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Cute and small crochet projects can be quick – no need to spend hours! There are tons of fast crochet projects you can complete in an hour or less. Browse this list of 35 small crochet projects to find your next quick, easy make.
Small Crochet Projects
Everyone loves that feeling of satisfaction when you finish off the last stitch and weave in the last end.
But let’s be honest – not every project needs to be a month-long marathon. Sometimes, you just want to whip up something small in an evening or two.
That’s where these quick crochet projects come in handy! They’re perfect when you’re crunched for time, want to use up leftover yarn scraps, or make handmade gifts on a budget.
These small crochet projects are perfect for beginners who want to practice new skills, too. They’re easy enough to complete in an hour or a single sitting, but the end results still look impressive!
What are some quick crochet projects?
So, what kind of quick crochet projects am I talking about? Here are some ideas:
- Chapstick holder
- Drink cozies
- Coin purse
- Earrings & jewelry
- Fingerless gloves
- Boot cuffs
- Popsicle holder
- Card holder
- Glasses case
Supplies You’ll Need
The exact supplies you’ll need will depend on your pattern, but you’ll likely need:
- Yarn. Check your pattern for the suggested yarn weight. I’ve linked to the suggested yarn to make shopping easier for you. And if you’re using up your scraps, stick with the same yarn weight.
- Crochet hook(s). Check the pattern for the suggested hook size, and make a quick gauge swatch to see if you need to size up or down.
- Scissors for cutting yarn ends.
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
- Stitch markers. These are optional but can be very helpful for counting rows and rounds in certain projects.
- Other notions, like buttons, elastic, earring hooks, etc.
Remember to read through the pattern instructions to get your complete supplies list.
Techniques to Know
Many of these 30-minute crochet projects are beginner-friendly. Brush up on these key techniques before starting your pattern:
- Reading a crochet pattern
- Basic stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc)
- Other stitches: moss stitch, star stitch, herringbone stitch, waistcoat stitch
- Magic ring, a starting method for projects like amigurumi.
- Increasing & decreasing: basic shaping techniques.
- Joining techniques and simple sewing, for seamlessly joining pieces or ends, sewing on button closures, and more.
Make sure to read through the instructions before getting started and practice any techniques you’re not totally comfortable with.
Tips and Tricks for Small Crochet Projects
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you pick out your next small crochet project.
Block small pieces
Blocking small projects is a great way to give them a finished look! Check out our blocking tutorial here.
When making quick crochet projects with small, detachable parts like buttons or appliques, take the time to sew everything together securely.
And if you’re gifting a crochet project to a young child, remember that embroidered details are safer than small pieces that could become a choking hazard if pulled off.
Save your scraps
Don’t toss those yarn scraps – reuse them! Even if you only have a few yards left, yarn scraps are perfect for mini projects like chapstick holders, earrings, or bracelets.
Or, if you have lots of color remnants, make something like coasters where each row can be a different color.
Explore More Crochet Tutorials
Here are some other articles that you may be interested in if you like to crochet.
- 25 Free Crochet Hat and Beanie Patterns
- 27 Free Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns
- 25 Crochet Headbands and Ear Warmer Patterns
- 25 Free Easy Crochet Scarf Patterns for Beginners
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