Let me introduce myself... and dice bag free crochet pattern
Welcome to Confusionmaven. I'm Jen! Wife, mother of four, and left-handed crochet artist. Here I plan to share my crochet creations, original patterns, and whatever else I can think of.
Left handed crochet?
In my life, people have asked me if it's "hard" being left handed. Because I have no basis of comparison (being that I've never been right handed), I always say no. Being left handed was just normal. As a child, I wrote, colored, brushed my teeth, played, and ate with my left hand. There are probably some things I do with my right hand that I naturally picked up from those adults around me, but other than that, I'm a leftie.
When I hit about seven, I had noticed the adult women in my life crocheting these wonderful things. Doilies. Afghans. Sweet little baby dresses. It was wonderful and I wanted to know how they did it, so I asked to learn. They were all so eager to teach me, and they all tried. Now, I credit myself with being a fast learner in most things, but these were the days before YouTube tutorials and my young mind was not catching on to the art of crochet. No matter how many times the women in my life took the time to reteach, I couldn't grasp it. It was a while before it occurred to anyone that it might be because I was left handed and they were all right handed. I had always been very good at emulating what I see and hear, but this crochet thing just wasn't happening. They would get me started and once I took over, it all fell apart.
Then we tried mirroring, but even that didn't work because my brain still wanted to flip it back. Long story short - It took years for me to catch on and be able to make more than a chain.
I never gave up, though.
When I entered the tenth grade, I think, is when it finally started to sink in and I was able to make hats which quickly expanded to doilies, baskets, afghans, and everything else! There was no stopping me after this point.
Nowadays, I work with teenagers full time and when I come across a young woman who says, "I'm going to learn to crochet this weekend." I am always truly amazed when they return on Monday with a fully formed scarf and three small teddy bears. How do they learn so fast? The answer is: they learned from a teacher who shares the same dominant hand.
I said all that to point out that being a left handed crocheter in a right handed world is hard. It's hard, but then it isn't.
With this blog, I'm hoping to share some of my creations and maybe help those who want to learn (no matter what your dominant hand is).
Now let's get on with the pattern!
- Any medium weight (4) cotton yarn - Great for scrap busting!
- 3.5 mm hook (E)
Difficulty - Easy
sc - single crochet
mr - magic ring
st - stitch
dc - double crochet
inc - increase
ch - chain
BLO - back loop only
Rnd 1 - 6 sc in mr (6)
Rnd 2 - inc x 6 (12)
Rnd 3 - (sc, inc) x 6 (18)
Rnd 4 - (2 sc, inc) x 6 (24)
Rnd 5 - (3 dc, 2 dc in same st) x 6 (30)
Rnd 6 - (4 dc, 2 dc in same st) x 6 (36)
Rnd 7 - BLO, sc 36 (36) (see image)
Rnd 8 - sc 36 (36)
Rnd 9-10 - dc 36 (36)
Rnd 11 - BLO, sc 36 (36)
The next round will create the loops for the drawstring.
Rnd 12 - ch 4, sk 2 st, (dc, ch 2, sk 2) x 11, sl st into 2nd chain of ch 4
Rnd 13 - ch 1, sc 36 (36)
Rnd 14 - sc 36 (36)
Drawstring - ch. 60. Fasten off. Weave in and out of round 12. Draw up the bag and tie off with a bow!
Congratulations! You have a dice bag! I'm sure there are lots of ways you could use this little bag. Let me know in the comments how you would use it!