Crochet Pencil Holder | Crochet Kangaroo Pattern

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I finally managed to make something for myself. I typically make a lot of various toys and accessories for friends and neighbors, as well as do commission work. This time I decided to give myself a treat. Since I typically have all sorts of pens, pencils and hooks lying around, I wanted to make something fun to help me organize space around me. I figured that crochet pencil holder in the form of kangaroo would get me what I need. And so here it is.

In this post I will firs go over supplies and important notes. Then I will lay out the pattern and finally explain the assembly part. As always, if you have any questions or comments then share those with me either via email at cogito@cottonnutty.com, or in the comments section below the post.

Crochet Pencil Holder - Kangaroo by CottonNutty

Supplies needed for the kangaroo crochet pencil holder

Yarn

For this project again I decided to use Scheepjes Cahlista yarn. I just simply love the final touch. Plus, they always have that shade I am looking for. I used following colors and quantities:

  • 157 “Root beer” (I will call it ‘brown’) – 2.5 skeins
  • 246 “Icy Pink” (I will call it ‘pink’) – few meters
  • 130 “Old lace” (I will call it ‘cream’) – 1.2 skeins
  • a little bit of any black yarn for embroidering of the muzzle

Yarn Substitutes

If Scheepjes Cahlista is not available in your area, or for whatever reason you don’t want to use it, then try to find a replacement. I would recommend cotton yarns for this pattern, something like Gazzal Baby Cotton XL (they have great colors), Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, Drops Paris or Bernat Handicrafter.

If you need a hand with choosing alternatives, then you may find my blog post on yarn weights useful.

Accessories

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Additional Notes

TENSION/GAUGE

18 sts/19 rows = 10cm/4 inches square in single crochet

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (with ears and tail)

  • 30 cm (~ 12 inches) tall
  • 14 cm (~ 6 inches) wide
  • 24 cm (~ 10 inches) deep

ABBREVIATIONS

  • Mr – magic ring
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Inc – 2 in one
  • Decr – 2 together
  • Ch – chain

NOTES

  • When working in rounds work continuously unless instructed otherwise.
  • For assembly utilize seamless joining method to make the toy look neater.
  • At the end of each row, in brackets, I included a number which represents the total number of stitches in a given row. It should help tracking if instructions are followed.

Please do not copy, share, download or publicly display the pattern without permission of the author (CottonNutty).
Should you wish to reuse it then please contact me at cogito@cottonnutty.com to obtain permission.


Kangaroo crochet pencil holder pattern

Head and body are made as one piece, whereby ears, legs, tail and arms are separate and sewn in. Stuff as you go.

Head and Body

We start at the top of the head and work towards the bottom of the body, using brown yarn.

  • 6 sc in mr
  • Row 1: * inc * repeat 6 times (12)
  • Row 2: * 1 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (18)
  • Row 3: * 2 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (24)
  • Rows 4 and 5: 24 sc (24)
  • Row 6: * 7 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (27)
  • Row 7: * 8 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (30)
  • Row 8: * 2 sc, inc * repeat 2 times, * 1 sc, inc * repeat 2 times, 2 sc, inc, 2 sc, * 3 sc, inc * repeat 3 times, 3 sc (38)
  • Row 9: 5 sc, inc, 3 sc, 2 inc, 3 sc, inc, 23 sc (42)
  • Row 10: 11 sc, 2 inc, 29 sc (44)
  • Row 11: 4 sc, decr, 5 sc, 2 decr, 5 sc, decr, 22 sc (40)
  • Row 12: 40 sc (40)
  • Row 13: decr, 23 sc, decr, 13 sc (38)
  • Row 14: 1 sc, decr, 19 sc, decr, 14 sc (36)
  • Row 15: 5 sc, 2 decr, 4 sc, 2 decr, 5 sc, * 2 sc, decr * repeat 3 times, 2 sc (29)
  • Row 16: 2 sc, decr, 3 sc, 3 decr, 3 sc, * decr, 2 sc * repeat 2 times, decr, 3 sc (22)
  • Row 17: decr, 3 sc, 2 decr, 3 sc, decr, 8 sc (18)

Stuff up, add eyes (~ at the level of row # 7) and nose (~ at the level of row # 10).

