Millions of people love bingo due to its crossover appeal, and while knitting and bingo have never really been popular among young people, the popularity of the two recently seem to have gathered steam. Both have benefited from technology, where apps have transformed the age-old pastimes. Maybe it's a hipster thing but bingo and knitting seem to be very appealing among the younger demographic now.
Picture this: about two to three decades ago, bingo was a game that was mostly played by people in their 50s or 60s. That changed several years ago, however, when independent review site Bingo Reviewer saying that the average age of a person who plays bingo is now
47, with 18 to 25-year-olds making up 1/5 of the bingo-playing demographic in the United Kingdom.
In the U.S., the same thing is happening. Online bingo has taken the world by storm, garnering millions for providers that offer the game to and endless stream of online players. Due to a lot of bingo halls closing down left, right and centre, digital providers are now commanding a bigger share of the market. Gala Bingo, one of the biggest online operators in the UK recently started closing many of its clubs in the UK in order to focus more on its online products that include popular games based on TV shows such as Deal or No Deal and Coronation Street
Since bingo is effectively getting rid of their usual stereotypes, it was only a matter of time before it was paired with knitting and crochet. If you’re a fan of both, here is something that you might be interested in doing that shows your love for the game.
Most women put their bingo daubers in their handbag, which actually puts their other things at risk due to the dauber’s ink. The dauber caps are known to be flimsy and can fall off, which will mean ink could leak in the bag over personal possessions.
Don’t run the risk of getting the ink all over your fancy bag. If you’re up for a little project, you can make this awesome bag that holds all your bingo equipment in one place safely. Check out the video at the bottom of the article on how to create the perfect bingo bag. From Crochet Geek:
Chain 5, join.
Round 1: 12 HDC through the loop, do not join. (12 Half Double Crochet total) The remainder of the project will be worked in a continual round. You will want a yarn marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Round 2: The first stitch needs to be made at the top of the previous stitch without joining, Work 2 HDC in each stitch around. (24 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 3: Work 2 HDC in each stitch around. (48 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 4-5: Work 1 HDC in each stitch around. (48 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 6: *1 HDC in each of the next 3 St's. 2 HDC in the next ST. Continue
around from *. There will be a total of 12 increases. (60 Half Double
Round 7-24: 1 HDC in ea stitch around. (60 Half Double Crochet total)
When this round is complete you will want to end with an even edge. Skip 1
HDC and slip stitch in the next stitch.
Drawstring Round: CH 3, skip 1 stitch, *HDC in the next stitch, CH 1,
continue around from *. You will end with a total of 30 HDC, CH 1
stitches. (30 Half Double Crochet, CH 1, total)
Edging: *CH 3, in the next HDC, work a shell of 1 DC, CH 1, 1DC, CH 1, 1
DC, CH 3, SL ST in the next HDC, repeat from * for a total of 15 shells.
Watch the video tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8vIm3yT9tY
Note from Worsted Knitt: thanks Deana Smith for submitting this guest post to Worsted-Knitt.net! I am always happy to get guest posts here!