Cthulhu Dice Bag…of Glory!

Alright…here is it..the fabulous Cthulhu Dice Bag!

Please, this is my first attempt at designing anything, so I would cherish and love your feedback and pictures!

Cthulhu Dice Bag – Fulfilling all of your geekery needs.

Quiver in Fear!!

By A. A. Leavitt-Reynolds
Arcana Vitae Design

Why trust your dice to any holder? Put them in the hands…er..tenticles of the Elder Gods.

To construct your very own Cthulhu dice bag of glory you’ll need:

- 2 skeins, one each of black and a light green worsted weight yarn (I used Cascade 220 Wool)
- Size 5.0mm / US 8 straight knitting needles (I knit very tightly, so unless you love huge bags, use whatever is needed to get gauge)
- 1 set of 5.0mm/US 8 double pointed knitting needles (dpns) or what is needed to get gauge.
- Stitch marker or scrap yarn to make a stitch marker
- Darning needle or blunt end tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
- 30 or so dice to fill the bag.

Gauge: 22 stitches X 26 rows equals 4 inches of stockinette stitch.


Using the US 8 straight knitting needles CO 15 stitches. Knit 20 rows in seed stitch as follows:
Seed Stitch:
Row 1: K1, P1 and repeat to end. (Right Side)
Row 2: P1, K1 and repeat to end. (Wrong Side)
Bind off after 20 completed rows.

Now switching to your set of 5.0mm DPNs (or whatever you need to match my tight gauge) pick up 70 stitches from the edges of your square (15 on the top and bottom and 20 on the sides worked for me). If you need help picking up stitches, check out the nice tutorial on
knittinghelp . After you have picked up the 70 stitches and they are on your four double pointed needles feel free to place a stitch marker or tie a piece of waste yarn to the beginning of the round. Place marker and join together to begin working in the round (being careful not to twist the work).

Good job!

Knit 8 complete rounds in stockinette (knit) and then begin chart. When knitting in more than one color carry the unused color LOOSELY (or else it will pucker unevenly when your bag is full) across the back of the work. On the longer stretches of a single color, wrap the unused color once around the working yarn to hold it in place on the back.

Cthulhu Chart

After completing the chart:
Knit eight rows in the MC (Main Color).
Next row: K5, yo, K5, yo and repeat to end, ending with a yo.
Next 8 rows: Knit
Bind off.
If desired use the contrasting color to attach a decorative border of single crochet on the bind off edge, or not.

Now create the i-cord for your drawstring bag: Using your dpns, cast on 3 stitches in the CC (contrasting color) and DO NOT Turn work. With right side still facing up, slide the stitches to the right needle tip and bring the yarn across the back of the needle and knit the three stitches. Knit in this way, repeating with sliding the stitches to the right tip until you’ve knit a tube about 20 inches long. Tie an overhand knot at the end of each end of the cord

Weave in all ends!

For an extra special touch you might try to imbue your dice bag with good vibes as you knit it by thinking about how you’ll roll awesomely, or perhaps if it is a gift for a friend, how they will roll epically. That will really help them out so the next time they are a swashbuckling hobbit or a classy artistic vampire and they come across some werewolf they can take it down. Don’t worry, the werewolf was a jerk anyway…..single too, so no family or pups to worry about.

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  1. Destiny said,

    September 11, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    This is such a cute bag! I love the moss stitch bottom.

  2. Sarah E. White said,

    October 30, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Oh my goodness! My husband must have one of these for Christmas. Thanks!

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  4. Rowan said,

    January 13, 2009 at 7:22 am

    I bow to your Cthulhu-awesomeness. I don’t need a dice bag, but I will find something to put in this thing, since I need it. really. I do.

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  7. aa said,

    February 18, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Nice job. I will be knitting a couple for my gamer daughters. Thanks. aa

  8. Vicki S said,

    February 22, 2009 at 7:48 am

    What a terrific pattern. Love everything about it. I’ll twitter it. Now all I have to do it kint it!

  9. Vicki S said,

    February 22, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Ouch! I meant “knit it.” Not enough coffee in my system.

  10. Sky said,

    February 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I think my boyfriend needs one of these. He recently decided to read H.P. Lovecraft for research, and has been talking non-stop Cthulhu. What a great pattern!

  11. Weird said,

    May 25, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Oh my… I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! It’s fantastic!

    from Weird&Twisted

  12. lilobell05 said,

    June 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Knitting n D&D woooo hoooooooooo!

