Free Patterns: How Do You Crochet Without Them?


READER BEWARE!  The following post may induce a sudden separation from reality. The knowledge you are about to obtain may bring on a sudden loss of judgment in time and project management.  If you are on the cusp of being an insane crochet queen, this might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back!

While I am all for purchasing a pattern that blows me away, modern technology has opened the doors wide to the availability of FREE PATTERNS! A simple Google search for FREE CROCHET PATTERNS will get you endless results; some worth following, some not so much.  I’ve gathered a list of some of the sites I have found to be priceless, literally!

PATTERN FOCUSED SITES

Free pattern focused sites.

Free pattern focused sites.

AllFreeCrochet

AllFreeCrochet is a multi-purpose resource. Along with free patterns you have access to tutorials, a blog and giveaways. There’s more too. Some of the patterns are available on the site and are printable, while others link to websites.

Though it isn’t required to access the free patterns, I highly recommend signing up. It will give you the availability to save the patterns you love and receive patterns in your inbox.

Ravelry

Free and paid patterns but you can tailor your search for just free patterns.

Ravelry is a multi-purpose resource. This site requires you to sign in before you can view. Totally worth it.  They provide resources to save the patterns you like, post your own patterns, post and save projects you are working on.  You can create a library and rearrange the items. Many of the patterns are available in PDF form, while others link to websites.  Definitely worth checking out.

PRODUCT LINKED FREE PATTERN SITES

Product Linked Free Pattern Sites.

Product Linked Free Pattern Sites.

Red Heart – No sign up required. Downloadable PDF Patterns as well as online directions.

My Mountain – Schachenmayr Yarn.  No sign up required. Downloadable PDF Patterns as well as online directions.

Lion Brand  –  Requires you to sign up to access the free patterns. Downloadable PDF Patterns as well as online directions.

Yarnspirations – No sign up required. Downloadable PDFs and patterns are available.

BLOG RELATED FREE PATTERNS

Blog related Free Patterns.

Blog related Free Patterns.

The Crochet Crowd – Have you checked out the free patterns on this site? Hello. Many of them have video tutorials. Who could resist a sit down crochet session with Mikey!

Moogly – If you like themes and love free patterns, Tamara Kelly consistently posts theme related free pattern collections. She also has a vast free pattern collection on her blog.

Petals to Picots – Kara Gunza offers 100+ Free Patterns on her blog. She also offers free themed pattern round ups.

These are merely the tip of the iceberg, your free pattern resources are virtually endless!

Chime In!  I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite pattern site? Do you have a go to site that I didn’t list here?  Tell me in the comments below.

Casting off until the next time we stitch again,

Sheri Goad – Hooked on Ewe! Knot Just Yarn Blog Guest Blogger

Come on over and visit me at Frogging Along

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About Sheri Goad

Crocheting is my addiction. I'm a mom, wife, home daycare provider, crocheter, writer, youth director, crafter and more. I like trying new things but only stick to those that I love. Life is too short to be doing things you don't love. I blog regularly at Frogging Along, and I am a Guest Blogger for The Crochet Crowd.
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53 Responses to Free Patterns: How Do You Crochet Without Them?

  1. Sheila says:

    This is one of favorite places to go to for just about anything crochet related. www,our-everyday-art.com

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  3. Maria Torres says:

    I’m putting this on my home page.. very informative and I love knowing that there are so many sites available that I wasn’t even aware of.. now bf will be on me about the house cleaning more often now… lol all bad

  4. Bobbie Asche says:

    I can not tell a lie… I visit all those mentioned. BUT Mikey is my “GO TO GUY” when ever I need inspiration and put a spark into my creativity. Without Mikey & The Crochet Crowd I would not have had the nerve to even try the Mad Hatter Challenge. Since hookin’ up with the Crowd last year I’ve been inspired to try many patterns, stitches and projects that in the past probably would not have even tried. Also I’m a visual person and trying to read graphs and some patterns are a pain, but watching You Tube videos have been a life saver and of course Mikey’s are the first ones I go to.. 🙂

  5. Sandi says:

    Hi Mikey,
    I appreciate the list of “free” pattern sites to read, BUT, I only go to yours. Why? ’cause I know your site is secure. Some free pattern sites, just loads me up w/unwanted ads….

  6. cookiecsv says:

    There’s a website I love visiting called Bev’s Country Cottage at http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/index.html. She has all sorts of projects, patterns and ideas!

  7. eva says:

    I love love Mikey.. This is a site that I have used patterns from in the past especially like the filet crochet…http://www.myhq.com/public/c/r/crochetpoet/

  8. Michele says:

    Everyday I Love You more…..and the community …
    wonderful!

  9. If I’m just looking for a new stitch to try for a kitty blankie I always check out about.com…..lots of favourite stitches have been discovered there!!!!

