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.
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?