65+ Quick and Easy Crochet Project Patterns for Beginners

This post is a curated list to help you find the next easy thing to crochet. Learning how to crochet can be very exciting! I remember getting into the craft and always searching for an easy thing to crochet almost every day. With the endless patterns out there it is easy to get overwhelmed, I get it!

That is why I put together this curated list of easy and quick crochet projects that are trendy and functional. I know you have good taste because you are here! So I am certain we can find the next easy thing to crochet with this list.

If you’ve ever been intrigued by the world of crochet but felt overwhelmed by the intricate designs and complex patterns, you’re in the right place. Crochet is a delightful and versatile craft that can be enjoyed by beginners as well as seasoned crafters. Whether you’re a complete novice or someone looking for simple yet satisfying projects, this curated collection of patterns will have you hooked in no time. 

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Let’s jump right into the list and discover the next best easy thing to crochet for beginners. 

Granny Squares

Crocheting granny squares is a breeze, making it a fantastic starting point for beginners. There is something very nostalgic about crocheted granny squares which makes them the perfect touch of homemade earth to your life. 

These charming squares are the building blocks of countless beautiful creations because they are quick to make and have tons of potential to turn into large projects like blankets and even sweaters. With just a few basic stitches, you can create charming, multi-colored squares that can be combined to craft a wide range of items. From cozy blankets and throws to stylish scarves, trendy tote bags, and even fashion-forward clothing, the possibilities are endless. 

The simplicity of granny squares makes them a perfect canvas for your creativity, allowing you to experiment with various color combinations and stitch patterns. Plus, they’re portable and ideal for on-the-go crocheting. So, if you’re new to crochet or looking for a relaxing project, give granny squares a try and explore the countless ways you can turn these simple squares into beautiful, functional creations.

Here are a couple easy crochet patterns I have made with granny squares and also some really cool easy granny square projects to try out:

  1. Granny Pop Afghan – Knits and Knots by AME
  2. Coco Kali Afghan – Knits and Knots by AME
  3. Traveling Afghan (classic granny square) – Knits and Knots by AME
  4. Granny Square Pouch – Mikaela Bates
  5. Cross Body Bag – Mis Off the Hook Designs


I love amigurumi! If you have been hanging around here for awhile, you may know that I started out as an amigurumi maker before diving into garments. Amigurumi provides us with quick wins and that little dopamine hit between larger projects. They are smaller and quick projects that instantly make you feel good about yourself. Who doesn’t love a cute amigurumi plushy? These are also easy things to crochet that can be scaled up by changing your yarn weight and switching to a larger crochet hook.

This post here talks all about amigurumi and you can even find out what the best yarn is for amigurumi.

Amigurumi are small projects and usually an easy thing to crochet using single crochet stitches. They are often great quick projects for gifting and when vending at a craft fair. This is a list of some smaller projects that you can make in no time:

  1. No Sew Amigurumi Whale – Knits and Knots by AME
  2. No Sew Amigurumi Octopus – Knits and Knots by AME
  3. No Sew Amigurumi Pineapple – Knits and Knots by AME
  4. Amigurumi Bubble Tea (Boba) Pattern – Knits and Knots by AME
  5. Crochet Monster – Elisa’s Crochet
  6. Small Potatoes – Carolina Montoni

Boot Cuffs

Crocheted boot cuffs are the perfect way to add a touch of style and warmth to your winter wardrobe. They are trendy and an easy thing to crochet that would instantly elevate your outfit with a touch of warmth. There is something about boot cuffs and leg warmers that feel really expensive which also makes them great gifts for yogis and those who enjoy fashion statements. 

Here are some easy patterns for crocheted boot cuffs:

  1. Chic Aran Boot Cuffs – My Hobby is Crochet
  2. Boot Cuffs – Skip to My Lou
  3. Pumpkin Spice Vintage Lace Boot Cuffs – Kirsten Holloway Designs

Headbands and hair accessories

Crocheted headbands are a fantastic accessory that not only keeps your hair in check but also adds a touch of handmade charm to your style. These versatile pieces are a quick and delightful project for crafters of all levels. I really love the cottage core aesthetic, these headbands really achieve that look. Subtly showing off things I made gives me a real kick so I adore these types of projects!

Here is a list to help you find a quick project:

  1. Summer Headband – Jototheworld
  2. Betty Hair Ribbon – Stitchberry
  3. Boho Scrunchie – Selina Veronique

Crocheted Slippers and Crocheted Booties

Crocheted slippers are like a warm, fuzzy hug for your feet, and they’re the perfect way to add a cozy and personalized touch to your home. I often see that crocheted slippers are often people’s first project! Actually, my first wearable project was actually a pair of pink crocheted slippers! Oh those were the days haha that just brought me back to memories of the beginning of my crafty journey. 

Complete beginners can make slippers from a free crochet pattern on this list:

  1. Baby Booties – Cozy Bumblebee
  2. 2 Hour Slippers – Make and Do Crew

Ear warmers

Crocheted ear warmers are the perfect solution for chilly ears in cold weather. These cozy, stylish accessories not only keep you toasty but also add a delightful touch of homemade flair to your winter wardrobe. I prefer using ear warmers during the wintertime because I have such long hair and like to keep my hair up. Sometimes I would opt to wear a messy bun beanie if it is exceptionally cold, otherwise, you would always find me wearing ear warmers. 

