Pencil Sleeves

What do you do when you want to knit, but don’t really want to knit?  You make pencil warmers.
Pencil Sleeves
I am definitely not the original owner of this idea, I have seen pictures of this before, but I looked for similar patterns on ravelry and online and couldn’t find one so I thought I should share.


You can use any fingering scrap yarn you have, you really only need a couple of metres.

Size 0 DPNs.  I think you might be able to get away with upto a size 2 just try to knit as tight as possible.


Cast on 12 stitches.  Distribute evenly on 3 needles.  Join and knit in the round until 6 cm long, bind off and weave in ends.

Repeat until you have a rainbow of cute little pencil warmers.
Pencil Sleeves
This also works beautifully with varriegated yarns with really short repeats, it looks like stripes.
Pencil Sleeves
One word of advice though, this is slightly addictive.  It is a project that takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.

  • Jolie January 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Mwahahahaha! I love it – I saw your thumbnail on Creative spaces and just *had* to click over to see if my eyes were deceiving me! That’s fantastic…it’s like the art supplies have mugged Barbie after jazzercise. I feel the need to make some!

    • jessyz January 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Hilarious, now I feel I need to make it up to Barbie and knit her legwarmers. Sadly I hid my daughter’s barbie because she kept asking me why her dimensions were so strange and she’s only 4. 😀

  • Aleka January 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    these look super cute!! the barbie’s jazzercise comment cracked me up 🙂

    • jessyz January 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks. The pencils are getting ready for their Jane Fonda workout

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  • TinaB March 17, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Ha ! Can’t wait to knit some love for my pens and pencils !

    • jessyz March 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Please do. Pencils need to stay warm too

  • kaitlin March 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    saw this on ravelry and had to check it out, so cute most pencil sleeves are so bulky, but these are cute and small – but I only have siz 8 dpn’s but I’m going to try to knit them anyway. they are just so amazing

    • jessyz April 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

      If you have smaller sized circulars you could try doing magic loop.

  • Marthalynn Rodriguez August 22, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Is this a good beginner project? I love that it’s so quick as I tend to lose steam on long projects. Any tips if I take this on?

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