Le crochet pour s’organiser!

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In a previous post I showed you my planner and my attempt at being a proper adult/business woman/mom. As it is the polite thing to do, we will ignore the question of « how many pens do you actually need », but I will admit that I often just forget to grab them when I sit down to plan…

Of course this meant I needed a little help for this whole « organize your life » thing, so I got to work with a bunch of left over yarn. Simple plan —> make a unicorn.

In the end, it looked nothing like a unicorn and I was very disappointed because I had no idea how to make my unicorn… So I changed it up!

One of the first patterns I published was a pajama pouch, the Pajama Monster… why not make a pen version? 

And thus, the Pen Eater was born!

He’s clearly very traumatized at having his insides pulled out all the time… lol!

Since my daughters immediatly wanted some for themselves, I figured I might as well write it up as a gift for my readers!

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st(sts) – stitch(stitches)
ch – chain
HDC – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
2sc – 2 single crochet in the same stitch (+1)
2HDC – 2 half double crochet in the same stitch (+1)
CC – color of choice

3.25 mm crochet hook
Yarn – fingering weight yarn, less than 20g total
Yarn needle to weave in ends
White buttons (2 for the eyes– optional)
Black thread and needle (for the eyes – optional)

Gauge & instructions
Obtaining gauge isn’t critical, you can work more stitches to your starting chain if you want a larger finished item and you could add more rounds for a longer item. The idea is to use up leftover fingering weight yarn and have fun!

Pen holder
Setup: With CC, ch 12 turn, HDC to end, 2HDC in last st, then HDC to end along the other side of the starting chain, 2HDC in the last stitch (24) You will now be working in continuous rounds, you can mark your first stitch or count sts for each rounds.

Rounds 1-25) HDC around (24) Finish off, weave in ends.

You can use any color combination you like, make large stripes or even go monochrome!

Eyes (optional – make 2)
Round 1) Work 10 sc in a magic ring (10)
Round 2) 2sc around (20) Finish off leaving a long tail for assembly. You can use buttons or felt to make the inner eye!

Strap –ou will need to adjust the length of the strap according to the size of your planner, notebook or binder, so that the Pen Eater isn’t stretched too much when in place. Since my binder is about 25 cm tall, I made the strap about 30 to 35 cm long, then worked 4 rows in HDC before finishing off and leaving a long tail for assembly.

Sew one end of the strap 3-4 rounds below the opening and sew the other end to the starting chain. Weave in all ends. Sew the eyes to the top of the opening on the same side as the strap.

Pick your colors!

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