Ear warmers are a great project for beginner crocheters and experienced crocheters because of their functionality. Use this list of easy crochet projects to find your next design:

  1. Harvest Twist Ear Warmer – Mis Off the Hook Designs
  2. Whimsy Head Wrap – Through the Loop Yarn Craft

Dish Cloths

Dish cloths are a fun quick and easy crochet projects for beginner to advanced crocheters and are useful crochet projects too! New crocheters may find yourself practicing stitches often. I love practicing new stitches all the time. My favorite place to find stitches is the Ultimate Crochet Stitch Library book which has a variety of beginner to advanced stitches to practice. Repurposing these fabric swatches and making them into a simple dishcloth pattern is a great way to make functional items you can use at home or gift. Often times a crocheted dishcloth is a crocheters first project! 

Here is a compilation of some dish cloth patterns that range from basic crochet stitches all the way to more detailed stitches like shell stitches:

  1. Harbor Hand Towel – Stitching Together

Crocheted bookmarks

Crocheted bookmarks are a charming way to combine your love for crafting and reading. These are definitely two of my favorite things to do  year round. I am very much a book dragon and love reading so much! If you are like me, you should definitely try Book of the Month subscription and invest in a Lumos Knitting light (both to craft in the dark and to read past bedtime hehe) because the titles the Book of the Month curate are for sure page turners! 

Back to bookmarks, Whether you’re an avid reader like me or someone who enjoys occasional literary escapes these tiny treasures not only hold your place in a book but also add a touch of handmade beauty to your reading experience. 

Give your books a unique look with these crocheted bookmarks that need just a little yarn:

  1. Lotte Lace Bookmark – Blue Star Crochet
  2. Simply Daisy Bookmark – Urban Crochet

Home decor

Crocheted home decor is a fantastic way to infuse your living spaces with a touch of warmth and makes your living areas more inviting and uniquely yours! I love a good handmade home. Growing up, my grandmother would sew just about everything and we were always surrounding by things she made. As I got older I would start making things and my space turned into a handmade home just like my grandparents’ house. 

Having crocheted items around the home gives a space a nostalgic feel and brings people together. There is also a mid century and boho aesthetic that crocheted home decor adds to a space. There are a ton of fun projects for home decor but I have narrowed them down to a couple of my favorite types here:

  1. Sunflower in a pot – – Knits and Knots by AME
  2. Christmas Tree Skirt – Knits and Knots by AME
  3. Crochet Pumpkin – Willow Crochet
  4. Crochet Gnome – The Friendly Red Fox
  5. Crochet Garden Corner – Creative Corner Crochet
  6. Plant Holder – Heart Hook Home
  7. Puff Stitch Trees – Mis Off the Hook Designs
  8. Monstera Coasters – Craftevangelist
  9. Crochet Fruit Hammock – Lizzy Crochet Patterns

Crocheted Keychains

Crocheted keychains are the perfect way to add a dash of charm and personality to your daily essentials. These small yet delightful accessories not only keep your keys organized but also allow you to showcase your crafty skills. A keychain is a small crochet project  and are a great choice for selling the finished product at craft fairs as well. 

Here is a list of some beginner crochet patterns for keychains:

  1. Crochet Fortune Cookie Keychain – Yarn Blossom
  2. Wristlet Keychain – Yarn Th3ory

Crocheted pouches and bags

Crocheted bags and pouches are charming and versatile accessories that showcase the artistry of handmade craftsmanship. Crocheted bags come in various shapes and sizes, from spacious totes to dainty clutches, making them perfect for a wide range of purposes. I like to use my crocheted pouches for organizing small items like coins, makeup, or keys. Crocheted bags and pouches are useful items that add a touch of handcrafted beauty to everyday life. 

Here is a list of some crocheted bags and pouches patterns to try:

  1. Mandala Pouch – Knits and Knots by AME
  2. Faux Fur Fanny Pack – Knits and Knots by AME
  3. Tara Tote – Knits and Knots by AME
  4. Crocheted Laptop Sleeve – Unraveled Mitten
  5. Bobble Pouch – Cypress and Wool
  6. Cute Bear Bag – Haffyland

Crochet hats

Crochet hats are cozy and stylish accessories that blend warmth with a touch of individuality.  From snug beanies to slouchy berets, crochet hats can be customized to match your personal style while keeping you comfortably protected from the cold. They are easy to make into different sizes and the perfect project for beginners. Crochet hats are easy projects that are the perfect combination of practicality and artistic expression.

