This post includes direct links to the very best online crochet pattern directories and marketplaces. Whether you are searching for new patterns to crochet or places to share your own crochet designs online, this is the list for you!
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Marie has written a Guest Post exclusively for Oombawka Design, to share the best available online crochet directories.
Not only is this a fantastic resource for Designers to help them find places to share their patterns, it is also a valuable guide for Crocheters who are looking for new patterns to crochet!
This is Marie from Underground Crafter and Creative Yarn Entrepreneur. Rhondda invited me to visit today and talk to you about crochet pattern marketplaces and directories. Whether you’re a crochet designer looking for more places to share your patterns, or a crocheter looking for more project inspiration, you’re sure to find a great place on this list. I couldn’t pick a favorite, so I just listed them alphabetically.
The Very Best Online Crochet Pattern Directories and Marketplaces
AllFreeCrochet (AFC) is a free crochet pattern directory operated by Prime Publishing. AFC has over 11,000 patterns listed, along with tips, tutorials, articles, and weekly giveaways. AllFreeCrochet patterns are arranged into project categories that you can browse, or you can search. Some patterns are provided in full on AFC, while others share just a photo and snippet so you have to click through to the designer’s website for the pattern. If you find the site overwhelming, you can also sign up for a newsletter to get a curated collection of patterns right to your inbox! Crochet designers can write for AllFreeCrochet or submit free patterns and tutorials for inclusion in the directory.
AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns (AFCAP) is another free crochet pattern directory operated by Prime Publishing, but all of the patterns are for afghans, blankets, motifs, and blocks. There are plenty of tips and tutorials for making perfect crochet blankets, too. AFCAP has over 2,500 patterns listed. Like AFC, these include a combination of patterns on the site and those linked out to a designer website. AFCAP also has weekly giveaways and its own newsletter. Crochet designers can submit free blanket and motif patterns and tutorials to AFCAP’s directory here.
CraftFoxes is a social network for crafters. In addition to crochet, popular categories on CraftFoxes include knitting, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, paper crafts, jewelry, and cakes. They have a marketplace, where you can buy patterns and handmade items, and a projects area where you can share your latest creations. All users can share their projects, write a how-to (tutorial), or post a gallery of their work. Designers and makers can find out more about setting up a CraftFoxes shop here.
Craftsy is an online creative community that sells its own classes, supplies, and kits. In addition to crochet, you can also find knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, photography, cooking, and more. Crafters can share their projects made from classes or patterns on the site, too. Craftsy also has a pattern marketplace. Designers can find out more about listing patterns (for free or for sale) on Craftsy here.
Crochet Pattern Bonanza
Crochet Pattern Bonanza is a free crochet pattern directory operated by Rhelena from CrochetN’Crafts. This directory includes links — with pictures and descriptions — to over 7,000 free patterns. Crochet designers can submit their patterns here.
Crochet Patterns Galore
Crochet Patterns Galore is a directory of free crochet patterns. Like Crochet Pattern Bonanza, it includes links to patterns, with pictures and descriptions. Crochet designers can submit their patterns here.
Etsy is a handmade marketplace and maker community. Etsy sellers have their own virtual shops were they can sell instant downloads, like patterns, or handmade or vintage products. Etsy Designers can find out how to open an Etsy shop here and how to sell instant downloads here.
Free Crochet Tutorials
Free Crochet Tutorials is a directory of free crochet tutorials (and patterns with tutorials included) operated by our very own Rhondda! In addition to the many tutorials and patterns listed on her site, crocheters can also ask Rhondda to do a pattern look-up. Crochet designers can register here to submit tutorials to Free Crochet Tutorials.
Kollabora is an online maker community. In addition to crochet, popular crafts include sewing, knitting, embroidery, dyeing, cross stitch, papercraft, and weaving. Members can share their projects and designers can sell patterns. Find out more about requesting approval to become a Kollabora seller here.
LoveCrochet is an online crochet community owned by the same company that operates LoveKnitting. In addition to selling yarn and other crochet tools, LoveCrochet has a thriving pattern marketplace where designers can share their free or premium crochet patterns as instant downloads. Designers can find out more about setting up their pattern shop here.
Last but definitely not least is Ravelry, an online community for yarn lovers. Unlike the other sites I’ve listed, most of Ravelry’s features are only available to members, so it can be hard to see how awesome it is before signing up! Ravelry features an extensive, searchable pattern directory; information on hundreds of yarns; forums where you can chat with other crocheters and knitters; and places to keep track of your projects, yarn stash, and library of patterns. If you’re new to Ravelry, you can find my tutorial for adding your projects here. After logging in, designers can find out more about setting up a designer page and adding free or premium patterns here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of my favorite crochet pattern directories and marketplaces! If you’re a crochet designer, you can find out more about how to spread the word about your patterns in my book, Design It, Promote It, Sell It: Online Marketing for Your Crochet and Knit Patterns.
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