Last-Minute Holiday Crocheting? Here’s a Pencil Case Pattern FOR FREE!

Several people have requested the crochet pattern for the pencil case I whipped up a while back. So here it is! I’ve never actually written down a pattern before, so please let me know if these directions are incomprehensible.

Step 1: The Base

  1. Make a slip knot. Chain several stitches until your chain is about as long as a typical pencil (I had 27 stitches using an F/G hook).
  2. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet in each chain stitch.
  3. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet across.
  4. Repeat (3) several times until you have your desired width (I had six total rows as my base).

Step 2: The Pouch Bit

  1. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet across.
  2. When you are at the end of the row, put 3 single crochets in the last stitch. This will serve as one corner of your pencil case.
  3. Single crochet in the stitches extending off from each row of the base (I had 5-6 stitches).
  4. At the next corner, put 3 single crochets in the last stitch. This will serve as another corner.
  5. Keep single crocheting around the work. By now you should be single crocheting in the chain stitches that you started with in Step 1 (1). Single crochet across.
  6. At the corner, again put 3 single crochets in the last stitch. This will serve as yet another corner.
  7. Continue single crocheting around the work.
  8. You have just crocheted all the way around the base. Finish off this row by joining the last stitch to the first stitch using a slip knot.
  9. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet in every stitch and join this row as in (8). A tutorial for joined rows can be found here.
  10. Repeat step 9 until the pencil case is of the desired length (I had 11 rows here).

Step 3: The Flap

  1. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet only halfway across. This will be the width of your pencil case flap.
  2. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet across.
  3. Repeat (2) three more times. Take note of where you want to put in buttons and how many stitches a button will take up. On average, a button is usually 3-4 stitches.
  4. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet across until you reach a place where you want to put a button. Chain 3 to make the button hole, skipping 3 stitches. Then continue single crocheting across until you reach another button location. Continue doing this until you are at the end of the row.
  5. Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet across.
  6. Repeat (5) two more times and then tie off.

Step 4: Embellishments

  1. Sew buttons in appropriate places so that it matches where you put the button holes in the flap.
  2. Have fun jazzing up your new pencil case!

Please let me know if there is any confusion! :)

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    ~ by thechanster on 4:05 pm, Thursday, December 17, 2009.

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