A Christmas collection of patterns wouldn’t be complete without a tree skirt! The Robin’s Christmas Tree Skirt goes perfect with the Robin’s Blanket and Robin’s Stocking patterns and coordinate perfectly for your home. I designed this while my dad was in his final stages of […]
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Learn to crochet the Woven Stitch with our Bookmark pattern! This week we are learning the Woven Stitch a little differently than normal—we’re using our Bookmark pattern! You’ll learn how to crochet this stitch along with a free pattern. I like this stitch because it […]
Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern, Part of the August Blog Hop!
When E’Claire Makery sent out a message asking for some nifty Back-to-School themed patterns, we couldn’t resist and set out to design the Crayon Pencil Case crochet pattern!
I was literally just sitting on my couch thinking, “what would be a good back-to-school item?” Then the design just poured out of me. I messaged Helen and said, “Here! I have a rough draft of a pattern for you for the blog hop!!”
Poor Helen…. She had to decipher my notes rather than using an actual pattern!
About the Pattern:
I knew that anything crocheted might have some holes in it so I designed this to be lined and have a zipper installed as well. You can use craft felt or any fabric you have on hand. I also recommend hand sewing rather than trying to push all that through your sewing machine however, I have put my little Brother sewing machine through the test and I did break one needle but the machine still works!
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Let’s get rolling on this pattern!
- About 200 yards total of worsted/aran acrylic or cotton yarn (something machine washable) in 3 colors—black for the stripes, and any 2 shades of the same color. Ex: light and medium shades of pink, purple, blue, etc.
- 5mm H-8 crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Craft felt or fabric
SC –single crochet
Sk – skip
BLO – Back loop only
SS – slip stitch
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a1irlGWy04
*to*–Repeat the instructions written between the two *
FO – fasten off
Chain 1 at the beginning does not count as a stitch.
Row 1–Make 2. In color A: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across
Rows 2-5–ch1, turn, repeat row 1
Rows 6-9–In color B: ch1, turn, sc in each st across (21)
Rows 10-11–In color C: ch1, turn, sc in each st across (21)
Rows 12-13–In color B: ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across (21)
Rows 14-15–In color C: ch1, turn, sc in each st across (21)
Rows 16-25–In color B: ch1, turn sc in each st across (21)
Rows 26-27–In color C: ch1, turn, sc in each st across (21)
Rows 28-29–In color B: ch1, turn, sc in each st across (21)
Rows 30-31–In color C: ch1, turn, sc in each st across (21)
Rows 32-34–In color B: ch1, turn, sc in each st across (21)
You will work in Color A from here:
Row 35–In color A: ch1, turn, sc in each st across (21)
Row 36–ch1, turn, sc BLO in each st across (21)
Row 37–ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across until last 2 sts, sc2tog
Rows 38-47–repeat row 37 until only 3 sts remain
FO and weave in ends.
In Color C:
Sc in each stitch around the edges of your crayon sides, ensuring to put 2sc in each corner to keep the shape.
Place your two sides wrong sides together and either sc around or sew edges together, leaving a gap for your zipper along the top of one of the long sides.
To finish your pencil case, you will likely want to line it and add the zipper. Helen used fabric, I used craft felt. To use either, you can cut a piece of your chosen lining to fit the inside of your case by turning your case inside out to get an easier measurement.
Once you have your measurement, cut your chosen liner and hand-sew it (or machine sew if you’re brave enough to put your machine through that!) to the bag. I’d keep it about 1/4th of an inch from the top of the edges.
Explaining how to add the zipper is wordy, so here’s a link to lining and zippers for crochet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJi9Fs7z76o
I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as we and our testers did! I personally loved how it came out and would use this for more than a pencil case. Hook case, make up bag, just about anything!
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Our Pattern of the week, featuring the Wattle Stitch–free crochet pattern–Wattle Stitch Handbag Along with our Stitch of the Week, we’re including a Pattern of the Week that goes with the corresponding stitch of the week. This week, it’s the Wattle Stitch and this is […]
Stitch of the Week: Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial
This week’s Stitch of the Week tutorial is on the Wattle Stitch.
I feel that this stitch is super easy but creates a very nice texture, especially when more than one color is used.
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You ready to learn this stitch?
You will need a few things to get started, as per usual.
- Yarn—I used Red Heart Super Saver, as I usually do for these Stitch of the Week tutorials. White and Cherry Red are the colors in the picture above.
- 5mm hook. You can use any hook that the yarn you’re using recommends.
- Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
The wattle stitch is another paired stitch, combining a single crochet and double crochet which are linked by a chain 1 between them. Being paired means they are worked into the same stitch.
The foundation row is always the hardest row as you’re working into a little chain, but afterwards, it is quite quick to work up. Just be sure to check and make sure you have the correct number of groups of stitches at the end of each row and that you do not miss working into the turning chain.
I also feel that this is a great stitch for cotton project such as kitchen and bath as well as purses and bags. Be sure to check for the Stitch of the Week pattern using the Wattle Stitch, which launches right after this post the following day.
The multiple for this stitch is 3sts + 2, plus 1 for the foundation chain. Basically, 3 sts plus 3 for the turning chain.
Wattle Stitch Tutorial:
Let’s get down to it:
Step 1: (row 1) Skip 2ch (counts as 1sc).
Step 2: (row 1 cont.) *[1sc, ch1, 1dc] in next ch, skip 2ch; rep from * to last ch, turn.
Step 3: (row 2) Ch1 (counts as a sc), skip first sc and next dc, *[sc, ch1, dc] into the next ch sp, skip next sc and next dc; rep from * to last ch sp, [sc, ch1, dc] in turning chain, turn.
Another way to explain it is to put [sc, ch1, dc] into each ch1 space across the row, being sure to put that same combo into the turning chain.
Step 4: Repeat step 3, which is the repeat for each row onward.
Don’t forget to check out the YouTube Video of this stitch for even more help with learning how to do this. You can also download a copy of this post on our Stitch of the Week section of the site to keep a copy for yourself!
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As always, thank you for joining us in our crochet journey!
Wenona Market Bag Crochet Pattern I am in love with crochet market bag patterns! These market bags are eco-friendly and easy to clean when using cotton yarn (which I strongly recommend). As a side note, this post may contain affiliate links, at no extra cost […]