I have made several of these and thought that it was time to write this pattern up.
This was made with Bonus DK acrylic yarn and a 4mm hook. It fits Crayola crayons perfectly but once you get the knack of it the pattern is easily adjusted to fit longer or shorter pens/pencils. I used colours to match the crayons I was including and black to edge it and for the ties.
This pattern uses US terminology.
1. Chain 21
2. Sc in 2nd chain from hook and every chain thereafter (20sc)
3. Ch1 (does not count as sc) and turn. Sc in next 9sc. Then in the next 11sc 1sc in each of the front loops (the loops closest to you), then crochet 11sc in the unused back loops. (11+11+9)
4. Ch1 and turn, sc in all of sc from previous row (11+11+9)
5. Ch1 and turn, sc in all of sc from previous row (31sc)
6. Ch1 and turn, sc in 11sc. Ch 1 and place hook through previous stitch and through stitch that matches up (to close the pocket). Sc 11sc to close the pocket and then the final 9sc.
You have finished the first pocket! Now is the time to check your gauge by inserting your crayon and checking it fits how you want and if it doesn’t adjust the starting chain or pocket height accordingly.
Attach new colour to first sc (at the top edge of the crayon roll) and chain 1 (counts as first sc) repeat pattern from row 3-6 until you have as many pockets as you want.
I’ve found it helpful to sew all the ends in before starting the edging. If you have used black as your final pocket colour do not fasten off, just continue with edging instructions
Join your black yarn (or colour of your choice) at the top right corner.
Crochet 3sc into each corner and 1sc into every space across the top, every unused chain, every space across the bottom and every sc on final side.
As you work up the final side stop at the edge of the pocket and chain 29 (this number may need to be more or less if you have used more or less crayons than the 9 I chose). Working in the 2nd chain from hook sc and in every chain thereafter. Slip stitch into the same sc as you previously did the sc and the chain.
Sc into next stitch and make another tie, again slip stitching back into the stitch to anchor the tie. Finish crocheting the edging on this side and attach to first sc of the round with a slip stitch. Fasten off and sew in any ends.
I hope you can understand and actually use this pattern as it’s the first I have ever written. Please get in touch if you have any questions 🙂