For detailed instructions, watch the video itself. These instructions are meant to be a quick reference, but might not make full sense on their own!
3-4 different colors of scrap yarn
With color # 1, CH 5, join loop
CH 2, work 2 DC in hole, (CH 2, 3 DC) x3, join loop, tie off, switch colors
Turn project, attach color #2
CH 2, 2 DC, CH 2 , 3 DC in the corner, (CH 1, work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next corner) x3, tie off, cut and hide thread.
Turn, with color # 3, in corner CH 2, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC [ (in the next hole CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1) , (in the corner work 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC)] x3
Turn, with color #4 (or repeat of color 1), in corner work CH 2, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, [(in the next hole CH 1, 3 DC) x 2 , (in the corner work 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC)] x3
Turn, with color #1 (or repeat of color #2 if doing 3 color version) in corner work CH 2, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, [(in the next hole CH 1, 3 DC) x 3 , (in the corner work 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC)] x3
Sew two Granny Squares together down the middle. Do the same with the remaining two sets.
For the top stripe:
With Color #2 (or 3 if making 3 color version)
Work HDC all the way across the across the top of the two joined granny squares, making sure not to add extra stitches in the middle.
CH 2, turn and HDC in each space across.
CH 2, turn and HDC in each space across. (There should now be a total of 3 rows of HDC)
Using your crocheted granny squares as the pencil case pattern, fold a piece of fabric in half and cut out a doubled piece of lining with about a ¼ of an inch space all the way around as seam allowance.
Put in zipper and sew the lining shut. Turn lining right side out and carefully pin the granny square pieces to the top, making sure to line up the top and bottom on the front and back sections for your free pencil case. Hand sew around, making sure not to sew the zipper shut and leaving extra space on the top with the 3 rows of HDC to be able to crochet in.
With color #3 (Or color #1 if making the 3 color version) attach yarn to the top right of your pencil pouch. Using 2 threads of the same color for doubled thickness, CH 2, and work 1 HDC in each space across.
CH 2, turn, work 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces, CH 2, skip next 2 spaces.
Fold your pencil case in half to determine where the center of your project is, and work HDC across until you reach that point. Do not crochet in the 2 spaces in the center, simply CH 2, skip those 2 spaces, and keep crocheting until you are 7 spaces from the end. CH 2, skip 2 spaces, and work 1 HDC in each of the next 4 spaces.
CH 2, turn, and work 1 HDC in each space across. Cut tie off and hide threads.
Congratulations you did it, you reached the finish line! I’d love to see if what your project turned out like, so please join me on facebook and share a picture of your finished pencil case.
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