As of 2015, free crochet patterns are available on the websites for Red Heart yarn and Lion Brand yarn. Crafters can also find patterns on many publisher, private and user-submission websites such as AllFreeCrochet, Crochet Pattern Central and Craftsy.
The Red Heart, Lion Brand and AllFreeCrochet websites cater to an active crafts community, so professionals design and verify the patterns. These commercial websites also provide learning centers and help tools, making them useful sources for asking questions and understanding different crocheting abbreviations. Both websites enable searching by skill level, while Red Heart offers multiple layers of filtering, such as project type, yarn series and themed designs.
AllFreeCrochet includes a broad category search with niche filtering terms, such as hook size, lace-style patterns and crocheted flowers. Prime Publishing LLC operates the website, and the site is built around its series of published crafting books, so the company offers many promotional resources, including, daily picks and free e-book compilations of crochet patterns.
Crochet Pattern Central offers a basic directory with categories such as home decor, doll clothing, handbags and wreaths. The Craftsy online community allows users to share free crochet patterns or sell their personal designs. After registering on the website, members are able to store any claimed patterns for future access. As Craftsy is user-driven, the website offers a steady high volume of new and adapted patterns.