Crafty Pencil Pillow ✏️ – FREE PATTERN

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I can’t believe summer is almost over and kids are already going back to school. Time has just flown by! In the spirit of going back to school, I thought it would be fun to make a pencil pillow and give it out as my FIRST FREE PATTERN! You guys have all been so amazing in supporting me as my business switches from making crochet items, to designing and creating crochet patterns. I never thought I would be selling my crochet patterns. I get butterflies every time I look down at my phone and see another pattern was purchased from my Etsy shop; I am honored you guys like them. As a thank you for being so awesome, please enjoy this free Crafty Pencil Pillow Pattern (say that 10 times fast 😆). 

If you would like to purchase a finished Crafty Pencil Pillow click HERE

Crafty Pencil Pillow
Finished pillow dimensions: Approximately 26 inches long and 6.5 inches wide.

Materials:
G(4mm) size crochet hook
4 oz Yellow Yarn
Less than 1 oz  Graphite Yarn
Less than 1 oz Linen Yarn
Less than 1 oz Tropical Pink Yarn
Less than 1 oz Graybeard yarn
Polyfill (my favorite brand is from Wal-Mart)
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Color chart of all yarn used in this pattern. Pictures of yarn taken from HobbyLobby.com

Stitch Key (US Terms)
SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
INC= Increase (Put two stitches in the same space. In this case, it will be two SC stitches.)
YO= Yarn over
DEC= Decrease (insert your hook, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, YO and pull through 3 loops)
DEC 3 Together= Decrease over the next 3 stitches. (insert your hook, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, YO and pull through 4 loops)
SL ST= Slip Stitch
*= To Be Repeated

Special Stitches

Bobble: *YO, Insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops on your hook* Repeat 3 more times. Now you should have 5 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops on your hook.

Back Bump: This is where you flip your starting chain over and insert your hook into the “back bump” of the chain and place your stitch there. If you are unfamiliar with this technique I would suggest watching this tutorial below by Fiber Flux on YouTube . You do not have to use this technique, you can just single crochet as you normally would, but I feel like the back bump technique is cleaner. Click HERE to watch a YouTube video on how to crochet in the Back Bump.

How to change colors: Work your SC as normal but stop right before finishing the stitch, with 2 loops on your hook. Pick up your next color and Pull it through the 2 loops on your hook, CH 1 and turn. Continue crocheting with your new color. Click HERE to watch a YouTube video on how to change colors.

Front Piece

Starting with your yellow yarn, CH 48

Row 1: Skip the first CH closest to your hook and SC 47 back down your starting CH in the Back Bump. CH 1, Turn.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with working in the Back Bump of a chain there are directions and a link to a YouTube video under “special stitches” above.

Row 2: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 3: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 4: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (47)
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with the Bobble stitch there are directions under “special stitches” above.

Rows 5-9: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 10: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (47)

Rows 11-15: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 16: *SC, BOBBLE*. CH 1, Turn. (47)

Rows 17-21: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 22: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (47)

Rows 23-25: SC 47, Tie off.

Grey Beard Yarn
Attach your gray yarn to the bottom of your yellow rectangle you just created.

Rows 1-12: SC 25 across. CH 1, turn. On your last SC in row 12, change colors to pink.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with how to change colors there are directions and a link to a YouTube video under “special stitches” above.

Pink Yarn
Rows 1-3: SC 25. CH 1, turn.

Row 4: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (25)

Rows 5-7: SC 25. CH 1, turn.

Row 8: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (25)

Rows 9-11: SC 25. CH 1, turn. Tie off after your last SC in row 11.

Join your linen yarn into the top of your yellow rectangle.

Row 1-2: SC 25. CH 1, turn.

Row 3: SC, DEC, SC 19, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (23)

Row 4: SC 23. CH 1, turn. (23)

Row 5: SC, DEC, SC 17, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (21)

Row 6: SC 21. CH 1, turn. (21)

Row 7: SC, DEC, SC 15, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (19)

Row 8: SC 19. CH 1, turn. (19)

Row 9: SC, DEC, SC 13, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (17)

Row 10: SC 17. CH 1, turn. (17)

Row 11: SC, DEC, SC 11, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (15)

Row 12: SC 15. CH 1, turn (15)

Row 13: SC, DEC, SC 9, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (13)

Row 14: SC 13. CH 1, turn. (13)

Row 15: SC, DEC, SC 7, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (11)

Row 16: SC 11. On the last SC, switch to graphite yarn. CH 1, turn. (11)

Graphite Yarn
Row 17: SC, DEC, SC 5, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (9)

Row 18: SC 9. CH 1, turn. (9)

Row 19: SC, DEC, SC 3, DEC, SC. CH 1, turn (7)

Row 20: SC 7. CH 1, turn (7)

Row 21: SC, DEC, SC, DEC, SC. CH 1, turn. (5)

Row 22: SC 5. CH 1, turn (5)

Row 23: SC, DEC 3 together, SC. CH 1, Turn. (3)
insert your hook, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, YO and pull through 4 loops)

 

Row 24: DEC, SC. CH 1, turn (2)

Row 25: DEC. Tie off (1)

Sew in all loose ends.

