Are you like me and always looking for quick and easy last minute gifts to crochet because you’ve left too little time to create?
Well you’re in luck. I’ve pulled together some of my favourite beginner patterns that you can work up in less than a weekend, some times in less than an hour!
Plus, they’re a great way to use up your stash :o)
There’s something here for everyone from the youngest babies through the teenagers to essential teacher gifts and those environmentally friendly relatives who hate consumerism.
Make sure you bookmark this page so you can pop back the next time you’ve suddenly remembered you need something to take to that party that you’ve spent all week planning your outift for but forgotten all about the gift!
Crochet Gifts For The Home
Everyone wants more storage right? My friend Veronika at Bluestarcrochet has created this really easy basket pattern that you can adapt to create something taller or wider to suit the person you’re creating it for (or your own home, because once you’ve made one you’ll want them too!)
Veronika’s are made from t-shirt yarn but you could create something cosy for storing throws in a super chunky size 6 yarn. Those leather handles are a great idea, you really should check out how she did it :o)
Ashlea at HeartHookHome has created the easiest blanket ever, but your friends won’t believe you’ve whipped it up in a weekend.
The faux fur yarn is so snuggly all of your family are going to want one of their own.
Super quick, super cute, these crochet coasters by Sarah (and her neighbour) at RepeatCrafterMe make the ideal stash busting gift.
Make a set in a shade to match your friend’s home decor or use up your stash and make a rainbow set ;o)
Quick & Easy Crochet Gifts For Teenage Girls
This tote bag design by crochetwithmarybeth is really unusual and will appeal to many teenage girls (or middle age mums like me!)
I love the texture that the balls give to a simple but roomy tote. Perfect for all those ‘essentials’ that teenage girls need every day but with a little ‘Je ne sais quois’.
Every teenage girl needs a bunch of scrunchies right?
Crocheted in velvet yarn, these scrunchies by the fabulous Tamara at Moogly are not only super easy & super quick but you don’t even have to worry about meeting gauge, so you can just grab a hook and go…..a great way to work through your stash too!
Why have a long straight scarf when you can crochet a triangle scarf that doubles as a shawl?
Teenage girls will love the flexibility that this style offers but especially the tassle, which no one can resist….
Quick & Easy Crochet Gifts For Babies
The Lottie baby shoes work up in around an hour and are just TOO cute!
They make an ideal christening or baptism gift.
Why stick with one pair, they use up so little of your stash you could create a few pairs to go with lots of baby’s new outfits.
Blankets always make a great heirloom gift, as long as they’re made from washable yarn!
Krista from EasyCrochet has a roundup of some of the best baby blanket patterns for you to choose something that suits your style and your skills.
Quick & Easy Crochet Gifts For Men And Teenage Boys
The chunky beanie works well for men or women.
Crocheted in a rectangle and then seamed together, it couldn’t be simpler for a beginner to create a great homemade crochet gift for the men in your life.
This super easy chunky cowl is quick, easy and will use up your stash in a dash.
You can adapt it to use different sized yarns, hooks, colours, add more rows or make it longer to create a truly unique crochet gift for any of the men you are close to.
Quick & Easy Crochet Gifts For Fashion Lovers
These stunning leopard ‘print’ beanies by the lovely Kelsie at Craftingforweeks are available in sizes to fit the whole family, so you can create them in a range of colours for everyone from baby through to granny!
Not strictly a beginner pattern but a great one if you want to give colour work a try.
I don’t know about you but I can’t resist a new pair of mittens, so if I know someone has spent time crocheting them just for me, then they’re really special.
The simple, modern design on these Hill Crest Mittens by Crochet.Life will appeal to everyone the family.
Quick Crochet Gifts For Teachers
Teachers get given Sooooo many pens and mugs (trust me I work in a school!)
These lavender bags are a lovely idea, not only to reduce the stress of being in a classroom with 30 little darlings all day but also because they are great stash busters.
My friend Sarah has so many beautiful ideas you should definitely check out her patterns at nedandmimi
Every teacher has a collection of lost property, whether that’s broken pencils or mittens who have lost their partner.
These baskets by the ever stylish Alexandra of Twoofwands will hang anywhere in the classroom and I GUARANTEE you they WILL be used more than another mug cosy!
A large ‘throw everything in at the end of the day’ tote bag is an ideal crochet gift for a teacher.
They’re tired, they have loads more work to do at home and their brain is getting foggy by 3.15.
If they can chuck anything they might need in a giant tote without having to think about whether there’s enough space for all of those exercise books they’ll be very happy and grateful to you for being so thoughtful.
Quick Crochet Gifts For The Environmentally Friendly Life
I love this produce bag idea by mypoppet. I grow a lot of vegetables at home and these bags are invaluable for storing food and allowing the air to circulate.
They make great toy bags and bathroom storage too!
Or why not try using them to store your stash?
I think we’re all trying to reduce the waste we produce each year.
These reusable scrubby crochet make up remover pads by KirtstenHollowayDesigns make a great gift for the environmentally conscious friend.
They’re quick to make, easy to wash and look so pretty – ticks all the boxes for a great gift in my opinion!
I hope you’ve found something to create that you friends and family will cherish.
Do you have a favourite gift that you love to create? Let me know and I can add it in to the list so everyone else can have a go too!
Happy Stash Busting,