Today I’m sharing my top easy crochet blanket patterns for beginners for you to enjoy!
I learnt to crochet about a decade ago when I had some knee surgery that meant I couldn’t be mobile for six weeks and I needed to keep myself busy! At the time I lived in a one bedroom first floor flat with just stairs for access so I had no way of getting downstairs to get out and about and so I decided I should focus on something new and positive while my body healed from the surgery.
I’d always been crafty as a youngster and my Mum is amazing at anything crafty she turns her hand to and so I asked her to teach me to crochet. I have her to thank for everything HanJan and especially for my love of easy blankets!
I had a few friends expecting babies at the time and so I thought I could knock up a few granny blankets to celebrate their new arrivals. Boy, have I knocked up a few blankets since then! I thought I’d take the chance to share my experience with learning to crochet and let you know my top 6 easy crochet blanket patterns for beginners to learn to crochet.
Getting Started with crochet
At first it felt awful and I hated it. I didn’t know how to hold the hook, my Mum went waaaaay too fast (bless her) and it just didn’t make any sense to me. Fortunately I had the time and energy to persevere and slowly but surely it came to me. My muscle memory started to kick in and those tight awkward chains started to flow and I could finally work my stitches into them without having a massive argument with them!
I would say it took at least 4 or 5 blankets for me to feel comfortable with my technique so don’t despair, it will happen! It’s like anything in life where practise makes perfect and all that jazz.
So my best advice for anyone starting out learning to crochet is to be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if your first few (or more than a few) attempts don’t work out. Keep going. It will happen.
I didn’t know anyone else who crocheted and so I just copied my Mums technique which is pretty similar to throwing your yarn in knitting so to pure crocheters it looks really weird. Sorry. That’s how I crochet. I would encourage everyone to just find what works for you. Don’t worry about how you hold your hook or your yarn, just find what’s comfortable for you. When you find the perfect way you’ll know and the muscle memory you develop will mean you’ll find it hard to do it any other way! Or at least I do!
What to crochet
Lots of people ask me what the best things are to crochet for beginners. Controversially I usually say blankets. Most people I know are fans of scarves, dishcloths, cushions and other smaller projects but I think you should just go for it with a decent sized blanket. There are a few reasons for this.
Firstly, repetition. If you choose a blanket with a really simple repeat for the pattern then you won’t only be learning how to crochet but you’ll be learning about your hook and yarn positioning and action, you’ll develop an even tension and eventually you’ll get lost in the mindfulness of the blanket. The moment you get lost in it is the best feeling – it means you’re there. Your hands know what they are doing and you can pop on your favourite box set and crochet away.
Secondly, blankets. I mean who doesn’t love a blanket?! They are a perfect gift, or to keep for yourself. They are something to be really proud of and admire. I never tire of making blankets and I know so many others are like me too.
What you need to start
Starting a project is really simple, you just need a crochet hook and some yarn. If you’re just starting out then I’d go for a inexpensive set of hooks rather than spend lots on individual sizes that you may or may not use in the future. Also, if you get a set then you’ll be able to experiment with the different sizes and see how it changes your work and find your favourite too. Mine is a 5mm, always has been! Either bamboo hooks or metal ones are great, I swear by bamboo ones but my Mum uses metal, it’s entirely up to you.
When choosing yarn I’d go for something like double knit or worsted weight. It’s not too big that you feel like you’re wrestling and not so small that you feel like you can’t see the stitches.
You’ll also need some sharp scissors (they don’t have to be fancy ones) and a needle with an eye big enough to thread your yarn through. That’s it! Literally all you need to get going.
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Here come the easy crochet blanket patterns for beginners!
These are some free patterns that you might like to try to get to grips with crochet, each of them come with a step by step tutorial to get you going:
The Lapsang Blanket uses a really simple crochet cable stitch that is so easy to learn and creates the most beautiful drape. You can download the free PDF and buy the yarn pack here too.
The Larksfoot Blanket is perfect for anyone that fancies a go at something a bit different to a traditional Granny type blanket. You can download the free PDF and buy the yarn pack here too.
This one is for anyone that would love a soft and delicate look but with a super simple pattern. The stitches line up to create little ‘V’ shapes, hence the name. You can download the free PDF and buy the yarn pack here too.
This is another twist on the traditional Granny blanket but instead of going round and round you work in rows which makes it much easier to keep track of where you are! You can download the free PDF and buy the yarn pack here too.
This one is a bit more complicated than the rest but is absolutely doable for any beginner! I promise! You can download the free PDF and buy the yarn pack here too.
The Oolong Blanket uses the really cute Cabbage Patch stitch to give a really textured look that looks far trickier than it is! You can download the free PDF and buy the yarn pack here too.
I really hope you’ve found some inspiration here for learning to crochet with my top easy crochet blanket patterns for beginners and are looking forward to getting going with your first project! Whatever you choose to make just remember to be patient, persevere and above all enjoy it! My first attempts were by no means relaxing but I guarantee when you find your rhythm you will love every minute of it.
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