Back Piece

This is the “right side” of the finished back piece

Starting with your yellow yarn, CH 48

Row 1: Skip the first CH closest to your hook and SC 47 back down your starting CH in the Back Bump. CH 1, Turn.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with working in the Back Bump of a chain there are directions and a link to a YouTube video under “special stitches” above.

Rows 2-25: SC 47. CH 1, turn. Tie off.

Grey Beard Yarn
Attach your gray yarn to the bottom of your yellow rectangle you just created. (where you just tied off.)

Rows 1-12: SC 25 across. CH 1, turn. On your last SC in row 12, change colors to pink.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with how to change colors there are directions and a link to a YouTube video under “special stitches” above.

Pink Yarn
Rows 1-11: SC 25. CH 1, turn. Tie off after your last SC in row 11.

Join your linen yarn into the top of your yellow rectangle.

I did not photograph the point on the back piece of the pencil because it is exactly the same as the point on the front piece. If you need to see the pictures again for the back piece feel free to scroll back up. 

Row 1-2: SC 25. CH 1, turn.

Row 3: SC, DEC, SC 19, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (23)

Row 4: SC 23. CH 1, turn. (23)

Row 5: SC, DEC, SC 17, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (21)

Row 6: SC 21. CH 1, turn. (21)

Row 7: SC, DEC, SC 15, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (19)

Row 8: SC 19. CH 1, turn. (19)

Row 9: SC, DEC, SC 13, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (17)

Row 10: SC 17. CH 1, turn. (17)

Row 11: SC, DEC, SC 11, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (15)

Row 12: SC 15. CH 1, turn (15)

Row 13: SC, DEC, SC 9, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (13)

Row 14: SC 13. CH 1, turn. (13)

Row 15: SC, DEC, SC 7, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (11)

Row 16: SC 11. On the last SC, switch to graphite yarn. CH 1, turn. (11)

Graphite Yarn

Row 17: SC, DEC, SC 5, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (9)

Row 18: SC 9. CH 1, turn. (9)

Row 19: SC, DEC, SC 3, DEC, SC. CH 1, turn (7)

Row 20: SC 7. CH 1, turn (7)

Row 21: SC, DEC, SC, DEC, SC. CH 1, turn. (5)

Row 22: SC 5. CH 1, turn (5)

Row 23: SC, DEC 3 together, SC. CH 1, Turn. (3)
Insert your hook, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, YO and pull through 4 loops.

Row 24: DEC, SC. CH 1, turn (2)

Row 25: DEC. Tie off (1)

Sew in all loose ends.

Join

Now it’s time to join your back and front pieces. Place your pieces on top of each other (right sides facing out) and line up your stitches.

Attach your pink yarn in the bottom right corner of your eraser.

Start SC and make sure your hook goes through both the front and back pieces.

When you get to the last stitch before the gray part of the pencil, switch to your gray yarn.

Do this every time you reach a new color section of the pencil. Put 3 SC in all the corners (the two eraser corners and the tip of the lead) to ensure smooth edges.

Once you get to the other corner of the eraser, sew in all your loose ends. I like to pull my ends to the inside of my pillow and flip my pillow inside when I sew in my ends.

After you get your ends sewn in and flipped your pillow back to right side out,  it’s time to stuff your pillow.

Once your pillow is stuffed, continue crocheting the front and back pieces of the pillow together by going around the eraser, closing the pillow up. You may need to add more stuffing as you do this. Once you are back to where you started, join into your first SC and tie off. Sew in your last end and TADA!!!! You have finished a Crafty Pencil Pillow!

I hope you guys enjoyed this pattern!! I would love to see your finished Crafty Pencil Pillows and hear about how you will be using them 🙂 I think they would be great teachers gifts or for decorating a homeschool room or home office!  Feel free to leave a comment here or tag me @acraftyconcept on social media. If you loved the pattern, subscribe to my blog! That way you can be notified via email when I post new things, like free crochet patterns 😉 While you have your yellow yarn out, head over to Hooked up Crochet and check out Karen’s adorable free pencil scarf pattern!

Happy Crocheting

❤️Ashley

 

PATTERN COPYRIGHT:
Please do not copy, redistribute or sale my pattern in any way. You are more than welcome to sell your finished Crafty Pencil Pillow. I hope they are a very hot item for you!! You may not use my pictures and pass them off as your own for they are my property. Thank you for your understanding. If you do post any pictures of your finished pillow I would love to see them!! You can use the #CraftyPencilPillow or tag me @acraftyconcept on social media so I can see, and so other makers can find the pattern for themselves. I truly believe there are enough customers to go around so sharing information is a great way for us makers to inspire and encourage each other. I can’t wait to see your finished Crafty Pencil Pillow!!

3 thoughts on “Crafty Pencil Pillow ✏️ – FREE PATTERN

  1. Rajani says:

    The best Ever creation. Most ideal gift for kids. The instructions are clear so easy to make this project.
    Thanks a lot for sharing it.

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