When I taught myself to crochet I was determined to only use free patterns. Until I found this Shabby Chic Shell Hat pattern from BlueJCrochet I am pretty sure this was my first pattern purchase and I still love it.
I have made a few different styles over the years but my favorite has to be the Little Blue Birds. They are just adorable.
When you purchase the pattern you also get the flower pattern pack. The flower I love and use all the time is the Dahlia flower. It's really simple to make and adds a really nice touch.