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 three colours
- 1.05mm hook (or hook to achieve gauge)
- stitch markers
- tapestry yarn needle
Abbreviations: ~US Terminology~
*...** - repeat instructions between the two asterisks as directed ~ I always highlight the repeat directions for this in purple so it is easier to see.
(...) - work the stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed
[...] - work stitches between the brackets however many times called for
ch - chain
dtr - double treble crochet - yo 3
f/o - fasten off
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
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...
Basic Flower Pencil Topper Instructions:
The base of this basic flower pencil topper is worked in continuous rnds, starting with the center of the flower (yellow in this example). The final rnd of the flower center creates a base for the petals. From here, colours will be switched as the stem (green in this example) is worked from top to bottom.
Work continuously and do NOT turn at the end of rnds unless directed otherwise to do so.
*Side facing you = WS.
Starting with yellow or flower center colour of choice...
rnd 1: sc 5 into a magic circle (5 sts).
rnd 2: sc 2 in each st around (10 sts).
rnd 3: [ch 2, sk 1 st, sc] x 5 (5 ch-sps + 5 sts). *This is the petal base rnd.
Switch to green or stem colour as the last sc of rnd 3 is completed...
rnd 4: sc 2 in each skipped st from the prev rnd – pushing the ch-2-sps to the back of work so they are on the RS or the outside of the flower (10 sts).
rnd 5-16: sc 10 – 12 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.
The petals of this basic flower pencil topper are worked directly into rnd 3 from the base.
*Side facing you = RS.
rnd 1: make a slip knot in chosen petal thread colour → sl st attach to any ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base, [*ch 2, (tr, dtr 2, tr) in the same ch-2-sp, ch 2, sl st in the same ch-2-sp,** sl st in next ch-2-sp] x 4, rep from * to **, sl st join to the first st of rnd, f/o (5 petals).
*Click on pictures to expand them...
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