  • Row 18: 2 sc, 3 decr, 10 sc (15)
  • Rows 19 through 21: 15 sc (15)
  • Row 22: 3 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 2 sc (18)
  • Row 23: 4 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 2 sc (21)
  • Row 24: 2 sc, inc, 3 sc, 2 inc, 3 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 3 sc (26)
  • Row 25: 9 sc, inc, 12 sc, inc, 3 sc (28)
  • Rows 26 and 27: 28 sc (28)
  • Row 28: 10 sc, inc, 17 sc (29)
  • Row 29: 11 sc, inc, 17 sc (30)
  • Row 30: 4 sc, inc, * 7 sc, inc * repeat 2 times, 6 sc, inc, 2 sc (34)
  • Row 31: 5 sc, inc, * 8 sc, inc * repeat 2 times, 6 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc (39)
  • Row 32: 6 sc, inc, * 8 sc, inc * repeat 2 times, 10 sc, inc, 3 sc (43)
  • Row 33: 39 sc, inc, 3 sc (44)
  • Row 34: 39 sc, inc, 4 sc (45)
  • Row 35: 40 sc, inc, 4 sc (46)
  • Row 36: 41 sc, inc, 4 sc (47)
  • Row 37: 41 sc, inc, 5 sc (48)
  • Row 38: 42 sc, inc, 5 sc (49)
  • Row 39: 42 sc, inc, 6 sc (50)
  • Rows 40 through 49: 50 sc (50)
  • Row 50: * 3 sc, decr * repeat 10 times (40)
  • Row 51: * 2 sc, decr * repeat 10 times (30)
  • Row 52: * 1 sc, decr * repeat 10 times (20)
  • Row 53: * decr * repeat 10 times (10)
  • Row 54: * decr * repeat 5 times (5)

Fasten off and secure yarn end.


Crochet kangaroo ears

We need 2 ears. Each ear consists of one brown and one pink part, therefore, make 2 pink ones and 2 brown ones. Pattern for each is same.

  • Chain 5
  • Row 1: Beginning from the second chain from the hook 4 sc (4), ch 1, turn
  • Row 2: inc, 2 sc, inc (6), ch 1, turn
  • Row 3: inc, 4 sc, inc (8), ch 1, turn
  • Row 4: 8 sc (8), ch 1, turn
  • Row 5: decr, 6 sc (7), ch 1, turn
  • Row 6: decr, 5 sc (6), ch 1, turn
  • Row 7: decr, 2 sc, decr (4), ch 1, turn
  • Row 8: decr, decr (2), ch 1, turn
  • Row 9: decr (1)

For the pink component – finish off. For the brown one – don’t finish or cut yarn yet. We now need to connect one brown element with one pink. Lay pink one onto the brown and join them by making single crochet stitches around. Then fold the ear and sew along the bottom edge, fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

At this stage, attach ears to the head and embroider the muzzle. You can also add white ‘rim’ around the safety eyes, using cream yarn. It’s not critical to do it right now but if you finish face at this stage then you’ll find it easier to position remaining parts of the crochet kangaroo pencil holder later on.

Crochet Pencil Holder - Kangaroo by CottonNutty

Crochet Kangaroo Arms

Make 2. Until a certain point, which I highlight below, both arms have same pattern. The upper parts of left and right arms are different (mirrored). Stuff as you go but don’t stuff too much in the upper parts of arms.

  • Chain 4
  • Row 1: beginning from the second chain from the hook 2 sc, 5 in 1, 1 sc, inc (10) [work around the foundation chain]
  • Rows 2 through 4: 10 sc (10)
  • Row 5: 1 sc, 2 decr, 2 sc, 2 inc, 1 sc (10)
  • Row 6: 2 decr, 3 sc, 2 inc, 1 sc (10)
  • Row 7: 1 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc, 2 decr, 1 sc (10)
  • Row 8: 2 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc, 2 decr (10)
  • Rows 9 through 11: 10 sc (10)
  • Row 12: inc, 2 sc, 2 decr, 2 sc, inc (10)
  • Row 13: 2 inc, 2 sc, 2 decr, 2 sc (10)
  • Rows 14 and 15: 10 sc (10)

Now we stop working around and turn at the end of each row.

RIGHT ARM

  • Row 16: 9 sc (9), ch 1, turn
  • Row 17: decr, 5 sc (6), ch 1, turn
  • Row 18: decr, 2 sc, decr (4), ch 1, turn
  • Row 19: 2 decr (2)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

LEFT ARM

  • Row 16: 4 sc (4), ch 1, turn
  • Row 17: decr, 5 sc (6), ch 1, turn
  • Row 18: decr, 2 sc, decr (4), ch 1, turn
  • Row 19: 2 decr (2)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.


Legs

Make 2, both are same. Stuff as you go but don’t stuff too much in the upper parts.

  • Chain 9
  • Row 1: work around the foundation chain, beginning from the second chain from the hook 7 sc, 4 in 1, 6 sc, 3 in 1 (20)
  • Row 2: inc, 7 sc, 2 inc, 8 sc, inc, 1 sc (24)
  • Rows 3 through 6: 24 sc (24)
  • Row 7: * decr, 10 sc * repeat 2 times (22)
  • Rows 8 and 9: 22 sc (22)
  • Row 10: * decr, 9 sc * repeat 2 times (20)
  • Rows 11 through 15: 20 sc (20)
  • Row 16: * decr, 8 sc * repeat 2 times (18)
  • Row 17: 18 sc (18)
  • Row 18: * decr, 7 sc * repeat 2 times (16)
  • Row 19: 16 sc (16)
  • Row 20: * decr, 6 sc * repeat 2 times (14)
  • Row 21: 14 sc (14)
  • Row 22: * decr, 5 sc * repeat 2 times (12)
  • Rows 23 through 25: 12 sc (12)
  • Row 26: 6 decr (6)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.


