Instructions

GAUGE: When working in sc, 12 scs and 14 rows = 4 inches.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES:

  • Change color: Colors are always changed while completing the last st made with the previous color. Insert hk in next st and draw yarn through so there are 2 lps on hk; drop first color, yo, draw new color through 2 lps on hk. Cut old color.
  • Sc 2 tog: Insert hk in first sc and pull up a lp, insert hk in second sc and pull up a lp; yo and draw yarn through 3 lps on hk.

DIRECTIONS:

PENCIL (Make 2): With pink, ch 36 (remembering that the lp on hk never counts as one of the chs).

  1. Row 1 (RS): Sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch: count 35 scs.
  2. Rows 2-6: Ch 1, turn; sc across 35 scs. At end of Row 6, change from pink to gray.
  3. Rows 7-16: Ch 1, turn; sc across 35 scs. At end of Row 16, change from gray to yellow.
  4. Rows 17-44: Ch 1, turn; sc across 35 scs.
  5. Right peak: R-Row 45: Ch 1, turn; sc in first 10 scs.
  6. R-Row 46: Ch 1, turn; sc 2 tog, sc across 8 scs: count 1 less sc than previous row.
  7. R-Row 47: Ch 1, turn; sc across 9 scs.
  8. R-Row 48: Ch 1, turn; sc 2 tog, sc across: count 1 less sc than previous row.
  9. R-Row 49: Ch 1, turn; sc across until 2 scs remain, sc 2 tog: count 1 less sc than previous row.
  10. R-Rows 50-51: Rep R-Rows 48-49: count 5 scs at end of R-Row 51.
  11. R-Row 52: Ch 1, turn; [sc 2 tog] twice, sc in last sc; fasten off: count 3 scs.
  12. Center peak: C-Row 45: Join yellow with a sl st in next sc of Row 44; ch 1, sc in same st as sl st, sc in next 14 scs: count 15 scs.
  13. C-Row 46: Ch 1, turn; sc 2 tog, sc across until 2 scs remain, sc 2 tog; count 2 less scs than previous row.
  14. C-Row 47: Ch 1, turn; sc across 13 scs.
  15. C-Rows 48-52: Rep C-Row 46 until 3 scs remain. Fasten off at the end of C-Row 52.
  16. Left peak: L-Row 45: Attach yellow with a sl st in next sc on Row 44. Ch 1, sc in same st as sl st, sc in next 9 scs: count 10 scs.
  17. L-Row 46: Ch 1, turn; sc across until 2 scs remain, sc 2 tog: count 1 less sc than previous row.
  18. L-Row 47: Ch 1, turn; sc across 9 scs.
  19. L-Row 48: Rep L-Row 46.
  20. L-Row 49: Ch 1, turn; sc 2 tog; sc across: count 1 less sc than in previous row.
  21. L-Rows 50-51: Rep L-Rows 48-49: count 5 scs at the end of L-Row 51.
  22. L-Row 52: Ch 1, turn; sc in first sc, [sc 2 tog] twice; fasten off: count 3 scs.

PENCIL POINT (Make 2): With tan, ch 36.

  1. P-Row 1 (RS): Sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch: count 35 scs.
  2. P-Rows 2-10: Ch 1, turn; sc across 35 scs.
  3. P-Rows 11-22: Ch 1, turn; sc 2 tog; sc across until 2 scs remain, sc 2 tog: count 2 less scs than previous row. At end of P-Row 22, change from tan to black.
  4. P-Rows 23-26: Rep P-Row 11 until 3 scs remain.
  5. P-Row 27: Ch 1, turn; sc 2 tog, sc in last sc: count 2 scs.
  6. P-Row 28: Ch 1, turn; sc 2 tog; fasten off.

FINISHING:

  • With right sides up, overlap a pencil point with the peaks of a pencil so Row 44 of pencil matches Row 1 of point. See photo on previous page. Use yellow yarn to sew yellow peaks to tan portion of pencil point. Sew remaining pencil and pencil point together in the same way.
  • Use yarn needle and black yarn to backstitch details on pencils as shown in the photo. See stitch illustration on page 67. Weave in loose ends.
  • With wrong sides together and edges even, use matching color yarns to whipstitch the pencils together, adding polyester fiberfill before sewing pillow closed.

FINISHED SIZE: Pillow is 18 x 11 inches.

Abbreviations

  • ch(s) chain(s)
  • dc(s) double crochet(s)
  • hdc(s) half double crochet(s)
  • hk hook
  • sc(s) single crochet(s)
  • sk skip or skipped
  • sp space
  • sl st slip stitch
  • tr(s) triple crochet(s)
  • beg beginning
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • rep repeat
  • rnd(s) round(s)
  • RS right side
  • sl slip
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • tog together
  • WS wrong side
  • yo yarn over
  • * or [ ] Instructions after * or ­between brackets are ­repeated a ­given number of times.
  • ( ) Instructions in ­parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as ­indicated.

 Crocheted Pencil Pillow from Joy Prescott of Durango, Colorado