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Our Favorite Free Crochet Patterns of 2017

By: Julia Wiatr, Editor,
Our Favorite Free Crochet Patterns of 2017

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 2017 - from crochet hats and scarves to crochet ponchos and baby crochet patterns, a little bit of everything made its way onto this list. 

What do you think - did we include your favorite pattern? Let us know! In the meantime, did you know you could subscribe to our newsletter and get free crochet patterns sent directly to your inbox? Check it out!

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 seven 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, Easy to Crochet "Messy Bun" Hat - I used to think these bun hats were stupid, but after seeing so any cute patterns across the site, I started to fall in love. I have to admit that I've already made myself a couple for this winter!

Crochet Ponchos

Crochet ponchos were back and bigger than ever in 2017, 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, Queen Elizabeth Poncho There's something about the oversized drape of this design that I can't stop staring at, and the bold red yarn used in the project photo is just mesmerizing. I need one!

Crochet Sweaters and Cardigans

These twelve crochet cardigans and sweaters made the best-of list this year! Cardigans and sweaters are a little trickier than scarves and hats since they require more precise measurements and shaping, but a cozy handmade sweater will always get you attention and compliments. Try any one of these cardigan patterns - we have both long sleeve and short-sleeve designs to choose from.

Editor's Fave, Crochet Janket: I guess I have a thing for the oversized, snugglier patterns. This oversized sweater is an easy make and looks like something that you could really get lost in - so warm!

Crochet Tops

Crochet tops and tunics made the perfect coverup for any weather! These four designs are each so different: from short sleeved and lacy to long-sleeved and airy. A variegated vest even made the list!

Editor's Fave, Flattering Seamless Tunic: I like a variegated yarn that's subtle, and I love long sleeves because I'm cold all the time. Take those two qualifications, and you can easily see why the Flattering Seamless Tunic is my favorite. Plus, it features a simple repeating pattern!

Crochet Scarves

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

Editor's Fave, Angelic Winter Scarf: Take 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 Angelic Winter Scarf is a quick make, and it's a really pretty one at that!

Crochet Shawls

Bigger than your typical scarf and so warm and cozy to wrap around yourself, crochet shawls are just as popular as scarves to make! These eight designs were some of your favorites for 2017, 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, Easy Dreamy Shawl: Shawls, to me, are more for dressing up so you need to have a little lace. The Easy Dreamy Shawl is that perfect combination of lacy but still substantial and warm - and the blue shade it's pictured in is divine!

Crochet Cowls

Crochet cowls: think infinity scarves but much shorter and only wrapped around your neck once. Cowls are an ideal cold-weather accessory that's close-fitting and warm. These three designs, your favorites, are all super simple for beginners and all of them feature a super-easy repeating pattern. You'll be able to memorize the pattern and whip these designs out easily. 

Editor's Fave, Chunky Crochet Cowl: I made a lot of scarves and cowls for Christmas this year, and my favorites were those I could crochet in no time. In fact, I made several that were very similar to this pattern with a simple repeating stitch pattern and super chunky yarn. 

Crochet Patterns for Babies

Crochet baby patterns are SO cute, and these five are the cutest of them all! Find two hats, two baby bootie designs and a baby crochet cardigan pattern, these baby patterns are super cute and quick to make! 

Editor's Fave, 30 Minute Newborn Beanie: In a perfect world, I would give myself the time to crochet whole blankets for the new babies in my life.... but that's not always possible, so I often fall back on the trusty 30 Minute Baby Beanie. You just can't go wrong!

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, Cuddly Teddy Bear Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern: I love corner to corner designs, and I love how much this particular baby blanket stands out. 

Crochet 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, Quick n' Cozy Afghan: While there are many designs that I'd love to single out, I have to go with the one that I'm actually in the middle of right now. This design is super easy to memorize and definitely works up quick - I love it!

Crochet Socks and Crochet Slippers

Crochet socks and slippers can be a little tricky to work up because of the heel shaping, but just take a deep breath and follow your pattern and you'll make it through! Keep your feet cozy and warm in any one of these three patterns, your standout socks and slippers from 2017!

Editor's Fave, Sixty Minute Crochet Slippers: Full disclosure, I haven't attempted these YET, but they're on my list because I get cold a lot, and these look nice and simple. Plus, I love anything with chunky yarn. 

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, Lego Block: Legos that don't stab your foot when you step on them? Yes please! These little motifs would look amazing fashioned into a granny square blanket or used as a washcloth, so what are you waiting for? 

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

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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