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10 Free Beginner Friendly Crochet Patterns

10 Free Beginner Friendly Crochet Patterns

Today I am bringing to you 10 free beginner crochet patterns that are also perfect stash busters. Bonus!!! You can get ALL of these patterns as free pdf downloads using the special coupon code between 22nd and 28th February 2022. How do I get my 

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

The first week of the Sweet and Simple event went well! This week there are 13 awesome  easy crochet patterns for you which are free with the coupon code between 15th and 21st February 2022.   How do I get my free PDF patterns? The 

Sweet and Simple Round Up – Week 1

Sweet and Simple Round Up – Week 1

When Pam at Carroway Crochet asked me to participate in the Sweet and Simple event she had planned I wasn’t going to say no. You know that I LOVE to bring you guys free pattern events when I can!



How do I get my free PDF patterns?

The answer to that is easy.

  1. Make a note of the coupon code you need for this week (see below)
  2. Scroll down and check out the patterns that are available free this week
  3. Click on the photos of the ones you would like
  4. If you do not go straight to Ravelry for your download, scroll the designer’s post until you see the Download now button. It looks like this:
the button you need looks like this

5. Use the code to get your free PDF Pattern

6. Come back here and get another one!




The coupon code

This week the code you need is SWEETANDSIMPLE



This Week’s Patterns

There are 10 fantastic patterns available for you to get for free with the coupon code this week!

Susan Wrist warmers by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

If you have not grabbed the pdf for these yet then you really should!

You cannot see it in the photo but there is an option to add a beautiful cuff to the bottom of your wrist warmers and the pattern shows you how to make them fit any hand.

Mason Jar Cozy by Carroway Crochet

Jar cozies are so popular! I use them in my craft room where I have lots of jars containing quilting clips, blocking pins, D links etc. It makes the room feel much tidier and cozier!




Chunky Bowtie Head Warmer by Itchin’ for some Stitchin’

These head warmers are so cute. You could raid your scraps and make a ton of these for little easter gifts. My nieces would adore them.

Who would you make these for?

Crunch Stitch Scrubbies by Made by Gootie

Agat has some gorgeous scrubby designs. These are quick and super easy. The crunch stitch makes a great texture for scrubbies and washcloths!

Easy Beginners Hat by Off the Hook for You

This hat can be made in less than an hour!

The key to it’s speed – super chunky (or super bulky) yarn and 10mm hook!

So if you are looking for a quick gift idea or want some super quick projects for your donation box then this one should be considered.

Crochet Fingerless Gloves by My Crochet Space

Another great practical pattern idea that takes no time to work up. That velvet yarn looks so cosy!

My daughter is now a pre-teen and has her own phone so these would be perfect for the spring and autumn for her and her friends.



Owl Amigurumi by Loops and Love Crochet

I am a sucker for owls so this one is a must make!

It’s not just a stuffed decoration – I would make one to be a pin cushion, a paper weight or pop a zip in the top of the head for a coin purse for a little girl!

Coastal Waves Coaster by Pine Tree Crochet

Another sweet and simple design that is a great scrap buster!

That bright green is giving me all the happy spring feels this morning.

Buttercream Dishcloth by Crochets by Trista

I love Trista and her designs are always fantastic! I have actually made this pattern – it is beautiful and works well as a dishcloth or washcloth.

On a side note – those strawberries look so yummy!

Sunglasses Pouch by Valzies Boutique

Protect your glasses from getting scratched or lost with this pouch!

I’ll have to find some of that yarn – it’s gorgeous!

Share your projects with me!

Use the hashtag #sweetandsimple and share your projects online so that the designers can see your makes too! We LOVE seeing them!!

Want to join a friendly, welcoming and active face book group? Then the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Community may just be for you.

You may also like:

Tunisian Color Block Scarf
Susan Tote


Thanksgiving Patterns Round Up!