  10. Jane Ritz says:

    I need some help. My daughter is expecting a baby boy in August. She picked out variegated yarn for me to crochet her a baby afghan. I’ve looked at many patterns. Do you have any suggestions?

  11. An awesome list Mikey!! I always refer to the above mentioned sites first (including The Crochet Crowd), but there are a few others that are great to look through from time to time!!

    Websites
    http://freevintagecrochet.com/
    http://crochetpatterncentral.com/directory.php
    http://www.crochetatplay.com/categories.html

    Blogs
    http://damnitjanetletscrochet.blogspot.mx/
    http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/

    Forum
    http://www.crochetville.com/community/

  12. rubia khawaja says:

    I am a member of the crowd Mikey’s tutorials are great have excessed few sites the have lovely collection of endless patterns I am paticularly intrested in vintage afghans

  13. Sue Wilson says:

    These are all really great sites! I spent a long time getting the cupcake dolls and lollipop doll patterns on eBay a few years ago. A move lost them, I’m really hoping someone knows where to get them again. I have a trunk full of the colored yarn hair heads…….

  14. robyn says:

    yes Mikey is right lots of fantastic patterns on all of the sites but if your like me not a very good pattern reader I would love to find more tutorials

  15. Myshelle says:

    Frequent most of these regularly, but in particular Ravelry. mainly because I write and share my own free patterns and its a great platform to share them on so everyone can find them! If anyone was interested, http://mammathatmakes.blogspot.com.au/ Over 100 free patterns there 😀

  16. Joy says:

    Everyone of you is right on, I think I have tried most of the ones you’ve all mentioned! There were a couple I hadn’t heard of before that I will check out now, but I also like to look through the vintage library, so gorgeous stuff in there!! My go to for videos is always Mikey and The Crochet Crowd first!! I talk about you guys to my friends all the time!!

  17. Marybeth P. says:

    My favorite blogger for crochet patterns is RepeatCrafterMe. Sara makes the cutest things and most of her patterns are free!

  18. Marianne says:

    I have been crocheting since I was old enough to hold a hook and grandma always laughed because I can’t knit if my life depends on it. In the last few months I have discovered the world of unique and beautiful patterns online. There is just not enough time to try all these different stitches and combinations but I’m giving it a try. working on Afghan right now next project is a t-shirt. My husband thinks I’m nuts. Lol

  19. Leslie says:

    I love Ravelry! I love how I can keep track of all my projects, what yarns and hooks I’ve used for them, and pictures I’ve taken! I agree, we’ll never run out of patterns! I’ve got notebooks full of the ones I’ve printed and file folders full on my desktop waiting to be tried! I also still like the old fashioned pattern books and leaflets. But, I can’t spend time on very many different websites or I’d never get any crocheting done! (I don’t think anyone has mentioned all the free crochet video tutorials on YouTube – and the patterns they are demonstrating are usually free too. What a great resource!)

  20. Alethia Douglass says:

    I am on pattern overload from the sites you listed. Self control for patterns is non-existant. I spend more time looking for patterns to match the yarns I have. I don’t mind paying for patterns when I know they are unique and are fun to do. Happy hooking!

  21. Tamara Brown says:

    Love, love, love Ravelry as I am also a knitter. Crochet Pattern Central.com is my second go to place.

  22. Cheryl Campbell says:

    When I see a pattern I would like to make, I look hi and low for a free pattern of it. If I can’t find a free one, I take a picture of it and try to figure out the pattern. Most times I make the main pattern and put my own touches on it.

  23. patriciacottonwood says:

    I use all of the sites mentioned except My Mountain which I will definitely check out. I also like the sites Wips and Chains (Kim Guzman), KT and the Squid, Elk Studio (all have free and paid patterns), My Merry, Messy Life (crochet and other crafts and recipes). I love Tamara Kelly’s Moogly site and use ravelry a lot. Amy Solovay from About.com also does a good job of explaining particular stitches and providing patterns or links to them. I’m living the good life! 🙂

  24. Beth Lee says:

    Mickey – I think that “PP” (pattern printing) is a disease, and no thanks to you – you who encourage me to “try something new” “here Beth, I’ll show you how” “Beth, you can do it” “All you need is a couple more colors – forget about the yarn (20 large plastic totes) in the storage closet…you’ll love these new colors” Yes, that is you Mickey!!!
    I’m so memorized by watching one of your videos when I’m here at work…I just want to run screaming to Wal-Mart or Michaels (both about 5 minutes away) and grab some yarn and another (OH! Lord, is it possible I can’t find that “I” hook I was going to use…I’ll just have to get another) hook…
    And, there you are…so cute…Mickey smiling and “showing me the way down the path to another “WIP”… and for heavens sake, Mickey, I didn’t know my fingers would do that to get that hook in to that stitch!!!
    I think my problem is: “I’M JUST A GIRL WHO CAN’T SAY NO” Mary Martin In BALI HI!!!
    So, remember Mickey, when you are making another video…I’ll be there watching your magic fingers reel me in again!!!

