How To Crochet An Awesome Pencil Pillow- Free Pattern

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

Where did summer go!? I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and they already had CHRISTMAS decorations up! I think summer seems to fly by faster as an adult then it did as a kid lol.

With summer nearing to an end I thought it would be the perfect time for me to revamp my crochet pencil pillow pattern.

If you have been following along with my maker journey over the past few years, you may remember when I released the Crafty Pencil Pillow pattern in 2017.

Being a brand new baby blogger I did NOT know if you delete pictures from your media library, they would also delete from any blog post using them! Tip to new and future bloggers, do not delete your pictures!!!

Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small commission, at NO ADDITIONAL cost to you, from purchases made using the links provided.

Needless to say, I lost ALL my crochet pencil pillow pattern pictures (say that 5 times fast) and it took me nearly two whole years to lick my wounds and finally repost it!

I also created the PDF version which you can purchase here in my Etsy shop. The download includes both a fully photographed version and a printer-friendly version without photos.

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

For my visual learners, I made video tutorials to go with this pattern too! You can find them scattered throughout this post under each section of the crochet pencil pillow.

If you can’t see the video players and are using an ad-blocker, you will need to pause the ad-blocker on this page in order for the video player to work.

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To purchase a finished Crafty Pencil Pillow click HERE

Crafty Pencil Pillow

Finished pillow dimensions: Approximately 24 inches long and 6 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 Pink Yarn
Less than 1 oz Graybeard yarn
Polyfill
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

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.

Invisible Decrease: Insert your hook under the front loop of the first stitch, then insert your hook under the front loop of the next stitch, YO, pull through the two loops you just picked up, YO, pull through the two loops left on your hook.

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 Body

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)

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

Rows 23-25: SC 47, Tie off. 

Front Eraser

Attach your Graybeard 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.

Pencil Tip

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)

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

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. 

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

Back Piece

The back piece is made exactly like the front, except you just use all single crochet stitches and no bobble stitches. 

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. 

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

Assemble

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.

Before you close the second yellow side of your pencil body, stuff the tip with polyfill to make stuffing easier. (you may need to sew in some loose ends first)

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

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.

Pro Tip: if you separate your polyfill so it’s in little chunks instead of big lumpy hunks, it makes the finished pillow look more evenly stuffed.

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.

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

When 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 think these adorable crochet pencil pillows would make great teacher gifts.

Speaking of gifts, I also made a punny blank-inside greeting card download you can get for FREE by signing up to The Crafty Newsletter here! Pair your finished pencil pillow with a punny greeting card and you’ve got one heck of a gift!

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Pro Tip: for my seller friends- people also like to BUY gifts. You could market and sell your finished pillow with a blank pencil greeting card as a little gift set for your customers to buy and gift to their loved ones.

Im going to take a picture of Ava with mine on her first day of pre-K, and every year after, to watch her grow next to it!

If you share any pics of your finished Crafty Pencil Pillow please tag me!! I love seeing the pieces you guys make, you’re all so TALENTED!

A beginner-friendly, step by step guide showing how to make an adorable crochet pencil pillow with both photo and video instructions.

➰Happy Crocheting➰

❤Ashley

PATTERN COPYRIGHT:
Please do not copy, redistribute or sell my pattern in any way. You are more than welcome to sell your finished crochet 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.

One thought on “How To Crochet An Awesome Pencil Pillow- Free Pattern

  1. Donna Beghin says:

    Ashley

    I purchased the Crafty Boho Wall Hanger from your Ravelry Store, but did not receive the download. Please help

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