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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
Drawstring
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.

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