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Learn Freeform Crochet: 15 Free Tutorials to Get You Started

15 Freeform Crochet Tutorials

I love freeform crochet! Not only does it look incredibly awesome, but it’s fun to do as well. If you’re looking for a crochet project that allows you to express your artistic creatively in fiber form, you really should give freeform crochet a try.

To get you started, I’ve gathered tutorials from all over the Internet. Starting at the top, you’ll find some simple motifs to incorporate into your freeform crochet. After that, an introduction to hyperbolic crochet, some foundations to use as a base, a webbing technique, and a little bit on how to put in all together.

This is everything you need to get through your first few scrumbles, so get out an assortment of yarn and hooks and try out these great techniques. Before you know it, you’ll have your own freeform crochet project to show off!

#1) Freeform Crochet Basics: The Spiral

The spiral is a popular motif in freeform crochet.

Free Form Crochet Basics

Tutorial at: http://snovej.com/archives/freeform-crochet-spiral

#2) Freeform Crochet Basics: The Two Color Spiral

Now that you know how to do a spiral, add a second color to make it more interesting.

Free Form Crochet 2

Find the tutorial here: http://snovej.com/archives/freeform-crochet-basics-the-two-color-spiral

#3) Freeform Crochet Basics, Part 4: More About Spirals

More spirals. Moving on soon, I promise!

Free Form Crochet 3

Here’s the tutorial: http://snovej.com/archives/freeform-crochet-basics-part-4

#4) Freeform Crochet Basics, Part 5: The Nautilus Shell

The nautilus shell has a cool look. It’s still basically a spiral.

Crochet Nautilus Shell

Find the instructions here: http://snovej.com/archives/freeform-crochet-basics-part-5-the-nautilus-shell

#5) How to Crochet: Bullion Stitch

The bullion stitch is often used to make flowers or medallions that are used in freeform crochet.

Bullion Stitch

Tutorial: http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-bullion-stitch/

#6) Crochet Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

This is a cool motif to incorporate into your freeform projects.

Crocheted Chestnut Leaf

Here’s the tutorial: http://www.irishcrochetlace.com/en/patterns-and-lessons/irish-crochet-lace/548-a-chestnut-leaf

#7) Spiral Flower Pattern

Oops, I said no more spirals! Well, this is a flower so that’s OK, right?

Spiral Crocheted Flower

Instructions for the spiral flowers: http://thecrochetcharm.blogspot.com/2012/08/spiral-flower-pattern.html

#8) The Hyperbolic Scrumble

The hyperbolic scrumble is a good way to put some texture into your project.

Hyperbolic Scrumble

Instructions: http://free-form-stitching.blogspot.com/2013/02/free-form-crochet-hyperbolic-tutorial.html

#9) Hyperbolic Freeform Crochet Sculpture

This would be a great technique for adding ruffles to hems and necklines.

Hyperbolic Freeform Crochet Sculpture

Hyperbolic crochet tutorial: http://darlombfiberart.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/hyperbolic-freeform-crochet-sculpture/

#10) How to Crochet a Grid

The crocheted grid makes an easy base for items that need to hold a set finished shape. Crochet a grid to fit your garment, then attach scrumbles or crochet right on the grid.

Crochet a Grid

Learn to crochet a grid here: http://stashbusterblog.blogspot.com/p/bohusrutan.html

#11) Crocheted Mesh Pictorial Tutorial

This mesh is crocheted in between scrumbles to attach them together.

Crocheted mesh

Mesh tutorial: http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/ziaka77/post199586729/

#12) Pictorial Scrumble Tutorial

Here’s a walk-through of a simple scrumble. Try making one like it for practice.

Olgemini Scrumble

http://kryukist.ru/uroki-vyazaniya/urok-po-friformu-2.html

#13) Quick Freeform Tutorial

This scrumble is a lot more complicated. Use it as a guide to make one of your own. Remember, freeform is all about doing your own thing, so if you feel inspired to do something differently, go for it!

Freeform Crochet Sample

http://rensfibreart.wordpress.com/what-is-freeform/quick-freeform-tutorial/

#14) Carla’s Freeform Scarf Tutorial

Scarves make great beginner projects because there are no real rules. Make it as long as you like and as wide as you like. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with.

