61 Back to School Projects | Knit and Crochet Patterns

It’s back to school time! Maybe it starts this week for you or perhaps not for another month. Perhaps you’re learning from home or in a school building or as some hybrid. Whether you have school-age children, are taking courses yourself, or are a teacher, the start of the new school year is probably on your mind! And therefore so are back to school projects!

When school starts there are a ton of supplies you need to get: crayons, glue, scissors, pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, textbooks, calculators, laptops, tablets. Honestly, the list goes on and on! Plus, as cooler weather approaches, we need new wardrobes. Those make great back to school projects for knitters and crocheters, too!

Personalize you or your child’s supplies with this collection of free patterns from Yarnspirations. There are more than five dozen back to school projects here. And they are perfectly designed to supply everything needed to head back to the classroom.

61 Back to School Projects | Knit and Crochet Patterns


With a personalized backpack in their favorite colors, any child will stand out on the playground! There’s even a backpack for an 18″ doll, so a child can play school with their toys.

Busy Bee Backpack Free Crochet Pattern

Pencil Cases and Supply Cases

These pencil cases and small zippered bags also work well for art supplies and even your knitting and crochet supplies!

Knit Box Bag Free knitting Pattern

Tablet Covers

Tablets are becoming more and more common in classrooms and at home. Help protect a tablet and have a designed way of putting it away with these soft covers.

Rainbow Stripes Tablet Case Free Crochet Pattern

Sweaters (and a bonus scarf!)

Sometimes the AC can be turned up a little too high to be comfortable. Prevent chills with these back-to-school pullovers and cardigans.

School Days Raglan Pullover

Comforts of Home

Doing homework or learning from home can be comfy! Make a blanket in school colors for a student heading off to college, or have a doll for a kindergartener who is getting used to “real school”.

School Colors Afghan

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  1. Ellie says:

    Marley, I want to make everything in this email! How do you choose?! Every pattern is so cute! And I don’t have any children!
    An idea for a vid might be to talk about how you go about choosing a pattern from so many (who, what, why, size, etc.).
    Another vid – how do you divide your time when you’re working on a project that you know will take months
    – do other projects to take a break or go whole-hog on the blanket, shawl, afghan, etc.
    Love love love your emails!

Marly Bird

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Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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A cartoon image of a joyful chicken, sitting comfortably in a green armchair, knitting happily with blue yarn, surrounded by pink and white flowers, looking for DIY project ideas. -Marly Bird

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