Here are some of the most versatile, clever, and useful free crochet patterns you can make for almost everyone on your list! There's ideas for kids, teen girl, young guys, and adult gifts that will actually be used and loved.
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After compiling this list of quick, free knitting patterns that would make great gifts, I realized I needed to include a list of free crochet patterns, too, for those who like to crochet.
I do both knitting and crocheting, though I do know some people who only do one or the other.
I have great memories of my grandma teaching me both knitting and crocheting, though by the time the 70s and 80s rolled around (when I was learning) she was firmly in the crochet camp. I have Granny Squares actually made by my granny!
Anyway, the number of really great patterns for crocheting has really increased in the past decade - you are no longer stuck in just one type of stitch or pattern. There are stitches that look like knitting and some that look like lace.
I was so impressed as I gathered these free crochet patterns for you - these aren't your grandma's crochet patterns!
You will not find clowns or toilet paper covers here (not that there's anything wrong with that, if it's your thing) - we are looking for gift ideas that people will appreciate and USE.
Most of these patterns can be made with just one or two skeins of yarn and could be completed in hours. Many are also portable, which I love for being able to do while traveling.
I hope that you find a pattern to make for someone (or everyone!) on your list from these great patterns and ideas!
Wondering where to get yarn and other supplies?
I have a couple places I go to for quality yarn (i.e. - not just acrylic) that have good prices:
Easy Free Crochet Patterns For Gifts
I loved making these simple crochet "unpaper" towels as much as I did using them, so of course I figured out a way to give them to my family and friends as a gift!
An adorable crochet beanie-type hat from Crochet Dreamz that you can make in about an hour!
Adding the fur pom-pom on top makes it just so cute. Pattern sizes from toddler to adult.
Here's a different, simpler type of crochet beanie from Purl Soho made from the top down and with only a single crochet stitch. Using the single stitch gives it almost a knit look, doesn't it?
I love the idea of handmade towels - both to use and give. Give this towel with an interesting crochet pattern from Mama In a Stitch as a set of two or one with a smaller washcloth version.
This modern simple pot holder from Mama In A Stitch (love the leather tab idea!) would be the sweet handmade touch along with some purchased kitchen items - or combine it with the towel above as a kitchen set using coordinating colors.
Talk about quick! Make up a set of these crochet napkin rings from Make and Takes and give them with either purchased or home sewn napkins for a useful gift.
Teens and young adults would love these crocheted coil baskets from My Poppet - so unique. You can fill them with candy, cocoa or tea, or even a potted plant.
Make a chunky infinity scarf from A Crafted Passion using a soft yarn in a favorite color for both girls and adults.
I love the shape of this market tote bag from Make and Do Crew - give with a gift card to a favorite store for a super useful present.
A pretty and useful moss stitch crochet zipper pouch from Ned & Mimi for keeping everything from pencils to makeup (or crochet hooks!). Gift it alone or as a gift card holder.
Sweet and simple crochet mitten pattern from Crochet Life for both the teen and adult guys and girls on your list.
Here's a fun crochet ear warmer from Easy Crochet made with a bulky yarn that finishes up quickly. This would be great for any age of girls on your list.
Stitch up a set of crochet glass cozies with this tutorial from Miss Mustard Seed and give them with the glasses for the person who would appreciate the vintage look of these (hand raised!).
Make some fun reusable crochet cotton rounds from Heather Corrine Crochets to take the place of cotton face rounds for a great earth-friendly gift. Package them in a glass storage jar to make them really easy to use.
Note: a previous cotton crochet pattern I featured here wasn't a good pattern and didn't have any type of tutorial or help, so I've updated to a better pattern shown and linked above (which is why the colors are different than the lead collage photo).
Or use the same idea with nylon netting/tulle and this pattern from Suzie's Sitcom to make kitchen scrubbies that are great for pots (and safe for glass-top stoves!).
Made with a gray, green, or blue yarn this crochet men's winter scarf from The Spruce Crafts would be welcomed by the guys on your list.
Hair scrunchies are back! Make crochet versions using the pattern at Easy Crochet for stocking stuffers, or combine with fun hair accessories in a gift basket.
These super cute crochet slippers from Make and Do Crew use a flip flop sole, believe it or not! It's a big upgrade from the standard crochet slipper, I think.
This simple keyhole scarf from Love Crafts made in neutral colors would go with so many outfits.
While not a full gift, a few of these crochet star ornaments from Persia Lou tied to a gift would make a sweet heirloom Christmas decoration. Make with either yarn or just jute twine for a more rustic look.
If you have a little more time…
This modern triangle baby blanket from Purl Soho would make a wonderful, heirloom gift that is different from traditional baby crocheted blankets, but still warm and enveloping.
I made the knitted version of this for a friend's daughter's baby and she loved it.
I hope this has inspired you to pick up some yarn and a crochet hook to make some fun and useful gifts for your friends and family!
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