A classic backpack crocheted in the round, with a round bottom, flap with a buckle closure, and shoulder straps.
The backpack is crocheted in the round starting in the center of the round bottom. Increases are made in the round until the desired diameter is achieved, then the edges are crocheted without further increases.
At the top edge of the backpack a round of drawstring holes is crocheted with skipped stitches. The flap covering the top of the backpack is crocheted back and forth with a rounded shape at the lower edge. Shoulder straps and straps for the flap closure are crocheted back and forth, then attached to the backpack. A contrasting color edging decorates the shoulder straps and flap.
Skills required: basic stitches (starting chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet), crocheting flat and in the round, increases and decreases, reading abbreviations, attaching pieces together.
This pattern is written with US crochet terminology.
For main color:
Lammy Yarns Florida (100% cotton, 108 m/100 g), approx. 10 skeins. The sample is crocheted in the colorway #552.
Or worsted-weight cotton yarn held double, approx. 1080 m / 1180 yd
For contrasting color:
a small amount of worsted-weight cotton in a contrasting color for edgings and cords
4 mm (US G/6) crochet hook for the buckle straps
7 mm (US K/10½) crochet hook for the backpack (or size to obtain gauge)
A plastic side release buckle, approx. 4 cm / 1½" in width
Width: approx. 24 cm / 9½"
Height: approx. 37 cm / 14¾"
11 sc × 13 rnds = 10 cm / 4", yarn held double
Beginning rnd: With yarn held double and using the larger hook, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), work 6 sc in ring, sl st into top of beg ch; 7 sc. From now on, replace the first sc in the rnd with 1 ch and, in the end of the rnd, join with a sl st to the first ch.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around; 14 sc.
Rnd 3: (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc), rep around; 21 sc.
Rnd 4: (1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc), rep around; 28 sc.
Rnd 5: (1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc), rep around; 35 sc.
Continue adding sc:s in between the increases (4 sc on Rnd 6, 5 sc on Rnd 7, etc) until there are 91 sc in the rnd (approx. 14 rnds, bottom diameter approx. 24 cm / 9½") . If the bottom doesn’t lay flat, you can leave out the increases on some of the rounds.
Work 91 sc around until the edge measures approx. 35 cm / 14". Fasten off and join a new yarn at the middle of the back, or work with sl sts to the middle of the back for the drawstring hole round. This is now the new beginning of rnd.
Drawstring hole rnd: 14 sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, 2 sc) 21 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, 13 sc; 91 sc; 22 drawstring holes.
Next rnd: Work 91 sc around.
Next rnd: 13 sc, 66 sl sts, 12 sc. Fasten off.
For decoration, work one round of sl sts between the last bottom rnd and the first edge rnd.
Work the flap with the 25 sc:s in the back. Starting from one edge, work 4 rows of sc:s, 25 sc on each row.
To work a rounded shape to the flap, inc 1 st at each end of the row (1 sc before/after the edge st) every 4th row 3 times; 31 sc.
Work even until the flap measures approx. 13 cm / 5". Then dec 1 st at each end of the row every 2nd row 3 times ; 25 sc.
Next row: 2 sc tog twice, 5 hdc, 7 dc, 5 hdc, 2 sc tog twice; 21 sts.
Next row: 2 sc tog, 5 hdc, 7 dc, 5 hdc, 2 sc tog; 19 sts. Fasten off.
With one thread of contrasting color and the smaller hook, work one rnd of sc:s around the edge of the flap. Fasten off.
With yarn held double ch 55 (strap measures approx. 50 cm / 20"). Work 4—5 rnds of sc:s and fasten off. With contrasting color, work edgings as for the flap. Make the other strap the same way.
Note: The straps are not adjustable after they are sewn on, so make sure to measure the length carefully. You can also use D-rings to make the straps adjustable. In that case, make the straps longer to leave room for adjusting. The width of the straps can also be varied according to your liking.
Sew on the straps at the top of the back approx. 10 cm / 4" apart. At the bottom, twist the straps once outwards and sew them approx. 25 sts apart.
With contrasting color and the smaller hook, chain until the cord measures approx. 60–65 cm / 23½–25½" in length.
Next rnd: Sl st around and fasten off.
Make the other cord the same way. Thread the cords in the drawstring holes, one on each side bringing them out at the mid front. Attach to the inside of the backpack at the mid back; make a knot on the outside end.
For the plastic buckle, make two straps in the main color using only one strand of yarn.
Note: the width of the strap depends on the width of the buckle you are using.
With main color and the smaller hook, chain a strap that will fit into the buckle. Work in sc until the strap measures approx. 13 cm / 5". Fasten off. Attach the male buckle-end and sew the strap in the middle of the flap underneath it on the inside.
With main color and the smaller hook, chain a strap that will fit into the buckle. Work in sc until the strap measures approx. 8 cm / 3". Attach the female buckle-end and sew the strap to the mid front approx. 8 cm / 3" from the bottom edge (the slip stitch round).