Dice Bags: A simple (I hope) on how to make them.

Dice Bags: A simple (I hope) on how to make them.

The dice bags I make hold roughly 100 individual dice. I use a #4 medium weight/worsted yarn and a 5.5mm/I-9 crochet hook.

I have found that, with American yarns, Red Heart, Caron, and Lion Brand yarns work best has they hold their shape better with this kind of project, though this is my personal opinion.

The main stitch in this bag is a crocodile stitch, though there are some who call it a dragon scale.

The first part of the bag is the base. To make the base:

  1. You’ll need to make a magic circle or chain 4 and make a ring (this is what I do as I still have yet to master the magic circle).
  2. Chain 2 after the circle is made and into the circle chain 12 double crochet. Slip stitch to connect chain 12 to chain 1 when finished. This is very important, any less or more than 12 and it will throw the entire pattern off. It should look something like this:

3. Chain 2 again, then crochet 2 double crochet into each of the pervious 12 stitches. You should end up with 24 stitches. Slip stitch to finish off the row.

4. Chain 2. In the next stitch, chain 2. In the stitch after that chain 1. Repeat all the way around until you get to 36 stitches. Slip stitch to join. In should still lay flat at this point.

From here, you can start to go upwards. If you wish you a larger bag, make 3 more rows with the stitch counts of 48, 60, and 72 respectively. Continue making 3 round increases (increasing by 12 stitches each time)until you get to you desired width.

5. Chain 2 and then make 1 double crochet into each stitch, You should have 36 stitches (or however many stitch were in you last round if you went beyond the first 3 rows).

Note: Step 5 is optional. I do this because I found that it helps the bas stay flat and allows for more dice/ trinkets to fit in the bag.

6. Chain 3 (Counts as a chain 2 +1) and then double crochet into the same starting stitch. Skip the next 2 stitches, into the 3rd stitch, Double crochet 1 stitch, slip 1 stitch, then double crochet a 2 stitch in the 3rd stitch to create a V. Repeat all the way around.

7. Chain 2. Double crochet 5 times into the side of the V of the previous row. Slip stitch 1 into the row below the V to anchor the scale. Double crochet 5 more into the other side of the V. Slip stitch into the top of the next V. Repeat into every other V all the way around.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you get to you desired height.

9. Once you get to your desired height. Single stitch 36 stitches all the way round.

10. Into those 36 stitches, Double crochet 36 stitches.

11. crochet 36 single stitches into those double crochet stitches then tie off and weave in the ends.

The double crochet stitches are where you can add a tie to close the bag. I use ribbons and wooden beads in my bags, but you can use anything you wish for yours.

Please let me know if you have any questions.