Free Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Pencil Case

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I was inspired by the delightful rainbow creations of many other crafters this time of year and wanted to make something to celebrate Pride month. This rainbow pencil case is easy to create and I love how bright the colors are. You don’t have to make it in rainbow colors, though…you can pick any color combination you desire. How about making it in college colors, or in the colors of your favorite sports team? I use this for holding pencils, but you could add a zipper at the top and use it to hold coins, beads, buttons, whatever you can think up. How about a crochet hook case? Or add a strap and use it as a mini purse. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you choose to do with it, I hope you have fun making!

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 6.5″ (16.5 cm) wide, 3.5 (9 cm) tall

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 30 yards) in desired colors. I used red, orange, yellow, medium green, dark blue, and light purple.
Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
Small button (mine is 0.5″ or just over 1cm, but you can make the button loop to fit any size button)
crochet yarn size 4

9 hdc = 2″
8 rows = 2″
Gauge Swatch: 2″w x 2″h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 11.
Row 1: hdc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 9 hdc
Row 2 – 8: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc across: 9 hdc
Finish off.
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Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Pencil Case

Round 1 (WS): With orange, ch 60, sl st in first ch to form a ring, ch 2, hdc in each ch around, sl st to first hdc: 60 hdc
Round 2: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc around, sl st to first hdc: 60 hdc
Round 3-4: With yellow, repeat Round 2.
Round 5-6: With green, repeat Round 2.
Round 7-8: With blue, repeat Round 2.
Round 9-10: With purple, repeat Round 2.
Row 11: ch 1, do not turn. Fold pouch together so it’s a flat rectangle. We’re going to crochet the bottom closed. Inserting your hook through both layers, sc in 30 stitches across the bottom. Finish off. The RS of the single crochets are the front of the pouch.
Don’t forget the red stripe at the top! Here’s how you’ll do that:
Round 1: Locate the back middle of the pouch. With RS facing you, join yarn to the underside of the foundation chain. Ch 2, hdc in each ch around, sl st to first hdc: 60 hdc.
Round 2: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc around, sl st to first hdc, ch 10 (or however long you wish for the buttonhole), sl st in next hdc, finish off and weave in ends.
Sew button to front, where the red and the orange stripes meet.

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!

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