This dice bag knitting pattern is a great stash buster and can be done in one evening. Perfect for Dice Master’s bags!
A while back, Zach discovered a game called Dice Masters. I’ve played it once and it was…not my favorite. But he loves it. What he doesn’t love are the little bags that come with it.
The idea is that you create a team from of characters (at the moment, themes include Avengers vs X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Yu-Gi-Oh, D&D Battle of Faerun, Justice League, and soon Age of Ultron). You face other players and each of you puts your team’s dice in your bags. You draw dice at random to battle.
It’s actually more complicated than that, but I don’t want to go into it all and I’m sure you don’t want to hear about it.
Point is, you need nice, sturdy bags. Because it doesn’t take long for the bags that come with the dice to get all ratty. Also, the bags that come with the dice are small and restrict hand movement inside (making it difficult to pull out dice). It was something Zach had been complaining about.
I’ve been planning to make him dice bags for quite a while, but I wanted to do different themes. The problem, though, has been that I’m balancing multiple knitting projects (and trying to finish them ASAP so I can write about them!). So I’ve been putting off his dice bags.
But then last week, I got bored with my other projects and decided to start a dice bag. Something simple that would last him until I got around to the themed bags.
The first one took me about 5 or 6 hours to make, mostly because I was creating the pattern myself. The second one took me about 3 hours. So if you find yourself in need of some dice bags, these are a great one-night project. You can probably find other uses for them, as well.
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- 1/2 skein Lily’s Sugar & Cream yarn (the small skeins, not the large ones)
- darning needle
- US 4 (3.5 mm) double-pointed needles
- US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles, 16-inches long
- stitch marker
Honestly, you can use basically whatever materials you want. You’ll just need to adjust the pattern accordingly. This is mainly a set of guidelines.
If you’d like to download a copy of the pattern, you can do so here.
Here’s what the bags that come with the game look like, though:
You can see how ratty they get, and he really hasn’t had these for very long.
Mine are just a bit bigger than those:
If you’re not sure how to join & knit in the round on DPNs, here’s a video tutorial:
If you don’t want to bother with the circular needles, you don’t need to. I find circs to be easier than DPNs, though, so I transferred my stitches after a few rounds.
Kitchener is a grafting stitch that isn’t particularly difficult, but does require A LOT of concentration. If you aren’t sure how to do it or you just need a refresher, here’s another video:
It’s easy to understand, which is why I chose it. But holy cow, she goes on FOREVER (for me, this is a pet peeve because I only watch these videos when I’m ready to actually perform the stitch myself. So I prefer videos that get to the point. “Here’s how you do it!” Bam boom done). So I went ahead and set the video to start about 2 minutes in. Feel free to rewind if you feel the need.
I added a drawstring by weaving yarn in between the stitches.
Zach is pretty happy with them and I love how easy they were to make!
Next time I’ll add some color blocking. 😀
Do you have ideas for alternative ways to use these bags?