Backpack Crochet Free Pattern

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Backpacks are perfect for workweek commuting, weekend travel, or school packing, you name it!. I love mini backpacks! So I designed cute t-shirt yarn backpack which is the perfect addition to my outfit to add some fun. And I’m sharing free crochet pattern so you can make your own in just a couple of hours!

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bag crochet pattern

The backpack is so easy to make, it consists of just a big crochet oval that’s folded in half, add crochet sides + straps and handle, that’s it! Because I used t-shirt yarn (read bulky) and crochet hook 10mm it works up very fast. I added zipper sewn by hand. The measurements of my backpack are: 10”W x 10”H x 2”D. But it can be made bigger by adding more rows in oval.

What you will need:

T-shirt yarn (6 super bulky weight, super chunky yarn) -165 yards (150 m). I used t-shirt yarn from my shop KNITZNPURLZ in light grey color;

Crochet hook – 10mm, N15;

Stitch markers - 4;

Zipper - 17-18”

Sewing needle;

Sewing thread similar to yarn in color.

Abbreviations, Stitch knowledge:

Ch- chain;

St – stitch;

Sc- single crochet;

Sl St – slip stitch;

KST - knit stitch aka waistcoat stitch aka center single crochet stitch;(see stitch explanation below);

() - repeat from ( to );

Let’s get crocheting!

1. Ch 23, 1 sc to the 3d bar of the st starting from the 2nd st from the hook into the next 20 st, 3sc into the last st. Work across the opposite side of the foundation ch, 1 sc in each of the next 20 st. 2 sc into the last ch. (45st) ;

Do not join the round and continue working in spiral way. You may place a stitch markers at the beginning of the round and on the 2nd and 21st st to mark 20 st repeat for easy row counting and to mark increases.


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2. 2 KST in the first ch, 1 KST into the next 20 st, 2 KST into the next 3 st, 1 KST into the next 20 st, 2 KST into the last 2 st. (52 st);

3. 2 KST into the 1st st, 1 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 20st, (2 KST into one st, 1KST into next st) repeat 3 times, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (2 KST into one st, 1KST into next st) repeat 2 times (58st);

4. 1 KST into next 2 st, 2KST into the 3d st, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into the next 2 st, 2 KST into next st) repeat 3 times, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into the next 2 st, 2 KST into next st) repeat 2 times (64 st);

5. 1 KST into the first st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 2 st, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into the next st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 2 st) repeat 3 times, 1 KST into the next 20 st, ( 1 KST into the next st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 2 st) repeat 2 times (70 st);

6. 1 KST into the next 4 st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into the next 4 st, 2 KST into the next st) repeat 3 times, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into the next 4 st, 2 KST into the next st) repeat 2 times (76 st);

7. 1 KST into the 1st st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 4 st, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into the next st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 4 st) repeat 3 times, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into the next st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 4 st) repeat 2 times (82 st);

8. 1 KST into next 4 st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 2 st, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into next 4 st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 2 st) repeat 3 times, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (1 KST into next 4 st, 2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 2 st) repeat 2 times (88 st);

crochet oval

9. 2 KST into the 1st st, 1 KST into the next 7 st, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 7 st) repeat 3 times, 1 KST into the next 20 st, (2 KST into the next st, 1 KST into the next 7 st) repeat 2 times (94 st). Cut yarn and finish off.

Fold oval in half and mark the 4 middle st with stitch markers.

10. Join yarn on the first marked st and sc through the back AND 3d st till the next marked st. Sl st through the center of the oval dividing it 2 parts and forming the sides of the backpack;

11. KST the same half of the oval. Cut yarn and leave longer thread;

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Join yarn on the other marked stitch and repeat row 10-11 for the other half of the oval;

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Assemble:

Fold oval in half. Place markers for the back pack opening, Sew edges with sl st until markers on both sides.

fold oval
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Straps and handle:

Insert the hook from inside of the backpack, yarn over the hook and pull approx. 15” of thread to inside of the backpack at the base. Holding the end of the thread inside of the backpack cast on 4 st by inserting the hook into the 2nd st from the corner, yarn over and pull the thread from inside to outside of the backpack forming a st on the right side of the backpack. Repeat for 3 more st. Carefully remove the hook off the st and reinsert the hook, so that the head of the hook is facing the working thread. Yarn over the hook and pull through all 4 st.

handles for backpack
  1. Cast on 4 st by pulling the thread in between the previous st. NOTE: there are 2 thread in between st, pull the working thread. Yarn over and pull thread through 4 st.

  2. Repeat row 1 until desired length of the strap. I did 30” in my backpack.

Handle: Take the hook off the st, insert the hook through the top seam and pull st through one by one. Continue with the same st described above for the handle approx. 7”. Once you reach desired length of the handle attach the end of the handle by described above way by pulling st one by one from top down.

handle for backpack

Repeat row 1 for the second strap. Once you reach desired length of the second strap attach it to the bottom of the backpack by pulling st one by one from outside to inside of the backpack. Close 4 st by sl st from inside of the backpack(it’ll be easier to turn backpack inside out).

Attaching the zipper:

Pin the zipper to the opening of the backpack with safety pins. Thread the needle with sewing thread that is similar to yarn color and hand sew zipper to the backpack.

Finish off and weave ends.

Happy crocheting,

Irina.

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  • Grab downloadable pdf add-free pattern with even more instructions and photo illustrations in one format.

  • Find all the gorgeous colors of t-shirt yarn of equal thickness and knot-free throughout its length at my etsy shop here.

  • You can find light grey color t-shirt yarn by clicking the link.

  • Don’t have time now, Pin it for later.