My Top 5 FREE Crochet Patterns for Beginners

The number one worry crocheters share with me about crocheting socks is getting started. Where do you start? Are they difficult? Are there any good free patterns?

Well, here’s my answer to those questions:

  1. You start with a single stitch.
  2. They aren’t that difficult, but they’ll take some time and practice.
  3. YES! And I have 5 here for you!
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Crochet socks are, as most of you may know, my favorite thing to make. They’re quic(ish), easy(ish), fun, and don’t take a whole lot of skill to complete. If you can crochet a hat, you can crochet a sock! Seriously!

The biggest thing you’ll have to tackle is fit. Once you’ve got the fit down, you’ve got the skills you need!

Today, I want to share with you my Top 5 FREE Crochet Sock Patterns I’ve made. They come from Lion Brand, Red Heart, and Myself. Working on these socks will help you improve your skills and set you up for success when you want to start working on more complicated socks later on.

These socks are all beginner and listed in no particular order. Simply click the links, head to the websites and go to town!


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  1. Le Becque Socks

We’ll begin with one of my favorite patterns I’ve designed. The Le Becque Socks. These were for a free Crochet Along I had with the folks over at Furls Crochet Hooks. The pattern is still available online, though. The pattern is in three parts so you’ll just want to follow weeks 1-4 for all the info. They are a lot of fun and super stretchy. So, you won’t have to be too persnickety about fit!

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2. Surf and Sand Socks

Okay so these might not be the most beginner of all the beginner socks but I can’t express just how fun they are. I designed these with variegated yarn in mind. I really wanted a type of stitch that would play with the yarn in the best way possible! I love how they came out…and that heel? So comfortable!

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3. Men’s Crochet Socks

Lion Brand hit the mark with these fresh and fun crochet socks designed for men. A reinforced heel and classic toe allow the vanilla style sock construction to shine through. I love these socks and they’d work for just about anyone – not just men. I’d only caution on the fit. Take time to make a gauge swatch and measure well! Lion Brand sock yarn doesn’t have the most amount of stretch in it.

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4. Cozy at Home Crochet Socks

I learned to crochet socks from Karen Whooley and it wouldn’t be polite to list all my fav crochet socks and not include a design of hers. The Cozy at Home Crochet Socks are made for wearing around the house and look as comfy as they probably are. I’m not a huge fan of calling slippers…socks…because, well, they’re not. But I’m forgiving this small mistake because…honestly…look at that pink!

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5. Colorful Crochet Socks

These socks are just fun to look at and easy to make. The cuff is worked horizontally which means you get all the east of working in rows and the stretch it offers! They work up super fast too. I’d work both cuffs, then move onto the feet from there! No second sock syndrome.

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I really hope you enjoyed this list of my favorite FREE crochet sock patterns! Don’t forget to share your crochet socks with me on Instagram using the hashtags #stepintocrochet and #rohnstrong. Oh! And don’t forget to show off your project in the Rohn Strong Maker Community Facebook group too!

Tutorial Tuesday | Alternating Front and Back Loop Extended Single Crochet

It’s Tutorial Tuesday and I have another stitch pattern to share with you all! If you missed last week, don’t worry, you can catch the video over on my Youtube Channel HERE. It’s the Slip Stitch Crunch Stitch, one of my absolute fav stitches.

This week, we have the Alternating Front and Back Loop Extended Single Crochet. A quick and easy stitch pattern that’s perfect for socks, sweaters, and shawls.

You’ll get a lot of texture for very little work…and that’s my favorite part! Just by switching the loop you work in, you are able to achieve amazing texture!

Here’s the video:

Looking for the written directions:

Chain a multiple of 2+1 sts.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 1, Esc in first st, *esc in blo of next st, esc in flo of next st; rep from * across to last st, esc in last st.

Repeat Row 2 for your pattern.

I really hope you enjoyed this stitch tutorial. Remember to share any project you make with it with me on Instagram! Just use the hashtags #rohnstrong. Oh! And don’t forget to show off your project in the Rohn Strong Maker Community Facebook group too!

Spring Hope Crochet Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern and Book Review

A quick to stitch cotton shawl with the simplest of shaping, my String Network Crochet Shawl, is the perfect accent piece for your summer nights on the town. Get the free pattern below and read a special book review for “Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary” by Dora Ohrenstein.

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Edenton Top – Free Crochet Pattern

Copped. Colorful. Cold Should. Edenton is just about everything you need in a chic summer top. Worked in two identical panels and seamed, it’s perfect for first time garment makers.


The Inspiration

I absolutely love a colorful cropped top. There is just something about summer that makes me want to design all of the cropped tops.

This top was super special. I know, I feel like I say that about every design of mine but…this one. Ugh!

Okay, so I’ve been obsessed with Granny Stripes for as long as I can remember. Granny stitch itself is so undeniably classic crochet that it’s hard to dismiss. This top was all about combining bright colors, modern shapes, and being as size inclusive as possible!

The Design

This design is really easy to construct. You begin with a long chain, work a short body, then construct the sleeves up to the neckline. From there it’s just about working a few shoulder rows to create the straps! How fun is that?

You’ll notice that the sizing is a little different than what I’ve used in the past. Instead of standard sizing with labels, I’ve decided to offer sizes in 12 sizes. The sizes will differ based on the designs moving forward, but for this pattern we’ll be working the bust sizes ranging from 40in through 69in!

