Once you've learned the single crochet stitch, the chain stitch, and the slip stitch, you are ready to start crocheting some projects. These simple stitches are all that you need to make almost anything! Here are 20 free crochet patterns that use only these stitches. Note that several of these patterns utilize variations of the single crochet stitch, but other than that, no other crochet stitches are needed.
Updated by Kathryn Vercillo
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This scarf is a great starter pattern, and it's an appealing design that you can make for yourself or a friend. The scarf is a unisex design that looks great on both ladies and gentlemen. Best of all, the pattern is totally easy to crochet; after the starting chain, it's all single crochet from there on out.
If you're a brand new crocheter, this pattern gives you the perfect opportunity to practice your single crochet stitch. If you're not a beginner, this is a good no-brainer... pattern that you can crochet while zoning out, talking on the phone or watching TV.
Easy Single Crochet Scarf by Amy Solovay
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This is a beautiful crochet scarf that incorporates a variety of different ways to work the single crochet stitch. It explores all of the options for working in different parts of the loop to create different textures and designs without changing yarn or hook. People who know the single crochet but want to do something more advanced with it will find this to be a great pattern to try.
Persiennes Scarf by Crochetcetera
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This is a really easy basic blanket that uses single crochet stitches without any variations or frills. It is worked in a bulky weight yarn with a large size P crochet hook. This gives it a great texture, allowing it to work up quickly and offer a bunch of coziness. Add a crochet edging if you want to make it a little bit fancier.
Single Crochet Baby Blanket by GretchKal's Yarny Adventures
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Want a super simple single crochet pattern that works up really quickly and uses up yarn you already have in your stash? Make yourself a face scrubby! This one is a square and the designer also offers a free pattern for a round one also worked in single crochet. Pair a few of these with some special soap as a great gift idea.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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To crochet this beginner-friendly baby blanket, you'll alternate single crochet stitches and chain stitches. It's a little more interesting than just single crochet without the chains. The resulting fabric is drapey and soft, and it makes a fabulous afghan to wrap a little darling up in. This is meditative to crochet and cozy to wrap up in.
Fast Crochet Blanket by Amy Solovay
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Use single crochet stitches combined with chain stitches on a smaller project - a dishcloth. Sets of dishcloths always make great gifts and are also perfect to make for your own home.
Easy Dishcloth by Amy Solovay
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When you create chain stitches and then single crochet into those stitches, the pattern is called moss stitch. It is a very pretty stitch that can be used on any project. Here it is used to make a skinny crochet scarf perfect for spring or fall.
Moss Stitch Scarf by Amy Solovay
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This example of a single crochet stole shows how the right choice of yarn can make single crochet really stand out. This boucle yarn is worked in single crochet stitches with the option for a crab stitch (reverse single crochet) edging for a more delightful finish.
Boucle Stole by WovenflameContinue to 9 of 20 below.
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Use single crochet stitches to create a headband of any width. This particular project is designed as a wide ear warmer-style headband. It is very cozy - the perfect accessory to keep your hair out of the way while keeping you warm.
Simple Crochet Headband by Amy Solovay
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This afghan square is crocheted in both rows and rounds. It is worked in front loop single crochet, which is a terrific variation on crochet that gives texture to the basic stitch. This is great for adding new techniques to your basics as a beginner to the craft.
Afghan Square by Amy Solovay
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Double Thick Single Crochet Dishcloth Free Pattern
This crochet dishcloth is double the usual thickness for extra absorbency. The designer explains that "it is made by crocheting into the back loop of the current row and a loop of the previous row at the same time." What a unique technique and fun way to expand on what single crochet can do.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Yet another variation on single crochet is to work the back loop only of both the current row and the row below it. That's the technique used in this free pattern that is available as a download through Ravelry.
Thermal Single Crochet Hat by Suzanne Resaul, Ravelry
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This is an easy crochet beanie hat that is worked in single crochet. It uses color changes for striping that creates the illusion of a brim. It is a smart technique that you could forego if you want to create a hat in just a single color.
Image: Single Crochet Beanie by CrochetN'Crafts
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Learn how to make hats for everyone you know with this free crochet pattern that comes in 11 different sizes from newborn to adult large. They are all made starting with a magic ring (there's a link to a tutorial) and continuing with just single crochet.
Single Crochet Hat by Oombawka DesignContinue to 17 of 20 below.
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Yes, you can even make a pair of super cozy, stylish crochet slippers using only the single crochet stitch. This pattern is worked both in rounds (for the toes) and rows.
Simple Crochet Slippers by Amy Solovay
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This free crochet rug pattern will teach you several things. You will learn how to crochet an oval using single crochet. If you aren't familiar with it, yet, you'll learn about crocheting in the back loop only. And you will learn how to work with rag rug fabric (or t-shirt yarn).
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This free crochet pumpkin pattern is just one of many, many examples of amigurumi crochet. Amigurumi is a niche of crochet that uses single crochet stitches worked in the round with increases and decreases to create shapes and characters of all kinds.
Little Pumpkin Crochet Pattern by Petals to Picots
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