Pencil Grip | Back to School Crochet Collection

This Pencil Grip is the ultimate stash buster. Make it in all of your favorite colors!

A simple pencil grip to personalize your student’s school gear. These things whip up so fast that you’ll want to make them in all of your child’s favorite colors! The best part? You can use up those little bits of dishcloth cotton you’ve been hanging onto. It’s a win-win!

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A couple weeks ago I attended a week long training about teaching children with dyslexia. A huge component of the training was writing… IN CURSIVE! Cursive letters are nearly impossible to reverse as each letter is connected within a word. We didn’t have to take the instructor’s word for it; we got to practice our cursive letters and turn them in as homework! I even had to redo mine and turn it in a second time.

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It was a no-nonsense training as you can probably tell! However, at the end of the week the facilitator brought out a bucket of pencil grips. There were fuzzy ones and jelly ones. There were cylinder shapes and ones with cups for your fingers. They were all colorful. She said that, as teachers, we should make writing as fun as possibleAbsolutely! Writing shouldn’t be a chore. With these soft and quick pencil grips, writing will be a pleasure.

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:

~ 3-5 grams of worsted weight cotton

~ 3.5mm (F) crochet hook

GAUGE: 4 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: 2.5 inches long

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Pattern:

Weigh your yarn to make sure you have enough for the Pencil Grip.

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Chain 11.

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Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across. – 10 sc

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Rows 2-6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. – 10 sc

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Fasten off. Cut yarn leaving a tail long enough to seam long sides.

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Finishing:

Weave in shorter end.

Place a few swipes of hot glue on one side of the rectangle {indicated by black lines}. Take care to spread the hot glue as thin as possible to avoid bumps. Allow glue to dry completely.

Fold the rectangle in half with long sides together and glue on the inside.

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Using longer tail, seam the long sides of the rectangle with a whip stitch. You might want to use a metal darning needle for this step.

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Weave in end. This can be tricky! I found it best to weave the end on the outside of the pencil grip.

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You might need to roll the grip onto the pencil. Happy writing!

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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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