Whip up a pair of these crochet shorts patterns for someone to wear this summer! They are perfect for wearing over bathing suits, for warm summer days and at the beach.
Free Crochet Shorts Patterns
I have tried to include important details for each of the patterns linked below; such as the sizes available and the type of yarn and size crochet hook that were used.
Crochet Shorts Sizes
The free crochet patterns I’ve found include crochet shorts sizes:
- women’s shorts sizes XS to XL
- women’s plus shorts sizes XXL to 3XL
- men’s shorts sizes
- toddler shorts sizes
- and baby shorts sizes
How do Crochet Shorts Fit?
You want to be sure the crochet shorts pattern you choose is perfect for you in details like fit, drawstrings, pockets and leg length.
Fit: Are the shorts designed to be a snug fit? or to have a little extra room? does the design use a stitch that allows for a good bit of stretch?
Waist Fit: This is equally important because some of the shorts are designed to use a drawstring to tighten the fabric around your waist. While this is a great way to provide a little extra room, it is also possible that you cannot achieve the perfect cinch required to keep the shorts where you want them on your waist. (I personally dislike cinched waistbands. This may be because of my size (3XL) but I always find them very uncomfortable).
Leg Length: Do the shorts provide enough leg length? Or do you need to customize the pattern before you begin to account for extra leg length?
Some of the patterns listed are designed to be close-fitting (like the shell shorts pattern) while others make use of a drawstring to tighten and cinch the waist of the shorts to fit (like the Summer Breeze Shorts).
How to Make Crochet Shorts
- crochet shorts in the round, in one piece, from the waist to the thigh
- crochet shorts in panels and then sew the panels together to make the finished shorts
- crochet shorts out of granny squares
- crochet shorts made from your body measurements (waist circumference, etc.)
The benefit to making crochet shorts in the round is that you will be able to try them on as you crochet. When they are worked from the waist down, you will also be able to customize the leg length quite easily.
Best Yarns to use for Crochet Shorts
Many of the patterns include recommendations for the type of yarn that works best for crochet shorts. The free comfy cotton shorts pattern by Farrah Hodgson is an excellent choice for summer.
Cotton yarns and cotton yarn blends are perfect warm weather fibers because they are light and breathable. There are many easy crochet shorts pattern listed that use cotton and other natural fibers, like linen yarns, bamboo yarns and yarn blends.
Acrylic yarns, while affordable, do not create a breathable fabric so they are not the best suited for summer clothing like crochet skirts and crochet summer shorts. They would be more suitable for shorts you would wear at the beginning of autumn, or early spring.
You will find free crochet shorts patterns in the following yarn weights included below:
Fingering Weight Yarn, Medium Worsted Weight Yarn, Light DK Weight Yarn and Sport Weight Yarn.
Free Crochet Shorts Patterns
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These beautiful Summer Breeze Shorts were designed by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite are crocheted with Fingering Weight Yarn  and a 5 mm (H) hook. The sizes that are available are XS to 3XL. The pattern was released as a CAL with Furls.Read More
These adorable G Squared Shorts are crocheted with Granny Squares. The design is from Farrah Hodgson and available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL. She used Medium Weight Yarn  and a 6 mm (J) hook for her pair.Read More
This Comfy Cotton Shorts Pattern designed by Farrah Hodgson is available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL. The pattern is crocheted with Medium Weight (Worsted) Yarn  and a 6 mm (J) and 5 mm (H) hook.Read More
This super cute granny square shorts pattern is available from SFMGS and photos are included to show you how to make your own pair, using a favorite pair of shorts you have on hand at home as a guide.Read More
The Beachside Shorts Pattern by Allie Gartner are crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn  and a 5 mm (H) hook. The shorts are available in sizes XS to 3XL.Read More
The Shell Shorts Crochet Pattern from Hooked on Homemade Happiness is crocheted in Medium Weight Yarn  with a 4.5 mm hook. The pattern is available in sizes XS, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL.Read More
The Summer Shorts Pattern designed by Breann Mauldin are crocheted with Medium Weight (Worsted) Cotton Yarn  and a 5 mm (H) hook. The finished shorts measure 10 inches long, 32 inches around the waist and 36 inches around the hips.Read More