Freeform Crochet Scarf

Freeform scarf tutorial: http://featheredfibers.wordpress.com/2008/09/28/carlas-freeform-crochet-scarf-tutorial/

#15) Pullover Freeform

The beginning of this video gives you an idea of how to create a garment in freeform crochet. You start with a template or pattern and fit your scrumbles to the shape of the pattern. You might want to mute the sound on the video; it’s only music.

Need Some Freeform Crochet Inspiration?

Follow my freeform crochet board on Pinterest!

Freeform Crochet on Pinterest

Click here to see my freeform crochet board: http://pinterest.com/craftscrazy/freeform-crochet/

Resources

Here are some resources that will expand your repertoire of stitches and motifs. Having a few of these books on hand makes it easy to come up with ideas when you catch yourself doing the same things over and over again. (Disclaimer: I earn a commission if you click any of these items and buy something on Amazon.com, but I deserve it for putting this all together, right?)

Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia The Granny Square Book Crochet Borders
Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet A to Z of Crochet

Add Your Own Tutorials!

Freeform Crochet 15 Tutorials

Do you have any questions about freeform crochet? Do you have additional resources you'd like to share? Please let me know in the comments!

17 Responses so far.

  1. Marli Nunes Vieira says:

    Thank you very much. I´m following the lessons and learning Free form crochet. It´s amazing!

  2. Marina says:

    Thank you very much for including my tutorials in this excellent list! Since then, I have also posted a tutorial on how to make the spiral bigger … right here http://snovej.com/archives/freeform-crochet-basics-part-4b-bigger-spirals =)

  3. Beth Parker
    Twitter: bethparker
    says:

    Hi Marli,

    That’s great! I hope you’ll come back and show us what you make.

  4. etna parker says:

    Beth,
    Am so glad your craftscrazy blog is up and running again. Have had so many people request this particular post on Freeform Crochet tutorials ~ and here it is! A wealth of information compiled together…thanks so much!

  5. Beth Parker
    Twitter: bethparker
    says:

    Yes! I hope it stays up. I may need to upgrade to better hosting soon. I think the site is outgrowing what it’s currently being hosted on.

  6. Kate says:

    Just letting you know that the chestnut leaf link isn’t working. I went to the main page for Irish crochet and found it from there.

  7. Beth Parker
    Twitter: bethparker
    says:

    Thanks for letting me know, Kate. I just fixed it.

  8. Hi, Beth! Thanks for including my hyperbolic freeform crochet sculpture in your list of tutorials. :-)
    Susan Lombardo´s last blog post ..Crochet Sculpture in a Bowl

  9. Bethanny Parker
    Twitter: bethparker
    says:

    You’re welcome, Susan! I love what you did with the Bernat Mosaic. Those curlicues are a great way to showcase the colors in the yarn.
    Bethanny Parker´s last blog post ..Crafts Crazy Design Contest May 2014: Rustic Spectrum

  10. anneke says:

    oh! this is wonderful!!!
    thank you!

  11. BrendaLea says:

    thank you so much for posting all of the wonderful instructions for various scrumbles. I am new to Freeform Crochet, so I am looking forward to learning all of these techniques. And then hopefull creating a Freeform Jacket for myself.

  12. Sandra Farrer says:

    I am just abou to to join all my scrumbles together to make my first Freeform item, a jacket, for my grand daughter. Thank you so much for your tutorials. I have really enjoyed it but terrified it all goes wrong now I am at the joining stage. Any tips?
    Sandra

  13. Beth Parker
    Twitter: bethparker
    says:

    Sorry, I didn’t see this until now. Did you get the jacket done? How did it turn out?

  14. Lyndia Langford says:

    Thank you so much! I keep coming back to your site again and again – wonderful.

  15. Iris says:

    Thank you very much for sharing. I’ll do my best!

  16. Teresa TDD says:

    This is an excellent site. Thank you!

  17. Helen says:

    Thanks for this. Could you tell me, do you create the different patterns as you go or make separate shapes and join them after?
    Do you need a grid?
    Thanks a lot.

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