It's perfect for all ages and works great for last-minute or bulk gifting events!
This project was inspired from an idea I had while dreaming. See Dreaming of Pencil Toppers for the full story and to see more pencil topper designs.
Gifting ideas include stocking stuffers for Christmas, trick-or-treats for Halloween, party favours and back-to-school accessories. My favourite idea is to make several for a Teacher's appreciation bouquet with various stationary staples in a coffee mug!
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- cotton thread size 10 (I use Circulo Clea) about 10m (2 grams / scraps) - in two colours
- 1.05mm hook (or hook to achieve gauge)
- stitch markers
- tapestry yarn needle
Abbreviations: ~US Terminology~
(...) - work the stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed
[...] - work stitches between the brackets however many times called for
ch - chain
CL of 3 - double crochet 3 stitches together by means of the cluster stitch (instructions below)
dc - double crochet
f/o - fasten off
hdc - half double crochet
lp(s) - loop(s)
prev - previous
rem - remaining
rep - repeat
rnd - round
RS - right side
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch
sp(s) - space(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
tr - treble/triple crochet
WS - wrong side
yo - yarn over
Sizing can be adjusted by changing the yarn weight and hook size.
TIP: Thread/Yarn weight and hook size are flexible. Most lace or fine weight yarns will work well for creating a pencil topper. Whereas, thicker yarn weights such as DK or WW work great for turning it into a finger puppet.
All you have to ensure before you begin, is 10 single crochet stitches wrap snuggly, but comfortably around the pencil, pen, chalk, finger or whatever staple you wish to accessorize!
Additional notes are included below...
Rose Pencil Topper Instructions:
The base of this rose pencil topper is worked in continuous rnds, starting with the center bud of the rose. For this part the *side facing you = WS.
From here, the side facing you will switch to the RS as each rnd of petals is worked. Each is worked as a two-part rnd, where the first creates a base rnd where the actual petals are worked in the second rnd.
Work continuously and do NOT turn at the end of rnds unless directed otherwise to do so.
Starting with red or rosebud colour of choice...
rnd 1: sc 3 into a magic circle (3 sts).
rnd 2-3: sc 3 – 2 rnds, sl st, ch 1, turn at the end of the last rnd (3 sts). *From the turn - side facing you = RS.
rnd 4: (sc, ch 2) x 3 (3 sts + 3 ch-sps). *Starting the next rnd secures the last ch-2.
*Click on Tutorial Photos to enlarge them...
The base of this rose pencil topper is worked in continuous rnds, starting at the bottom of the rosebud. It is worked from top to bottom, breaking off a few times to create the leaves.
Work continuously and do NOT turn at the end of rnds unless directed otherwise to do so. *Side facing you = WS.
Finishing the rosebud & creating a base for the stem...
rnd 1: make a slip knot in petal thread colour & with the bottom of the rosebud facing up → sc attach to any sc post from rnd 6 (think between the ch-sp), [ch 2, sc around next sc post from rnd 6] x 2, ch 2, sl st join to first st of this rnd, f/o (3 ch-sps).
rnd 2: make a slip knot in chosen stem thread colour & with the bottom of the rosebud facing up → sc attach to any ch-2-sp from the prev rnd, sc 2 more into the same sp, sc 3 in each of the rem ch-2-sps around, sc once more into the first ch-2-sp again (10 sts). *Hook goes into the ch-sps from the inside to the outside as this rnd is worked. From here, work continuously.
rnd 3: sc, starting first leaf → ch 5, sl st in the bottom lp (a.k.a. back hump) of the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in the next ch, dc 3 in the next ch, sc in the last ch, sl st in the same sp on the circle – first leaf complete, sc 2, starting second leaf → ch 7, sl st in the bottom lp of the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, CL of 3 over the next 3 chs, hdc in the last ch, sl st in the same sp on the circle – second leaf complete, sc 7 (10 sts + 2 leaves). *rnd 7
rnd 4: sc, sk leaf – pushing it to the back of the work so it’s on the RS, sc 2, sk leaf – pushing it to the back of the work so it’s on the RS, sc 7 (10 sts). *rnd 8
rnd 5: sc 6, starting first leaf → ch 5, sl st in the bottom lp (a.k.a. back hump) of the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in the next ch, dc 3 in the next ch, sc in the last ch, sl st in the same sp on the circle – first leaf complete, sc 2, starting second leaf → ch 7, sl st in the bottom lp of the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, CL of 3 over the next 3 chs, hdc in the last ch, sl st in the same sp on the circle – second leaf complete, sc 2 (10 sts + 2 leaves). *rnd 9
rnd 7-10: rep rnds 3-6.
rnd 11-14: sc 10 – 4 rnds or until desired height is reached, sl st & f/o at the end of the last rnd (10 sts). *The number of rnds you work here may vary according to your project and preference.
Weave in all ends. Attach to your favourite stationery staple!
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