This Toddler Shorts Pattern is crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn  and a 6 mm (J) hook. The available sizes include 2T to 5T. The pattern was designed by Jess and is available from Ravelry.Read More
The Simple Shorts Pattern by Angela Ader is crocheted with Medium Weight (Aran) Yarn  and a 5.5 mm (I) hook. The finished size fits a women's size medium and she includes information on how to create a pair that will fit you in her instructions.Read More
Nirvana Crochet has a Crochet Shorts Pattern avialble on YouTube. Her pattern has English Subtitles. She explains how to make a customized pair of shorts using your own body measurements.Read More
Normas Bloomers Pattern designed by by Rikke Bendix Pedersen is crocheted with Fingering Weight Yarn  and a 2.5 mm (C) hook. The pattern is available in sizes 3, 6, 12 and 24 months.Read More
These adorable Puk Shorts are crocheted with Fingering Weight Yarn  and a 2.5 mm (C) hook. The sizes available are 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months. The pattern is available in English, Danish and German.Read More
This pattern is available from DROPS Design. Sizes available are Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2XL and 3XL. You will need DK Weight Yarn  and a 4 mm (G) hook.Read More
This pattern is available from DROPS Design. Sizes available are Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2XL and 3XL. You will need Sport Weight Yarn  and a 2.5 mm (C) hook.Read More
This pattern is available from DROPS Design. Sizes available are Small/Medium, Large and XL/XXL. You will need Sport Weight Yarn  and a 2.5 mm hook.Read More
This Summer Shorts Pattern is designed by Sandi Hagan and is crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn  and a 4 mm (G) and 5 mm (H) hook. The sizes available are Women's Plus Sizes 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32.Read More
This Summer Shorts Pattern is designed by Sandi Hagan and is crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn  and a 4 mm (G) and 5 mm (H) hook. The sizes available are Women's 14, 16, 18 and 20.Read More
This Summer Shorts Pattern is designed by Sandi Hagan and is crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn  and a 4 mm (G) and 5 mm (H) hook. The sizes available are 6, 8, 10 and 12.Read More
This pattern is available from DROPS Design. Sizes available are Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and 2XL. You will need Sport Weight Yarn  and a 2.75 mm (C) hook.Read More
This Men's Shorts Pattern is available from Pierrot Yarns. The shorts are crocheted with a 2.5 mm (C) hook and Sport Weight Yarn . The pattern fits a size 37 inch waist.Read More
The Pineapple Shorts Pattern designed by Jane Green is crocheted with Sport Weight Yarn  and a 2.1 mm hook. The pattern is for size small.Read More
These cute shortalls (like coveralls but shorts!) are created using 31 afghan squares (4.5 inches or 5 inches each). The finished shorts fit waist size 23-24 inches (size 8-10) or 25.5-27 inches (size 12-14). Medium Weight Yarn  and a Size 4 mm (G) or 5.5 mm (I) hook are used.Read More
The Shapley Shorts Pattern provides instructions on how to adapt this pattern (Small) to other sizes. You will need DK Weight Yarn  and a 3.5 mm (E) hook.Read More
This simple crochet shorts pattern starts by creating 2 rectangles that each measure 45 cm X 63 cm in size. This pattern provides a long pair of shorts. Once you have the rectangles you sew or crochet them together half-way to form tubes for the legs before seaming the front and back of the remainder and then creating the waistband.Read More
This Summer Shorts Tutorial is available from Gayle Designs. The instructions are 'made to fit' and she uses DK Weight Yarn  and a 3.75 mm (F) hook to make her demonstration pair. This is a video demonstration and you can watch it at the end of my post, or click over to YouTube.Watch the Video Read More
This Comfy Shorts Pattern is crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn  and a 6 mm (J) hook. The shorts were designed by Jess H and are available in men's sizes from 30-36.Read More
The Craft Nut on YouTube has a free Easy Crochet Shorts Tutorial available. She uses Medium Weight Yarn  and 5 mm (H) and 5.5 mm (I) crochet hooks. The written pattern is available for purchase at Etsy (linked below). The free video is linked at the end of the post for you!Watch the Video Read More
The Bella B Shorts Pattern is available from Carrowy Crochet. This pattern is crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn  and a 6 mm (J) hook. The pattern is available in sizes Extra Small/Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.Read More