This design can actually be a bit too realistic – you're knitting, you need to make a note, you pick up a pencil and bother! it's not a real one. Repeat process for every single pencil you've knitted that day. It gets old.
A printable version of this pattern is available.
You will need:
- yarn scraps (black, colour and beige)
- thin wooden dowelling (eg barbecue skewer)
- 2 x double ended knitting needles (2.75mm)
- tapestry needle
(A list of abbreviations is available.)
Before you begin trim one of the dowel rods to between 6 and 16 cm in length. Smooth ends and remove any splinters. This will be the core of the pencil.
- Cast on 5 sts in black.
- I-cord 8 rows
- Change to main pencil colour.
- I-cord until knitting is the same length as the wooden dowel.
- Insert the wooden dowel inside the i-cord.
- Change to beige yarn.
- I-cord 4 rows.
- k2tog, k1, k2tog (3)
- Thread yarn through remaining sts and pull tight.
Sew in any loose ends (the pencil with have less lumps and bumps in it if you leave the colour change ends on the outside of the i-cord and sew them in now). Use the coloured yarn to sew one cross stitch at the end of the pencil to be the lead.
As with most ODDknit patterns the yarn and needle sizes in the "you will need" section are just a guide. Feel free to improvise with whatever needles and yarn you have lying around - that's half the fun!
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