. Finding a local source that can help you is indelible. Check back here often! I’ll have tutorials, patterns and lessons coming soon. Happy crocheting!