Hello friends! It's time for some nerdy crafting.

I'm a D&D player. You've likely seen me post on here about that before. I love D&D crafts. Fun things I can make for the people we play with. I've made dice trays for myself and a few others in our group. But one item that has become something of a right of passage when joining our little group is a dragon scale dice bag. I've made them for everyone who has come along to play with us at one point or another. I think I've made around 10 of them, all in different colors.

With this last round, I finally decided to record how I make them and share with you here. Despite how these may look they are actually incredibly easy to make if you have a basic knowledge of how to crochet. And they come together so fast. You can make one in just a few hours. All you need is some colored yarn, some scales, and a crochet hook.

The scale part may be what has you scratching your head. "Where can I find scales?" you may be asking. A while back when I first had the idea to do this I searched the internet for scales and stumbled on a Canadian company called The Ring Lord. They have a pretty substantial selection of scale mail supplies - tons of scales in varying sizes and colors. Since then, I've purchased all my scales through them and I have not once been disappointed. The quality of their products is great, the prices are low, and the shipping is fast. If you feel so inclined to do this project I highly recommend using them as your scale source.

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 ~ What You Need ~

G/6 4.25mm crochet hook (this size fits perfectly through the holes of the scales I use mentioned below)
Weight 4 yarn in color of your choice (I use Caron Simply Soft)
Scales in color of your choice (I use small anodized aluminum scales from The Ring Lord)
Cording in color of your choice (I use this suede cording)
Large eye needle (sized for yarn)
Scissors

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~ Directions ~

NOTE: I do not include instructions for each stitch in this pattern. If you are not familiar with crochet stitches, there are many videos on YouTube that can walk you through how to do the basic stitches in this pattern. This is a pretty quick and easy beginning pattern that uses only basic stitches.

st = stitch
ch = chain stitch
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet

Row 1: ch3, ss into first st to form a circle, ch1 (3 sts)
Row 2: sc2 into each st, ss into first st, ch1 (6 sts)
Row 3: sc2 into each st, ss into first st, ch1 (12 sts)
Row 4: [sc1, sc2 into same st] repeat 5 more times, ss into first st, ch1 (18 sts)
Row 5: [sc1, sc2 into same st] repeat 8 more times, ss into first st, ch1 (27 sts)
Row 6: [sc2, sc2 into same st] repeat 8 more times, ss into first st, ch1 (38 sts)
Row 7: sc38, ss into first st, ch1 (38 sts)
Row 8-18: [sc1, sc1 with scale*] repeat 18 more times, ss into first st, ch1 (38 sts)
Row 19: sc38, ss into first st, ch1 (38 sts)
Row 20: [sc1 into next two stitches (dec 1)] repeat 18 more times, ss into first sts, ch 2 (XX sts)
Row 21: dc19, ss into first st, tie off

*To crochet with scale, put a scale on the hook and the crochet as you normally would, bringing the yarn through the scale. See photo examples below.




Take your large sewing needle and weave in the loose ends of the yarn.

Cut a piece of cord 6 inches long. Weave the cord through the holes left in the top double crochet row in the top of the bag. Tie the two ends of the cord together and cut off the excess.