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  14. HaleyGayle said,

    July 31, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    this pattern is awesome! i have no use for a dice bag but my totally geeky boyfriend does. im not using the Cthulhu pattern, i designed apattern of the magic the gathering color symbols. it was his request. but this pattern really is perfect for him, thank you!

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  17. DrScience said,

    August 28, 2009 at 6:18 am

    My girlfriend loves (geeky) me! She crocheted me one of these for my birthday, with olive green Cthulhus with deep-blood-red eyes… it SO rocks ( as does she, big time)! I think she’s now doing one for herself in olive green with black Cthulhus with red eyes, which should also look fabulous.

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  19. Liz said,

    December 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I recently knit this up with a minor modification to the chart. The elimination of 1 cthulhu in the chart makes the border come out evenly and makes for a /slightly/ smaller bag. Nice work designing it!

  20. I’m a sucker for a good mythos. - Your Geek For A Day! said,

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  22. Xatrax said,

    May 30, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Great pattern…I made it for a friend. Fun, fun, fun.

    I’ve got a picture up on my wee, silly, site.

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  24. Celeste said,

    June 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know I featured this in my weekly column on Fandomania:

    Fandomestic: 1D12 Fan-Made Dice Bags

  25. Lindsay said,

    July 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Thank you so much for posting this. Ya know when you’re in the middle of 3 projects and suddenly you see something you MUST MAKE immediately? Yeah, this was it. I made it this past weekend and am so excited.

  26. Jon said,

    August 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I love this pattern it was fun to follow, Though I used a multicolored green yarn so each cthulhu head has its own distinct markings

  27. Nici said,

    October 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I used your pattern and made a dice bag for my best friend. He’s kind of hard to please, and he digs it. Thanks, I had a lot of fun making it too!

  28. Kyrga said,

    November 16, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I got sick of carrying my dice around in my purse in the plastic cases they came in, and after deciding to knit myself something nicer, stumbled upon this amazing pattern. My first attempt followed the pattern exactly, but it ended up bigger than expected. It made a fantastic “community dice” bag, but my personal set (~20 dice) I needed something smaller.

    For my second attempt, I used size US 2 dpns and a light weight yarn (Lion Brand Microspun). I cast on 13 sts, and knit 17 rows in seed stitch, then picked up 60 sts. The rest is pretty much the same; you’ll just end up with one less Cthulhu.

    I suck at working in more than one color, and this bag ended up with slightly squished looking Cthulhus. I cut a 2″ wide ring of plastic from a water bottle (X-acto knife works great for this) and stuffed it in the bag to stretch the fabric.

    My D&D group loved the community bag, and I have a cute matching mini one to carry with me. Thanks for posting this awesome pattern =)

  29. HP Lovecraft meets Knitting « Undiluted Type said,

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  30. Linnea said,

    June 12, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Does one use the stockinette stitch for the boarder/Cthulu’s?

  31. Min-D said,

    November 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    This is too funny… my dh told me just the other day, that I should knit him a dice bag. Little does he know that I’m making this bag for him for Christmas this year. = } I can’t wait to see his face when I surprise him this year. Ooohhh, the other geek friends will totally be jealous! Thank you very much for the fantastic pattern…you rock! =}

  32. Galileea said,

    November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I’m afraid the pdf chart does not work. At least I can’t open it. Is there any way I could get it?
    Thanks a lot!

  33. nova said,

    December 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I made this for my hubby for Christmas. Thank you so much for the totally geek chic pattern.

  34. Loreli said,

    February 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I love this bag. It must be mine…..Thanks so much for making and posting it!!

  35. Rachel said,

    May 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    This is amazing. I’ve never knit in the round before, but my friend just got me interested in D&D and I may need learn to make this…How big is the bag? If I used sport weight yarn and slightly smaller needles, will it be too small to use properly?

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  37. Doreen said,

    August 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Love the pattern, but I did find 1 small error in your seed st. pattern. If you follow the pattern as written, you are doing ribbing. It should read for row 2: P the k sts and K the P sts or you could add 1 extra st and leave the pattern as written….. thanks again for the great pattern. Doreen

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  41. Stacy said,

    June 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I don’t know if you still check back on this pattern, but in case you do: I found you can make an even border by putting 1 extra st between the little pyramids. That is, each pyramid group is separated by 2 sts at the “bottom” and 4 sts at the “top.” Hope this helps someone else!

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