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Spider Stitch Coaster Free Crochet Pattern

Spider Stitch Coaster Free Crochet Pattern

Jorja Spider Coaster Free Crochet Pattern Welcome to Pattern of the Week!  This week’s Stitch of the Week is the spider stitch and we fixed up this pattern for you to use that stitch with!  Quick and easy, makes a great gift or even a […]

Woven Stitch Bookmark Crochet Pattern

Woven Stitch Bookmark Crochet Pattern

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

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern, Part of the August Blog Hop!

crayon pencil case crochet pattern

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!

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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

Pattern Notes:

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

All Done!

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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Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Learn how to crochet the Spider Stitch with this tutorial! Welcome back to another crochet tutorial with Stitch of the Week; this week it’s the Spider Stitch.  Just in time for Halloween, too!  Though I have to admit, I dislike spiders and that’s putting it […]

Wattle Stitch Handbag Free Crochet Pattern

Wattle Stitch Handbag Free Crochet Pattern

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 […]

Our Crochet Journey Revamp Update

Our Crochet Journey Revamp Update

An Update on our Crochet Journey–Revamp

We hope you are all having a great summer!

Here at SCC headquarters, we thought you might be interested to know what we are busy doing, and why we have been a little quieter on the blog and Facebook pages lately …

More people visiting our blog (over 1,100 different people in July which is just awesome!) has made us think about how we want to grow and what our plans are for the next six months.

They have got us very excited and so we wanted to share them with you.

  • Sara has been working on getting our stitch of the week videos recorded and edited. We have them all planned until April 2020 so you can imagine that with 40+ videos still to go this is quite some task!
  • I have the job of creating as many of the simpler patterns based on those stitches of the week that I can do. These are great little projects, usually that can be done in couple of hours maximum and allow you the chance to try out the stitch of the week with a practical project. I currently have patterns for the next 5 weeks worth of stitches ready to go.
  • We have quickly developed quite a library of patterns waiting patiently to be tested by our fabulous testers. If you are interested in testing our patterns please join the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Community on FaceBook. There are 15 patterns waiting in the wings to be tested and 3 that have just completed the testing phase.
  • Halloween and Christmas pattern designs are going to be our focus during August.
  • We have plans to turn some of our pattern collections into e-books so you get more for your money when purchasing our unique designs! (These will also be themed so there will be Christmas and Halloween e-books).
  • You may have noticed recently that the logo on the blog has changed. We have had a fabulous graphic designer working on our branding and bringing everything in line. Even our patterns have been rebranded with the new logos and look much prettier! Thank you Rachel!!
  • Decisions have had to be made as to where we will be advertising and selling our patterns. Our Etsy shop will be opening its doors very soon with all of our patterns converted to the new look templates and within a couple of weeks, as part of the website revamp, we will sell our patterns directly with our own shop.
  • Not to mention the CAL that we have planned in mid September on the facebook group (link above) so be sure to join the group and join in!

So what does all of this mean for you?

This means that you will find it easier to obtain our patterns, find articles and patterns on the site, that there is more fun and frivolity planned on the FaceBook group, and there are a whole lot more patterns coming your way!!! There are, of course, opportunities for you to join in and become an active member of the community with our CALs, testing opportunities, sharing your SCC projects and befriending like-minded people.

We would truly appreciate it if you could start leaving comments on our blog posts, fb posts, Pinterest and Instagram etc when you come across them …. Every little helps and it doesn’t cost you anything to do so 😊

Stick around and join us on the adventure that the next 6 months will bring!

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

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. This post contains […]

Up and Down Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Up and Down Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Stitch of the Week #7: Up and Down Stitch Tutorial Welcome back to Stitch of the Week!  This week’s stitch is the Up and Down stitch. This stitch is best worked in light or neutral colors so you can see the texture better.  It’s also […]

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Learn How To Crochet The Solid Granny Square in this Tutorial

crochet solid granny square tutorial

Welcome back to the Tutorial of the Week!  Last week we covered the traditional granny square.  This week, we’re covering the solid granny square.