The Instructions

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

Lion Brand Yarn ZZ Twist Yarn (100% Acrylic; CYC 4: Medium; 246yds/225m; 3.5oz/100g)

Yarn A: Peacock (#763-170) x 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) [5, 6, 7, 8] balls

Yarn B: Hot Pink (#763-195) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn C: White (#763-100) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn D: Sky Blue (#763-106) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn E: Coral (#763-103) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

US H/8 (5mm) Crochet Hook

Tapestry Needle

Gauge: Work 14dc and 8.5 rows to measure 4in x 4in over double crochet using 5mm hook, or size required to obtain gauge.

Work 4.5 3-dc groups and 8 rows to measures 4in x 4 in over 3-dc granny stripe pattern using 5mm hook, or size required to obtain gauge.

Dimensions:

Sizes Offered: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8, 9]

Finished Bust: 40 (43.5, 48.5, 52, 55.5) [58.75, 62.25, 65, 69] inches

Sleeve Seam: 10.25 inches

Length: 13.5 inches Note: this is adjustable.

Top shown is wearing a size 4. Model is 5’10” tall with a 46” bust.

Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Dc – Double Crochet

St(s) – Stitches

Rep – Repeat

In – Inch

WS – Wrong Side

Notes:

Front and back (including sleeves) are each worked in one piece from the bottom up.

Weave in ends as work progresses.

Pattern Instructions

With yarn A, ch 36, fasten off and set aside (make 2).

Front

With 5mm hook and yarn A, ch 72, (78, 87, 93, 98) [105, 111, 116, 123]

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (70, 76, 85, 91, 97, 103, 109, 114, 121)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), dc in each dc across, turn.

Rep row 2 until piece measures 5.5in., end after worked a WS row.

Note: If a longer sweater is desired, simply work more rows as needed before beginning granny stripe pattern.

Shape Sleeves

Row 1 (WS): Ch 38, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook and in back bar of next 34 ch, dc across front sts, pick up one of the set-aside chains and dc in back bar of each of the 36 ch across, turn. – (142, 148, 157, 163, 169, 175, 181, 186, 193) sts.

Granny Stripes

Row 1 (RS): Join B, ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), *sk 2 dc, 3dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * across, ending with a dc in last dc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), 2dc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp, 2dc in last ch-1 sp, dc in last dc, turn.

Work these two rows 8 times more, changing colors ever RS row in the following order:

C, A, C, D, B, C, E, A

Next Row: With A, Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-sp across. Finish Off.

Back

Work as for Front.

Finishing

Seam sides and underarms. Mark center 40 sts on both back and front, seam top of sleeves from cuff to just above elbow (about 6 inches).

Note: The center 40 sts on both the back and front are for the neck hole. Customize this, as desired! Stick the neckline where you’d like it – just make sure it’s centered!

Straps

With Front facing and beginning at marker on right, join A, and work strap as follows:

Note: For the larger sizes, you may want to make the straps a bit wider/longer. This will depend on your bust and your personal preference. There is a lot of room for customization here!

Row 1: Sc in each of the next 10 sts, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across.

Rep Row 2 a further 38 times.

Finish Off.

Seam strap to corresponding stitches on back.

Repeat for second strap on left side of Front. Weave in all ends and block as desired.

Sorbet Summer Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern

The perfect way to add a little pop of color to your summer wardrobe, my Sorbet Summer Shawl is the newest free pattern from Rohn Strong!


Hello Friends!

I love welcoming each of you like that. That’s exactly how I think of each of you. Friends. You bring such positivity and light to my little corner of the world and, for that, I thank you.

Alright, back to the crochet!

I whipped up this shawl some time ago and haven’t had a moment to share it with you! It’s a gorgeous simple shawl using some cotton yarn.

Here in the south, we have the hottest summers known to man and each year they just seem to get hotter. This year is no exception. The truth is, as hot as it gets outside, it gets colder inside.

If you’re like me, that damn A/C unit just chills me right to the bone. So, having a little something to throw around my shoulders is just perfect.

The Design

This design is constructed back and forth using a thinner worsted weight yarn and a larger hook. Increases and decreases form the asymmetrical shape and I worked stripes every few rows to give it a really cool and modern look!

The yarn I chose to use was discontinued between actually making this project and posting this pattern. So, in lieu of that I am just going to share the yarn amounts/yardage with you and you can make the shawl as you wish!

The Pattern

Finished Shawl Size:

Wingspan: About 54in.

Depth: About 20in.

Approximately Materials:

  • 3 colors worsted weight cotton yarn (approximately 150yds of each)
  • Size US K/6.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Markers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Gauge:

Gauge is not essential for this shawl. The most important thing is that the fabric is loose and there is quite a bit of drape. 

Shawl

Section 1:

Row 1: Using Color A, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, 2sc in each of the next 2 sts. (6 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (6 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2sc in each of the last 2 sts. (8 sts)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (8 sts)

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until working row has 60 sts. End after working a Row 4.

Section 2:

Row 1: Join B with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (62 sts)

End off B.

Row 2: Join A with a sc, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (62 sts)

End off A.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the working row has 78 sts. End after working a Row 2.

Section 3:

Row 1: Join B with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (62 sts)

End off B.

Row 2: Join C with a sc, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (62 sts)

End off A.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the working row has 86 sts. End after working a Row 2.

Section 4:

Row 1: Join C with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (88 sts)

End off.

Row 2: Join C with a sc, ch 3, turn, 2tr in first st, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, tr2tog. (88 sts)

End off.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until working row has 94 sts.

Repeat Row 1, once more. (96 sts)

Edging

With RS facing, join A in the last st worked. Working from Left to Right, reverse single crochet in each st across. End off.

Finishing

Block shawl to finished shape. Weave in all ends.