Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy

 

Hey everyone!

 

Welcome back! If you liked my pencil scarf pattern from just shy of two weeks ago, then I’ve got an extra special treat for you! I’ve written up a pattern for some delightfully perfect back to school-themed pencil coffee cozies! I’m a big fan of coffee sleeves, they’re just so versatile and fun and highly customizable!

 

Best of luck to everyone whose little tykes have been sent back off to school and are getting back into the swing of the new school year! You’re probably going to need the coffee! It’s so weird to me hearing that people are starting school in August–or even July!–because I myself have always associated with September being the back to school time, so I can only imagine!

Another thing about the impending season is that it’s when lots of crafters are getting ready for their craft fairs, since they are already underway and the signups have begun for the events that won’t be popping up for another couple of months! I have some craft fairs on my own radar, and you probably do, too! And even faster still is the doom and excitement of all the holidays, so lots of craft preparation is going on!

And have I mentioned just how much I love quick and easy projects? They’re the best! I’ve shared my Santa Belly Coffee Sleeves here recently, which if you haven’t seen them, check them out, they’re super cute and I used mine on and off throughout July…because Christmas in July! Another reason why coffee sleeves are awesome (in addition to their personal qualities and that they help you reduce the amount of paper in landfills) is that they are quick and easy! I had originally whipped up one of these last year when I’d been inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn, and I was just so in love with how it turned out, but I hadn’t done anything with the pattern! I’m glad that I finally have the chance to share this with you! For these reasons and more, I think that these little coffee sleeves are perfect gifts for the teachers going back into the classrooms or for your craft fair needs!

So let’s get started!

 

 

Materials:

 

 

Worsted weight yarn (4)
-Gold
I used Red Heart Super Saver
-Grey
I used Craft Smart
-Pink
I used Impeccable
H hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms used (US):

Sc = single crochet
DC = double crochet
Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch

Instructions:

Using H hook and GOLD yarn, chain 32, slip stitch join to form loop

 

Row 1: Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch around, sl st to beginning of row (32)
Rows 2-5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: Repeat previous row, sl st to beginning and bind off

Row 7: Sl st GREY into first stitch, ch 1, single crochet into first stitch and every stitch around, sl st to beginning (32)

 

Row 8: Ch 2, DC into first stitch, sc, *DC, sc, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to beginning of round

In the above picture, you can see the work in progress! The first row at the foreground of the photo is Row 7, the row of single crochet in Grey, and the row being worked behind is Row 8, the alternating of DC and sc

 

Row 9: Introduce PINK with a slip stitch. Ch 1, sc into the sl st space and every space around, for 32 sc. Sl st to beginning ch.

Keep going!

Rows 10-12: Repeat Row 9. Start with ch 1, sc around, sl st to beginning. When you’ve reached your desired eraser length, bind off and weave in those ends!

 

 

Here’s a picture of me from when I first created this cozy last year–I still had the braces then! Time flies so fast! I actually kind of miss the braces, is that weird?

 

And that’s the Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy! I hope you brought enough for the whole class!

 

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

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Back To School Roundup!

Fall’s coming!

I’m sure of it…like in some parts of the United States, somewhere? Not here in California, but I’m sure it is definitely going to be happening somewhere! Send me pictures of what weather looks like because as a Californian I’m terribly confused. But either way, school is going to be starting up pretty soon, if it hasn’t already, whether it feels like summer where you are or has started transitioning into Autumn.

 

I’m jealous, by the way, of the places that experience Autumn, and I’m not afraid of showing it.

 

 

*googles images of Autumn* *wistful sigh*

 

But here’s a list of crochet patterns and designs that I think just scream back to school and that you might enjoy! So if you’re sending the kids back to school, off to college, want to give a gift to a teacher, or just simply enjoy the adorable qualities of these designs for your fall wardrobe, these are all really cool and fun ideas—so get to crafting!

 

 

 

