Try this delicate Dainty Daisy Pencil Topper pattern.
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 stationery 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 Used~
(...) - work the stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed
[...] - work stitches between the brackets however many times called for
ch - chain
f/o - fasten off
lp(s) - loop(s)
rep - repeat
rnd - round
RS - right side
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sp(s) - space(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
tog - together
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...
Dainty Daisy Pencil Topper Instructions:
The petals of this daisy pencil topper are worked continuously in one rnd. Later, they are coiled to overlap the petals and form a circle. *Side facing you = RS.
rnd 1: make a slip knot in white → [ch 8, sc in the bottom lp (a.k.a. back hump) of the 2nd ch from hook & in the next 5 chs, sl st in the last ch] x 20 (20 petals). *The bottom of the petals are all joined tog.
rnd 2: sl st join tog the bottom of the 1st petal created to the bottom of the 10th petal from hook - a.k.a. the 11th petal created (hook goes into the 1st st first and the 10th st second - both from WS/bottom to RS/top), now working in a counterclockwise direction → (sl st join tog the next petals on the bottom & top) rep around so that the 2nd created is paired with the 9th from hook, the 3rd with the 8th and so on, ch 1, f/o (10 sts). *See tutorial pics below for this rnd. Below the tutorial pictures, see an alternative method for crocheting rnd 2 if this is too challenging for you.
*PLEASE NOTE: Petal tutorial pictures are worked in pink so you can see the stitches better.
Center Bud of Daisy Instructions:
The center bud of this daisy pencil topper is worked in continuous rnds. Do NOT turn at the end of rnds. *Side facing you = WS.
rnd 1: sc 5 into a magic circle (5 sts).
rnd 2: (sc, tr) in each st around (10 sts).
rnd 3: sc 10, sl st & f/o (10 sts).
The base of this daisy pencil topper is worked in continuous rnds from top to bottom and joins all the pieces tog.
Work continuously and do NOT turn at the end of rnds. *Side facing you = WS.
The first rnd joins the first two pieces tog and is the first rnd of the stem. Before you begin, place the daisy center on top of the petal opening, so both pieces have their RS facing the same direction.
rnd 1: make a slip knot in chosen stem thread colour & with the bottom of both the daisy petals & center bud facing up → sc join tog ONE st of the daisy center bud to ONE st of the daisy petals, [sc join tog the next st of the daisy center bud to the next st of the daisy petals] x 9 (10 sts). *Work in a counterclockwise direction and ALWAYS insert hook through the opening of the petals into center bud piece first & petal piece second.
NOTE: It can be bit tricky to manipulate all the pieces as you work rnd 1. To help you out, here it is broken down further:
Step 1: Insert your hook through the opening of the petal piece from the bottom to the top (a.k.a. WS to RS).
Step 2: Insert your hook through a st from the last rnd of the center bud piece from WS to RS.
Step 3: Insert your hook through a st from the last rnd of the petal piece from RS to WS. Now there are two sts on your hook.
Step 4: Work a sc into both sts at the same time.
Step 5: Rep steps 1-4 for all sts around.
Weave in all ends. Attach to your favourite stationery staple!
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