Easy Kids Crochet Bracelet Tutorial

Hi folks!

Last year, I was asked to teach some groups of  young kids to crochet.

I had grand plans for some fun things we could make, but I overestimated their fine motor skills and so we made a very simple project they could do in one sitting with a little help from me to finish them off. I had loads of folks ask how we did it so I thought I’d share it with you.

How to Make Simple Chained Bracelets

The kids I worked with were mostly 6 & 7 year olds.  I showed them how to chain using a crochet hook and only 1 or 2 of the group could manage it.  Kids being kids though, they came up with their own way to use the hook with their skills.  Kids are so cool.

If you know what I know as “finger knitting”, that’s basically what they did with the hook – they used it like a finger and managed to chain away happy as Larry.

You will need…

  • yarn (hint : roll it into small balls as they are much easier for them to handle)
  • crochet hook (I recommend no smaller than 4 mm)
  • buttons
  • yarn needle
  • needle with a small enough eye to fit through the holes in the button
  • scissors
you will need for kid crochet bracelets

Step 1

Show them how to make a slip knot.  I did it by getting them to lay a loop of their yarn down on the floor and then fold it over the yarn from the ball and pull up a loop for the hook like so :

slip knot steps kid crochet bracelet tutotrial

Step 2

Demonstrate chaining then go around the kids one by one showing them again and watch and help them have a go.  If they struggle, let them know its ok to use their fingers to move the yarn over the hook.  The kids I taught tended to do this automatically anyway.

kid crochet bracelets

Don’t worry about tension – they will be happy with whatever they do.  Some will be super tight and others super loose.  It really doesn’t matter.  It’s about making something, not being an instant perfect chainer.

You’ll want them to make a length of chain long enough to wrap comfortably around their wrist at least twice with a little extra length. Depending on their attention span, some will just do that, others will end up with many, many wraps.  It’s cool either way.

Step 3

Once  they have a long enough chain, you can take over.  Form a loop at the working end of their chain large enough to fit over their button of choice.  Simply slip stitch into the chains for a few stitches.   Weave in the end using the yarn needle.

loop kid crochet bracelets tutorial

Using the tail from the beginning, thread your needle for sewing on the button.  Once you’ve gone through the holes, switch back to your hook and slip stitch a few stitches up the chain then weave in the end.

button kid crochet bracelet tutorial

There will be some kids who can handle these bits, but most I have taught were happy to hand this bit over to me.

Step 4

Wrap it around their wrist as many times as is comfortable, pop the loop over the button and watch their wee faces beam with pride!

done kid crochet bracelet tutorial

That’s all there is to it. Grab a bunch of kids and pass on the joy of mucking about with yarn.  It’s fun. 🙂

xx Shelley



  1. Dallas

    Shelley this is so cool. A few days before Christmas, I did a workshop with ten, ten year olds. The organiser wanted them to learn how to crochet and have a finished Christmas ornament to take home with them. Needless to say it was a struggle even with one of my friends there to help. Some got it instantly most struggled somewhat and a couple just didn’t get it at all. There was a lot of help from us to get them somewhat finished to take home. Wish I’d know about this bracelet back then. It would have been perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    • Shelley Husband

      Oh Dallas – that sounds challenging! I’m sure the kids had a great time regardless. 🙂

  2. Aissa

    That is so cool. I teach knitting at the local craft store. And taught arm knitting last month. Had students from 6 years old to 70. Was fun. My 6 year old student was quicker to understand the concept than the adults and she had a blast. Lol

    • Shelley Husband

      I bet she did! Kids are so keen to learn – it’s wonderful 🙂

  3. Pippa

    Thank you! I needed an activity to take to my daughter’s year 6 camp and stumbled across this idea – it was a hit, so many kids made bracelets and I’m hoping it sparked a love of crochet in some of them.

    • Shelley Husband

      Yay! That is fabulous! Good to hear they had fun.



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