  1. Pick an Apple…Or A Pumpkin!—by Divine DebrisThese dainty earrings are a sure-fire conversation starter! They would make for a lovely and quick project for back to school or for various fall parties! These apple earrings would make for a perfect back-to-school piece or a gift for a new teacher! Or, if you’re planning on doing quintessentially fall things like apple picking and want a fun statement piece, these would be perfect! Made from lace yarn, the work would be small (make sure to do hand stretches so you keep your muscles safe!), but the dainty quality is wonderful!
    http://divinedebris.com/pick-an-apple/
  2. Top of the Class Pencil Scarf—by Gilliane of GillyGnitsThis snazzy scarf is a FREE pattern made by yours truly and is such a dorky and fun way to bring in the back to school and fall season! They work up pretty quickly (you can mindlessly stitch single crochet in the body of the piece while you watch Netflix!) and allow for lots of variation, so start sharpening those pencils and have fun!
    http://www.gillygnits.com/top-of-the-class-pencil-scarf
  3. Hop on the Bus, Gus! Scarf—by Amanda Rader Designs
    Carrying on the scarf theme, this is such a fantastic and ingenious scarf that looks like a long school bus! It has such a fantastic usage of detail, right down to the little blue handicap and red stop sign icons on the sides of the piece! The use of chain spacing to create the scarf’s “windows” is a smart detail element as well. Available as a free Ravelry download!
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hop-on-the-bus-gus
  4. Crochet Pencil Pouch—by Sarah of RepeatCrafterMe
    Pencil pouches are so cute and useful, so it’s the best of both worlds! This pouch has a single button enclosure and I love how she models the piece with a mix of crochet hooks and pencils, it’s usually how my desk looks!
    http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/07/crochet-pencil-pouch.html
  5. Pencil Shaped Pencil Pouch—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    This and the following entry are both by Sewrella as part of her Back To School series and are so adorable, I’d have been amiss in not including them! They are super cute and look even better as a set! This pencil case is a nice quick project and will be such a fantastic accessory for your little one to take with them and all their brand new writing utensils to school! I personally love the double-button enclosure on the piece!
    http://www.sewrella.com/2016/08/pencil-shaped-pencil-pouch-back-to.html
  6. Notebook Paper Crochet Textbook Cover—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    I love things that are usable and contribute less waste, and I remember book covers in school being pretty wasteful because they were paper and tore and were quickly thrown away by the end of the first week of school because of their lack of durability. Not the case with this cute pattern courtesy of Sewrella! It looks like a sheet of lined paper, complete with the detailing of punch holes, and looks like a beautiful fit for books! Her thorough photographs of her process make for easier crafting and are incredibly helpful while working the project!
    http://www.sewrella.com/2016/08/notebook-paper-crochet-textbook-cover.html
  7. Back-to-School Teacher’s Treat—by Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
    The teacher’s treat: apples! These are some cute apple coasters that would be perfect for a teacher’s desk to start the new year off right, and have a table that’s safe from rings from their coffee. Because teachers need A LOT of coffee! But this would also be a perfect addition to a country-themed kitchen, and is just a very cute pattern. The post also includes an option to make the coaster pieces into a tiny treat bag! Perfect!
    https://pattern-paradise.com/2014/08/22/free-crochet-pattern-back-school-treat
  8. Building Blocks Crochet Backpack—by Tamara Kelly of Moogly
    Whoa! This is so cool! Inspired by Legos, this is an adorably intricate drawstring backpack requiring an understanding of a number of techniques, but Moogly is such a great resource you can find all of the tools you need on the site to properly execute the bag! I wouldn’t call this a quick and easy project by any means, but it looks like a labor of love that is well worth the effort!
    http://www.mooglyblog.com/lego-inspired-crochet-backpack/
  9. Gecko Bookmark Pattern—by Lion Brand Yarn
    I think that crochet bookmarks are so much fun! And this one is no exception. A fun, elongated body makes this little gecko look like family-friendly roadkill (sorry if that’s a gross picture that popped into your head), but makes it perfect for laying flat in a closed book! The curlicue tail is a nice touch and the little tongue makes for a nice addition, though could be omitted if desired!
    http://www.lionbrand.com/crochet-pattern-gecko-bookmark-1.html
  10. The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Bookmark—by Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom
    I love the perfect simplicity of this bookmark pattern! It really is perfect since it is probably the easiest pattern in this lineup of awesome patterns! It’s a pompom with a long tail that can be inserted into a book as a very effect bookmark! It can be made by hand or with the use of a Clover pompom maker. It’ll spruce up the desk with an assortment of cute pompoms sticking out of a stack of books!
    https://www.designmom.com/the-perfect-gift-yarn-ball-bookmark/

Hope you liked the patterns here, and feel free to share some that you’ve enjoyed! I’m always looking for new friends on Pinterest! I’ll be scouring through Pinterest myself throughout the rest of summer and dreaming of Fall!

Until next time,
Gilliane

 

 

 

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Top of the Class Pencil Scarf

Hey there! I know that it’s the dead of summer right now and all you want to do is run and hop and skip and jump and have lazy days…but school is coming again. That’s right, school. is. coming. again.

 

Byeeeeee, random kid from the internet in this stock picture!

 

Before you know it, it’s going to be time to do the Back to School shopping and get new backpacks and clothes and all of the fun (and not-so-fun like waking up early) stuff that comes along with it! And judging by the ads and displays at Target and Walmart, for some of you it’s already time! Time to sharpen those pencils and get back to school!

