Crochet for a Cause: Even Jazzier Pencil Case

Crochet for a Cause: Even Jazzier Pencil Case

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Let’s jazz up the pencil case for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes even more!  This time we’ll add shells and bridges.

If you are looking for something simpler, try this first:  Simple Pencil Case.

The Pink Crocheted Canoe: A Pencil Bag in Process

Even Jazzier Pencil Case for Operation Christmas Child

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Hook Size: G

Pattern Notes:

You will be working in ovals, called rounds in the pattern.

And the end of each round, do not turn.  Do not join rounds.

Using a stitch marker can help you tell where the round begins.

The Foundation Oval

Round 1: Ch 16, SC in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, an extra SC in the end, in ea bottom half of the chains across, finishing with an extra SC at the beginning.   See Crocheting in the Oval for details.

Crochet Around the Oval

Rounds 2-12: SC in ea st around.

Crochet Around the Oval to Build the Sides

Add Some Jazz

Round 13:  CH 2, 2 DC in same st, skip a st, SC in next st. (half-shell mde) *Skip a st, 5 DC in next st, skip a st, SC in next st* (shell made).  Repeat from * to * 6 more times.  Skip next st, 2 DC in last st.  Sl st to top of ch 2 of half-shell, completing the shell.  (8 shells made)

Round 14: *CH 3, SC in top st of next cluster.* Repeat from * to * around, making 8 little bridges between clusters.

Add the Jazz to the Pencil Case

Round 15:  CH 1, SC in same st.  *3 SC in space made by ch3-bridge, SC in next sc (at end of bridge, at top of cluster).*  Repeat from * to * around. Sl st to first st.

Round 16:  SC in ea st around.

Repeat Round 16 until pencil case is as tall as you’d like it.  Use a new, unsharpened pencil in the case as a guide.

OPTIONAL: At any point, repeat Rounds 13-16 for more jazz.

Finishing Options

OPTION 1:  Finish as for Simple Pencil Case

 

Round for Holes: *Ch 3.  Skip one st.  DC in next st.*  Repeat from * to * around.  Join with sl st to 2nd ch of first ch 3.

Round to Finish: Ch 1.  SC in ea DC and in ea CH-sp around.  Join.  Fasten off.

Run drawstring (a crocheted chain) through holes made.

OPTION 2: Finish as for A Bit Jazzier Pencil Case

This one is a little more complex, so best to send you to the original post.

Just scroll down to the flap, loop, edging, and button sections.

OPTION 3:  Finish with a Scallop

(which is what I did for the pink case in this post’s photos)

Scallop Round 1:  CH 2, 2 DC in same st, skip a st, SC in next st. (half-shell mde) *Skip a st, 5 DC in next st, skip a st, SC in next st* (shell made).  Repeat from * to * 6 more times.  Skip next st, 2 DC in last st.  Sl st to top of ch 2 of half-shell, completing the shell.  (8 shells made)

Scallop Round 2: *CH 3, SC in top st of next cluster.* Repeat from * to * around, making 8 little bridges between clusters.

Scallop Round 3:  CH 1, SC in same st.  *3 SC in space made by ch3-bridge, SC in next sc (at end of bridge, at top of cluster).*  Repeat from * to * around. Sl st to first st.

Scallop Round 4:  SC in ea st around.

Scallop Round 5:  CH 2, 2 DC in same st, skip a st, SC in next st. (half-shell mde) *Skip a st, 5 DC in next st, skip a st, SC in next st* (shell made).  Repeat from * to * 6 more times.  Skip next st, 2 DC in last st.  Sl st to top of ch 2 of half-shell, completing the shell.  (8 shells made)

Run drawstring (a crocheted chain) through holes made.

 Even Jazzier Pencil Case

 

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A Few Photos for More Pencil Case Inspiration …

Pencil Cases for Operation Christmas Child

With a few color or stitch changes, you can jazz up a pencil case in so many ways!

Purple and Black Pencil CaseBlue and Yellow Pencil CasePurple and Gray Pencil Case

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REALITY CHECK: It’s been a bit of a rough week medically.  For those who know me in real life, I write my posts a few weeks ahead when possible. So hopefully by the time you are reading this I am walking, standing, and moving at a bit more steady rate.  🙂  But for now, I am thankful I can type, create, and hit “schedule” on my blog buttons.  And that I can crochet cute cane covers for when I am up and about!

 

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Copyright @2014 www.suzannebroadhurst.com

This pattern may be used to make gifts and donations to the cause of your choice, but is not to be reproduced or sold.

Thank you for understanding!

 

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