Dancing Pencils Bag free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com
Dancing Pencils Bag free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Hi!
So… if the Dancing Pencils Cup didn’t really do it for you but you’re still looking forward to back-to-school season, I think this week’s pattern might be better for you (or next weeks, keep an eye out for that!).
This week I’ve got another in the Dancing Pencils line which I might add more to later in the year, who knows. I’m also an artist who dabbles with pencils and paper, so this line makes me smile in a not back-to-school way. I hope you love this pattern and there is information in the notes about how to make this pattern larger.

I hope you consider purchasing a downloadable ad-free pdf this pattern in my Ravelry shop for $.50 to help me to keep bringing you patterns weekly. The pdf does include the graph, if you’re into that. 🙂

Materials

Gauge

  • 4″ = 16 scs x 16 rowsRavelry link

Terms/stitches used

  • Magic circle
  • RS: right side
  • Ch: chain
  • St: stitch
  • Slip st: slip stitch
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet

Notes

  • This pattern is worked in the round, with a slip st into the first st from the last st.
  • This pattern is worked from the bottom up.
  • The ch 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.
  • Following the base, sc into the back loop only.
  • If you don’t work this pattern in the back loop only, it might end up leaning. You can block the finished item to make it lean less. At the end of the row, slip st into both loops of your 1st st, this will help to keep your seam straight.
  • All of the stitches in the sides portion of this pattern are single crochets, because of this that portion (where all the color changes are) only tells you how many stitches to do in what color, this is what the number in the parentheses means.
  • Color A is purple, color B is pink, color C is gray, color D is yellow, color E is tan, and color F is black.
  • The repeat on this is 12. If you want to make this bag larger, keep increasing the base as written here and make sure your final row has a stitch count that is divisible by 12.
  • Also check out this post about tapestry crochet from Moogly, it’s helpful.

    Dancing Pencils Bag free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com
    Dancing Pencils Bag free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Finished directions

  • Base diameter: 3.25”
  • Height: 7.25” – 7.5” (top to base)
  • Diameter: 5” – 5.25”

Pattern instructions

-Base-
Row 1: A: Create a magic circle, ch 1, sc 6 times into the circle, slip st into the first st – 6 scs
Row 2: Ch 1, sc twice into the same st as join, sc twice into the next 5 sts, slip st into the first st – 12 scs
Row 3: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join, sc twice into the next st, *sc into the next st, sc twice into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first st –  18 scs
Row 4: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join and into the next st, sc twice into the next st, *sc into the next 2 sts, sc twice into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first st –  24 scs
Row 5: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join and into the next 2 sts, sc twice into the next st, *sc into the next 3 sts, sc twice into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first st –  30 scs
Row 6: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join and into the next 3 sts, sc twice into the next st, *sc into the next 4 sts, sc twice into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first st –  36 scs
Row 7: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join and into the next 4 sts, sc twice into the next st, *sc into the next 5 sts, sc twice into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first st –  42 scs
Row 8: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join and into the next 5 sts, sc twice into the next st, *sc into the next 6 sts, sc twice into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first st –  48 scs

-Sides-

  • Every row of the sides are worked into the back loop only.
  • Every stitch in the sides portion of the pattern is a single crochet, because of this the directions only tell you what color (ie: Color A, Color B, etc…) and the number in the parentheses then tells you how many single crochets to make.
  • Following the ch 1, the first st is worked into the same st as join.

(RS) Row 9: A: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join and into the next 47 sts, slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Rows 10 – 12: A: Ch 1, (1), B: (10), *A: (2), B: (10),* repeat from * to * twice more, A: (1), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Fasten off color B.
Rows 13 – 15: A: Ch 1, (1), C: (10), *A: (2), C: (10),* repeat from * to * twice more, A: (1), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Fasten off color C.
Rows 16 – 24: A: Ch 1, (1), D: (10), *A: (2), D: (10),* repeat from * to * twice more, A: (1), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Fasten off color D.
Row 25: A: Ch 1, (1), E: (10), *A: (2), E: (10),* repeat from * to * twice more, A: (1), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Row 26: A: Ch 1, (2), E: (8), *A: (4), E: (8),* repeat from * to * twice more, A: (2), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Row 27: A: Ch 1, (3), E: (6), *A: (6), E: (6),* repeat from * to * twice more, A: (3), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Fasten off color E.
Row 28: A: Ch 1, (4), F: (4), *A: (8), F: (4),* repeat from * to * twice more, A: (4), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Row 29: A: Ch 1, (5), F: (2), *A: (10), F: (2),* repeat from * to * twice more, A: (5), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Fasten off color F.
Rows 30 – 31: A: Ch 1, (48), slip st into the first st – 48 scs

Cinching portion/ top:

Row 32: A: Ch 3, dc into the next 3 sts, ch 4, skip the next 4 sts, *dc into the next 4 sts, ch 4, skip the next 4 sts,* repeat form * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first st – 24  scs, 6 ch-4 spaces
Row 33: A: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join and into each st around (this counts the scs and the chs), slip st into the first st – 48 scs
Fasten off, weave in your ends.

Cord:
Using 2 or more colors, create a slip knot on your hook and ch 80+ and then fasten off. Weave this cord through the ch-4 spaces on row 32. You can knot the end or make 2 cords, it’s up to you.

 

 

Tada, there’s another pattern for the books. 😀 I hope you like this design and make a couple for your favorite pencil enthusiasts or back-to-schoolers of all ages!

 

This post is linked to Hookin’ on Hump Day #149.

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