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31+ Crochet Keychains for Every Occasions (All Free Patterns!)

I love crochet keychains. They are some of my most go-to crochet projects. I can never find my keys in my purse – like ever! So keychains are just such a cute way to solve that problem.

They also make great gifts. I’m a bit of a last minute gal – but I always like to add a handmade touch to gifts. Crochet keychains are the perfect way to do that, aren’t they? They work up super fast – plus they have the added value of being a functional gift for anyone – from kids to adults!

Keychains are also excellent projects for your next Craft Fair (check out our awesome Craft Fair tips!). They can quickly add to your inventory – plus they’re a low-cost item to entice people to buy (and then once they begin shopping at your adorable store, how can they resist buying more?).

Keychains are also excellent party favours, luggage tags, or you can even leave them out as Random Acts of Crochet Kindness (check out this Facebook group!) for strangers to find.

So today we have for you 31+ awesome crochet keychain patterns for every occasion. They range from cute amigurumi keychains for kids and adults, to seasonal keychains, to simple keychains for men and women.

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Cute Amigurumi Keychains

These adorable amigurumi keychains are perfect for all occasions. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, these keychains are sure to make you smile!

Butterfly Keychain

small crochet butterfly keychain in a hand

This sweet butterfly keychain by us is such a fun addition to a backpack. It takes less than an hour to make and is just so cute! It would also make a super cute party favour! You can find the free pattern here.

Small Bee Keychain

This small bee makes for a sweet little keychain or bag charm. I love the little stinger! It’s also a perfect quick gift because bee puns are endless (Bee Mine, Thank you for bee-ing my friend, Bee happy, Just bee-cause – I love these, can you tell?). You can find the free pattern here.

Small Fish Keychain

small fish crochet keychain

Our little fish keychain is such a fun way to use up your scrap yarn. Plus it’s a no-sew pattern! It would make a super cute gift for a fishing aficionado – or anyone really. You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Guitar Keychain

This guitar keychain is perfect for the musician in your life. It actually works up really quickly too (in under an hour!). It would also make such a cute little keychain to stick onto a guitar case. You can find the free pattern here.

Sunny Day Keychain

sun crochet keychain with eyes, cheeks and a smile

I love the this happy sunny keychain by Stitch by Fay. It’s just so bright and happy! I need one of these on my bag – looking at it everyday would just lift my mood. You can find the pattern here.

Succulent Strawberry Keychain

small crochet strawberry

This little strawberry by Cilla Crochets makes such a cute keychain! You can find the free pattern here.

Tiny Octopus Keychain

tiny amigurumi octopus

This tiny octopus keychain by the Wandering Deer is such a fun pattern. It works up really quickly and is a no sew pattern! You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Fruit Slice Keychains

These colourful fruit slice keychains can be a colourful way to remind yourself to eat healthy. The pattern has adaptation to make a kiwi, watermelon, orange, or lemon – whatever suits your mood! They would be so cute to hang on your bag. You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Keychains for Kids: Amigurumi Backpack Charms

Crochet keychains make great backpack charms for kids. They’re a great back-to-school gift to take away the first day jitters. There’s nothing like a little crochet gift from a loved one or a backpack buddy to make them feel less alone on the first day of school!

Superhero Crochet Backpack Charm

superhero crochet bag charm

This pattern by Chai Coffee Crochet is one that has become a go-to gift for me! It can be used as a toy but it makes such a sweet backpack charm to take to school. I usually embroider the child’s initial on it. Since it’s part of our Kozu Palm Pals crochet doll series, you can use any of the hair caps in the series to make an adorable superhero boy or girl. You can find the free pattern here.

Small Crochet Animals

These small crochet animals will make really cute backpack charms! At four inches tall, they would be great on the first day of school, as a little backpack companion. These little animals can be crocheted in just a couple of hours. You can find the free patterns here.

Ice Cream Cone Keychains

crochet ice cream cone keychains

How cute are these ice cream cone keychains by The Friendly Red Fox? These crochet ice cream cones work up to about 3 inches tall and are really quick to make. The best part? This is one ice cream that you can give you kid without worrying about the sugar high to follow! You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Comfort Critters

small amigurumi mouse, bear, and rabbit

I love the idea of making one of these comfort critters by Sweet Softies as little crochet backpack charms for the first day of school. The first day of school can be so hard – there’s nothing like a little friend on your keychain to give comfort. You can find the free pattern here.

T-Rex Backpack Buddy

trex crochet backpack charm

Okay, I have to admit I’m a little bit obsessed with this pattern by the Loopy Lamb! Firstly, the adorable T-Rex is crocheted all in one piece (yay for no-sew amigurumi!). But my favourite part? He has a little crochet backpack that can be used to send notes to your little one while they’re away at school. How sweet is that?? You can find the pattern here.

