Crochet Tic-Tac-Toe

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Several years ago when I started teaching “Parent-Child” Crochet Workshops, I crocheted some games to have on hand during the workshops as a way for the new students to see all the different possibilities with crochet and give everyone a break from concentrating on learning to crochet.

Recently I found this crocheted Tic-Tac-Toe game in my teaching supplies and thought it would be fun to share here on the blog. It works up really quickly and has a wide variety of customizable options. You can change up the buttons and colors to make all sorts of interesting versions!

This game would be perfect for taking on road trips or using when kids need to keep quiet – the pieces are easy to transport and don’t make any noise. And if you use buttons you can have challenging rounds of play when everyone plays with their eyes closed (and they have to use their sense of touch)!

Skill Level: Beginner


Tic-Tac-Toe board = 7″ x 7″; Each circle playing piece – approximately 1 3/4″ in diameter


3-4 colors of medium weight acrylic yarn

(I used Red Heart Super Saver in Medium Purple, White, Turqua and Shocking Pink – I also used colors White, Red and Black for my other version)

I/5.5mm crochet hook

Yarn needle

10 plastic buttons (You may need a sewing needle and sewing thread to attach these to the circles)


A basic square is crocheted and edged with one color

Then the gridlines are added on top (by top-stitching or embroidery)

Lastly 10 circles are crocheted and buttons are sewn on top of each (Buttons are optional)

Abbreviations & Special Stitches:

Back bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides

Click here to watch a short video on this technique

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into st, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk

Top-Stitch = With yarn make a slip knot; With Right Side facing and slip knot on hook, insert hook into first space between rows; YO (on back side of crochet square), pull loop through crochet and through loop on hook; *Insert hook into next space, YO (behind crochet square), pull loop through crochet square and through loop on hook* – Repeat from * to * across project; Ch 1 at end of row – Fasten off.

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

Ch = chain  

Sp = space

Hk = hook

Lp = loop

Sk = skip

YO = yarn over

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All special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Ch 25

Row 1: Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch and in each ch across. (24 sc) Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (24 sc)

Repeat Row 3 – 28 more times for a total of 30 rows. Do not fasten off.


Ch 1, work sc evenly down side of rows to next corner; ch 1, sl st in each st across bottom of Row 1; Ch 1, work sc evenly up side of rows to next corner; ch 1, sl st in each st across Row 30; sl st to 1st sc of edging. Fasten off.


With contrasting color top-stitch gridlines working in between rows 10 & 11 and rows 20 & 21 (ACROSS) – Working up in a column along 8th sts from left edge and 8th sts from right edge (UP & DOWN)

**Note: If you would rather not do the top-stitching, you can add the gridlines by embroidering the lines across in the same positions as above using contrasting yarn and the yarn needle (see photo above of red board with white and black playing pieces)

Circles – Make 10:

Ch 4

Work 12 dc in 4th ch from hk; sl st to 1st dc of round. Fasten off. (12 dc)

Thread yarn tail through top loops of first dc as shown to create an even look to all the stitches –

Pass needle under both loops of 1st st of round going from back to front

Then pass needle down through center of last st of the round

Here is what the stitch would look like with a different color – see how the yarn tails come out the center of the last stitch – you would weave these in

Thread center yarn tail through bases of sts (on the Wrong Side) and pull taut to close up hole in center – knot yarn tail and weave in all ends

Optional: With yarn or sewing thread and appropriate needle, sew buttons on to each circle.

And there you have it – your Crochet Tic-Tac-Toe is complete!

What kind of buttons did you use? There are so many kinds available now from well-known childrens’ movies to animals to sports and more! Or maybe you have several buttons in your stash that are ‘vintage’ and/or have sentimental stories to go with them – these would be fun to use, too.

I hope you enjoyed making this project and playing it with someone. Make sure to tag me on Instagram (@celticknotcrochet) if you post a photo or you can email one to me – I always love to see what you make from my patterns.

Happy crocheting!


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4 thoughts on “Crochet Tic-Tac-Toe

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I will be attending the CGOA conference in New Orleans in July. I saw that you will be teaching a jewelry class. What jewelry will you be making? I have a bracelet that I knit with beads and was wondering if I could send you a picture and ask you if you think that something similar could be crocheted.
    Julie R.

    1. Hi Julie!
      Thank you for leaving a comment. In the jewelry class we will be making a pendant necklace and a bracelet. I would be happy to look at the photo of your knitted bracelet – almost anything knitted can also be crocheted. 🙂 Please email me – 🙂

  2. These are so cute. I would like to try a set and if it turns out decent enough for me, I will make several more. I participate I n an event every year called Christmas Operation Shoebox Ministry. We pack shoe boxes and mail them overseas to less fortunate children. It’s part of the Franklin Graham ministry and 1000’s of boxes are filled and mailed each year. These tic tac toe games would be perfect and pack easily in the boxes. If I have luck in making the first one, then I will make more to share with the other ladies in the church to put in the boxes. Wish me luck as I try this project this weekend. Thank you for the free pattern. It will be fun to give them as gifts. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll do decent. I can crochet some and understand the abbreviations, but I’m not super experienced, just over confident. Thanks once again for the

    1. This is a great idea! I am familiar with this program – it is a great ministry. I hope you have success with the project! 🙂

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