Crochet Pattern: Musical Notes

By Erin Burger – 30 Comments
These fairly small appliques would be perfect sewn onto a musical lovers blanket or scarf! The pattern is also great for using up scraps since each note takes just a very small amount of yarn. Experiment with different sizes of notes by using different hooks and yarns. Because of the long staff on the eighth note, take care when sewing this applique on, I recommend tightly pinning it on first to ensure the staff of the note stays straight.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: Whole Note is approx. 1 3/4″ (4.45 cm) wide and Eighth Note is 1 3/4″ (4.45 cm) wide and approx. 3″ (7.62 cm) tall

small amount of worsted weight yarn
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: not needed for this pattern

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Crochet Pattern: Musical Notes

Whole note
Round 1: ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook: 8 sc
Round 2:Do no join, use a stitch marker here if needed, 2 sc in first sc and in each sc around: 16 sc
Round 3: Do not join, 2 sc in first 2 sc after stitch marker, break off: 4 sc

Eighth Note:
Round 1: ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook: 8 sc
Round 2:Do no join, use a stitch marker here if needed (see All About Stitch Marker in Crochet for more info) , 2 sc in first sc and in each sc around: 16 sc
Round 3: Do not join, 2 sc in first 2 sc after stitch marker, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook in in each of the next 5 ch,
sc into next sc on body of note, break off: 10 sc

Attach yarn on top of the staff of the note in the ch-1 space by sc in the 2nd ch from hook on the ch 7, ch 4, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in the next 2 sc.

Now weave in all the ends, make it pretty!

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  1. Namiko says:

    I needed an applique to cover up a mistake I made in my knitting (easier to do that than to go back and fix the mistake since I’m lazy), so I was looking for musical notes. A crochet or crotchet is also a musical term so you can guess how well that online search went.

    Thank you for this! I probably could have figured out how to do this on my own but following a pattern is much easier for me (the lazy thing again).

    One thing though — that’s not a quarter note. That’s an eighth note. Eighth notes have the little “flag” and quarters don’t. That’s not technically a whole note either, since whole notes aren’t filled in, but you can have that one… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Erin says:

    Hi Namiko,
    Thanks for the heads up on the notes. I was aware of the difference between the two notes and had originally not had a ‘flag’ on the staff on the quarter note…but one of my daughters thought it would look better as an eighth note AND I forgot to change the name of the note in the pattern.

    Thanks again!


  3. Lane รขโ‚ฌย  says:

    I like it, Erin! I’m a musician and had made me a music bag a few years ago and crocheted some musical notes to sew on it. I wish I had had your pattern back then. Your notes look so neat looking compared to mine. Oh well, it works. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll just have to find something else I can use your musical notes on.

  4. Linda says:

    These are so cute! Perfect for a band student’s bag or instrument case!

  5. Valorie Davis says:

    Cool, I was looking for something for a sister that is very musical. I have a hat pattern that could be adapted ( think) to look like a score. You must be psychic!

  6. Alexis says:

    Very neat! I am planning on making christmas stockings for everyone next year, and this will be perfect for my mom’s – she is a singer/songwriter and will appreciate this a whole lot more than a Santa.

  7. Darlene says:

    I like the pattern. Will probably use it on something for one of my granddaughters who is a musician. How about a pattern for one that has two circles and two staffs joined together? I don’t know what it is called, I’m a crocheter not a musician! But I have seen them.

  8. Lane รขโ‚ฌย  says:

    Darlene- that is called a 16th note.

    • Francesca says:

      Lane, it is actually a double 8th note. The comment before yours mentioned 2 dots connected. A 16th note has only one dot on bottom but 2 flags off the one staff.

  9. Lane รขโ‚ฌย  says:

    If you wanted to make it more confusing you could add four bars. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that is called a 64th note. Those are hard to play unless the song is REALLY slow. Never seen a musical note with 5 bars though. Is there any such thing as a 128th note?

    Erin, I would like to see a 16th note though. That would go nice with some stuff I am making. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sarah Dee says:

    Ew, what would be the point of these. See, this is the type of thing that belongs on Come on, enough of the novelty, bring on the classy.

