How to Crochet a Cube

By Rachel Choi – 15 Comments
A crochet cube can be used for many projects. You can make baby blocks, dice, tissue box covers or gift boxes. The ideas are limitless. Crocheting a cube can be done using multiple methods. You can either crochet all 6 sides of the cube separately then sew them together, or you can crochet your cube in the round. This tutorial explores crocheting your cube without sewing pieces together, thus crocheting in the round. crochet cube

The basic idea is to start by creating a square and then make it three dimensional by crocheting around it with out increasing the amount of stitches in each round. To make the bottom of the cube, each round is slowly decreased to close the bottom. To make different sized cubes, just make the initial square the size that you want it.

Crochet Pattern: Cube
Note: stitches are crocheted in the back loop only unless otherwise indicated.
Top Square
Round 1: ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from hook, place marker
Round 2: 3 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: sc in next sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next sc: 20 sc
Round 4: sc in next 2 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc: 28 sc
Round 5: sc in next 3 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc: 36 sc
Round 6: sc in next 4 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc: 44 sc
Round 7: sc in next 5 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc: 52 sc
Round 8: sc in next 6 sc, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 12 sc) 3 times, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc: 60 sc

Sides of Cube
Round 9: sc in both loops of each sc around: 60 sc
Round 10 – 23: sc in each sc around: 60 sc

Closing Bottom
Round 24: sc in both loops of each sc around: 60 sc
Round 25: sc in next 6 sc, (decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 12 sc) 3 times, decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook,, sc in next 6 sc: 52 sc
Round 26: sc in next 5 sc, (decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 10 sc) 3 times, decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 5 sc: 44 sc
Round 27: sc in next 4 sc, (decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 8 sc) 3 times, decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 4 sc: 36 sc
Round 28: sc in next 3 sc, (decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 6 sc) 3 times, decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 3 sc: 28 sc
Note: stuff cube, while decreasing.
Round 29: sc in next 2 sc, (decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 4 sc) 3 times, decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 2 sc: 20 sc
Round 30: sc in next sc, (decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times, decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook, sc in next sc: 12 sc
Round 31: (decrease by inserting hook into next 3 sc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook) 4 times: 4 sc
Finish off

If you need help on how to crochet a cube just leave a comment!

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15 Comments

  1. Linda says:

    I like the gift box idea! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Rachel says:

    No problem! It’s my pleasure.

  3. Gaz says:

    Thanks for posting this. Ever since I discovered amigurumi, I’ve been crocheting in the round a lot and this method of making a cube is a lot quicker and seamless than crocheting 4 squares and stitching them together. I’m going to make companion cubes from the game Portal using this method.

  4. Andrea says:

    Thanks for posting this! Very helpful.

  5. tiffany says:

    I wanted to make a baby robot… big cube head, cube body and four little cube dangles for hands and feet…. so this is JUST what i needed!

  6. Inge says:

    I don’t get how to get a cube out of that pattern – I can only make circles :-S

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Inge, Rounds 1 – 8 will make a flat square. Then rounds 9 – 23 will make the sides of the cube. Then rounds 24 – 31 will close the cube making the last square in the cube. Try it out and let me know which round you get stuck on.

  7. Alex Greif says:

    My friend collects odds and ends and keeps them in weird containers. I have already made her a circle basket, and i want to make her a square one. I’ve made the bottom and body but how do i make the top look square too?

  8. Nicole says:

    How would you elongate this in to a rectangular box?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Nicole, you can start with a long chain, where the length would depend on how long you want your box. You’ll crochet around the chain, and put the “3 sc” in each corner, while placing 1 sc in all the other stitches. If you’re a Premium Pattern Member, you can download the Box of Chocolates Crochet Pattern where there’s a pattern for a rectangle box.

  9. Penny says:

    I am endeavouring to make a cover for my cube poof, I have made the top round how can I now turn this into a cube, is it possible?
    Thanks ;)

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Penny!
      You can make 6 of the tops and sew them together when you are done. Or you can continue to lengthen the one top until is covers your poof. You would sc in each sc around, so that there are the same number of stitches on each round. Then you can make the bottom by substituting the increases (3 sc in each of the corners) with a decrease instead (sc3tog).

  10. elena says:

    Thanks for the post! What’s the size for this pattern?
    And what does “yo” mean?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Elena!
      The size is adjustable, so you can make the cube as big or small as you desire. It will also change according to the hook and yarn you use. Mine came out to be about 4″ wide.
      “yo” is the abbreviation for “yarn over”

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