    But, thanks Mickey – you really are keeping this old lady sane!!!!

  25. I tend to start on Ravelry also check The Crochet Crowd, Moogly or just goggle it

  26. Marie says:

    Oh yes, Mikey IS bang on! I have bought a few patterns, but only if I haven’t been able to find anything similar for free and I fall in love with the specific pattern. I do subscribe to all the ones you mentioned and have made many pieces from each. I copy the patterns I want to try into Evernote which has a great advanced search function so I don’t have to tag notes or organize them further.

  27. Donald R. McClarey says:

    I usually search Ravelry first, but will Google if I can’t find the pattern I want there. (Often the patterns found via Ravelry search will link through to another free-pattern site, such as The Crochet Crowd, LionBrand.com, etc..) I’ve found some of Mikey’s patterns via Ravelry, but not all of his patterns that I wanted to make. (“Sugar & Shine Baby’s First Afghan,” I’m talking about you!)

  28. I have used most of these listed but my favorites are The Crochet Crowd and Moogly. I do find myself usually looking at The Crochet Crowd first ( the site and Youtube) because I just love Mikey because he is just so awesome!!!

  29. Leera says:

    My go to site is crochetpatterncentral.com

  30. Marsha Lipsius says:

    I receive the AllFree Crochet newsletter every day, and have a separate folder that I keep them in, in my mail. I also have a folder for The Crochet Crowd newsletters. I usually just use those two sites for patterns, but have a few from Pinterest, too. When I print the patterns, I then put them in plastic sheet protectors and keep them filed in a binder, with index tabs. So, if I’m looking for a tea cozy, or an afghan, I just go to that section to see what I already have.

  31. Another great crocheting and crafting blog with free patterns is, RepeatCrafterMe.

  32. Ashleigh says:

    I love the Drops crochet patterns! I’ve made a ton of stuff from there. Also, Crochet Pattern Central.

  33. pr46ct says:

    I love Drops Design patterns and they also sell yarn and have a Holiday Calender for all the different holidays with special designs daily.

  34. Cathy Porter says:

    I love all of these, and have found most of them just by typing in free crochet patterns. I also love “Purple Kitty” free patterns. I signed up for the newsletter and get all kinds of “Old” Patterns….ones that were made 50 – 60 years ago……I especially like the baby clothes ones and also the Old afghan patterns. They also have lists of discontinued yarns and interesting tidbits…..And handbags and hats………It is well worth a thorough go look see…….

  35. Hope King says:

    My favorite free pattern site is definitely crochetpatterncentral.com it has a free directory that has everything you could possibly want i have used it for 4 yrs now it is amazing

  36. dancinggirl75 says:

    Mikey is always bang on. I always Google “free crochet patterns”, and I love to mix stitches from two or three patterns to make it mine. I copy & paste a couple of rows from each, which makes up the pattern for me, and they turn out beautifully.

  37. Sara Sach says:

    For Free Dog & Pet related patterns check out http://poshpoochdesignsdogclothes.blogspot.com/ The list of free pattern is at bottom right of the blog. Many human related patterns, too.

  38. My favorite site is Red Heart because it is very easy to navigate and they add new ones frequently! Plus, Red Heart yarn is my favorite yarn and I know just what to buy for the pattern. I am so glad I found The Crochet Crowd also! The patterns are great and the challenges are a nice break from what I am currently working on and loads of fun!!

  39. Becky Sowell says:

    Mikey is the coolest guy ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. For all things child related , Repeat Crafter Me . I’ve also used some free patterns from Craftsy. Thank you for sharing these other websites as I didn’t know about some of them.

  41. I also really like the b.hooked site.

  42. Andrea says:

    I have bought some patterns, but the ones I get the most use out of are the ones I find for free. I do love the crochet crowd, and ravelry, and snappy tots, and so on, and so on…..I’m getting back into the mood to crochet! Nooooooo! It’s starting to get warm out! LOL

  43. homeschoollite says:

    For all things kid, Repeat Crafter Me

  44. jeannestein says:

    I use most of those sites too and I’ll add in Pinterest Boards are a great source for inspiration. Another site I like that has a mix of free and paid is Craftsy.com.

  45. Jeanne says:

    Of course my favorite is The Crochet Crowd, but I frequently use All Free Crochet and Ravelry. I’ll definitely try some of the ones you have listed. Thanks Mikey! As always, YOU’RE AWESOME!!!! ♥

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