Saturday, 28 January 2017


crochet pencil pouch, spectacle case


( #Blogaday 28/365 )

Just recently, I posted a blog for a rectangular pouch, and decided to make a circular pencil case as well.  The rectangular pouch had a zipper, and that could be a lot of ‘work’, but here, I thought we could go the ‘easy way’ and just add a button, and see if this works for you.
The beauty of this pattern again, is that this one too uses just about one cone of yarn.

This is my original pattern.  Thank you for joining me as we work on this pattern together.

Materials used : Today I’ve used about one cone of our Indian Polyester silky purse yarn with a 4 mm crochet ;
Optional : a marker

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat

 Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : For this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops, you only go through the back loop of each sc.  For a visual, check


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

crochet pencil case, spectacle pouch

Let’s start off with a visualization of what we’re creating here today.  I am going to start with a magic circle and then work in rounds, increasing each round till we get it to the size that we want for the base of our bag.
Once we think we have it round / wide enough, we will stop increases, and start working up the sides of our pouch, and continue till we have the height needed for the pouch.
Simple enough, right? Let’s get started.

I have also decided to use two colours.  So I have a Main Color (MC) which is pink, and then a Contrast Color (CC) which is red.

Start (using MC) with a magic circle and work 12 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : (using MC) sc in the 1st sc ; (2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc) ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Now here’s where it gets fun.  How quickly do you want to complete your project?  Depending on that, you can choose to work a sc , hdc or dc in each st all around. 
I have worked in sc all around, so that’s what I am going to write in my instructions.

Round 2 : (using MC) sc in the 1st 2 sc ; (2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 2 sc) ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : (using MC) sc in the 1st 3 sc ; (2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 3 sc) ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 4 : (using MC) sc in the 1st 4 sc ; (2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 4 sc) ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

At this point, check if you think that the round you have made is large enough for you.  If yes, then we will stop increases now and work our bag along the length.
If no, then continue one more increase till you feel you are happy with the size.

To get a neat bottom rim, we will work in the back loops of the stitches.
Check how to work a sc-blo (or single crochet back loop only) in the links above.

Round 5 : (using MC) sc in 1st sc  ; sc-blo in the next sc and each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

This is the last round of the base.  We will now work without any increase and this will make the top become cylindrical and grow lengthwise.

Round 6 : (using CC) hdc in 1st sc and in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 – 9 : (using MC) sc in 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Rep Rows 6 – 9 : till you have a pencil case of the length you need. 
It does not matter which round or colour you stop with, as this is not important to the pattern.  All that matters is that your pencil(s) and pens fit in properly.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

The lower part of your cute little bag is complete. 

crochet pencil case, spectacle pouch

For the top portion : Rep Rounds 1 – 9 once.  This will give you a flap that you need to attach to the top of the case.   You may decide NOT to use the CC colour for the top flap portion, or you may decide to add more CC to make the top more flamboyant. Go ahead, create and be different!

crochet pencil case, spectacle pouch

In our final row, mark where you want to attach your button. Also decide which button you are going to use, so that you can decide how many chain you will need to go comfortably around the button. I need about 5 ch for my button, and want a nice long holding chain, so am working according to my fancy.

Row 10 : sc in each st till you reach the marked st ; ch 20 ; Turn and work along this chain, sk the next 5 ch and work an sc in each of the next 15 ch till the flap end ; continue to work an sc in each sc all the way around the flap and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Finishing :

Now here’s where you get to decide if you want to line your bag.  If you do, please go ahead and line the bag and the top portion first.  You could use a piece of plastic or card against the top and bottom circular / oval portions, to get the pencil case to ‘stand’ on its own. I have opted not to do any of this.

Check out the idea I have used in an earlier pencil case at

If you need to do is get the lining done , please check the top of this blog for ideas on “How to” get this done.

Once you have completed lining the two portions, you need to attach the top flap to the bottom bit.
Place the top flap securely, pin it down and run a line of stitching around the back of the case, such that the flap opens up neatly, without the contents to falling out.

Once the flap is in place, check where the button and button hole go, and attach your button in securely.

I feel that this cute pouch will also work for toiletries, and if you are using it as such, then ensure that you make it as long as your favourite hair and eye liner brushes :)

Have fun creating something beautiful and hope the recipient loves it too.

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