Free Crochet Watermelon Pencil Can Cozy


Happy Tuesday friends! I feel it's been quiet here on the blog since our Christmas in July event. We're preparing to move in a couple of months and back to school has been high on the list.

We home school and this year we will have one in kindergarten and our older two (twins) in 1st grade. As we gather our materials I wanted to make something fun to help hold all of our supplies.

And you know I wanted it to be yarn-y! Enter these watermelon pencil can covers. They're also perfect for our scissors, colored pencils, glue sticks, you name it!

I found using the pop top cans to work the best, the lid comes off so smoothly and doesn't leave a jagged edge. You can also use a jar or other type of can, I'll include instructions below to modify the pattern and help you get a good fit!

Whether you're using a can or jar you'll want to peel off any labels or stickers. Soaking them in warm soapy water will help to get them clean and ready to use!

Next, pick out your colors. This is a great project to use up that leftover yarn and clear up new space for....you guessed it...new yarn!

You can also use your watermelon can to store your crochet hooks!

However you decide to use your new can cover I hope you enjoy it!


Pattern

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Materials -

  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn (15g of pink, small amount of white and green)
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Black crochet/embroidery thread for seeds (yarn can also be used)
  • 14 oz can (empty and label removed)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker

Abbreviations - US terminology
MC- Magic circle

SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

St(s)- Stitch(es)


Gauge - 

7 rounds = 3 inches across

The gauge is not too strict in this pattern. You will want your base to be the same size as the bottom of the can or jar you are using for your cover. This can easily be changed by adding or taking away from the increase rounds.

 


Notes –

- To make this pattern we will be working in continuous rounds. I recommend using a stitch marker at the beginning or end of each round.

- Invisible Color Change - Because we are working in a continuous circle and will not be joining each round, I recommend using the invisible color change method for a more seamless look.

o When you are completing the last stitch before you are instructed to change colors you will complete the first half of the stitch with your old color and finish the stitch with your new color.

Meaning, you will insert your hook into your stitch, yarn over with the old color and pull through, now drop your old color and use your new color to yarn over and finish the stitch by pulling through all loops on your hook. You’ve now completed your invisible color join. As you start on your next round complete the first stitch as a slip stitch instead of a single crochet, this will help the color transition to appear less jagged.


- Magic Circle - For this pattern we will be starting with a magic circle and adding rounds of increase to reach the base size of our can.

If you are new to the magic circle below is a step by step tutorial to walk you through it.

1. Leaving about a 4-inch tail wrap the yarn into a circle as in the photos below.

2. Hold the loop by placing your fingers over the part where the working yarn crosses over the tail.

3. Insert your hook into the circle, yarn over, pull through and chain 1

4. Your magic circle is now ready to start as your pattern instructs (ex: if round one says 6 SC you will complete 6 SC around the loop)

5. Pull your tail tight to close




- If you are using a different size can for your cover, you can easily modify this pattern to fit. Adjust the number of increase rounds to fit the base of your can and add or subtract any rows necessary to reach the height of your can. Feel free to slip your cover on from time to time to see if you need to adjust.


Watermelon Pencil Can Cover

With green

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (36)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (42)

Round 8: SC around in the back loops only (42)

Rounds 9-11: SC around (42)

Change to white

Rounds 12-14: SC around (42)

Change to pink

Rounds 15-28: SC around (42)

Fasten off and weave in ends.




Seeds –

With black crochet thread (or yarn) and your tapestry needle create seeds by passing through each stitch diagonally.


For my cover I completed a round of seeds every other stitch on round 17 and 19. For the remainder of the seeds I placed them randomly up to round 25. 




Lastly, place your can inside of your new cover!

Add some of your favorite pencils, pens or markers and your watermelon can cover is complete! This would also make a fun back to school or end of school gift for your favorite teacher!

What back to school projects have you been working on? Share with us in the comments below or over here in the group!

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