Thanksgiving Patterns Round Up!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Have you started thinking about your decorations yet? If your answer is no then we have 27 fabulous patterns in our round up below (plus 2 from us which makes 29). I have included both free and paid patterns. 

Jingle in July – Designer’s Picks Patterns!

Jingle in July – Designer’s Picks Patterns!

There are so many fantastic designers out there. I am lucky that I co-work with a fabulous group of ladies. We have come together to bring you a week long event which runs from 24th – 31st July 2021. It is the Jingle in July 

Week 2 – Stash Busting Challenge

Week 2 – Stash Busting Challenge

Welcome to Week 2 of the Stash Busting Challenge 2021! Below you will find a great collection of patterns that have been donated free, with the special coupon code, by some fantastic designers for this week only!


How it works:

  • Participating designers will be offering you a free pdf version of one of their patterns for one week. They will be available from midnight EST on Wednesday until 11:59pm EST on the following Tuesday.
  • Make a note of the coupon code below – it is the same for all of the patterns that are available this week.
  • Click on the photo of the pattern you would like from our round up post below. This will take you to the designers blog post about the pattern or directly to their shop.
  • Use the code to get the free pdf download.
  • Don’t forget to show the patterns some love on Ravelry as thanks for the freebie!
  • Come back to this round up post and click on the next pattern you would like and repeat!

The code you will need for this week’s patterns is SBCHALLENGE



Patterns available from 16th-22nd June 2021:


1. Hydrangea Square by Knitting with Chopsticks

This square was one of a collection used as part of a CAL not so long ago. It is perfect for using those part skeins of those gorgeous leftover yarns you have!

2. Classic Striped Dish Towel by Joy of Motion

Dish Towels are a necessity in any kitchen, and also make a great housewarming gift! This one is no exception…

3. Jorja Napkin Rings by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

These napkin rings are part of our larger Jorja Collection for your table! Named after my daughter they were one of my first published designs so they have a special place in my heart. With 3 different versions included, these napkin rings really will help you use those smaller scraps you kept because they were going to be useful for something!


4. Fruit slices keychains by Raffamusa Designs

Don’t these look almost edible? Rafaella has such a talent for these sorts of patterns!

5. Flower Face Scrubbies by Made by Gootie

I have made many scrubbier before and teamed them up with lotions and make up as part of a gift basket for Christmas and birthdays, and they go down a treat! Check out these pretty ones designed by Agat.

6. Crochet Oval Placemat Pattern by Crafting Each Day

I just love the clean and simple look of these placemats. They would look great on any table!

7. Cottage Blanket by Blue Star Crochet

This blanket is giving me all of the cozy feels! Perfect for watching movies under, or using as the children’s ‘poorly’ blanket! Do you have a ‘poorly blanket’?





8. Stash Buster Sweater by Two Brothers Blankets

Michelle is know for her fabulous garments. This one would be a great introduction to garment making!

9. Amigurumi Cupcakes by Loops and Love Crochet

I am loving these! My daughter’s birthday is in July and these would be perfect party favours!

10. Cable Cafetiere Cosy by Crochet Cloudberry

I just love cables! If you can front post and back post then this is a great pattern to try cabling out on!

11. Candy Swirl Spiral Coasters by Hooked on Patterns

Can you ever have too many coasters? I’m in the ‘No’ Camp. Check out these sweet coasters.



12. Minimalist Wall Hanging by Noors Knits

Do you love wall hangings? This pattern is a cute one and the fringe sets it off perfectly! They remind me of 1920’s fashion. I am quite taken with these.

13. Square Woven Basket by Knitz n Purlz

Knitz n Purlz has some fantastic patterns. For me these baskets are a must have!! What will you keep in yours?

14. Dad’s Soap on a Rope by Through the Loop Yarn Craft

If you have not seen or do not already have this one in your pattern library where have you been hiding? We have featured this pattern a few times in other events and round ups. Maybe this time you should download it whilst the pdf is free!

