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{Free Pattern} How to Crochet a Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Hi Friends! I designed a crochet tic-tac toe board game for my kids so we could have it available at all times. It is an easy crochet game to make in an afternoon to pack for a road-trip or airplane trip. You can also use it to take it with you to a restaurant to have something to do while waiting for the food.  Who doesn't love a game of tic-tac-toe? We store ours in our game cabinet to play once we are done with our homeschool day. 

This reusable tic-tac-toe is made of cotton yarn so that we can save paper. You can customize it to any colors you would like.  You could do reds and pinks, blues and aquas, there are so many possibilities. Let me know in the comments what colors you would choose to do.

You can make this crochet game for yourself, road trips, or to gift for birthday parties. There are so
many possibilities!!!

You could also use the instructions for this board to make a Checkers board and game as well. Just crochet a larger board.

Crochet Supplies

This post has my favorite crochet supplies that I have been using for many years.

For this pattern, I am using Clover crochet hook size I. You can really choose any size you would like. Using a smaller or larger hook will just change the final size of your board.

Crochet Markers will be helpful to keep track of the places where you want to stitch your lines for the board.

Suggested Yarn:

I really like working with Lily Cotton Yarn to make games and dishcloths like I used for my Summer Breeze Crochet Dishcloth pattern.  This yarn is easy to use, wash, and keep. There is a great variety of colors to pick from!

See more ways to treat cotton yarn in this post: How to Keep Dishcloths and Cotton Yarn. 
  1. Chain 33
  2. Skip 2 chains and make your first Half Double Crochet on the third chain from the hook. Half Double Crochet all the way across.  Chain 2 and turn. 
  3. Skip the first Half Double Crochet and continue crocheting HDC all the way until the end of the row.  
  4. Repeat step 3 until your piece measures 9 in. or 23cm.
Once your square is complete, use Crochet Stitch Markers to mark the places where you want to use contrasting yarn to crochet the lines for your board game. 

You will need to use the Surface Slip Stitch to crochet the lines for the board game. Moogly has a great video explaining how to do it.  

To make the horizontal lines:

From top to bottom, I measured 3in or 7.5 cm to crochet the first line.  
I crocheted the second line at 6in or 15.2 cm. 

To make the vertical lines:

I made the first line at 3.5 in or 8.8cm. 
I made the second line at 7.3 in or 18.5 cm 

To make the circles: 

I decided to make circles in green and yellow using the magic ring or magic circle. The circles are made on the round.  Make 4 circles in each color. 

  1. Using the Magic Circle -slip stitch, chain 2,  5 Half Double Crochet (5 total) Join with sl st at top of initial ch. 
  2. 2 HDC in each HDC (10 total)
  3. Work increases, meaning that you will do 1 HDC in the first HDC from the previous row, 2 HDC in the next HDC from the previous row and so on. 
  4. Repeat round 3
  5. Fasten off your yarn and weave ends. 
Note: In order to lay your circle flat, you can set a small towel on top of each circle and press a warm iron over it. This will help your circle lay flat permanently.  You can also look at this post on additional information to block your crochet
Have fun playing with your kiddos! 

As always, if you make a tic-tac toe board using this pattern, I will love to look at your creation! Post of my picture to my FB page or to Instagram using #fabimakes

See you next time! 

Happy crocheting! 


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