Free crochet patterns. A great start for beginner crocheters and equally good for the experienced crocheter on a budget. In the vast void of the internet though, where do these free patterns hide? Which sources are reliable?
Well, crochet friends, I’m about to run through my favourite places to find free crochet patterns that will cater for your every need, so read on.
Ravelry is a truly wonderful resource for crocheters and knitters alike. It has an absolute tonne of free patterns available with some really nifty search tools to boot, saving you the effort of scrolling through pages and pages of unhelpful projects. You will have to register with Ravelry with an email address but it’s free so no big deal, and doing so allows you to save all your free finds into your personal library or favourites list so they’re handy for when you come to make them. Alongside free patterns, there’s a bunch of paid ones too, but don’t worry! You can filter these out with the extensive set of search result filters available on the Ravelry platform. This has to be one of my favourite features of the site as there’s nothing worse than falling in love with a pattern, only to find it’s not free at all. Another brilliant thing about the Ravelry search tool is that it actually shows you what you searched for. Say we want a pattern for an amigurumi dog, I search on Pinterest and I get “Top 10 Places to Walk Your Dog this Summer”, “Crochet Dog Coat” and a load of other unrelated content. With Ravelry you get none of this, and that is why it is my favourite free pattern resource.
Whilst patterns are not actually published on Instagram, they certainly are advertised. Designers who are releasing free patterns will often make a post shouting about this and provide you with a link straight to the free goodies! I recommend following a few of your favourite crochet designers and watching out for free patterns being advertised by them popping up on your feed. Also, don’t forget to check out the blogs of these designers as they probably have an archive of free patterns just waiting for you to dip into. They will usually link their blog address in their profile so it’s easy for you to access. Another cheeky tip for Instagram is look out for giveaways. A lot of designers hold giveaways on their Instagram account when they reach a milestone such as 1000 followers or their 25th pattern release. Of course you’re not guaranteed to win, but someone has to, so you might as well enter! You could come away with some premium paid patterns from your favourite designers without paying a penny. Sweet!
Like Instagram, patterns aren’t usually published directly on Pinterest itself but there are links upon links to free patterns all over the internet. Pattern designers want you to see their patterns, that’s why they made them, right? So of course they pin pin pin away and the result is a HUGE selection of free patterns that you can save to your personal Pinterest board and come back to later. I love Pinterest, don’t get me wrong, but there are some downsides to using it for free pattern searches. The number one of these being that it is crowded with so much unrelated content like I talked about in my Ravelry paragraph. Finding what you want can be quite a task sometimes and there will also be misleading posts that take you on a wild goose chase for a “free” pattern that turns out to be a paid pattern and in a foreign language! If you don’t mind sifting through the junk, then Pinterest is great, just be careful what you click on and don’t use free patterns that have been stolen from their designers, that’s not fair, right or legal.
Good old books, eh, the original search engines! Books are still really great for getting hold of free patterns, and they’re not all full of your granny’s toilet roll covers, I promise! I know what you’re thinking, but books aren’t free? Correct, but at the library they are! Most towns will have a library where you simply sign up one time and can then borrow books for a set amount of time, before returning them. In my time browsing libraries I have found there to be a great variation in the quantity and quality of crochet books available depending on the library. Right now my local library has a good selection, and hopefully yours does too. You should be able to find some books with patterns you want to create in, so sign up, borrow away and get crocheting. The internet is great but there’s nothing quite like a book on a rainy day!
And that’s it for today folks, these are the four main sources I use to find my free patterns so I hope they’ve helped you out too. I’m actually going to start publishing some of my own free patterns soon too so keep your eyes peeled for those arriving on this very blog.
Happy crocheting, The Crochet Creature.