School is back for the year! While I’ve really enjoyed the slower pace of the holidays, I’m more than ready to get back into creating and this toadstool pencil topper pattern is the perfect way to ease back into it.
These whimsical pencil toppers are really quick to make and use only a small amount of yarn – perfect for a quick back to school project or last minute gift (not gonna lie, I want them on ALL my pencils).
The cap is left unstuffed so that you can position it how you like once it’s on (I like to tip it to one side).
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- DK Weight Yarn in white and red
(I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Paper White and Pillar Red)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- inc – increase
- FLO – front loop only
- st/s – stitch/es
- (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round
- […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 2″ (5cm) tall when using the materials listed.
Pieces are worked in a continuous spiral starting with a magic ring unless otherwise specified. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker.
The first round is worked before joining into a circle which results in a small gap at the beginning of the round. Leave a longer starting tail than usual to sew this up.
After completing 4 rounds of the stem, try it on your pencil. The fit should be snug but still easy to get on and off. If it is too big or too small adjust your hook size accordingly and try again.
R1: Ch 9, sc in the back bump of the ch starting in the 2nd ch from hook (8)
R2: Join into a circle with a sc into the first sc. 7 sc (8)
R3-12: [Sc] x8 (8)
R13: FLO [inc] x8 (16)
R14: [Sc, inc] x8 (24)
R15: [3 sc, inc] x6 (30)
R16: 2 sc, inc, [4 sc, inc] x5, 2 sc (36)
Fasten off invisibly and weave in end. Use the starting tail to sew closed the small gap at the base of the stem where we started, weave in end.
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: [Inc] x6 (12)
R3: [Sc, inc] x6 (18)
R4: [Sc] x18 (18)
R5: Sc, inc, [2 sc, inc] x5, sc (24)
R6: [Sc] x24 (24)
R7: [3 sc, inc] x6 (30)
R8-9: [Sc] x30 (30)
R10: 2 sc, inc, [4 sc, inc] x5, 2 sc (36)
Without cutting the yarn, take a long piece of white yarn and embroider little v’s on the cap. Make sure to keep your working yarn out of the way. Leave the cap unstuffed.
Join the cap to the stem by crocheting through both loops of the cap and the front loop only of the stem.
R11: [Sc] x36 (36)
Fasten off invisibly and weave in end.
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