Crochet Airplane Keychain

small crochet airplane

This cute little airplane keychain by Chai Coffee Crochet is perfect for a transport-obsessed kid (like my nephew!). It would also be a great luggage tag for your next holiday! Get the free pattern here.

Mini Donut Keychain

mini crochet donut keychain

This cute small donut keychain by A Crafty Concept is a really fun keychain to add to a backpack. The only downside – they may come home hounding you for a donut. Lol. She even has a free printable for punny cards to gift along with your donut. You can find the free pattern here.

Hopscotch Keychain

crochet hopscotch keychain

This hopscotch keychain by Pine Tree Crochet is another one of my favourites. Who didn’t love hopscotch as a kid? How cute would this keychain be on your kid’s backpack! This one would also make a great crochet gift for a teacher! You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Pencil Chapstick Holder Keychain

pencil crochet chapstick holder keyring

This adorable crochet pencil chapstick holder by Jen Hayes Creations is so cute! What a perfect little backpack charm that not only looks super cute but can keep your little one’s lips hydrated (a win-win!). You can find the free pattern here.

Tiny Dinosaur

tiny crochet dinosaurs

This tiny crochet dinosaur by Green Fox Farms Designs is an adorable addition to a backpack. This dinosaur can be crocheted really quickly and is just too cute! You can find the free pattern here.

Practical & Simple Crochet Keychains for Men & Women

While amigurumi keychains are just so adorable, sometimes you just want a really practical and simple keychain – to keep those keys together without the extra weight. These patterns are pretty but practical. And the best part – they work for both men and women. I love them and I think you will too!

Super Simple Crochet Keyring holder

simple crochet keyring

This super simple crochet keyring holder by Yarn Craftee is really simple to make but gorgeous to look at! She has both a video and a written pattern, so it’s really easy to follow along. You can find the video tutorial here and the written pattern here.

Wanderlust Key Fob

colourful crochet keychain

The wanderlust key fob by Avery Lane Creations is such a great stash-busting crochet project! It works up super fast but is a really pretty keychain to help you keep track of your keys. I love the simplicity of the design. You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Lip Balm Holder Keychain

crochet lip balm holder ring

This cute crochet lip balm or chapstick holder by Planet June is a really practical design for a keychain. A pretty way to keep chapstick on hand – yes please! Add it to your keychain ring, hang it from your purse, or hook it on your jeans – it’s just so easy! You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Coin Purse Keychain

crochet keychain in the shape of a wedge

I just love this coin purse keychain by Blue Star Crochet, not only for it’s lovely wedge design, but because it’s so practical! If you’re like me, you’re often scrounging for change for the parking meter – so this is the perfect way to keep change on hand! This pattern does require you to sew on a zipper. But it’s so cute, it’s worth it! You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Keychains for Mothers Day

I know for many of us crocheters, our mums were the ones who taught us how to crochet. So even if you’re not crocheting yoru gift, wouldn’t it be so cute to add a little crochet touch to your mothers day gift? These cute crochet keychains are make a really sweet Mothers Day gift.

Small Bird Keychain

amigurumi bird keychain

This small bird keychain is a lovely mother’s day gift. It works up really fast and is a great use of that extra scrap yarn. The birds would look super cute hanging from a purse. You can find the free pattern here.

Mini Cactus Keychain

small crochet cactus

This mini cactus keychain on the A Crafty Concept blog is a perfect gift to quickly work up for Mothers Day. If your mum is anything like mine, she’ll love a little succulent that she can take with her everywhere she goes. You can find the free pattern here.

Tiny Teapot Keychain

small amigurumi teapot

This tiny teapot keychain by Cosy Rosie is perfect for a tea-loving mum! Teapots just invoke the feeling of home to me – and so it’s a great place to store the keys to your home! Get the free pattern here.

Radiant Rose Keychain

small crochet rose

Why not give mum a flower that will last for Mothers Day this year? This adorable little rose from Crochet Wizzard makes such a cute keychain – a kawaii flower (those eyes!). You can find the pattern here.

Crochet Keychains for Halloween

Crocheting little keychains for Halloween is a really fun way to make small gifts in a hurry! You could even give out little keychains instead of bag charms to your little trick-or-treaters! (Don’t miss our round up of our favorite Halloween amigurumi patterns.)

Small Crochet Ghost Keychain

small crochet ghost amigurumi keychain

This cute little crochet ghost keychain by Chai Coffee Crochet is perfect for Halloween! And the best part? It’s a no-sew amigurumi pattern – yay! It works up in just 15 minutes so you can make it over and over again!

Crochet Pumpkin Keychain

tiny crochet pumpkins

This adorable little pumpkin keychain from Stringy Ding Ding is a perfect make for Halloween or Fall. It’s a really simple pattern, which works up really fast. Kids and adults alike will love it! You can find the pattern here.

