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I couldn’t find a pattern for a knitted bellbag (though there were a few really good crochet ones!), so I made my own. The bag is knit from the bottom-out and up in one in-the-round piece, then the icord is made and the star is duplicate stitched on.
I knit tightly so my bag was kinda small, but it fits a couple sets of my D&D dice without looking too bulky. If you knit loosely, knit more than 3.5” of stockinette where the pattern suggests it in order to keep proportions.
The colors that are supposed to be used are yellow (bag), bright red (drawstring), and dark brown (star). If you want a more neutral palette, use tan (bag), dark red (drawstring), and dark brown (star).

-Gauge is relatively unimportant. Mine was 24 sts per 4″ and 32 rows per 4″ in stockinette. I used US size 7 (4.5mm) DPNs and worsted weight yarn in various colors.
-Size is 10″ circumference. You can make it bigger or smaller by going up or down a needle size.

Bag Bottom
Using yellow yarn, cast on 4 sts over four DPNs. Using a fifth needle, begin knitting in the round. Carefully keep track of rounds, or at least till you can spot the spiral pattern. Knit as follows.
Round 1: (kfb) to end (8 sts)
Round 2: (k1, kfb) to end (12 sts)
Round 3: (k2, kfb) to end (16 sts)
Round 4: (k3, kfb) to end (20 sts)
Round 5: (k4, kfb) to end (24 sts)
Round 6: (k5, kfb) to end (28 sts)
Round 7: (k6, kfb) to end (32 sts)
Round 8: (k7, kfb) to end (36 sts)
Round 9: (k8, kfb) to end (40 sts)
Round 10: (k9, kfb) to end (44 sts)
Round 11: (k10, kfb) to end (48 sts)
Round 12: (k11, kfb) to end (52 sts)
Round 13: (k12, kfb) to end (56 sts)
Round 14: (k13, kfb) to end (60 sts)

Bag Body/Drawstring Holes
Knit plain stockinette for 3.5″, or if you knit loosely, till it looks good. I am a tight knitter, so you’ll need to knit extra length to keep proportions right. The last few rounds, including the drawstring holes, are as below.
Round 1: (k3, yo, k2tog) to end
Rounds 2 to 7: knit to end
Cast off with a crochet hook that matches the size of your needles. With a long piece of brown yarn, begin duplicate stitch. Weave in loose ends.Bellbag Star Chart
Cast on 4 sts in red to DPNs. Knit i-cord for a length of 10″, then cut yarn and weave through live sts. Weave cord through drawstring holes. Fill bag with all of your sweet, sweet dice.



I designed this to work with some attractive, sparkly yarn that I found in the craft aisle of my local Walmart. (Bernat Satin Sparkle, if anyone is wondering! Caron Simply Soft Party also works well.) It’s a long beanie, with about 2″ of ribbing and a series of garter ridge rows to give the hat it texture.

-Gauge of 24 sts per 4″ and 32 rows per 4″ using US size 7 (4.5mm) circulars. The yarn is worsted weight, but not a heavy worsted.
-Beanie should fit most adults/late teens, as it is very stretchy.

Cast on 120 sts to US size 7 (4.5mm) circulars. Join in the round. Place st marker to mark the beginning of the round. Knit two by two ribbing for 12 rounds.

Knit as follows till piece measures 9″ from cast on edge.
Rows 1 to 7: knit to end
Row 8: purl to end

Crown Shaping
Place st markers after every 15th st. Begin decreasing as follows.
Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7: (k to 2 before marker, k2tog) to end
Rows 2, 4, and 6: knit to end
Row 8: purl to end
Cut yarn, weave twice through live sts. Weave in all loose ends.

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