15. Happily Ever After Shawl by EClaire Makery

Claire is known for her colour work. This shawl is just stunning.


16. Kitchen Tea Towel by My Crochet Space

This is a perfect unisex gift and a super housewarming gift. Use 2 colours or make every section a completely different colour and use those scraps!

17. Rainbow Fringe Bralette by Carroway Crochet

Pam has some fantastic boho summer patterns in her designs! What about adding this one to your collection?

18. Moss Stitch Bow Headband by Desert Blossom Crafts

This is a great project to take to your child’s dance lesson or soccer session and work on while you wait.

19. Cotton Face Scrubbie by Remington Lane

Last but not least this week is the PDF Pattern for these pretty face scrubbies. Perfect quick items if you like to sell at craft fairs, or want a quick gift for someone!


That is week 2 of the Stash Busting Challenge!

That is all for week 2 of the Stash Busting Challenge! 19 fabulous stash busting patterns by 19 fantastic designers. Pick your favourites or collect them all!

The third and final instalment will be posted on Wednesday 23rd June so be sure to come back and check them out!

Don’t forget:

Join our Facebook Community Group and share all the makes from this event with us! It’s a lovely supportive group. Just remember to answer the three quick joining questions.

Round up of Patterns for Him!

Round up of Patterns for Him!

Did you know that April 17th is Husband Appreciation Day? So let’s celebrate the men in our lives with a roundup of patterns especially designed for him! Husbands, we love them dearly don’t we? And when we have sons we hope (most of the time) 

The Ultimate Granny Square Round-up!

The Ultimate Granny Square Round-up!

Welcome to the Ultimate Granny Square Roundup!   Ever heard of Granny Square Appreciation Day? Did you know that August 15th 2020 is Granny Square Appreciation Day? It was new to me too! But I just knew that I had to do something to mark 

Sun at Home Event – Free Patterns

Sun at Home Event – Free Patterns

We teamed up with some  designer friends to bring you the Sun at Home event where each designer offered you a FREE PDF Pattern for one day during May 2020.

The patterns were for items that you can use outside in the garden if you (like me) are forced to stay home for 23 hours a day during lockdown.  There was something for everyone –  coasters, sun hats, afghans and lots in between!

The patterns were rather fabulous so we thought we would keep the post as a round-up of patterns that you can use inside or outside. A lot of these are still free on the designers’ website, but some you will now only be able to get as paid patterns (although in truth the cost of them is very often less than a coffee at Starbucks! Click on the photos to go to the designer’s post.


Monogrammed Mug Rugs by Sincerely Pam

Check out these monogrammed coasters / mug rugs by Sincerely Pam.

I really love these mug rugs and can’t wait to make some myself! They are a great way to personalise a gift and would also make great office or teacher appreciation gifts!

Pam has thought of everything and includes a tutorial on tapestry crochet, how to change colours and how to read a graph. Everything is there for you to give these a go!

Click on the photo or go here.

monogrammed mug rugs

Shawl by Hanjan Crochet

This gorgeous shawl by Hanjan Crochet has some fabulous drape. Its a modern take on a c2c project so if you are looking for a fabulous twist on the traditional c2c project then this is for you! It is written in both UK and US terms.

Shawls are great because you can use them all year … as a scarf in winter or over the shoulders to keep the breeze off you in summer. They are one of those projects that get used regardless.


9 Minute Coasters from Ned and Mimi

Today’s offering are these great 9 minute coasters from Ned and Mimi. You really can make one of these in 9 minutes so they are awesome stash busters if you have some t-shirt or super bulky yarn. They would make a super addition to the patio table or picnic bench.



Iced Coffee Cup Cozy from Carroway Crochet

Carroway Crochet are featuring this Iced Coffee Cup Cozy. Now, with our coffee beanie cozies I know how great these things are! Not only do they protect your hands from the cold or the heat coming through the cup, they also help to stabilise the cup and help prevent accidents! Did you know they had that built in health and safety feature? I didn’t until I learned the hard way and burned myself on a very hot cup of tea one time when the cup lid flew off with the heat and the cup crushed in my hand ….