​Find a simple pattern for your next crochet hat here:

  1. Snowflake Bun Beanie – Knits and Knots by AME
  2. Crocheted Bucket Hat – Urban Crochet
  3. Aspen Beanie – Threadiful

Eco friendly crochet items

Creating and using eco-friendly crochet items is a wonderful way to contribute to a sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle. Handcrafting these items using natural and renewable materials like organic cotton or bamboo yarns minimizes the ecological footprint associated with production. Eco-friendly crochet items, such as reusable market bags, water bottle cozies, or cotton dishcloths, can help reduce the use of single-use plastics and promote a more sustainable way of living. These handmade pieces not only serve a functional purpose but also add a touch of eco-conscious style to daily routines. By opting for eco-friendly crochet items, we take a small but significant step towards reducing waste and preserving our planet, one stitch at a time.

Here are some great ideas for eco friendly crochet items:

  1. Crochet cotton pads – Vivmade Crochet
  2. Reuable Produce Bags – Elite Chernaeva
  3. Round Crochet Coasters – My Crochet Space
  4. Water Bottle Bag – The Loophole Fox
  5. Face Scrubbie and bag – Zamiguz
  6. Cotton Dust Mop Cover – Black Rose Stitches
  7. Towel Topper – Cozy Nook Designs

Crochet appliques

Crochet appliqués are versatile and charming embellishments that add a delightful touch to various projects. These small, handcrafted motifs can be used in a myriad of ways, from clothing and accessories to home decor items. Sew a crochet flower onto a plain shirt to create a custom and stylish look, or attach a whimsical butterfly to a child’s backpack for a personal touch. Crochet appliqués are also perfect for breathing new life into plain blankets, cushions, or curtains, infusing them with character and warmth. Additionally, they can be used to mend or cover small imperfections in fabric, giving garments and household items a second chance while adding a dash of creativity. The uses of appliqués are limited only by one’s imagination, making them a delightful and versatile addition to any crafter’s repertoire.

  1. Crochet Ghost Applique Patterns – Knits and Knots by AME
  2. Crochet Pencil Applique Pattern – Knits and Knots by AME
  3. Crochet Wings – Little Crochet Farm

Crochet games

DIY games are a fantastic way to combine creativity and entertainment. Crafting your own games, whether it’s a board game, card game, or outdoor activity, allows you to personalize the experience and tailor it to your preferences.

Here are some fun crocheted game patterns for you to try:

  1. Crocheted Checkers Board – Winding Road Crochet
  2. Crochet Hacky Sack – Heart Hook Home

Crochet mittens

Crocheting mittens can be a surprisingly quick and satisfying project. With a basic understanding of crochet stitches like single and double crochet stitches, you can whip up a cozy pair of mittens in a relatively short time. The beauty of crocheting your own mittens lies not only in the speed but also in the customization it offers. You can choose different colors, stitch patterns, and sizing to create mittens that are uniquely suited to your style and comfort. Crocheting your mittens is a rewarding and cost-effective way to keep your hands warm during colder months while adding a personal touch to your winter wardrobe. Plus, it’s a creative and enjoyable way to embrace the handmade movement and reduce the environmental impact of mass-produced winter wear.

The first thing that I ever made for my wife (then girlfriend) was a pair of mittens! So if I could do, you sure can too. Making mittens in worsted weight yarn is a great choice for warmth and functionality. 

  1. 3 Hour Mittens – Make and Do Crew
  2. Fingerless Mitts – Burgundy and Blush

Crochet cup cozies

Crochet cozies are wonderfully versatile and quick-to-craft items that can serve multiple purposes. Whether it’s a coffee cup cozy, a mason jar cover, or a tablet sleeve, these cozy creations offer both style and functionality. They help insulate and protect various objects, keeping drinks warm or cold, and shielding delicate gadgets from scratches. Crochet cozies are incredibly accessible projects, making them a great first project for beginners or for those seeking a satisfying, speedy, and easy thing to crochet.

  1. Crochet Can Cozy – The Turtle Trunk
  2. Mug Cozy – Craftily Concocted

Crochet ornaments

Crocheting your own Christmas ornaments offers a host of benefits and are relatively easy things to crochet. First and foremost, it allows you to infuse your holiday decor with a personal and heartfelt touch. Crafting these ornaments can become a cherished tradition and create lasting memories. Moreover, crocheting your own ornaments is a sustainable choice, as it reduces the need for store-bought, disposable decorations. It’s also a cost-effective option and a great way to use up leftover yarn. 

You can purchase inexpensive ornaments at a dollar store, Walmart, or craft store and use a free crochet pattern from this list to give them a new life:

  1. Hello Yellow Yarn – Crochet Baubles
  2. Thoresby Cottage- Crochet Christmas Bauble
  3. Drops Design – Christmas Flowers
  4. Annie Design Crochet – Christmas Bauble
  5. I Love Crochet – Christmas Balls
  6. Persia Lou – Crochet Star Ornament

Now it’s time to get making!

We’ve embarked on a colorful and creative journey through the world of crochet, unveiling a treasure trove of 65+ quick and easy project patterns perfectly tailored for beginners. With each pattern offering its unique charm and simplicity, there’s no shortage of inspiration for crochet enthusiasts at every skill level. So, pick up your crochet hook and let your imagination run wild as you embark on these delightful, beginner-friendly projects. Happy crocheting!

Want to try out some patterns? Make sure to check out all of my beginner friendly patterns here where you can find garments, amigurumi, and accessories.

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