Free pattern for easy crochet pencil case – perfect for back to school

It’s back to school and I thought that a unique pencil case would be a great way to start off the new school year. I looked through many sites and blogs for a simple, free pattern and found one with an excellent tutorial.

http://crochetmissy.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/crochet-pencil-case-picture-tutorial/

You can’t go wrong with the step by step photos in this tutorial. I will tell you that I had to make an adjustment to the number of starting stitches as I used the Lily, Sugar’ n Cream cotton yarn which is a medium, 4-ply yarn and a 4.mm hook.  The pattern calls for 8-ply cotton with a 3.mm hook.

my first attempt, following her pattern ( starting chain,50 stitches) yielded a pencil case that was way too big. It was 12 inches long, much too long for a pencil case.

2014-08-25 11.02.07

I made an adjustment to my second attempt by starting out with 35 stitches instead.  I used a pen as a reference to make sure I would end up with more or less a good size pencil case.

2014-08-24 13.34.12

Then I just continued to crochet around until I got to a height that I liked, a total of 28 rows.

Here you can see the difference in sizes.

2014-08-24 15.26.41

I did not line my case but the tutorial has an excellent link for lining it.  The tutorial is from the Future Girl Blog.

Then, I found a great tutorial for adding a zipper.  I’ve always shied away from projects that require a zipper.  I figure, it will just be too complicated, but this really helped me to get over my zipper anxiety. It also has a great step by step tutorial on lining a crochet bag.

http://carriewolf.net/2011/07/08/how-to-insert-a-zipper-and-lining-into-a-crochet-purse-tutorial/

The beauty of this simple pattern is that you can customize the heck out of it.  The possibilities are endless.  I chose to do my favorite sugar skull applique.

2014-08-25 10.38.47

2014-08-24 17.30.05

I am also thinking of turning that first attempt, the one that came out to big for a pencil case into a nice little book bag.

Leave a Reply