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 (one for the MC, one for the mane & black/white for the eyes)
- 1.05mm hook (or hook to achieve gauge)
- stitch markers
- tapestry yarn needle
- a pinch of polyester fiberfill
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
approx. - approximately
avail - available
ch - chain
f/o - fasten off
hdc - half double crochet
lp(s) - loop(s)
MC - main colour
rem - remaining
rep - repeat
rnd - round
RS - right side
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
sp(s) - space(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
tog - together
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!
When a long starting or ending tail is suggested, simply fasten off where the wrapped thread reaches the side of your palm. If you would like to make the tails longer just to be safe, you can do that too!
You should be familiar with hand sewing on crochet pieces by means of the whip stitch.
Due to its small size, some parts may be challenging to work. So, take your time crocheting this pony pencil topper and use the photos as a guide.
Additional notes are included below...
Pony Pencil Topper Instructions:
Make 1 in MC.
The pony muzzle is worked in continuous rnds from the center nose tip. *Side facing you = WS.
rnd 1: sc 4 into a magic circle (4 sts).
rnd 2: sc 2 in each st around (8 sts).
row 3-4: sc 8 – 3 rnds (8 sts).
rnd 5: [sc, sc 2 in the next st] x 4 (12 sts).
Set aside for now, and continue to the Pony Base.
Make 1 in MC.
The pony base is worked in continuous rnds from the top-down. You have the option to attach the muzzle as you go, or you can simply crochet the base and sew the muzzle on later. *Side facing you = WS.
Option A - Sew Muzzle onto the Base Later:
rnd 1: sc 5 into a magic circle (5 sts).
rnd 2: sc 2 in each st around (10 sts).
rnd 3-16: sc 10 – 14 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.
*TIP = Take a spare strand of thread and mark the 4th to 7th sts from rnd 2 of the base – this is the top 4 sts of the muzzle attachment placement, and the same sts from rnd 7 – this is the bottom 4 sts of the muzzle attachment placement. Use these markings as a guide for sewing the muzzle onto the base.
Using a whip stitch, sew the muzzle onto rnds 2-7 of the base - lightly stuff before closing the opening. Next, embroider eyes onto each side of the muzzle nearest to the base/head. Crochet and attach the ears now if you haven’t already done so. Then, proceed to the Mane...
Option B - Attach the Muzzle as you go - Recommended Option:
rnd 1: sc 5 into a magic circle (5 sts).
rnd 2: sc 2 in the next st, sc, insert hook into the same sp as the last st made AND into the 5th from last st made on the last rnd of the muzzle so that the RS of both pieces are pressed tog → work a sc here, insert hook into the next st on the base AND into the 6th from last st or next avail st of the muzzle → work a sc here, insert hook into the same sp on the base AND into the 7th from last st or next avail st of the muzzle → work a sc here, insert hook into the next st on the base AND into the 8th from last st or next avail st of the muzzle → work a sc here, work another sc into the same sp on the base only this time, sc 2 in the next st (10 sts).
*Click on WIP pictures to enlarge them...
rnd 6: rep rnd 3.
Step 1: Thread needle with black, but do not tie the ends tog; instead, leave them loose.
Step 2: Insert threaded needle through the bottom muzzle opening and come out through a st sp on the top side of one side of the muzzle – this will be the top of the first eye.
Step 3: Insert needle into the st below and come back out through the same st above – rep for a total of 6 times.
Step 5: Rep Step 3 for this side.
Step 7: Tie ends of the thread tog and trim ends, so only small tails rem.
Step 1: Grab a pinch of polyester fiberfill & use the bottom of a bigger hook to start stuffing the muzzle.
Step 2: Once stuffing is halfway inserted into the muzzle, bunch up the loose tails from the eyes and place into the center of the fiberfill. This will help keep the tails hidden from the tiny holes the stitches make.
Step 3: Finish stuffing the muzzle, but be careful not to over stuff it too much.
rnd 7: sc 3, [insert hook into the next st on the base AND into the next avail st of the muzzle → work a sc here] x 4 – muzzle is securely attached now, sc 3 over the next 3 base sts only (10 sts).
rnd 8-16: sc 10 – 9 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.
Set aside and continue to the Ears...
The pony ears are worked in one row. Start and end with long tail. *Side facing you = RS.
ch 4 in MC...
row 1: work this row in the bottom lp (back hump) of the chs – sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 2, ch 1, f/o (3 sts).
Use the starting and ending tails to attach the ears into position on the top of the base/head. Weave in all ends.
The mane of this pony is flexible. It is worked by means of surface crochet, where you insert your hook into one st sp, come out another and work a st into that sp or post. The best way to achieve this, is to work up the center back of the pony, around the top of the head a couple times and back down the center back of the pony.
The following instructions are more of a guide and the number of sts worked varies from pony to pony. You can work it however you like. *Side facing you = RS.
make a slip knot in chosen mane colour AND with the RS and back of the pony facing you...
Step 1: Sc attach to the first post or two sps from the last two rnds of the base, so that your hook goes into the st sp closest to the bottom of the base first and the next st up next. *Pick the vertical line of sps directly in the center back of the pony.
Step 4: Once you reach the back of the other ear – turn back around; now working in the opposite direction AND into the same top of the head sts sps → rep the same (ch 3, sc) as you make a circle and bring it back to the turning point, sl st join to that sc before the turn.
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