Two free online resources for crochet patterns are New Stitch a Day and Ravelry. These two websites combined have hundreds of thousands of free patterns for hats, blankets, booties, scarves and animals. The popular yarn manufacturer Red Heart also provides free patterns on its website.
Ravelry takes a community-based approach to offering over 150,000 crochet patterns; any member can create a pattern and upload it to the website. The website has a search feature that allows users to apply multiple filters, such as category, hook size, level of difficulty and amount of yarn. Users can also engage with the author of the pattern to work through issues they may have or to show pictures of their finished pieces of work.
New Stitch a Day offers free patterns of varying difficulty, from beginner to expert level. The website also provides detailed instructions for the stitches used in the patterns and demonstration videos. Signing up with the website includes an agreement to receive frequent emails, which link to the patterns that are new to the website or popular at that time.
Red Heart has approximately 2,000 free patterns available for download that cover many project ideas, including blankets, toys and hats. The website offers a wide range of designs in multiple difficulty levels.