Once you know how to do a couple of crochet stitches, you'll need some easy patterns to create projects like scarves, draft stoppers, hats and wristlets. Such projects may be easy, but they don't have to be plain. Dress up easy crochet projects by selecting fancy yarns, adding colour changes, or just paying close attention to technique so that your stitches come out neat and even. If you're ready to move on to more complicated techniques, many of the same places that offer easy crochet patterns are good sources for lessons or tutorials.
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Cruise the yarn aisles of your local craft store. They often offer free tear-off project sheets with easy to advanced-easy or intermediate crafts. Many independent yarn, knitting or crochet stores sell crochet patterns that range from easy to expert level, and if you're shopping in-store you can preview the patterns before you buy, making sure that the techniques are within your crochet capabilities.
Check the bookshelves in your favourite craft or knitting store, or the craft section of a bookstore. Learn-to-crochet books like Vogue Knitting's "Crochet Basics on the Go" or "Crocheting for Dummies," by Karen Manthey, Susan Brittain and Julie Holetz, provide basic patterns and technique tutorials, too. You'll also find some books, like "Simple Crochet" by Erika Knight, that focus on patterns and projects but cater specifically to the beginner.
Use easy crochet patterns found online. Lion Brand Yarn, CrochetandKnitting.com, Crochet Me and Ravelry are all excellent online resources, and you'll find quite a few easy crochet patterns on personal craft blogs. As an added bonus, many of the easy crochet patterns available online are free.
Research charity projects that provide simple crochet patterns, then donate the finished project for a good cause. Examples include Head Huggers, the Special Olympics USA Scarf Project, and Knots of Love. The Daily Crocheter also maintains a list of ways to crochet for charity, and many organisations that solicit crochet donations provide free, easy patterns.
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