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Easy St. Paddy’s Day Pencil Hat Topper

May good luck be with you wherever you go.
And your blessing outnumber the shamrocks that grow.

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.

I made these a few years back, for my mother to give-away at the clinic.
It takes about 10 minutes to make one.
I also think they brighten my crochet hooks up a bit.
I wish you all, The Luck of the Irish!

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Pattern Notes:
I used Red Heart Super Saver, but you can use just about any worsted weight yarn: Just measure to make sure that the first couple rounds fit the top of the pencil.
If you want to make these for a fatter sized pencil or pen, you can use a larger hook or single crochet 7 stitches into the beginning magic ring in round 1.
If you add more than 7 stitches to the width of the hat, you should probably add to the height, as well: Just add another round or so of green before changing to the black.
To change colors:
In the last single crochet of the round:
            Pull up a loop with the working yarn to begin the single crochet (so there are two loops on the hook).
            Drop the working yarn, and pull a loop of the new color through the 2 loops on the hook, which will complete the single crochet.
Note: I usually put a slip-knot on the new color before pulling through the loops, to keep it secure and snug.
            Continue by joining to the first single crochet with a slip stitch.  Chain 1, and carry on with the new color (leaving the old color to hang from the inside of the tube).
Work over the tail-end of the new color, to eliminate weaving in later.

Materials: WW Red Heart yarn:
            Green about 3 yards (~2.7 meters)
            Black about 45” (~114 cm)
            Yellow or Gold about 12” (~30 cm)
    4mm / F or G Hook
    Yarn needle

Gauge is not critical. 

Size: 1 ¼” tall and 1” wide to fit a pencil

= Approximately
Beg = Beginning
BLO = Back Loop Only
Ch(s) = Chain(s)
FO = Fasten Off
MR = Magic Ring
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
Sc = Single Crochet
Sc-Inc = 2 single crochets into one stitch
Ss = Slip Stitch
St(s) = Stitch(es)

US Terminology

Regarding copyright:

This is a free pattern for your personal use.
You are welcome to sell any items that you make.
But please, do not sell the pattern or reproduce the text without permission.

Rnd 1: With Green yarn:  6 Sc in a MR. 
Join to the first sc with a ss.  (6)
Pull the beg yarn-tail to close.
Work over the tail, to eliminate weaving in later.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, Sc in BLO of the first st and each around.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, Sc around. 
Change to Black in last st.  Join. 
Do Not cut Green: leave it hang in the center.

Rnds 4: Ch 1, Sc around.  Join. 

Rnds 5: Ch 1, Sc around.
              Change back to Green in last st.  Join.
  Cut Black and pull thru the last st to secure, then work over the yarn-end.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, Sc-Inc around.  Join.  FO.  (12)
             Weave in end.

Embroider a gold square on the Black rounds, over 2 sts and 2 rounds.
It can be around 1 stitch on round 4 or over 2 stitches on rounds 4 and 5.
The Hat on the right was slip-stitched. 
I inserted the hook into a stich between rounds 2 and 3, then pulled up a loop from the inside of the hat, and continued with 2 up by 2 over by 2 down and 2 over.

Wherever you go and whatever you do, 
May the luck of the Irish, be there with you.

2010 P Perkins

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