Clever Critter Pencil Case

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Go back to school in style with this sweet fox pencil case. This case can easily hold pencils, pens, markers and more.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Approximately 12” long

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc

Materials

Yarn:

Medium weight yarn Plymouth Yarn Encore (75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; 200 yards [183 meters]/100 grams): #0456 Harvest (MC), 1 skein; #0217 Black (CC1), 1 skein; #0208 White (CC2) 1 skein.

Hooks: US size H/8 (5.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; fiberfill; 7” zipper in Rust; stitch markers

Pattern Notes

Each round is worked without joining. Use a st marker to mark first st of each round.

Pattern

Head

With CC2, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 4 sts.

Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st – 8 sts.

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 12 sts.

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 16 sts.

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 20 sts.

Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 24 sts.

Rnd 7: With MC, sc in next 8 sts, change to CC2, sc in next 16 sts.

Rnd 8: With MC, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, change to CC2, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in last st – 30 sts.

Change to MC

Rnds 9-13: Work even in sc.

Rnd 14: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; rep from * to end – 24 sts.

Rnd 15: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog; rep from * to end – 18 sts.

Rnds 16-17: Work even in sc.

Stuff with fiberfill.

Rnd 18: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 24 sts.

Rnd 19: Work even in sc.

Rnd 20: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 30 sts.

Rnd 21: Work even in sc.

Rnd 22: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 36 sts.

Fasten off.

Body

Join MC 1 st to left of center top st.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in next 35 sts, leaving last st unworked, turn – 35 sts.

Rows 2-30: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn.

Ch 1, join with sl st to first st – 36 sts.

Row 31: *Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog; rep from * to end – 30 sts.

Row 32: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; rep from * to end – 24 sts.

Row 33: *Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog; rep from * to end – 18 sts.

Row 34: *Sc in next st, sc2tog; rep from * to end – 12 sts.

Row 35: *Sc2tog; rep from * to end – 6 sts.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw yarn through remaining sts and pull tight to close.

Weave in ends.

Front Ear (make 2)

With CC2, ch 4.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, turn – 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc3tog – 1 st.

Turn sideways where both yarn tails are at bottom.

Border

Join MC at bottom corner.

Ch 1, 2 sc up side of ear, 3 sc in top corner, 2 sc on opposite side.

Fasten off.

Back Ear (make 2)

With MC, ch 4.

Rows 1-2: Work same as Front Ear.

Turn sideways where both yarn tails are at bottom.

Work Border same as Front Ear.

Slip stitch Front and Back Ear together, leaving bottom edge open.

Tail

With CC2, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 4 sts.

Rnd 2: Work even in sc.

Rnd 3: Work 2 sc in each st – 8 sts.

Rnd 4: Work even in sc.

Rnd 5: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 12 sts.

Rnd 6: Work even in sc.

Change to MC

Rnds 7-15: Work even in sc.

Rnd 16: *Sc in next st, sc2tog; rep from * to end – 8 sts.

Rnd 17: Work even in sc.

Fasten off.

Leg (make 4)

With CC1, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sts.

Rnd 2: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * to end – 9 sts.

Rnds 3-10: Work even in sc.

Change to MC

Rnds 11-12: Work even in sc.

Finishing

Stitch zipper in Back.

Embroider Eyes and Nose with CC1

Sew Ears, Tail, and Legs in place, using photo as guide. yarn ball

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