Published on August 24th, 2015 | by Angie


Knit by Bit: pencil case knitting pattern

Kids are heading back to school, and they all need unique pencil cases. Whether you plan to pack your case with pencils or knitting needles, this pencil case knitting pattern is a great choice. 

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I don’t know about y’all, but I’m a school supplies addict. Every year, the school supplies show up in stores, and every year I fall prey to their siren song of stationary, notebooks, and new pencils. As you can imagine, I’ve amassed quite a collection of supplies, and they all need a home that isn’t the bottom of my desk drawer.

I made this case to be super simple and quick to make, and most of all, versatile. I can use this case to store pencils or knitting tools!

free pencil case knitting pattern

The yarn

I always love a super chunky yarn – and I’m a sucker for yarns with a chainette construction. I’ve had a couple of skeins of King Cole Ultimate in my stash for awhile now, but I never settled on a project. I used one skein of Marine and one skein of Dusk for this project.

The pattern

This pattern is so simple, you might faint. I used US 15 (10 mm) needles for this project, which is a bit smaller than the recommended size, but I wanted a nice snug fabric to prevent pencils and needles from poking through.

Cast on 40 stitches using the long tail cast on.

Knit in stocking stitch for about 12 inches. You’ll need to change balls once you run out of the first skein.

Cast off.

Using the remaining yarn from the second skein, make 2 pompoms using whatever method you prefer. I used some random stash yarn for the pompoms.

Fold the bottom up about 4.5 inches and seam the sides. Sew in pockets by sewing both sides together; I counted 5 rows between each pocket to make even pockets. I also carried the yarn in front to give a pocket detail, otherwise the seams are hidden and you won’t know where the pockets start.

Sew one pompom tie to the left hand side, just above the first pocket.

Sew the other pompom tie to the back of the case, about 8 inches from the left side and at the same height to the other pompom tie.


You can store whatever you like in your case, from pencils to stitch holders.

free pencil case knitting pattern


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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!

Last updated: August 20th, 2015.

One Response to Knit by Bit: pencil case knitting pattern

  1. Liz says:

    That looks like a quick and useful gift too! Thanks for the idea.

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