There are a lot of great beginner crochet patterns out there. Advanced crafters use them to relax, meditate, and unwind. There's nothing wrong with that. However, sometimes, what you really want is more of a challenge. These advanced crochet patterns are designed for experts in the craft. They require focus, concentration, and skill. If you want to create a crochet project that really stands out from the pack then these are the patterns for you.
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Colorful, Textured, Floral Crochet Afghan Square Pattern
You can tell at a glance that this is an advanced crochet pattern. It's a three-dimensional textured crochet afghan square with a flower at the center and floral details throughout. You'll use eighteen different colors to create this striking 20" square. You'll also use a variety of advanced crochet stitches including bobbles/popcorns.
You can use this crochet square as the front of a stunning crochet cushion. Alternatively, you can make four of them and join them to create a blanket. In fact, this is one of four different designs intended to go together to create an afghan. The other three crochet squares are also advanced crochet patterns. Have a lot of fun with this one and impress anyone who sees your work.
This crochet pattern includes written instructions with images as well as links to video tutorials to help you get through the tricky parts.
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If you find thread crochet to be a tricky technique then you'll definitely feel challenged by this crochet project. It's worked with thick thread, so it's not too finicky, but it does have a lot of detail. There are 48 total rounds to create a 19" design that will look great on a tabletop or even hung as wall art.
This crochet pattern uses a variety of advanced stitches including post stitches, picots, clusters, and working in one loop only. You'll use some of these stitches to create an advanced version of vintage crochet pineapple lace.
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Have you every worked back top single crochet or back top double crochet stitches? What about extended double crochet stitches? If these are new to you then you'll find this crochet blanket pattern wonderfully challenging.
Even if you're familiar with all of the stitches (which also include post stitches that create cable-like texture across the top of the blanket), you'll have to pay close attention to each round to get this blanket just right. It's an advanced crochet pattern that's adaptable to different sizes.
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This 18" tall crochet dragon has a two foot wingspan and it's poseable thanks to the craft wire that you'll work around. This is such an advanced crochet project that the complete pattern is more than 100 pages long! You'll use amigurumi style techniques combined with other advanced stitches. You'll even add gems to the feet.
If you discover that you love working on this pattern, check out some of the other designs in the crafter's Ravelry store. You'll find a Griffin, a Phoenix, and a Seahorse all in a similar style to this one.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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This crochet bag looks deceptively simple. However, when you look more closely, you'll see this is an advanced crochet pattern. Just look at the detail in the crochet clasps through which the drawstring pull and you'll get a sense of the true complexity of the design.
One of the things you'll learn in this crochet pattern is the use of Anchored Back Loop Single Crochet. You have to have the right tension to get this stitch perfect, which makes it a challenge. This pattern will also have you working chainless foundations, staggered increases, and post stitches.
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It's not too often that we see advanced crochet patterns offered for free. After all, it takes a lot of time and effort for those designers to create those patterns. They should naturally be paid for those efforts. But every once in awhile there's a great challenging crochet pattern for free and this is one example of that.
One of the most intriguing crochet stitches that you'll get to practice in this design is the "toffee popcorn." This is a regular crochet popcorn stitch except that the middle of the popcorn is worked in a different yarn color!
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Jellyfish-Inspired Crochet Blanket Pattern
This crochet blanket pattern was inspired by the fireworks jellyfish. The designer crafted it carefully to try to capture the "depth and movement" of a nearly-transparent jellyfish against the darkness of the deep sea.
The finished blanket is 76" square plus you'll add fringe around the entire thing. You'll need almost 7000 yards of yarn to complete this crochet project!
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Linda Skuja of Eleven Handmade makes some of the best crochet clothing patterns you'll ever find. Many of these are advanced crochet patterns. This beautiful sweater incorporates a unique technique called the puff stitch braid. You'll learn how to work the technique, creating short rows that make stunning assymetrical lines across the sweater.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Interwoven crochet, also called interlocking crochet, is an advanced technique that uses color changes and stitches in combination to create graphic designs. Moreover, the fabric is reversible!
Basic tutorials for this blanket are available on the site's CAL page for free. However, you'd be wise to purchase the full crochet pattern on Ravelry. You can work it in two colors as shown or in many colors if you really want a challenge.