Every year, on the first day of school, I send my girls with a little handmade token, something they can hold on to if they get nervous, to remind them that Mom loves them, misses them, and wishes them good luck.
Here's what I came up with this year, crocheted notebook paper to go with the pencils I gave them last year. It's all made with just single crochet and some embroidery. The trick is that there are two rectangles back to back, crocheted together to form a pocket that you can use to tuck a note inside. I took two hearts that came from Build-a-Bear (my girls always ask for the ones that fall on the floor and the workers just let them have them), wrote little quick notes in ballpoint pen, and stuck them inside.
Want the pattern? You seriously don't really need one, but here it is, in all it's simplicity.
Crocheted Notebook Paper
Using white, worsted weight yarn (I used 100% cotton Sugar 'n Cream) and an F hook...
Row 1: Ch 9, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 2-10: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 11: Sc in each sc across, fasten off. (8 sc)
Using embroidery floss and a tapestry needle, turn your sheet of plain white copy paper into a piece of notebook/binder paper. I separated my DMC floss and then used two strands of #817 (red) and #3847 (blue) for the lines. I used mini scrapbooking brads for the eyes, but you can use French knots or puffy paint or beads. I only embroidered one of my two pieces of paper, but it might have been nice to do both.
Join, wrong sides together, by attaching yarn at upper left corner with a sl st through both pieces. Sc evenly down the left side, make 3 sc in the bottom left corner, sc evenly across the bottom, make 3 sc in the bottom right corner, and sc evenly up the right side, ending with a slip stitch to the top right. It's not rocket science, you're just attaching the two pieces together and leaving the top open so you can put in your cute little note.
Hope it's not too confusing or too simple, and that you got a smile out of my design. The girls did.