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35+ Free Small Crochet Projects You Can Make in an Hour

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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.

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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:

  • Dishcloths
  • Scrubbies
  • Chapstick holder
  • Drink cozies 
  • Coin purse
  • Earrings & jewelry
  • Beanies
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Boot cuffs
  • Coasters
  • Popsicle holder
  • Card holder
  • Glasses case
  • Scrunchie 
  • Bandana

35 Small Crochet Projects (30min - 1 Hour)

Take a look at these free crochet projects that are small enough to whip up within an hour.

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:

Make sure to read through the instructions before getting started and practice any techniques you’re not totally comfortable with.

Tips and Tricks

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.

Safety first!

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. 

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Thursday 1st of February 2024

Oh Sarah! I love your compilations of crochet projects! So inspiring. I often try searching online for inspiration but I get nowhere and waste at least an hour looking with no outcome, closing my laptop with a sigh and toddling off to bed unsatisfied because I've crocheted nothing. But you've done all the work into awesome lists of projects that flow so beautifully. I wish I could pick up a hook right now and make a little thing but I have work to do this afternoon, which is ok! because now I have a plan for later this evening. I have ADHD and have stacks of WIP, so I really need one of these 'under an hour' projects. Thankyou