Why Solid?

Most people are content with the traditional granny square.  It’s recognizable right off, even by beginners.  But what if you don’t want the gaps?  What if you’d like a more solid look, but the freedom that granny squares give you when creating your masterpiece?

I think that granny squares in general do give a certain amount of freedom—you can make them any color or multiple colors that you want.  Mix and match, create a design by arranging the granny squares in a certain way (pixel crochet), and so on.

The solid granny square just offers another way to achieve this.

What you will need:




DC—double crochet

SS—slip stitch

MR—Magic Ring (video tutorial here)

FO—fasten off

Magic Ring vs Chain 4 and Slip Stitch:

There are two types of people in the “working in the round” crochet community: the magic ring (or circle) and the chain 4, ss to the first ch made.

Is one better than the other?  It’s a long-time debate.  My answer is: no.  Both of them trap the tail end for easy ends weaving.  Both of them provide a circle to work into (albeit one is larger than the other).  And both of them form the same end result: a ring. A circle.  It looks the same in the end.

So start this project with whichever method you use to make a circle.  No judgement here.  If you don’t know how to do the magic ring and want to learn, visit the Traditional Granny Square tutorial either on the blog here, or on the YouTube video here.

The Method:

As I mentioned above, create a ring and chain 3 to get started.  Ch3 does count as a stitch for the entire pattern.


  1. 11 dc into the ring (12 total)
  2. SS to top of ch3 to join.
Inner point of solid granny
Inner point of solid granny

Round 2:

  1. Ch3, dc in same place as ch3, ch1, 2dc—all in the same joining space.
  2. Dc in the next two sts.
  3. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  4. Dc in the next two sts.
  5. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  6. Dc in the next two sts.
  7. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  8. Dc in the last 2 sts.
  9. Ss to top of ch3.
The first corner of solid granny after middle ring
2 corners and one side of the second round of solid granny
solid granny tutorial
Completed 2nd round of granny

Round 3

Now we’re just growing the square since in the previous round, we created the center and established corners to a rounded area

  1. Ch3, dc in the next st
  2. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  3. Dc in the next 6 sts
  4. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  5. Dc in the next 6 sts
  6. [2dc, ch1, 2cc] in the next ch1 sp
  7. Dc in the next 6 sts
  8. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  9. Dc in the last 4 sts
  10. Ss to the top of the ch3.
Start of the 3rd round of granny
finished 3rd round of solid granny

Round 4

It’s round 4 of the granny square  where I like to stop if I’m not making a giant granny square.  I personally prefer 4 round grannies to 5 rounders.  A lot of people do.  The repeat isn’t any of the rounds, but the technique involved in making the granny.

  1. Ch3, dc in the next 3 sts
  2. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  3. Dc in the next 9 sts
  4. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  5. Dc in the next 9 sts
  6. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  7. Dc in the next 9 sts
  8. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  9. Dc in the last 5 sts.
  10. Ss to the top of the ch3. FO and weave in ends.
first corner of 4th row solid granny
crochet solid granny square
completed 4th row solid granny

How to Continue on the Pattern:

As you can see, your granny gains stitches each round to make it bigger and bigger.  All you need to do to continue growing it, is after you have done your ch3, dc in each stitch over to the first chain 1 space, where you will complete a corner [2dc, ch1, 2dc], and then dc in each stitch along the next side until you come to another corner and make that corner pattern (instructions in the brackets) in the next ch1 space.

Continue on in this manner until you have come all the way around to your starting ch3, and slip stitch to join the round to the top of that ch3.

The solid granny makes a very cool throw pillow, especially if you change colors at some point in the pattern.


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DIY Crochet Hook Handles

DIY Crochet Hook Handles

Polymer Clay DIY Crochet Hook Handles Tutorial We all have those plain metal, boring and VERY uncomfortable to use hooks from when we first started crocheting.  Like this one: Sara asked me to test a pattern with a 3.5mm hook. My smallest comfy grip is […]