You know, I love summer and all, but I don’t crochet much in the summertime. To me, crochet seems to be a cold-weather activity, especially if you’re using the soft bulky yarns. But lately, I’ve pulled out my cotton and lighter worsted weight yarns and gotten a little creative. So, in honor of back-to-school (Even though we have no school-aged kids), here’s a fun pencil case to work up for your kids or as a gift.
How sad is it that I didn’t have #2 pencils at home to take the photo with, I only had one wooden pencil and a handful of mechanical ones. Still, this crocheted pencil is long enough to fit an unsharpened #2 pencil. Package it up with a bouquet of yellow #2 for a great teacher’s gift!
Worsted weight yarn in pink, gray, yellow, cream and black
G size hook
This pattern is worked in a spiral and admittedly gets a little funky towards the top in order to keep the button at the “front” of the project.
Round 1: Using the pink yarn, start with a magic ring, and work 6 SC in ring. (6 stitches)
Round 2: Work 2 SC into each stitch around. (12 stitches)
Round 3: *Work 1 SC into next stitch, then 2 SC into following stitch* around. (18 stitches)
Round 4: Using only the Back Loops, work 1 SC into each stitch around. (18 stitches)
Round 5, 6, 7: Work 1 SC into each stitch around. Change to gray yarn on the last SC of Round 7.
Round 8, 9, 10: Works 1 SC into each stitch around. Change to yellow yarn on the last SC of Round 10.
Round 11 – 33: Work 1 SC into each stitch around. This works out to be a spiral with no seam.
Here is where we lose the rounds a bit.
With the yellow yarn, work 1 SC into each of next 10 stitches, then CH 11. This becomes the hinge between the top and bottom.
Skip 11 stitches and SC into the 12th stitch with your chain. This becomes the opening of the pencil case.
Work 1 SC into next 40 stitches in a round, still using the yellow yarn. On the 40th stitch, switch to the cream yarn.
Round A: Using the cream yarn, work 1 SC into next 18 stitches to create a round of cream. (18 stitches)
Round B: *Work 4 SC, then sc2tog* 3 times. (15 stitches)
Round C: *Work 3 SC, then sc2tog* 3 times. (12 stitches)
Round D: *Work 2 SC, then sc2tog* 3 times. (9 stitches)
Round F: * Work 1 SC, then sc2tog* 3 times. (6 stitches)
Round G: SC2tog 3 times. (3 stitches). It does get a bit difficult to see here.
Close off the hole at the tip and fasten off, weaving in ends. Using the tapestry needle, add the button at the front of the pencil (opposite the hinge of 10 SC) between the 2nd and 3rd row from the top. Create a loop on the top part of the pencil opposite the button using a SC in the first round of the top section, ch 5, and slip stitching back into the first round of the top section. Weave in ends of all color changes.