This pattern that I’m sharing with you today would make a perfect scarf for a student (even for your college kid heading off or back to campus!) or a splendid gift for that teacher in your life, ooooor even a great quirky perk to your own outfit! I wanted something kind of whimsical looking as a fun project to work on and I was inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn that I have been working through. (Click through for my post about PSY! You can also look for the hashtag on my Instagram!) My favorite aspect of the pattern is the crinkle look of the faux-metal tip of the pencil, I think it gives it a super cute textural aspect to the design! If the crinkle look isn’t personally your thing, I’ll include the alternative faux-metal tip, there is a lot of flexibility in crochet. You can follow the pattern to the letter or, if you would like a thinner/tighter scarf, feel free to use a smaller hook to obtain that kind of gauge. You can make it however long you would like! Whether you like the ascot-ty look or you really want the scarf to wrap around, the design is pretty straightforward and versatile, I hope you enjoy it!

 

**Notes** Because a lot of this pattern is small color changes, I’ve highlighted the colors being used in BOLD to help it stand out in the text, so you don’t accidentally skip it somehow.

The yarn color you’ll need the most of for this project is the gold/yellow, since everything else is in small quantities.

 

Seriously. The black yarn you’ll only need for like 8 stitches and room for weaving in the ends. Really small.

 

Materials:

*1 Ball of worsted weight yarn (4) in Yellow
[I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold]
*Small parts of:
Black (for the lead)
[I used Red Heart Super Saver]
Beige (for the pencil)
[I used Impeccable in Heather]
Gray (for the ‘metal’ tip)
[I used Craft Smart yarn in Gray]
Pink (for the eraser)
[I used Impeccable in Arbor Rose]
*I Hook
*Scissors
*Tapestry needle

Terms Used:
SC=Single Crochet
Ch=Chain
St/s=Stitch/stitches
DC=Double Crochet

 

Instructions:

With Black, ch 2
Row 1: 2 sc into the second chain from the hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 1 sc into each stitch, ch 1, turn (2 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc into each st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Beige. Ch 1 with Beige and turn. (4)

I didn’t like my original attempt at color changing, which is why I’m suggesting just binding off each color and then slipping in the new color!

I had originally tried a color change in the last stitch, but it didn’t really work out the way that I had liked, so I felt it was necessary to complete each other in the row before introducing the new color in each block. It looked really messy on one side which, for some projects, is okay, but this kind of annoyed me, so here’s the two examples of the pencil tips that I made:

 

The wonky one was okay on the other side, just flip it over:

So it’s up to you whether you want to make the color change in the last stitch in your row, but this is what I liked the best for this project in particular…and the one I went with!

 

Row 4: 2 sc into first st, sc next 2 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (6)
Row 5: 2 sc into first st, sc next 4 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (8)
Row 6: 2 sc into first st, sc next 6 sts, 2 sc last st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Yellow. Ch 1 with Yellow and turn (10)
Row 7: 2 sc into first st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (12)
Row 8: Sc each st across, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 9-??: Sc each st across, ch 1, and turn until the body of the scarf has reached a comfortable length for your project’s needs!

You might want a scarf that’s more ascot length or a super scarf, or you might want something shorter for your kindergartner but something longer for your college kid, so I’ve left the length more or less up to you! If you have a whole skein of the yellow yarn, then you have lots of room to play with the length, it’s your scarf!

But there’s still more! Leave room for the eraser!

Last row of Yellow: Sc across all stitches, yarn over and slip knot to end the color, color change with Grey. Ch 1 with Grey and turn
**Grey 1: Single crochet into each stitch across, ch 2 and turn


Grey 2-8: 1 DC into the first stitch, sc the second, DC the 3rd, continue pattern to the end, ch 2 and turn.

 

 

The above chart is meant to help you out in the scheme of how the stitches are supposed to situate themselves, the 3 with a bracket off to the right hand side of the chart is to denote a stitch height of 3! I hope this helps! (Please let me know if it doesn’t make sense, or if I can clarify it. My Microsoft Paint skills are pretty good, I hope!)

 

**Alternative with Grey**
If the crinkle effect isn’t to your liking, you can DC into each stitch across the row, ch 2 and turn. Repeat for each row until the eraser metal is to your desired length, but 10 rows would make an appropriate length.

 

 

At end of final row, color change with Pink. Ch 1 with Pink and turn

Pink Row 1: Sc into each st across, ch 1 and turn.

Pink Row 2-8: Repeat Pink Row 1 until the Eraser is your favorite length!
Note: You can make the Grey and Pink rows as long as you’d like, though however many rows you use, match it in the opposite color to make the sections even

Bind off and weave in all ends. Wear it like a scholarly rock star!

 

 

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

 

 

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