It’s that time of year when stores are stocked with piles of notebooks, pencils, crayons, and other essential school supplies. When I was a kid it was my favourite shopping season. Cue that Staples commercial and song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” except I’d be the dad, excitedly picking up erasers and smelling them. Anyway, I’m sorry to all the kids who are not as excited as I was when it came to stationery. But to those who are excited I have a fun back to school project. This was inspired by a furry monster case I found at a dollar store and I thought, I could crochet that. So I did.
Crochet Monster Pencil Case
This project is easy and great for beginners with the only tricky part being the zipper. But aside from that the pattern is a square made up of single crochet stitches, then sewn together to form the monster’s mouth. The teeth are just 3 crochet triangles sewn above/over the zipper. Option to insert a liner but I feel the stitches are tight enough that one isn’t necessary…unless you plan on using it for other smaller things besides pencils.
*Update* PDF version is now available for purchase in my shop!
-worsted weight yarn (4) such as Red Heart in Glowworm and White
-3.50mm crochet hook
-2 12″ round black buttons
-6″ zipper though this depends on how big you want the opening to be
-needle and thread to sew zipper and eyes
Case, with Glowworm
Row 1. ch 42, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.
Row 2. ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Teeth, with White
Row 1. Make a slip knot but leave a long tail for sewing later, ch 5 and sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.
Row 2. ch 1, sc across, turn.
Row 3. ch 1, dec twice, turn.
Row 4. ch 1, dec, turn.
Row 5. ch 1, sc.
Eyes, with White
Round 1. in magic ring ch 1 and make 6 sc, sl st to first st to join, do not turn.
Round 2. inc in same space as sl st and each st around (12sts)
Round 3. [inc, sc in next st] 6 times (18 sts)
Fold and flatten the piece evenly to determine the centre. Sew the zipper, centered, first on one end and then the other. Sew the side seams together, then the mouth seams making sure to neatly go over the ends of the zipper. Sew the teeth above the zipper.