5 Little Monsters: Striped Crocheted Pen Pouch

Striped Crocheted Pen Pouch

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This time of year I always start thinking about school supplies, not just for the kids though. It is also the time I pick up things for the kids to use at home, like crayons and markers, and for myself, for my office, like notebooks and pens. Every thing is on sale this time of year and there are so many options available that it is the perfect time to stock up. 


Ever since I was a kid I have loved colorful pens. I am a doodler and a list maker and I love making my list bright and colorful. I like to be able to use different colors to organize my calendar, one color for blog stuff that I need to do, another for stuff I need to do around the house, a color for kids activities, etc. Or even one color for each person so that I know what everyone has going on. I have started doing more and more of that digitally but there is just something about writing stuff down that helps me remember. Also, I have idea notebooks where I like to scribble down my ideas for future projects and I love using colors for those too. 


Pilot Pen has always been my go to pen when I buy new pens. I love the variety of bright colors and the smoothness of the writing, and the fine tip. Plus they carry them pretty much anywhere so I can just run to the Walmart that is super close to my house to pick them up, along with all of the other supplies that I need. This time I picked up a package of Presice V5 pens, a 9 pack that came with a bonus pen for a total of 10.


My daughter loved the design on the barrels and immediately wanted to claim the pens for herself. I decided to crochet a little pencil bag type pouch to keep them in so that I could keep them away from the kids and keep them all together so I can find them when I need them. I used my basic pencil bag pattern but changed it up by adding stripes instead of making it in just one color. 


The pouch is made completely in single crochet and is a pretty simple pattern, 2 buttons on the back keep the flap closed and the pens securely inside. 


How to Crochet a Striped Pen Pouch

You will need:

  • Worsted Weight yarn in 2 colors
  • H crochet hook
  • 2 buttons (3/4"-1")
  • Sewing thread for attaching buttons
  • sewing needle
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Instructions:

You will be changing colors every 2 rows on the body of the bag, you can carry the yarn up the side of the bag rather than cutting it each time

ch 31 in first color (I used white)

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to the end (30 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to second color (pink)

Row 3-4: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 1

Row 5-6: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 2

Row 7-8: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 1

Row 9-10: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 2

Row 11-12: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 1

Row 13-14: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 2

Row 15-16: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 1

Row 17-20: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 2

Row 21-22: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 1

Row 23-24: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 2

Row 25-26: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 1

Row 27-28: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 2

Row 29-30: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 1

Row 31-32: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 2

Row 33-34: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 1

Row 35-36: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

change to color 2

Row 37-38: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch to end (30 sc)

Row 39: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 26, sc dec (28 sc)

Row 40: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 24, sc dec (26 sc)

Row 41: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 22, sc dec (24 sc)

Row 42: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 20, sc dec (22 sc)

Row 43: ch 1, turn, sc dec, sc in next 18, sc dec (20 sc)

Finish off

You should now have a piece that looks like this:


A big rectangle that is slightly angled in on one end

Rows 1-18 will be the back of your bag, rows 19-36 will be the front of your bag and rows 37-43 (the last two straight rows and the angled portion) make the flap. 

Fold the bag wrong sides together (the sides look pretty much the same so whichever way you think looks better) so that the first 18 rows are on one side and match up with rows 19-36. Your stripes should match colors when it is folded because you will fold in the middle of the 4 white rows.

Starting in one corner, I always start so that I am working on the front of the bag, sc up the side of the bag through both layers, once you reach the end of the double layers sc in the next two rows and continue up the angled portion, sc in corner stitch, ch 4, skip 1, sc in next 14, ch 4, skip 1, sc in corner, sc down the side of the flap and bag making sure to go through both layers once you reach the bag portion, finish off and weave in ends

Fold flap down to determine button placement, sew on buttons. Then all that is left to do is head to Walmart to buy some colorful new pens to fill your cute new pouch. 

Here are some of my other pencil bags patterns that you might like:

Basic Pencil Bag
Owl Pencil Bag
Monster Pencil Bag 
Scalloped Edge Pencil Bag


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1 comment :

  1. You make it look so easy! And a safe place to hide the pens is always a good thing. #client

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