Zeena the Mini Witch

small crochet witch

Zeena the tiny witch is a really cute keychain to crochet for Halloween. At 4.5 inches in DK yarn, it would make an adorable bag charm. You can make it even smaller with a thinner yarn, if you prefer a small keychain. You can find the free pattern here.

Black Cat Keychain

crochet black cat

This black cat keychain by My Fingers Fly is a really cute Halloween make. She has options on her blog on how to make it various sizes for various uses – from earrings, to a coaster, to a keychain! Get the pattern here.

6-minute Scrap Eyeball Amigurumi Keychain

eyeball crochet keychain

If you’re looking for something a bit spookier, this eyeball keychain by Stringy Ding Ding is frightfully perfect! And just 6 minutes to make? I’m in! You can find the free pattern here.

Crochet Keychains for Christmas

Keychains would make adorable stocking stuffers for Christmas! If you want to make something Christmas-themed, here are a few cute ideas for you!

Crochet Christmas Sweater Keychain

small crochet sweater

There’s nothing like a cosy Christmas sweater to give you all the holiday feels! This cute tiny Christmas sweater pattern by Sweet Softies will make an adorable addition to your keyring. The best part is that you can play around with the colours to make the sweater as loud (or subdued) as you like! You can get the free pattern here.

Small Crochet Santa Backpack Charm

small crochet santa and elves

This cute little Santa would make an adorable bag charm for the holiday season. This cute little guy works up to about 4.5 inches tall with DK yarn (and smaller if you use a lighter yarn). You can find the free pattern here.

Snowman Keychain

crochet snowman

This snowman ornament by Stringy Ding Ding would make a really cute keychain for Christmas! It’s a no sew pattern – so who can resist? You can find the free pattern here.

Tiny Christmas Tree Keychain

This is another adorable keychain from the Wandering Deer – perfect for the holiday season. It you can crochet this keychain really fast – and it’s just precious! You can find the free pattern here.

How do you crochet a keychain?

To crochet a keychain, you follow the relevant pattern that you are using. To attach the keychain ring to your amigurumi to make it into a keychain, take a strand of yarn of the same colour as where you want to attach it. Sew it onto your amigurumi where you want the keychain to be. Before you finalize the sewing, just ensure that your keychain is balanced the way that you want it to be (i.e. it’s not tilting forward or backwards).

You can also use a keychain ring with a jump ring. Use pliers to open the jump ring and insert it into your crochet piece. You then use the pliers to close it tight.

What is the best yarn for crochet keychains?

Any yarn will do! Just remember that if you use a heavier weight yarn than your pattern suggests, your keychain will turn out larger. If you use a lighter yarn than your pattern suggests, your keychain will turn out smaller. In fact, you can use this trick to resize your keychains – just make sure that you use the relevant hook size for the yarn that you’re using.

How long does it take to crochet a keychain?

Well, it really depends on the pattern, as well as your own speed! However, most of the keychains in this round up work up from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. So these are really perfect last minute gifts to crochet.

Is it easy to crochet a keychain?

It really depends on the pattern! Crochet keychains can be easy but some may be more difficult. It is important to read through the pattern before you begin, to ensure that you are familiar with the stitches and techniques used. If you’re unsure about something, you can look up a video for that particular technique. But if you’re a beginner, I would stick with a pattern that is simple.

What stitches and techniques do you need to know to crochet a keychain?

Again, the stitches and techniques that you will need to know to crochet a keychain will depend on the pattern that are you are using. Generally, you will need to know basic stitches such as single crochet, half-double crochet, and double crochet. You will also need to know other techniques such as a magic circle and how to change colours.

Again, it is important to read through the pattern before you begin, to ensure that you understand the techniques used.

What materials do you need to crochet a keychain?

The exact materials you will need for each of these will depend on its pattern. You should read the materials section of each pattern very carefully to ensure that you have everything that you need.

  • Yarn: If you would like the keychain to have the same look and size as the photograph on the pattern, you will need to use the same yarn weight as that being used in the pattern. Typically for keychains you will use fingering weight, DK, or worsted weight yarn. Just note that the thicker the yarn, the larger your keychain will be!
  • Crochet hook: The hook size that you need is determined by the yarn that you are using. Just remember, if your keychain is stuffed, you want your stitches to be tighter and so your hook should be smaller than that recommended on the yarn label.
  • Stitch marker: Stitch markers are helpful in patterns that are crocheted in spiral rounds. They help you keep track of where your round begins and ends.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Safety eyes: Some patterns will require safety eyes. If you don’t have those on hand, you can always embroider on the eyes.
  • Polyfill stuffing: Some of the patterns may require polyfill stuffing. Since keychains are small, you may also want to use small yarn scraps to stuff your keychain.