Freeze pop sleeves from Green Fox Farms Designs

Today’s pattern just makes me smile! These Freeze Pop Sleeves from Green Fox Farms Designs are just fabulous and there is something to suit anyone! I can see these being a firm favourite with the kids. And they are great scrap busters. Problem with these is that if you make one you have to make them all!



Sunny Sorbet Shawl from Bear Rye

Bear Rye is offering you a free pdf copy of their Sunny Sorbet Shawl! I love the colours she used in this one (I find myself very drawn to yellows!) This shawl can be used to keep the summer breezes from your shoulders or as a scarf in cooler seasons. Don’t you love it when your accessories have multi-purposes?

The Sunny Sorbet Shawl


Bunting by Cosy Rosie UK

Bunting is such a great way to cheer up a garden, or any room in the house! This one from Cosy Rosie UK is perfect! Bunting is a great stash buster and scrap buster too. It would also help to make a lockdown birthday special, make it in red, white and blue ready for July 4th, or just because! They are so easily personalised too – appliqués, felt letters, buttons, ribbons, crocheted flowers… The world is your oyster with how you make this one your own.



Summer Breeze Throw by Ambassador Crochet

This Summer Breeze Throw by Ambassador Crochet is perfect for watching the sunset / sunrise on those warmer days, or sitting under while you watch the kids run around the yard or the world go by on your porch. It has a gorgeous lacy texture  so it looks stunning and you won’t get too warm under it as you enjoy the warmer months.


The Summer Breeze throw by Ambassador Crochet

Gingham Placements by Itchin’ for some Stitchin’

You can make these in any colour combos to suit your kitchen decor or just make them bright for the garden table so the kids can have their picnic or barbecue outside! They also make cute gifts.

If you haven’t tried a gingham project before but like the look of it go for it! Gingham isn’t difficult and once you work out what you are doing with your yarns you can wip these up in no time 🙂


Magnolia Springs Mug Rugs – Crochetastic Boutique

These Magnolia Springs Mug Rugs are a great stash buster and (I think) have a rustic feel to them. They are quick makes and great for adventurous beginners due to the use of the star stitch, but there is a lot of great videos on how to do this stitch on YouTube! This pattern came as a surprise because there are also 2 other patterns in the PDF!


Wrapped in Diamonds Wrap by Jo’s Crafty Hook

Have you seen the Wrapped in Diamonds wrap from Jo’s Crafty Hook? It uses the argyle stitch and is so pretty! Its a great summer wrap because of the lacy texture of it and is perfect for those summer evening walks or wearing in the garden while you read a good book or watch your hubby barbecue.


Bonnet by Jaded Crafts and Creations

Jaded Crafts & Creations have this understated but super cute bonnet in sizes 0-24 months. It gives the perfects amount of cover to protect their little heads from the sun with a slight brim to keep the sun out of their eyes whilst they are playing!

If you have no children to make this for it would make a great item to donate!


Easy Breezy Sun hat by Fosbas Designs

Don’t you just love a sunhat? This one brings me back so many memories! Of course, this one is much cuter than the plastic ones we had as kids! I love Fosbas Designs’ take on this. It is practical, functional and will not take up much room in your bag if you aren’t wearing it.

The pattern has sizes from toddler to adult so you can make one for the whole family.



My Favourite Sun Hat – Strings and Cuddles

For those of you who also love a more traditional sunhat with the whole head covered, Strings and Cuddles have designed this rather beautiful sun hat.

The pattern requires 250-400 yards of worsted weight cotton and a 5mm hook. Its makes a super cute mummy and me project! I can think of several people who would love one of these. Its a pity Mother’s Day has been and gone!