  11. Erin says:

    Hi Sarah.

    I guess you assume that learning and sharing websites like Crochet Spot should be tailor made to what you as an individual specifically want? I’ve written many patterns and tutorials for crochet spot and have had an incredible amount of positive feedback.

    It hurts my feelings that you find the need to make fun of my work. This particular comment burns me so badly in particular considering I sell my own handmade items in high end boutiques.

    But in the end, even ‘novelty’ can be classy. It all depends on the person and how they use the pattern.

    Thanks for your input, regardless.


  12. Jasmin says:

    Wow Sarah, that was incredibly rude. I was one of the people who actually sent in a request to have this pattern be made. I’m using them as appliques on a bag I’m making. These are great for embellishing items for music lovers! Thanks Erin and the Crochet Spot gang for all the work you guys do. It is much appreciated!!! I love the fact that you all make fun things as well as classics ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Diane says:

    You can tell most of the previous posters like these cute notes and appreciate Erin’s sharing them.

    As Thumper’s dad advised, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

  14. SoSaje says:


    I have no immediate need to use the musical note appliques, but just wanted to add my voice in THANKS for sharing them!! I greatly enjoy the wide variety of patterns, tutorials, and other crochet facts & tidbits shared here on Crochet Spot. THANK YOU for doing the hard work to create patterns and bring them to us … please continue doing so!! Many of us appreciate it so greatly, even if we don’t always get a chance to comment and say so. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ♥ SoSaje

  15. Nik says:

    I am confused about the last part of the pattern, what does “break off: 10 sc” mean? I have googled it trying to find an explanation, but I just don’t get it! I get what break off is, but how do i do 10 sc after that?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Nik, the number after the colon tells you how many total stitches there were on the round. So if you want to, you can go back and count the number of stitches you made to make sure you did it right.

  16. Kay M says:

    Thank you so much for the pattern! My son was in choir this year…they called them the ‘Singing Stars’. His teacher is retiring after 25 yrs of teaching so I thought I would crochet her a scarf for a retirement gift. I made stars, and connected them all, then ‘decorated’ with your notes! It was a fantastic hit!

  17. Nik says:

    Thanks for the prompt reply! I was able to make a few of these to add to my yarnbombing project.

  18. Jacelina says:

    thanks, we’re going to make a teacher very glad!

  19. Christy says:

    These are tooooo cute and just what I was looking for… I think novelty things are absolutely the BEST … most “classy” crochet patterns are boring, so thank you SO much for livening things up and making crocheting fun! ๐Ÿ˜€ LOVE all your patterns and am currently working on the piano scarf… which is classy(in the non boring way) and VERY cute! ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Sarah — I dont even get why you were on this website if it didnt fit into your “classy” motif … go find boring patterns and leave our creative geniuses alone ๐Ÿ™‚ We like em ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. NatNet says:


    Wow do you “break off” or cut the yarn and then do 10 sc? Where do you do them after?

    Thank you so much…

    • Rachel says:

      Hi NatNet, the 10 sc after the colon in round 3 is the stitch count for that round. It tells you what how many stitches where in that round, you don’t have to do another 10 sc. I hope that helps!

  21. NatNet says:

    It helped a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you so much!

  22. sandi says:

    I have a daughter in law who is a great violinist. How would this be made into a bookmark.
    If you have suggestions would like to hear them.

  23. patirish says:

    Thank you for this great pattern. I sing with my choir and loved finding these notes. Read through the comments – as others said, please ignore rude people and continue your wonderful work. You are very appreciated!

  24. Mikenna says:

    I was confused by the last set of instructions for the eighth note. Where it says attach yarn on top of staff…etc, that whole section. I really like this pattern, and it’s very easy to understand. All except for the last part ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Love P. says:

    To whom this may concern:
    I would like to see a video demonstration to crochet an eight note please and thank you in advance.

  26. Sarah Lewars says:

    Dear Erin,

    I was immediately intrigued when I found this pattern. I’m using the finished appliques to sew on to a sweatshirt. I hope to see more crochet patterns for music notes in the future.

    Kind regards,

    Sarah Lyn

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