29 June 2006 @ 06:49 pm
That Pouch Thing  

You know, boys are harder to crochet for then girls. Especially teenage boys, and after making my daughter various stuffed animals I wanted to make my son something special too, he appreciates my crocheting, and doesn't appreciate how hard it is to come up with things for him. A dice bag seemed like the perfect solution.

It's made out of worsted weight cotton and I used a size F hook. The pattern, such as it is, it pretty adaptable though. To make this specific pouch in this size I made 4 sides.
I started with a chain 16, and single crocheted in the second chain from hook, 13 more single crochets, then in the last chain, 3 single crochets, and 14 sc back up the other side of the chain.
row 2- ch to turn, sc in next 15 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch (middle stitch from the last 3 sc group) sc in next 15 stitches.
row 3- repeat, sc down to the middle sc of 3 sc group, 3 sc that stitch sc up the other side.
repeat, increasing each row by 1 stitch per side. For this one I did 7 rows, so I ended with 20 sc, 3 sc, 20 sc.
End off.

Join the sides with sc, break off, then do 2 rows of sc around the top. Since this has 4 sides, the number of stitches was divisable by 4, so for the row the cord was going to go through, I chained 3 (counts as first double crochet) dc in next 2 stitches, ch 1, skip next stitch *dc in next 3 stitches, ch 1, skip stitch* repeat ** around, join with slip stitch to top chain of first ch 3. ch 1, sc around, end off.
I used monk's cord for the cord on this, but a chain would have worked just as well.
If you start with a longer base chain, you would wind up with longer, skinnier pieces, and could make a bag with more sides, you could use any sort of yarn you like, any sort of hook size, and sort of stitch pattern that winds up with that basic shape. Lots of variations possible. You could make one in thread, and use 5 pieces and stitch the 5th piece to the top of one of the sides with the tip pointing the opposite direction to make a flap (if the bag is going to be fairly flat with the sides folded in). You could embellish the heck out of it.
You could make it with fingering weight wool and felt it. I think crocheted out of ww wool it would turn out too thick felted. It's a simple design with I think a lot of potential. This however is a very simple dice bag.
So I need to ask the dice and paper gamers out there, what do you think?
 
 
Feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
 
 
 
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Sealgair, sometimes Celtic Maenad: Sinfest - Percy Yarnsealgair on June 30th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
popping through via crochetcrochet
as a gamer, I think that dice bag is wonderful! as a crocheter, it's also wonderful - a nice shape that can be transformed! Great work! (I've saved your pattern for later - I have lots of gamer friends that this would make perfect gift-exchange prezzies for!)
shala_beads: crochet_eyeshala_beads on June 30th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Re: popping through via crochetcrochet
thank you!!
.: curiosityomega85 on June 30th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
it's excellent!! as someone who makes chainmaille dicebags, i am always worried that the metal links will scratch and ruin the dice. i can see how crochet would keep them safe as well as a great place to store them! i do so love the shape and texture of yours.

i'll add this to my memories, so i can learn to make them!
shala_beads: eyepod-crochetshala_beads on June 30th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I thought about chainmail or sodapop tabs, but it does come down to scratchiness, and this kid has 2 generations of dice since he has had so many given to him by people who used to paper and dice game including a couple of the old masquerade dice with roses and ankhs, and I haven't seen them in years. I wish I had a picture of the chainmail my kid brother added to his jacket way back when. He wound up selling it (the chainmail piece, not the jacket) and we never did get a picture. It was so very nifty.
(Anonymous) on April 28th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
margit (weimanjun)
Hallo, ich habe dieses kleine Täschchen bei Ravelry
gefunden und ich bin ganz begeistert. Das ist eine
ganz wundervolle Idee.

It's wonderful and gorgeous!

have fun

margit (weimanjun)
(Anonymous) on May 16th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Came across this on ravelry
Loved the bags i saw on ravelry and decided to come to your site for the pattern! I am going to make a couple of them for my kids. Thanks for the pattern.

Jayanthi from India
(Anonymous) on May 30th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
so easy and fun!!
i have been playing d&d for about a year now, and i have been keeping my dice in a metal purple tin with little penguins all over it. i think it's adorable, it's just loud and bulky [kind of like my ex boyfriend...] and i have been looking to buy the perfect bag for me. well i couldn't find one that i really liked that didn't scream ME!! so i figured i'd have to make one. i came across your pattern [which was super easy to follow along with!] and i think it came out awesome-looking. a few of my d&d friends want one too! the dm especially 8D i used a darker gray for 2 sides and black for the other 2, stitched them all together with yarn that fades from black to white and i just chained black yard to make the drawstring.

thank you so much for sharing this with everyone!!!!! 8D
(Anonymous) on July 15th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
I must be a newb
Hello,

I can't seem to get the hang of this pattern. I can see that many people have made it successfully so I feel a bit silly asking this. Is it possible for you to make the pattern more detailed. I've tried 5 times to make it and I just can't seem to get it right. I find row 3 particularly confusing. I would really appreciate the help.

Kristy (Ravelry: Anyla)
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I just made one of these. I play D&D and it's just perfect for my dice. Thank you so much!! -Rachel
shala_beadsshala_beads on August 26th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'm glad you like it!
(Anonymous) on October 11th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
Wonderful Pattern!
I just made this for my son, he was asking for a new DnD dice bag. It came out great, and I am sure he's gonna love it. Thanks for sharing!!
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