Easy Eraser | Back to School Crochet Collection

Easy Eraser is the very first design idea I had for the Back to School Crochet Collection. What child {or adult} doesn’t love a fun and simple school supply?!

This colorful eraser is perfect for little hands. Whether you’re making the eraser for your child or your student, you can customize the colors to match  his or her personality. These work great to wipe down personal dry-erase boards and fit nicely into a pencil box. The best part is… dishcloth cotton is 100% machine wash and dry-able. So make several for your little scholar and say NO to using old socks as erasers!

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As a former Kindergarten teacher I know what a nuisance the personal dry-erase boards can be. Sure they are perfect for working quick math problems or practicing sight words, but the maintenance– ugh! I would always purchase sweet little wooden and felt erasers at the beginning of the year… but by the end of the week, a little someone would start to pull the things apart. Out of frustration I would say, “Use your hand or your sleeve or a tissue!” What a waste. No more!

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I wish I had these cute little erasers in during the Kinder years. They are compact, colorful, oh… and so, so quiet. You can keep on re-using them because all they need is a quick bath once they get icky. Trust me, I’ve washed my own dishcloths out of Sugar and Cream on hot every week for years and they still look great!

The pattern is below with a full picture tutorial. Remember, you can find a printable one-page PDF of the pattern in my Ravelry store here. Each pattern this week is just $1!


MATERIALS:

~ 5-7 grams of worsted weight cotton in Color 1

~ 6-8 grams of worsted weight cotton in a Color 2

~ 4.0mm (G) crochet hook

GAUGE: 3.5 single crochets to 1 inch. Gauge is not super important, but please make sure you are close so that you do not run out of yarn!

FINISHED SIZE: 4 x 3 inches

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Pattern:

Weigh your yarn to make sure you have enough for the Easy Eraser.

 

With Color 1 ch 13.

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Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across. – 12 sc.

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Rows 2-9: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. – 12 sc. Fasten off and cut yarn.

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With Color 2, ch 13. Then repeat rows 1-9 above. DO NOT CUT YARN.

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Attaching the rectangles:

Place the two rectangles together so that the chain edge of one rectangle is paired with the finished edge of the other rectangle. This will help when putting them together.

 

With Color 2 (still attached!), ch 1, then single crochet the two rectangles together by inserting hook into one strand from each rectangle, yarn over, pull through both strands, yarn over and pull through both loops.

 

 

When crocheting the short sides together, go in each row. You should come out with roughly 9 single crochets.

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When crocheting the long sides together, go under the OUTER leg of the finished stitch and chain loop of the chain edge. For my first long side I used the front leg of the finished stitch since it’s the outer most part- shown in pink below.

 

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Now crochet together the other short side. I found this to be the trickiest. Power through!

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Finally, crochet together the last side- a long side. This time the OUTER most leg was the back leg of the finished edge.

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Finish off with a sl st in the first sc.

 

 

Cut yarn. Weave in ends. You can just poke them inside between the two layers!

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Happy easy erasing!

One-page printable PDF available here.


Check back tomorrow for the next pattern in the Back to School Crochet Collection!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

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