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Do you have some thin yarn in your stash that you just aren’t sure what to do with it? Perhaps you have your eye on some lightweight yarn in the store or you’re just ready to venture into a new yarn weight you haven’t tried yet.

Whatever the reason, here are some great ideas of things to crochet with thin yarn.

You’ll find links to each free crochet pattern below the pictures. Some of the patterns are found right here on Stitching Together, while the rest will lead you to some other great designers.

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What to Crochet with Thin Yarn

When referring to thin yarn, we are talking about Category 3 lightweight yarn.

It seems that when most of us started crocheting, we start with worsted weight yarn or bulky yarn so we don’t always know what to do with thinner yarn.

Thankfully you can use the same crochet stitches and make the same items that you can with medium-weight yarns. The size of your crochet hook will change depending on the size of the yarn, but the way you make your stitches doesn’t change.

I tried to include a range of different types of crochet projects in this round-up so you can see a variety of different options. There are small quick projects as well as larger patterns like wearables.

Light Weight Yarn Crochet Patterns

crochet shawl on a mannequin

Cedar Creek Easy Crochet Shawl Pattern

The Cedar Creek Shawl is made with a lightweight yarn cotton blend. It’s perfect wrapped as a shawl or worn as a triangle scarf. You’ll love the easy stitches and how quickly it works up.

woman wearing a pink and tan striped crochet triangle scarf

Tela Crochet Triangle Shawl

Like the Cedar Creek Shawl, the Tela Triangle Shawl is made with a cotton blend and works as a shawl or scarf. Since it has a solid stitch pattern, it is a little denser than the Cedar Creek Shawl and is good for cooler weather.

tan colored crochet hat on a mannequin head with a matching scarf

2021 Happy To Be Here Hat Pattern

This gorgeous hat was designed by Rhondda at Oombawka Design. It’s made with 100% cotton yarn and the pattern includes instructions for 5 different sizes. There’s also a matching scarf pattern so you don’t want to miss that.

striped crochet hat with brim

Over the Ridge Hat

This is a super cute hat with loads of texture that uses one Caron Cupcake which is an acrylic yarn that includes a cute little pom pom. Since you work the brim first and then up from there, it is easy to make just the size you need.

crochet anchor baby blanket on chair

Anchor Baby Blanket

Made up with regular half double crochet squares and squares that have a subtle anchor motif, this baby blanket makes a unique and thoughtful gift. The thin yarn gives a lighter blanket that’s perfect for a summer baby.

neutral crochet blanket with texture

Classic Baby Blanket

This classic baby blanket by Kirsten Halloway Designs uses a beautiful blend of stitches to create one of the most gorgeously textured blankets I’ve ever seen. It includes instructions for four different sizes of blankets.

two crochet dishcloths with utensils styled on top

Farmhouse Crochet Dishcloth

Heather at Crochet ‘n’ Create has so many lovely patterns to crochet with thin yarn that it was hard to choose! I love the look and texture of her farmhouse dishcloth set which uses a DK weight cotton yarn.

pink and white crochet coasters with a mug sitting on one

Cotton Coasters

Another gorgeous pattern from Heather at Crochet ‘n’ Create! These cute coasters also use thin cotton yarn and would make a great housewarming gift. Be sure to hang out on her site for a while to see many other lovely patterns.

Free pattern to make this gorgeous crochet wrap. Simple to make and works as a cozy scarf. Made in Mandala Yarn the colors make the perfect shawl for fall.

Wrap me in Diamond Crochet Scarf

This gorgeous oversized scarf is made with 100% acrylic category 3 yarn and it looks just as beautiful in a solid color yarn as it does in self-striping yarn.

close up of woman wearing a crochet scarf

Triangles Crochet Scarf

This scarf has been on my “make another one” list for a long time but I haven’t gotten around to it. I love the open stitches and buttons which allow you to wear the scarf as an infinity scarf.

2 shell stitch crochet headbands laying flat near a hook and yarn

Stillwater Shell Stitch Headband

This beautiful headband is made of a lovely combo of shell stitches and a dreamy alpaca blend of fuzzy yarn. It’s worked back and forth in rows so the size is easy to adjust.

gray crochet wrist warmers being worn

V-Stitch Wristwarmer Crochet Pattern

These lovely wrist warmers designed by Kara at Petals to Picots also use a thin alpaca yarn. There’s also a matching cowl pattern you won’t want to miss.

woman wearing a thin yarn cardigan in front of a brick wall

Diamond Clusters Crochet Cardigan

When you need a lightweight cardigan to throw on as you rush out the door, the Diamond Clusters Cardigan designed by ChiWei of One Dog Woof is simply perfect.

woman wearing a long lightweight yarn cardigan in a field

Verano Longline Cardigan

This long cardigan designed by Jessica at Mama in a Stitch is light, soft, and flowing. It’s a lovely handmade piece to add to your wardrobe.

crochet mug cozy sitting on a brown table in front of a Christmas tree

Matchy Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern

This quick little cozy is worked-up crocheting with thin cotton yarn and is perfect for when you need a quick gift. Its textured design is made with simple stitches alternating being worked in the front loop and then the back loop. It also a great scrap yarn project.

3 hanging Christmas dishtowels with crochet tree toppers

Christmas Towel Topper

This versatile Christmas Towel Topper doesn’t have to be made Christmassy at all. In fact, it can be worked up in any color to match your towels and attached like the Modern Towel Topper. The thin yarn and bean stitch combo gives this towel topper its unique design.

What will you make from this great list of free light weight crochet patterns? Will you pick something small or go for one of the gorgeous wearables?