Aug 7, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Minion Pencil Box

Minion Pencil Box
My last post was about minions. I have mentioned that I was asked to knit few minion toys, which made me think about what else I could make. Also we have only few weeks left before it's back to school, and the two thoughts combined together resulted in this pencil box.

I have to admit, I had a great help with the sewing part. My mom is visiting us and since she is a great quilter she knows how to work miracles with the sewing machine.

Minions Pencil Box:
by Stana D.S. 
Finished size: Pencil box is 9” (23cm) wide and 5 ½” (15cm) tall.

Yarn: 1 ball of medium worsted yarn in yellow and blue (for my minion pencil box I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton in lemon and blueberry color), remnants of white, black and grey colored yarn.
Recommended Needles size: US # 5/3.75mm and Double pointed needles (DPN) US #5/3.75mm (set of 5).

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, stitch holder, fabric 4 rectangles about 10" x 7" (26cm x 18cm), yellow zipper 9"(23cm) long.

SSK= slip stitch, slip stitch, and knit the 2 stitches together, this decreases 2 stitches to 1 stitch.
KFB = Knit in front and back of the same stitch, this creates 2 stitches from 1stitch.
K2tog = knit two stitches together, this decreases two stitches to one stitch.
P = Purl
K= Knit
Y = Yellow
B = Blue

Gauge: 17sts & 27 rows = 4” in stockinette stitches.
This pencil box is knitted flat in stockinette (knit and purl rows). The eyes are knitted separately and sewn on.
Cast on 48sts in blue color.
Row 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15: Purl (48sts total)
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: Knit (48sts total). Attach the yellow yarn and continue with both yarns.
Row 16, 18, 20, 22, 24: K7Y, K10B, K14Y, K10B, K7Y (48sts total)
Row 17, 19, 21, 23, 25: P7Y, P10B, P14Y, P10B, P7Y (48sts total)
Row 26: K5Y, K2B, K10Y, K2B, K10Y, K2B, K10Y, K2B, K5Y (48sts total)
Row 27: P3Y, P2B, P14Y, P2B, P6Y, P2B, P14Y, P2B, P3Y (48sts total)
Row 28: K1Y, K2B, K18Y, K2B, K2Y, K2B, K18Y, K2B, K1Y (48sts total)
Row 29: P1B, P22Y, P2B, P22Y, P1B (48sts total). Cut off the blue yarn and continue with yellow yarn only.
Row 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54: Knit (48sts total)
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55: Purl (48sts total)
Row 56: Knit and bind off.
Fold the knitted piece in half and sew together the sides.

The grey sides of goggles:
With the grey yarn cast on 5sts. I-cord for approximately 6.5" (16cm). Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the tail on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needle, gather up and close the hole. Sew together the beginning and end of I-cord. This creates one circle. Repeat for second circle.

White patch :
With the white yarn cast on 5sts
Row 1: Knit (5sts total)
Row 2: Purl (5sts total)
Row 3: KFB, Knit 3, KFB (7sts total)
Row 4: Purl (7sts total)
Row 5: KFB, Knit 5, KFB (9sts total)
Row 6: Purl (9sts total)
Row 7: Knit (9sts total)
Row 8: Purl (9sts total)
Row 9: SSK, Knit 5, K2tog (7sts total)
Row 10: Purl (7sts total)
Row 11: SSK, Knit3, K2tog (5sts total)
Row 12: Purl (5sts total)
Row 13: Knit and cast off.
Sew the grey circle to the white patch. If the goggles are double eyed, sew the two grey circles together on one side. Use the picture as a guide. Embroider the eyes with black yarn.

The black belt for the goggles:
With the black yarn cast on 6sts. Make one I-cord approximately 6.5" (, and second I-cord approximately 1"(3cm). Please make sure to measure the length by putting the belt and goggles around the Minions head. Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the tail on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needle, gather up and close the hole. Sew the beginning of the I-cord to one side of the google circles. Repeat for the second side. Sew the goggles to the face of the Minion using the picture as a guide.

Finishing:  With the black yarn embroider the smile on the face using the picture as a guide. Weave in all ends.
Use the four rectangles of fabric. (if making two pockets), otherwise use only two rectangles. Sew the three sides together. Insert the fabric inside the knitted piece. Attach the zipper to the opening and sew the zipper to the knitted and fabric layer. Before sewing on the sewing machine tuck the ends of the zipper between the layer of fabric and knitting for a neat finish. 
I would suggest to leave the sewing of the black belt as the last thing. If you sew the black belt before it might be too thick for your sewing machine (it was for mine and we had to replace the broken needle)

Fill the pencil box with everything your artist may need.

Thank you for visiting.


  1. This is made of awesome. Thanks for sharing such a cute pattern!!

    1. Hello,
      thank you for your kind words. Have fun knitting :)

  2. If I made one of these I would have to made four. My grandchildren would all have to have one! Thanks for such a useful and great pattern!

    1. Perhaps Christmas gifts in the making?
      That way they would not be able to argue "I got bigger gift than you" or "Mine is better".

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    1. I have not made a video tutorial of how to knit or attach the zipper, or fabric. There is a blog post with pictures how to attach fabric to a knitted piece.