While some crocheters like a particular pattern and stick to just one, many others enjoy the challenge of trying something new. The cost of yarn and needles can be quite high, so finding free crochet afghan patterns helps to keep the cost of a very enjoyable hobby down. Everyone who crochets will buy a pattern book from time to time, but being able to find new patterns that are free is always a bonus. Here are a few ways to do just that.
Any store that sells yarn will probably have free afghan patterns hanging off of the shelves in the craft department; you can tear off a copy to bring home. Crafts stores also will have the free patterns that are offered by the yarn companies. Any yarn specific store will have afghans on display and sheets available with the patterns on them. It might be a bit rude to take one of these if you don’t buy any yarn, so go ahead and support the small business owner. Some places to check are Jo-Ann Fabric, Michael’s and Walmart.
The Internet is filled with free pattern options. Lion Brand Yarn has a great website that not only offers you the ability to order all your yarn online, but also offers a ton of free patterns. To get more than just a few, you need to register, but there is no charge to do that. They have afghans for most all of their different yarn types and also baby afghans.
If you have always wanted to crochet an afghan just like your grandma made, then there is a free website that will help to create it. These are not the newest and hippest patterns, these are ones your mother or grandmother would have found familiar and if you want to create a nostalgic afghan free vintage crochet is a great website.
Friends and family
One of my favorite patterns to crochet is the ripple pattern. It was given to me by a girlfriend who is very creative and makes the most beautiful afghans. Your family and friends can provide you with patterns that they have used. They may have purchased them in a book or they may have received them the same way, from a friend. When this writer was very young, her aunt taught her how to crochet and she learned how to make a granny square. This makes a simple square afghan in one piece or you can make small squares and attach them together. Either way it is a very basic pattern.
Your local library will likely have more than one book offering afghan patterns. They may not allow you to use the copier to copy the patterns, so bring along a pad and pencil and you can hand write the ones that you like.
Newspapers and magazines
Newspapers often have a craft section and they will, from time to time, feature crochet afghan patterns. Some of your favorite ladies magazines will also have articles on crocheting afghans. They want you to use and copy these patterns.
You don’t need to spend any money on patterns to start crocheting. Look around you, you will find a wide variety of patterns that are free and available to you. This is the perfect time to find one that you love and get started. You will find that not only is it easy, it is therapeutic.