Flowers in the Garden Shawl by Needle Klankers

Needle Klankers are gifting you this beautiful lacy shawl today. Its called Flowers in the Garden Shawl and is another one perfect for keeping that summer breeze off you or keeping you warm as you sit by the campfire while the sun starts to set. It is made with 4 ply yarn and a 5mm hook so the drape will be just gorgeous.



Sea Waves Basket by Raffasmusa Designs

I am LOVING this Sea Waves Basket from RaffamusaDesigns! This particular one is made with t-shirt yarn and its fabulous! Maybe its because I live right on the coast. Who doesn’t love a great storage basket? They can be used anywhere in the home or garden and for just about anything. What would you use yours for?


Sunshine Crochet Coasters by Crafting Each Day

I am loving the combination of the herringbone half double crochet with the shell stitch boarder. It looks quite stunning. These are perfect for indoor or outdoor use and are a great way to use up some of your scraps! You will need small amounts of DK (#3 weight) yarn and a 4.5mm hook.

This pattern is available as a free pdf download until midnight EST tonight!

To get yours grab the coupon code above, then click here or on the photo below. You will be taken to the designers blog post where you will be able to see all of the information about the pattern. If you want it click on the button in the post and use the coupon code.


X’s Can and Bottle Cozy by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Have you seen our Can and Bottle Cozy pattern? They are great for the kids in the garden, on picnics or at barbecues. My daughter insists that I always carry some of these and the coffee beanie cozies we have in my bag at all times … just in case they are needed. And to be fair she loves them! They are super easy to make, take me maybe 20 minutes each and are a super scrap buster pattern! Your choice of colours for this one just makes each cozy look so different (check out the photos on Ravelry if you don’t believe me lol). With the 4th July coming up quickly why not make some in red, white and blue??



Drops of Colour Coaster – CCbyFRan

CCbyFran have this super colourful Draops of Colour coaster pattern. She released it especially for this event and is also a sneak peak at one of the patterns she will have available in her ’25 Colourful Coasters E-book’ which will be released in June.

This pattern is suitable for beginners and is a great scrap buster too! Its also perfect for indoors or outdoors use and your choice of colours would make each one different. Im thinking that it would also look good using different shades of the same colour and watching the transition from dark to light or vice versa.



Vineyard Lanyard by Through the Loop Yarn Craft

Today’s pattern is so quirky that I just love it! I’m not personally a big wine drinker (in fact I don’t really drink much at all ) but I know so many people who would just love this! I might make myself one for the glasses of orange juice. Its definitely made it onto the ‘to make for Christmas gifts’ list!

The pattern uses approximately 30 yards of #4 worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook and the pattern is suitable for beginners.

Ashley’s blog post for this made me giggle – check out the list she made of when this can be used!


Crochet Mason Jar Covers by Cute as a Button Crochet

This design was actually inspired by her son and this is a good pattern for beginners to start to branch out with. You work in the round with dc, hdc and sc and there is some back loop only thrown in there. This is a perfect pattern for the outdoors as it helps to keep bugs from drowning in your drinks! Another great idea for a scrap-busting / stash-busting project. I would make mine in several colours so that drinks can be easily identified. We often put our drinks down on picnics,  go and kick a ball around and then come back and wonder whose drink is whose.



I am kind of sad that this event has come to an end with this pattern! It has been great fun bringing you all of these wonderful patterns from designers around the world. We have had so many lovely comments on the blog, social media and via email about this event and are thrilled that you have loved it as much as we have.

If you make any of these we would love it if you could share your makes with us, either in our Facebook community group or with the hashtag #sunathome.


Mother’s Day Pattern Round-up 2020

Mother’s Day Pattern Round-up 2020

It’s almost Mother’s Day! We had so much fun with the stash busting pattern round-ups that we have teamed up with some more fantastic designers to bring you this fabulous Mother’s Day round-up! In some parts of the world (like here in the UK) we