Crochet is a great yarn craft for all ages and all times, especially with so many modern crochet patterns to choose from! You can find free and inexpensive designs for making everything from clothes and accessories to home decor and baby toys.
Not everyone has the same definition of "modern" when it comes to crochet, but for this collection of designs, it means one or more of the following: on-trend for fashion or decor, using familiar techniques in new ways, and timeless in a way that still feels "now."
Finding what you like can be overwhelming, but this list is a good place to start. And when you find something you like, be sure to look at other patterns from that designer because they usually have lots to offer.
Get your crochet hooks ready for some new and modern patterns.
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Get ready for summer with this adorable crocheted tee from Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts. The pattern uses a variation on single crochet and is easy enough for beginners. With a simple shape and a great fit that looks casual and effortless, the Summertime Tee could become a crochet staple in your closet!
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Whether you need an idea for a housewarming gift or simply a new set of potholders for your kitchen, these modern crocheted hot pads will do the trick! The squares start as a tube, which means you can crochet in the round easily while watching a favorite show. To finish, seam the ends for a doubled (and safe!) pot holder.
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Even babies love a bit of modern crochet! This soft and cozy play mat is perfect for tummy time and playing on the floor. Worked with super bulky yarn (or several strands of blanket yarn) and a jumbo crochet hook, you can make this in just one hour from start to finish.
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Despite the texture of this cap-sleeve cardigan, you won't waffle about this free pattern. Waffle stitch gives this sweater a chunky structure that's easy to wear, and the construction is all rectangles so you won't even have to worry about shaping. It also comes in sizes from infant through adult 5XL, so you have lots of options to choose from!Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Modern kitchens skip the paper towels when possible and rely on reusable towels! Crochet your own with cotton yarn and show off your DIY skills as you keep the dishes dry and the counters clean. The simple stitch pattern is suitable for all skill levels.
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Who doesn't love a rainbow of yarn? Use your favorite ROY G BIV color palette to crochet an actual rainbow that kids will love to hug. Heidi from Hands Occupied created this free pattern for her Over the Rainbow softie, a design that's so cute you may not want to share!
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This adorable bag uses cotton rope to give it structure. You start with a center coil and then crochet over the rope as you join the spiral. The finished sides hold together with a band that doubles as a strap for a fun crocheted fashion statement!
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Soft baskets are useful for holding anything from remotes to yarn, and they look great around the house too. Crocheted baskets can be flimsy and collapse, but Sigoni Macaroni has a fix for that. And she does it all with single crochet and a few skeins of cotton yarn!Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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Stephanie from All About Ami never fails with her delightful takes on crochet. Her Cobblestone Cowl has a beautiful knit-like texture that will keep you cozy and warm. The pattern comes in two sizes so you can choose if you want to wear it as a single loop or doubled around your neck.
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Backpacks and purses get full and things can be hard to find. Other times you just want to keep certain items protected or personal. That's where this personal pouch comes in! Made with overlapping triangles, everything stays safe inside without even needing a button or snap.
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Tapestry crochet is an advanced crochet technique that uses multiple colors at once to create fantastic patterns. Poppy and Bliss uses classic designs with bright colors in this fresh and modern bolster cushion pattern. It's not for the faint of heart, but would be perfect for anyone looking to expand their skills.
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This soft poncho feels like wrapping yourself in a blanket! The asymmetrical design has buttons on the shoulder that allow you to change how you wear it, making it similar to a shawl at times. Plus, the simple stitch pattern makes it a breeze to work up.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Keep your head in the clouds with this crocheted clutch pattern! Even if you aren't quite ready to tackle tapestry crochet, the zip pouch with a clip-on wrist strap could work in a solid color or stripes. And it would make an excellent gift for a teen!
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Modern can mean lots of things to different people, and sometimes it means simple and sophisticated. That's what this crocheted and embroidered pillow from Katie Green is all about. Starting with a base of basic stitches, it includes a pattern for stitching a sweet floral design as an accent.
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Keep your little one looking chic and staying dry with these adorable crocheted bibs! The free pattern set includes three different styles, including this bandana style version with stitched cacti. Make one or a whole coordinating set as a shower gift!
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There was a time when shawls were seen as old-fashioned, but now they are a modern way to dress up an outfit. The Foxtrot Shawl from Rocketgirl Crochet has a simple pattern with a more detailed edging and fun tassels. To keep your shawl styling looking modern, wear it with the point in the front so it's more like a scarf!Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Stay snug as a bug in a cocoon-style cardigan! This starts as a giant rectangle and then you add a few rows for cuffs and trim, which makes it great for beginners. One size fits most, but the simple construction makes it easy to adjust the size as needed.
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Warm winter hats can still look modern and fashion-forward. This beanie uses a clever construction and bulky self-striping yarn to make a swirl of stripes that come together at the top. If you've never crocheted short rows, this could be your perfect opportunity!
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When is knitting not knitting? When it's slip stitch crochet! This simple pillow strongly resembles chunky knitting, but it's all done with a hook. Sierra from Sweet Everly B guest posts at Sewrella showing how to crochet your own couch cushions.
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You may think that anything that uses the term "granny crochet" couldn't be on a modern crochet list, but this blouse pattern by Cecilia Losada proves that it works. Perfect for spring and summer, this breezy top incorporates a colorful medallion and granny stitch sides and sleeves. And because you can choose any mix of colors you like, it's highly customizable for your style!