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35+ Easy and Free Crochet Patterns for Kids

As a former teacher, I know how rewarding it is when a child learns a new skill or concept.

Teaching kids crochet is no different. The budding crafter will find benefits in both the long term and short term after learning this skill. It is a skill worth taking the time to teach children of almost any age.

What are the benefits of crochet for children?

An immediate benefit of teaching easy crochet to kids is that it gives them something interesting to occupy their time.

Less time on electronics helps children slow down and allows their developing brains to build strength in the areas that require offline stimulation.

Children can express their creativity in a new way. There are so many choices, and the art of crochet is open to interpretation, allowing a child the chance for self-expression.

Teaching kids crochet hones fine motor skills that lead to efficient cutting, writing, tying shoes, etc., and are beneficial for young children. Crocheting also uses other skills, such as reading and math, which benefit older children.

Learning to crochet will boost self-esteem in children. They get the satisfaction from learning something new and the possibility of making items for themselves and others which brings about much pride.

Is it easier to teach crochet or knitting to children?

This mainly depends on the teacher! If you are skilled at crochet and are drawn to it, learning how to teach kids to crochet will come very easily.

Check out our page for teaching kids how to knit or crochet! Through this page, kids can learn the basic stitches of crochet.

We've specially selected smaller projects and projects using simple crochet stitches for teaching crochet basics. This makes it easy to gain crocheting skills.

Getting their project started is best for a first-time crocheter. Make their slip knot and the project's first and maybe second row. The first row is usually the hardest, and they could get frustrated. Starting with the first row with the main stitches can let them get used to the new stitches.

Maybe the next time, they will be able to start themselves off. Getting a head start or a boost can make all of the difference.

What do you need to start to crochet?

Crochet is an inexpensive hobby to begin. You can start with as little as one crochet hook and some yarn!

Some other good tools are stitch markers, a set of crochet hooks in various sizes, small scissors, and a tapestry/yarn needle.

Free Easy Crochet Patterns for Kids

This page lists terrific small crochet projects and easy patterns for new crocheters. There are endless possibilities here; it will be hard to choose the one to start with! Some include video tutorials.

The free crochet projects for kids include:

  • Jewelry
  • Bookmarks
  • Wrist and boot cuffs
  • Dishcloths and placemats
  • Doll accessories
  • Cup cozies
  • Hats, headbands, scrunchies

Kids will love making things to use or give as a special gift. What kids don’t love to make accessories for their dolls?

Scroll down this page to find easy crochet projects for kids. They will thank you for it. And perhaps you will receive a handmade crochet gift. Who knows?

If your kid is more advanced, check out our Crochet Amigurami page for many stuffed yarn creatures.

35+ Easy and Free Crochet Patterns for Kids

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Amigurumi Octopus

Amigurumi Octopus

With simple crochet stitches and techniques, you can create this adorable octopus. Craftbits.com

Beaded Chain Stitch Bracelet

This bracelet is a great way for kids to learn and practice the chain stitch. The Stitch Sharer

Beaded Necklace

Beaded Necklace

What 18" doll doesn't want a necklace? A cute crochet beaded necklace will make a nice fashion accessory to her wardrobe. Learn how to make this project with the written and video instructions. Needlepointers.com

Bookworm Bookmark

This adorable crochet bookmark is so much fun for kids to make. Adults will like this crochet project also. Free Craft Unlimited

Button Up Cuffs

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Fun to wear and super easy to crochet, even for beginners. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Chain Stitch Charm Bracelet

Kids can learn to crochet the chain stitch and also make the easy charm bracelet at the same time. Craftfro

Charmed Chain Stitch Necklace

Cool charms are the key to this easy crochet project that beginners. Perfect for kids and tweens to begin with crochet. Cathie Filian.com

Chill Pills Amigurumi Pattern

Chill Pills Amigurumi Pattern

Simple step-by-step instructions to crochet a giant amigurumi chill pill. Includes modification instructions to make them any size you want! The Kim Six Fix

Cup Cozy

Cup Cozy

Kids can make this simple cup cozy pattern with worsted-weight yarn. Crafty Gardener

Cup Cozy Pattern

Here is a pattern for a fun and soft cup cozy. It works with hot and cold beverages. Just Be Crafty

