When you think of crochet projects, the first things that come to mind are probably items like scarves, mittens and sweaters. But have you ever considered crocheted home decor?
The internet is a treasure trove of free crochet patterns, including many fabulous and functional designs for the home. From storage solutions to decorative touches, here are some of the best free crochet patterns for home decor items.
Crocheted baskets and bowls are an attractive way to organize small items. Use a yarn bowl to hold fruit as a table centerpiece; in the bathroom, a basket is ideal for holding extra hand towels or toiletries; use another basket to keep your remote controls in one easy-to-find location.
Beginning crocheters will have no problem with the Clutter Control Stash Basket free crochet pattern from Micheal’s. The simple, square basket pattern comes in three sizes, making it ideal for a wide variety of applications. The examples shown with the pattern are crocheted with 100% cotton yarn for the convenience of easy cleaning.
For more advanced crocheters, Linda Permann’s Lace Bowl free crochet pattern is a delicate receptacle to place by your door for holding keys or other small objects. The finished product is stiffened using fabric stiffener or other methods; keep in mind that not all of these methods are waterproof or suited for a humid climate.
Window coverings are expensive. Save some money and get a custom look for your window treatments by crocheting your own curtains. From airy, lacy valances to large panels that provide privacy, crocheted curtains are appropriate for many different decor styles.
Bernat’s Blocks Curtain free crochet pattern is an example of a drapery panel that provides privacy while still letting in a little light. (Note that the pattern is free, but you must complete the free registration for Bernat’s website to access all of their free crochet patterns.) The pattern is completed in crochet thread, giving it a light and airy feel but also taking a long time to finish. If you suffer from crafty ADD, this pattern probably isn’t for you.
If you are looking for a quicker curtain project, try making Cafe Curtains with a vintage 1954 pattern from Coats & Clark. The pattern works in an open grid, letting in lots of light but not so effective at deterring prying eyes.
Don’t forget to decorate your floors! Decorative rugs, even those subtle in pattern or color, are an important element in a room. Most rug patterns can be easily altered, so making a custom rug to perfectly fit your space is a cinch.
For a simple, classic look, Lion Brand yarn offers a . The project is very easy, worked in straight lines across a rectangular shape, and is ideal for a beginner.
For a more whimsical look, try Lily’s Flower Power Rug free crochet pattern. (Again, free registration is required to access Lily’s patterns.) The suggested yarn is 100% cotton, making it easy to throw into the washing machine and dryer. The funky rug pattern is perfect for a child’s or teenager’s bedroom.
Crocheted Throw Pillows
No living room design is complete without throw pillows. Crocheting your own pillows allows you to create custom pieces, choosing designs and colors that suit your decor perfectly.
For a classic afghan-inspired look, Amy O’Neill Houck’s Afghan Reincarnation throw pillow free crochet pattern is as easy as it is delightful. The pillow design features a large granny-square style floral motif.
In a more contemporary room, try Bernat’s Color Me Crazy Punchy Pillows free crochet pattern. The geometric lines of the pillow designs are perfect for a modern decor style.