Last week, Ashe introduced you to some resources for knitting in the round. Today’s post is for the crochet crowd.
Like most people, I learned crochet by making scarves – simple, flat, and (after 20 scarves) exceptionally boring. But by adding a round or even 3-D aspect to your creations, you open a whole new and exciting world of crafting!
Things I Have Made Using This Technique
- Infinity Scarves
- Cat Ears
- A Cat’s Tail for a Costume
- Dice Bags
- Water Bottle Holders
- Fingerless Gloves
Let’s start with a small dice bag. (If you want tips or patterns for any of the other things, let me know in the comments below.)
Small Crochet Dice Bag
First, gather your supplies. You’ll need a crochet hook (size J is pictured below but you can use whatever size you’re comfortable with) and a ball or skein of worsted weight yarn.
Step 1. Chain stitch 4 (just like you would when beginning a scarf).
Here comes the part that adds that third dimension:
Step 2. Bring your hook back to that first chain stitch (ch) and slip stitch (sl) through the first ch. You should now have a ring of stitches on your hook.
This is the base for whatever round thing you choose to make. Your rows are going to radiate out from this ring.
Row 1. Ch 2. This will be the first double crochet (dc). Double crochet (dc) 9 into the CENTER of the ring (not into the stitches as you would with a scarf.)
When you complete your nine dc (plus the beginning 2 ch), slip stitch (sl) into the 2nd ch to finish the row. (See below for a finished first row.)
Row 2. Ch 2 to start as you did in the first row. Dc into the first stitch. (Usually you would skip the first opening in double crochet, but we’re doubling our doubles here. Hope that makes sense.) In order to make the second row larger than the first, we need to crochet 2 dc into each stitch of the previous row. So, in our first row we had a total of 10 stitches (9 dc + the ch). In the second row, we will have 20 stitches (19 dc + the ch).
Row 3. We want this row to have 30 stitches. So, rather than doubling into each stitch, we’ll double into every other stitch. So, ch 2 to start, put a dc into that first stich, 1 dc into the second stitch, 2dc into the 3rd stitch, 1dc into the 4th, 2dc in the 5th, and so on. This will complete your third row of 30 stitches.
If you were making a hat, you’d continue expanding with each row. But we’re making a dice bag, so we’re going to stop increasing here. So…
Row 4. Ch 2 to create your first dc. Skip the first stitch and dc into the second stitch. Dc into each stitch for a total of 30 stitches (29 dc and the ch). Your circle will now start to “bell” upward.
Rows 5-14. Continue just as you did in Row 4 with 30 stitches per row. Tie off yarn and sew in loose ends. Weave a ribbon through the stitches of the last row to make a drawstring. Put dice in bag. You now have a dice bag.
Now that you have a project to work on, join us for Needlecraft & a Movie on Monday, December 7 at 5pm! BYOM! (Bring your own materials.)
And let’s not forget to thank Lugh who flopped down on my leg and wouldn’t move, thus beginning his illustrious career as a yarn model.