Dish Cloth

Dish Cloth

With this free crocheted dish cloth pattern, you can stitch up fun and easy dish cloths.
Chris at Needlepointers.com has been making these dish cloths and would like to tell you about them.
Get the free pattern and purchase supplies for making this pattern.
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Doll Scarf for 18" Doll

Here is a free pattern for a simple crochet doll scarf. This pattern uses a single crochet for the scarf. Crochet N More

Doll Shoulder Wrap

Doll Shoulder Wrap

Learn how to crochet a trendy shoulder wrap for 18" doll. The wrap is made using only two basic crochet stitches - the chain stitch and single crochet. An excellent project for learning how to crochet. Needlepointers.com

Double Crochet Dish Cloth

With this dishcloth, kids can master two crochet stitches - double crochet and single crochet. Best Free Crochet

Easy Crochet Basket

Easy Crochet Basket

Tween and teens will enjoy crocheting this free basket pattern to help organize their precious stuff. Organized 31

Easy Hat Pattern

Easy Hat Pattern

This step-by-step tutorial shows how to make easy crochet hats with dollar tree yarn. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Fall Scarf

Fall Scarf

This free fall crochet scarf pattern is a good choice because it is simple to make and perfect project for beginners. Easy Breezy Crochet

Football Placemat

While watching football games at home, set the table or TV tray with a football placemat. Crochet N Crafts

Granny Flower Coasters

Granny Flower Coasters

Spring is in the air! These easy, quick, pretty granny flower coasters are perfect for spring. The traditional granny square inspires the pattern. Lullaby Lodge

Hacky Sack

Hacky Sack

Ideal beginner crochet project - Create this simple hacky sack. Craftbits.com

Little Spider

Quick, adorable spider which can be made into a pin, appliqued on a doily or simple a Halloween decoration. Crochet Doilies

Mr. Sour Pickle

Mr. Sour Pickle

This small Amigurumi pickle can be made into a cute magnet for the refrigerator. Craft Bits

Narwhal

Narwhal

The crochet whale pattern is an easy and quick amigurumi pattern. Christa Co Design

Oval Bookmark

Kids can learn to crochet and make a simple oval bookmark at the same time. Bubamara Design

Pencil Bookmark

Pencil Bookmark

If you are looking for a great beginner pattern, try this crochet pencil bookmark that only requires a small amount of yarn. The pattern uses the chain, single crochet and slip stitch. Easy Breezy Crochet

Purse - Zebra Print Shoulder Bag

Crochet this shoulder bag with a free pattern. This pattern carries one color along while stitching with the opposite color. So, this would be a good project for a confident beginner. Kreink

Rainbow Crochet Washcloth

Rainbow Crochet Washcloth

This free corner-to-corner washcloth pattern is ideal for using up leftover cotton yarn. My Poppet Makes

Ribbed Boot Cuffs

These boot cuffs are super simple and easy to make. They mainly use one stitch throughout the whole pattern. Teens and tweens will love this free pattern. Okie Girl Bling 'n Things

Ribbed Headband

This free crocheted headband pattern can be adjusted for any length. This would ba appropriate for a confident beginner. Crochet N' Crafts

Scarf Pattern for Beginners

Scarf Pattern for Beginners

This easy crochet scarf pattern is made with beginners in mind since it only uses single crochet stitches. Easy Crochet

Scrunchie

An easy Crocheted scrunchie using chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet. Crochet N More

Simple Headband Pattern

Simple Headband Pattern

This simple to make headband is perfect for beginner crocheters since it uses only one stitch. Get the free pattern here. Easy Crochet

Simple Striped Crochet Washcloth

Simple Stripes Dishcloth has a nice texture, making it great for washing dishes. It's also a great way to use up your leftover cotton scrap yarn. Whiskers and Wool

Striped Ribbed Cap

This simple cap pattern is ideal for teens and adults. It's a good pattern for charity projects. The stripes use up small amounts of yarn. Handcrafting with Love

Teachers Bookmark

Teachers Bookmark

Show your kids’ teachers a little appreciation by making this fun apple and pencil bookmark as a gift. Craft Bits

Winter Scarf

Winter Scarf

This Crochet Winter Scarf Pattern is easy pattern making it great for a beginner to master the stitches. Pattern Princess





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