Every year, summers seem to go by faster and faster, so I have no hesitation with beginning the preparation for back to school in July! We may not start until September up here, but I know many of you begin even sooner.
Send your Star Wars fan off to school with the coolest pencil case in the galaxy! This simple pattern works up pretty quickly, and might even make your kid excited to go back to school!
May the force be with them, and keep their school supplies safe!
Worsted weight yarns in grey, black, red, and lightsaber color of choice (I'm told green and blue are most popular).
Crochet hook size, G - 4.25mm
Star Wars fabric for lining; mine is fabric I've had for years, but there are lots of great options on Amazon or at JoAnn's!
7 inch zipper, green or blue
needle and thread
*sewing machine is optional, but helpful with sewing the lining
Terms and abbreviations to know:
rnd, rnds - round, rounds
rows - turning rows (chs will not count as sts in the rows)
ch, chs - chain, chains
st, sts - stitch, stitchs
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
inc - increase, 2 sts into 1 st
sc2tog - single crochet 2 together, decreasing 2 sts down to 1 st
BLO - back loop only
WS - wrong side, when crocheting in turning rows working with the wrong side facing
RS - right side, when crocheting in turning rows working with the right side facing
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
Notes: Know how to crochet in rnds. This pattern is worked from the handle, up, with no joining. Use a st marker as you work to mark the beginning of each rnd. After the handle, you will switch from working rnds to working rows, with turning to create an opening for the zipper. As a free pattern, this pattern has not been tested, but is accurate to the best of my abilities. Please let me know if you find any errors!
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Lightsaber Pencil Case
Beginning with gray, make magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts
Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st) 6x; 18 sts
Rnd 4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 6x; 24 sts
Rnd 5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 6x; 30 sts
Rnd 6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 6x; 36 sts
Rnd 7: (inc, sc in next 5 sts) 6x; 42 sts
Rnd 8: (inc, sc in next 6 sts) 6x; 48 sts
Rnd 9: BLO, sc in each st around; 48 sts
Rnd 10: work directly over top of the same sts worked in rnd 9, to thicken the rnd, sc over each st around; 48 sts
Rnd 11: BLO (sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts) 6x; 42 sts
Rnd 12-20: sc in each st around; 42 sts
Rnd 21: BLO (inc, sc in next 6 sts) 6x; 48 sts
Rnd 22: work directly over top of the same sts worked in rnd 21, to thicken the rnd; in doing this, you will be doing the (inc, sc in next 6 sts) 6x, all over again, over the same sts; 48 sts
Rnd 23: BLO (sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts) 6x; 42 sts
Fasten off gray, and attach green (or whatever lightsaber color you have chosen!). Work in turning rows here (but continuing with the same rnd/row count), until we're ready to close. The even numbered rows will be RS, and the odd numbered rows will be WS.
Row 24 : sc in each st around to the last 2 sts, leave last 2 sts unworked; 40 st
Row 25: ch 1 and turn, sc in each sts around; 40 sts
Row 26: ch 1 and turn, sc2tog, sc in next 36 sts, sc2tog; 38 sts
Rows 27-31: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st around; 38 sts
Row 32: ch 1 and turn, sc2tog, sc in next 34 sts, sc2tog; 36 st
Rows 33-39: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st around; 36 sts
Row 40: ch 1 and turn, sc2tog, sc in next 32 sts, sc2tog; 34 sts
Rows 41-45: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st around; 34 sts
Row 46: ch 1 and turn, sc2tog, sc in next 30 sts, sc2tog; 32 sts
Rows 47-49: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st around; 32 sts
Row 50: ch 1 and turn, sc2tog, sc in next 28 sts, sc2tog; 30 sts
Rnd 51: do NOT turn, RS facing, continue working in same direction now, joining to beginning of row 50 with a sc, and sc in each st around; 30 sts
Rnd 52: sc in each st around; 30 sts
Rnd 53: (sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog) 6x; 24 sts
Rnd 54: (sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog) 6x; 18 sts
Rnd 55: (sc in next st, sc2tog) 6x; 12 sts
Rnd 56: sc2tog 6x; 6 sts
Fasten off, weaving tail around and through the circle to close.
In black, ch 9
Row 1: turn and sc in each ch across; 8 sts
Rows 2-4: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 8 sts
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing onto handle.
In red, simply sew over the middle tow rows of the black piece.
I went over the same spot 5 times to create the button.
Sew the black strip onto the gray of the handle, in between the thickened rnds.
*You could get fancier with the buttons if you really wanted to. I figured, for a pencil case, simple was just fine. :)
Now for the sewing!
Measure your bag to get the appropriate size for your fabric. With a little extra room, my fabric is about 12 inches long, and 6 inches wide (folded for sewing).
Some sewing notes:
When you finish sewing in your liner, knot your thread, and weave it behind your fabric!
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