fast back-to-school free patterns for knit crochet & great for beginners
In today’s Yarn News I’m sharing a round-up of knit & crochet fast fun, free patterns for your new school year. Arguably, no school supply singularly sums up back to school more than the pencil. Essential at every grade level, the pencil is basically the powerhouse of learning. Therefore, I bring you a selection of free patterns for knit or crochet that are suitable for a beginner and can be made up lightening fast.
Us knitters & crocheters know that any occasion is the right occasion for a seasonal ‘handmade thing’! Of course, with all of this back to school shopping on the brain & the budget, shopping for new crochet or knit supplies and yarn might not be happening for you right now. And of course, a back-to-school seasonal thing at this time of year, probably shouldn’t take forever to make (unless maybe you’re making for next year’s back-to-school?)
Nevertheless, a makers gonna make, so keep scrolling to see what find these FREE patterns that can likely be worked up with your yarn stash-no last minute, extra trip to store needed! Give yourself a few extra credit points for using up those tiny small bits from your stash!
10 fast knit & crochet patterns back to school for beginners & stash busting:
1. Mr. Pencil Amigurumi – Le Petit Saint Crochet (crochet)
I had the pleasure of pattern testing Mr. Pencil from Elise of Le Petit Saint Crochet. Love his expression! If you have some poly-fil stuffing, a selection of way less than a skein each of yarn in any pencil colors, and can single crochet in the round, then you can make Mr. Pencil fast. You can work yours up while Netflixing over an evening or two. This sweet guy will surely bring smiles to your back-to-schooler! Click here to get it!
2. Crochet Pencil Shaped Pencil Pouch – Sewrella (crochet)
What couldn’t be right about a PENCIL-shaped PENCIL pouch? The bonus here is a cute pattern that works up quickly in single crochet from Sewrella. Ashleigh’s pattern calls for a small bit of cotton yarn, but you could use acrylic too, and surely you’ve got a cute little button somewhere in your stash. Kids & teachers alike will be impressed by this fun, quick pouch. Bonus points for you if you find a little extra time to make the paper-themed book cover! Find them here.
3. Chair Socks Pattern – Knitting with Chopsticks (knit or crochet)
Knitting with Chopsticks offers both knit and crochet versions of this chair sock pattern. Hortense recommends using just a bit of cotton yarns for durability– makes sense to me. Knock out four chair socks quickly for none of that concentration-breaking, chair squeaking during homework time. Cute & Genius! Find both the knit & crochet versions over here.
4. Stuff and Spill Backpack – Left in Knots (crochet)
With the big kids gearing up for back to school, the littler ones in your life might be feeling a little bit left out. Megan of Left in Knots has an adorable pretend school activity kit of a mini pencil, ruler, and sheet of looseleaf paper all tucked into a tiny back pack! Super cute gift idea for a toddler! What a great stash buster for leftover blanket yarn skeins–waste no yarn 😉 Or, as Megan says, you can use 3 strands of worsted weight. Find the free pattern here.
5. Pencil pattern – Amanda Berry (knit)
Amanda designed sweet little pencil as a great stress-reliever squeezie. In light worsted or DK weight yarn it’s perfectly hand-sized and serves any slightly stressed out schooler or parent well. This clever pattern has perfect pencil-like details in the color changes and the ribbing of the knit. Find it for free here.
6. Who Wants a Cup of Pencils? – Divine Debris (crochet)
If you’re in the mood to try something new, give this tapestry crochet pencil cup pattern a shot! I love a good crochet in the back loops design. I have far off (ahh) memories of keeping pencils on my desk at home inn empty tomato sauce can. So utilitarian and uninspiring. If only I would have had a snazzy pencil design cover like this one to cover up that dreary tomato sauce can! Amber is known for her tapestry crochet designs, so if you enjoy this fun back to school pattern, then be sure to stick around on her web site for more fun designs. Find the pencil cup pattern here.
7. Knitted Pencil Scarf – Lynn Mott (knit)
With some bulky weight yarn as this free pattern calls for, you can knit this cute pencil scarf up quickly using simple knit stitches. Let Lynn’s sample inspire you to choose your child’s fave colors–no need to still to traditional pencil colors. You’ll have an adorable scarf for your child ready in time for the start of cold weather days. Get ready for your kiddo to get excited about going to school all over again. Find the free knit pattern over here.
8. The Big Pencil Scarf – Hooked Up Crochet (crochet)
Really, who can resist a cute pencil scarf? So for the crocheters out there, Karen has an adorable free crochet scarf pattern. Don’t worry, her instructions are super clear & thorough with great instructional pictures, so even beginners could give this a go! Find the pattern here.
9. Pencil Water Bottle Cozy – Crystalized Designs (crochet)
How about a couple more free pencil-themed patterns for crochet? A pencil water bottle cozy from Crystalized Designs might be the perfect answer to your pattern quest. Crystal also has a variation for a marker and a crayon water bottle cozy on her site. Her pattern has instructions for different length straps. Perfect! No more misplacing their water bottles throughout the school day-one worry solved! Find the pattern here.
10. Pencil Tissue Box Holder – Nicki’s Homemade Crafts (crochet)
We’ll end this list with an adorable pattern that’ll impress the teachers this year. You’re the teacher you say now? Well, you’ll be impressing yourself, when you whip one of these tissue box holders from Nicki’s Homemade Crafts using worsted weight yarn. Seriously, super cute in whichever place your children call school these days. Find Nicole’s free pattern here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of free knit & crochet patterns with a back-to-school pencil theme. I think a beginner could give any of these a shot, but more advanced, last-minute makers know that you’ll be able to crank these out quickly for any school or pencil themed need!
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