I’m knitting dice bags to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network during Extra Life on October 25th. Want to help me out? Please donate on my Extra Life page.
Making dice bags is incredibly simple. I used this Dice Bag pattern on Ravelry as a start, and after making a few, I’ve come up with my own recipe of sorts.
Knit Dice Bags
- CO an even number of stitches. Join in the round being careful not to twist.
(I use worsted weight yarn, CO 56 stitches, and arranged 14 stitches on each of 4 needles.)
- Knit 4 rows
(Alternatively do a Garter Stitch bordered top by knitting Row 1, purling Row 2, and knitting Row 3 and every row after)
- On the 5th row, *K2Tog, YO* Across.
(This will give you eyelets for lacing string or whatever through the top to tie it closed)
- Row 6 – Knit. Continue knitting until your dice bag is as long as you want it.
Tips for Decreasing – I want my dice bags to sit flat and squat when being used, so I use Jared Flood’s Turn a Square method for binding off. Here’s how to decrease making a square base:
- Row 1: *K2TOG, Knit across needle until last 2 stitches, SSK*. Do this across each of your 4 needles.
- Row 2: Knit.
- Repeat Row 1 and 2 until you have only 8 stitches per needle.
- Then repeat only Row 1 until you have 2 stitches per needle. Break yarn, weave through remaining stitches and tie off inside the bag.
Don’t forget to make a string to tie your bag closed! Suggestions: Braided yarn, single crocheted yarn, or icord (although icord tends to be a little too thick. If you want an icord, I suggest using a skinnier weight yarn than the one you knitted up the dice bag with).
Some Additional Tips:
- Use double pointed needles. Circulars are just going to be too big, Plus these things knit up SO FAST that even if you’re somewhat uncomfortable with Double Points, you’ll be able to manage.
- Because they’re so quick, these are a great project for people just starting to learn to use double pointed needles.
- Use the crazy variegated yarn your Great Aunt gave you that looks kinda like rainbow vomit when you knit it up. It’s a dice bag! It’s okay that it looks crazy!
- Use all your extra yarn scraps, random skeins of Red Heart, yarn with crazy textures – it’ll all look great!
- Feel free to play with texture! This is a great project to try out that new stitch or fair isle technique.
- If you’re going to switch colors, make sure the yarn is the same weight, otherwise your bag will end up looking misshapen.
- After it’s knit, try duplicate stitching on a logo, icon, or your initials!
Don’t need a dice bag, but still want to knit one of these? That’s okay! These can be used for anything! A makeup bag, change purse, portable yarn bowl, container for extra Warhammer body parts, button bag, add an extra long strap and it can be a kid’s purse… the possibilities are endless!