Here you get the pattern for a Quick and Easy C2C Crochet Pencil Case or pouch – this would be a prefect crochet hook holder too – made of crochet! Made using the corner to corner technique – this is a perfect beginner project.
Yep – I mean a beginners project – if you have never even picked a crochet hook up before – I have a super slow video tutorial explaining exactly how to C2C crochet – explaining all the stitches really slowly.
If you already C2C crochet – this pencil case/ pouch will be even easier. It’s made using a rectangle that is then folded in two, then a zipper and lining added (which I show how to do too).
And I want to say here – don’t limit yourself to this being a pencil case, it’s could also be used as a purse, and evening purse, a holdall for the beach for your important bits, a makeup bag, a small bag for nic naks, anything you name it!
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Why make a crochet pencil case?
I needed somewhere to store my coloured pencils (away from the kids), so thought rather than go and buy one – I could use my skills to make one.
This is made using the crochet to corner crochet technique that looks complicated but is incredibly simple – when it clicks – and luckily I have a video tutorial to show you exactly how to make it!
Well in my case, this crochet pattern came about as I went to a yarn shop to buy some yarn, when completely different yarn accidentally ends up in my basket?
Check out the lovely colour changing yarn, that just happened to end up coming home with me!
I needed a pattern to fully show off the colour changing, so thought I’d give C2C a go.
I’d gone to get the pastel DK yarn from Snufflebean Yarn, (affiliate) who just happens to live 15 minutes away from me, but has this amazing website, and offers tax free shopping to people outside if the EU.
When I accidentally added the 4 balls of Boho Spirit in Harmony to my purchases.
What yarn for a crochet pouch/ holder?
You can use any yarn you want. I chose this one as the yarn is so so pretty, it instantly makes me think of Unicorns, and the pink one completely agreed with me!
Having yarn and actually using to make something is actually two different things in my book.
I really didn’t know what I wanted to make with it, so I started my go to – corner to corner, just to see how the yarn would work up.
Boy it was pretty – just look at the natural rainbow – and only 2 ends to sew in!
So I carried on.
Which stitch would you crochet a pouch in?
My go to stitch for any project of course! My choice for this was Corner to Corner for a few reasons:
- It gives a nice closed texture (not like a granny square)
- It’s perfect beginners project
- It’s quick and repetitive
- When you get over half way the rows get smaller as you are working in a diagnol – making it quicker to finish (the opposite of a granny square)
What stitches do you need to know to crochet a pencil case?
For C2C – you only need to know:
- Double crochet (US) or UK Treble
- Slip stitch
Thats it – that is why this is a perfect beginner project.
Quick and Easy C2C Crochet Pencil Case
You will need:
callico / material for lining
sewing machine / hand sewing
Needle and thread
Abbreviations – USA terms
DC – Double crochet (US)
Ch – Chain
SS – Slip Stitch
To Crochet a Quick and Easy C2C Crochet Pencil Case:
Using the corner to corner technique (Video post here). Rows are worked diagonally.
Row 1: Starting in the 4th ch from the hook, 3 DC. Turn. 1 block
Row 2: 6 ch, starting in the 4th ch from hook, 3 DC, [1sl st, 3 ch, 3 DC] into 3ch-sp from previous row. Turn. 2 blocks
Row 3: 6 ch, starting in the 4th ch from hook, 3 DC, * [1sl st, 3 ch, 3 DC] into 3ch-sp from previous row; rep from * across. Turn. 3 blocks
Rows 4-14: Continue increasing as Row 3, changing colours as per chart. 14 blocks
Row 15: As Row 3 to last 3ch-sp, 1 sl st in last 3ch-sp (i.e., do not make last block. Turn. 15 blocks
Keep making a rectangle, so increasing one side only until you have 30 rows, then reduce both sides.
I cut a rectangle of calico for the lining the same size as the rectangle of the pencil case and sewed the side seams together (The bottom is the fold).
I pressed the edges flat, and then hand sewed the zip and the lining on one go.
One pencil case made, and in use.
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