Where to Find Free Easy Crochet Patterns

Easy crochet patterns can be found all over the Web. All you have to do is type the words "free crochet patterns" into a search engine.

When looking for crochet patterns, don't overlook the obvious. Ask for help from others who crochet. If you don't know anyone who crochets, you can turn to the Web. Hundreds of sites are available, both personal and professional, that offer free crochet instructions for a variety of different items. You can also look for crochet patterns at craft stores, which often offer free pamphlets on knitting or crocheting in the yarn and needle section.

Finding Crochet Patterns
When searching for crochet patterns on the Web, insert the phrase easy crochet patterns or free crochet patterns into the search engine and watch the pages and pages of crochet instructions pop up. Here are a few good examples.

Terms and Abbreviations
As you learn crochet, you'll discover that instructions are written in a specific style of shorthand. Here's a quick key to help you understand the common abbreviations.

  • AC: Alternate Color
  • alt: alternate
  • altog: altogether
  • B: back of stitch
  • b: in back of stitch
  • b-lp: back loop
  • beg: beginning
  • cc: contrasting color
  • ch: chain
  • cl: cluster
  • dc: double crochet
  • dec: decrease 
  • dec hdc: decrease half double crochet
  • dtr: double treble crochet
  • E: every
  • EOR: every other row
  • Esc: extended single Crochet
  • ext: exterior
  • f-lp: front loop
  • Fan st: fan stitch
  • fin: finished
  • foll: following
  • G: gauge
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • hk: hook
  • htr: half treble
  • inc: increase
  • lp(s): loops
  • pat rep: pattern repeat
  • rep, rpt: repeat
  • RS: right side
  • LS: left side
  • sc t: single crochet
  • Sh: shell stitch
  • sk: skip
  • skn(s): skein(s)
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sp(s): spaces
  • st(s): stitches
  • tr: treble crochet
  • tr tr: triple treble crochet
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