In yesterdays A-Z Challenge C: Crochet Basics post I included a picture of a nifty dice bag I made. Today I’ll be sharing the pattern and instructions for that bag, please bear with me as this is the first time I have written out a pattern for something I free styled.
Stitches to know:
Double crochet (DC), Front post double crochet (FPDC), Slip Stitch (SLST), Chain Stitch (CH), Crocodile Stitch. You should also be familiar with crocheting in the round for this project. If you need instructions on how to do the crocodile stitch Red Heart has a great resource, The ultimate beginners guide to the crocodile stitch. Alternatively if you would prefer video tutorial to see how its done, try this one from Mooglyblog.com.
OK here goes;
Step 1: Ch 2, 12 DC in the chain furthest from the hook. 2 DC in each ST around (24) *1 DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next stitch* around (36)
This is where I stopped the base and started working on the crocodile stitches, alternatively you could stop at 24 for a smaller bag or keep increasing for a larger bag. Depends on how many dice you need to store!
Step 2: Ch 3, this will form the first DC, CH 1 and DC into the base of your CH 3. *CH 2 Skip 2 stitches and work 1 DC into the 3rd stitch. CH 2, skip 2 stitches and work 2 DC into the 3rd stitch.* Repeat around. This forms the base for your crocodile stitches.
Step 3: Once you get back around to the first set of 2 DC work 5 FPDC into the first stitch.
Stitch goes behind the “post”
This is where it starts to get a bit complicated, but once you get the hang of it it’s not so bad. It took me a few runs through to get totally comfortable.Once those 5 stitches are done you want to turn the work so you can work 5 FPDC in to the other double crochet from the other side. Once turned around it should look like this:
This was really fun to try and hold and photograph at the same time.
You can see in the above picture my crocodile stitch is half done.
Step 4: Once the work is appropriately turned work 5 FPDC into the other DC to form the other half of the stitch, in the case the point is that once complete they will look like scales, hence “Dragon Egg Dice Bag”. If you’ve managed to follow along thus far the next foundation stitch should be one DC. Slip stitch into the top of the this one to anchor the crocodile stitch, then you can go ahead and work the next crocodile stitch into the next set of double crochets. Repeat this process around the bag, if your original base circle was 36 stitches you should have 6 crocodile stitches (scales).
Step 5: Here you want to CH 3, this forms the first DC (sound familiar?) and then CH 1, DC into the stitch at the base of your CH 3. You should now have 2 DC on top of, but in between 2 of the crocodile stitches. CH 2 and work 1 DC into the gap in the center top of the next crocodile stitch. CH 2 and work 2 DC into the space between the crocodile stitches. Repeat around. When you get back to the beginning you may want to slip stitch to attach the yarn to first DC.
You are now back to where we were at the beginning of Step 3. You can continue to follow the pattern from here indefinitely if you really wanted to, it will depend on how large you want your bag to be. I have had success with this bag doing both 4 and 3 rows of crocodile stitches. Once you reach the end of your crocodile stitches simply DC around the top of the bag 3-4 times (the first row might be a little tricky finding places to put the DC stitches). Then you can finish off and tie the bag off using any method you like. I personally use a 2 string draw string style with contrasting embroidery floss.
I hope this isn’t too confusing, and if you have questions or need clarification please let me know in the comments and I’ll help out as best I can!
Tomorrow’s post featuring the fabulous letter E (I’m partial to this letter as its the first letter of my name :D) come by and see what there is to see!