Tail

Make one, duh! 😊 Don’t stuff too much in the upper parts.

  • 6 in mr
  • Rows 1 through 4: 6 sc (6)
  • Row 5: * 2 sc, inc * repeat 2 times (8)
  • Rows 6 and 7: 8 sc (8)
  • Row 8: * 3 sc, inc * repeat 2 times (10)
  • Row 9: 10 sc (10)
  • Row 10:  5 sc, 2 inc, 3 sc (12)
  • Row 11: 4 sc, inc, 1 sc, inc, 1 sc, inc, 3 sc (15)
  • Row 12: 3 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 5 sc (18)
  • Row 13: 2 decr, 14 sc (16)
  • Row 14: 2 decr, 5 sc, inc, 6 sc (15)
  • Row 15: 4 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 2 sc (18)
  • Row 16: 4 sc, * 3 sc, inc * repeat 3 times, 2 sc (21)
  • Row 17: 3 sc, * inc, 5 sc * repeat 3 times (24)
  • Row 18: 3 sc, * 6 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (27)
  • Row 19: 3 sc, * inc, 7 sc * repeat 3 times (30)
  • Row 20: 3 sc, * 8 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (33)
  • Row 21: 3 sc, * inc, 9 sc * repeat 3 times (36)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.


Belly cover

Use cream yarn.

  • Chain 16
  • Row 1: beginning from the second chain from the hook 15 sc, ch 1, turn
  • Row 2: inc, 13 sc, inc (17), ch 1, turn
  • Rows 3 through 5: 17 sc (17), ch 1, turn
  • Row 6: inc, 15 sc, inc (19), ch 1, turn
  • Rows 7 through 16: 19 sc (19), ch 1, turn
  • Row 17: decr, 15 sc, decr (17), ch 1, turn
  • Row 18: decr, 13 sc, decr (15), ch 1, turn
  • Row 19: 15 sc (15), ch 1, turn
  • Row 20: decr, 11 sc, decr (13), ch 1, turn
  • Row 21: 13 sc (13), ch 1, turn
  • Row 22: decr, 9 sc, decr (11)
  • Row 23: 11 sc (11), ch 1, turn
  • Row 24: decr, 7 sc, decr (9), ch 1, turn
  • Row 25: decr, 7 sc (8), ch 1, turn
  • Row 26: decr, 6 sc (7), ch 1, turn
  • Row 27: decr, 5 sc (6), ch 1, turn
  • Row 28: decr, 4 sc (5)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.


Crochet kangaroo bag

We make the bag using two strands of cream Cahlista and hook # 4mm. This stiffens the bag of the crochet pencil holder so that it’s able to hold such objects as pencils, crayons or crochet hooks.

We first make a base ‘trapezoid’, then crochet around its 3 sides to create scoop-like element.

  • Chain 10
  • Row 1: beginning from the second chain from the hook 9 sc (9), ch 1, turn
  • Row 2: inc, 7 sc, inc (11), ch 1, turn
  • Row 3: inc, 9 sc, inc (13), ch 1, turn
  • Row 4: inc, 11 sc, inc (15), ch 1, turn
  • Row 5: inc, 13 sc, inc (17), ch 1, turn
  • Rows 6 through 7: 17 sc (17), ch 1, turn
  • Row 8: 17 sc (17)

Now going counterclockwise crochet around 3 sides of the ‘trapezoid’. Row number 8 should remain open. You should have 25 stitches => 9 for the row 1 above and 2 x number of rows (i.e. 8).

  • Rows 9 though 17: 25 sc (25), ch 1, turn
  • Row 18: 25 sc (25)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.


Crochet pencil holder assembly

Follow the steps outlined below:

(1) Attach the belly cover. Start positioning this element from the top (i.e. nearing crochet kangaroo’s head).

(2) Attach arms.

(3) Sew in legs. Position them at the bottom, creating a V shape. At this stage you’ll most likely notice that the crochet kangaroo is leaning towards the backside. That is absolutely fine – we will re-balance with the tail and the bag.

Crochet Pencil Holder - Kangaroo by CottonNutty

(4) Attach tail.

(5) Attach kangaroo bag. Line it up at the bottom and on the sides with the belly cover.

Crochet Pencil Holder - Kangaroo by CottonNutty
Crochet Pencil Holder - Kangaroo by CottonNutty

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16 thoughts on “Crochet Pencil Holder | Crochet Kangaroo Pattern”

  1. When I saw this I immediately thought if you put a small pot in the pouch you can put you stitch holders and tape measure in.

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  2. This Crochet Kangaroo Pencil Holder is adorable ♥ I think I might need mine to hold my crochet hooks though 😉 Thank you for linking up at our weekly Link Party! You are being featured at our Wednesday Party #408 this week. Here’s the direct link to the post that will be published on Wednesday July 21 at 12:00 AM EST, in case you’d like to share your feature:
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