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Our Favorite Free Crochet Patterns of 2018

Updated October 24, 2019
Our Favorite Free Crochet Patterns

There's no better time to reflect on the past than at the start of a new year, and that's exactly what we're going to do here today! We at AllFreeCrochet love sharing free patterns with you all, so it's always exciting to look back and see which of our thousands of patterns you all loved the most. We're used to see some of our tried and true faves in our yearly recaps, but sometimes trends get so big that some brand new patterns make their way onto our lists.

Enjoy our list of the top 100 crochet patterns of 2018 - from crochet afghans and shawls to crochet ponchos and crochet patterns for the home, a little bit of everything made its way onto this list. 

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Crochet Ponchos

Crochet ponchos were back and bigger than ever in 2018, and these seven ponchos were your favorites! Loose and airy, these garments are the perfect piece to just toss on over a tee or a tank for a quick cover-up. You can even wear these over a long-sleeve shirt to be even warmer!

Editor's Fave, Cozy Tweed Crochet Poncho There's something about the oversized drape of this pattern that I can't stop staring at, and the cowl neck design adds a stylish touch to this design. I need one!

Crochet Scarves

Crochet scarves are a must for any experienced crocheter! Surprisingly, only six of our patterns made the list, but we think they're some of our absolute faves. Choose from any of these beginner-friendly designs you'll love, from a loopy fashion scarf to simple and airy designs. 

Editor's Fave, Aurora Borealis Crochet ScarfTake a simple repeating pattern in a pretty solid colorway and you've just gone ahead and described the scarf patterns I like to make. The Aurora Borealis Scarf works up so quickly using bulky varigated yarn, and is just so pretty!

Crochet Hats

Crochet hats are a must-make for many crocheters - they're quick and simple projects that everyone always needs in the winter, and they're endlessly customizable. These eight hats made our best-of list this year - beanies and slouchy hats were the most popular, but there's a really cute messy bun hat that snuck its way into the list. 

Editor's Fave, Celtic Dream Crochet Beanie Pattern - Even if I weren't of celtic descent, I would be all over this beanie design. The dreamy teal color of this beanie packs a punch of color to brighten up even the dreariest of cold days. This pattern might be tricky for beginners, but experienced crocheters will love this fun challenge.

Crochet Sweaters and Crochet Tops

Only five sweaters and tops made the best-of list this year, but they are all fan favorites! Sweaters and tops are a little trickier than scarves and hats since they require more precise measurements and shaping, but a cozy handmade sweater or top will always get you attention and compliments.

Editor's Fave, Victorian Romance Cardigan: You'll never find a crochet sweater like this one in stores. The intricate details give this pattern a vintage flair that is hard to come by in modern designs.

Crochet Shawls and Crochet Wraps

Bigger than your typical scarf and so warm and cozy to wrap around yourself, crochet shawls and wraps are just as popular as scarves to make! These ten designs were some of your favorites for 2018, and all feature simple, repeating patterns anyone can handle. These wraps are stylish and warm and are the perfect little coverup for anything from a holiday party to a chilly day in the office. 

Editor's Fave, A One Skein Wrap: Shawls, to me, are more for dressing up so you need to have a little lace. A One Skein Wrap is that perfect combination of lacy but still substantial and warm - and the serene aqua shade it's pictured in is divine! Did we mention it only uses one skein of yarn?

Crochet Baby Blankets

Baby blankets are a little more manageable than regular afghan designs since they're so much smaller, and you guys really love them too since so many of them made our best-of list! From rectangular crib blankets to round and star-shaped designs these little designs are amazing shower or birthday gifts!

Editor's Fave, Nana's Favorite Baby Blanket: The granny stitch used in this blanket is a classic favorite, and the clean lines and crisp colors of the pattern add a modern twist. Plus, it works up quickly, so it is a great project to make for a baby shower gift.

Crochet Afghan Patterns and Blankets

Crochet blankets and afghan designs are pretty standard patterns but are definitely on the ambitious end due to how long they can take to complete. If you have the patience and the time to work one of these up, though, you'll definitely be rewarded! These crochet patterns are snuggly and oh-so-warm! Pro tip: Work with chunky or super bulky yarn to help speed up the process!

Editor's Fave, Lazy Girl Crochet Blanket Pattern: As much as I like to challenge my crochet skills, I can't resist incredibly easy patterns like this one. This design is super easy to memorize and definitely works up quick - I love it!

Christmas Crochet Patterns

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and these crochet patterns only make it better! From crochet Christmas ornaments to crochet snowflakes and angels, these were everyone's favorite Christmas patterns in 2018.

Editor's Fave, Jewel Tone Crochet Snowflake: This ornament isn't exactly traditional Christmas colors, but that is part of what makes it so special! This pattern uses hardly any yarn, so you can make one for everyone on your list.

Other Crochet Patterns

Finally, we have a little bit of everything in this section. These patterns are the eight designs that didn't technically fit elsewhere, but don't let that deter you! Choose a fingerless gloves pattern, or a crochet bag pattern.

Editor's Fave, Two Hour Tote: There is no such thing as too many bags in your closet. Plus, this one works up so quickly, you have no excuse not to make one in every color!

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Great to be able to scroll through photos rather than wait for patterns to open.

I totally agree and I'm happy I'm not the only one who hates opening every pattern individually!

Its always interesting to look at what trends were happening from year to year. Before AllFreeCrochet started to assemble these annual collections, I had to resort to browsing through old crochet booklets and magazines. Its amazing to see how this craft reflects the tastes and attitudes of the past. It also gives me a chance to see what I missed in the past year. Too many pretty patterns to work up!

Great list! I love all the pictures of these beautiful patterns. Thanks :)


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