Thursday, April 26, 2018

Little Green Adventurer Backpack

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A boy in a red shirt is wearing a crocheted green backpack.  There is wooden fence in the background.  The boy's face is hidden.

When Love Knitting asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their yarn, of course my answer was yes!  Who's surprised?  No one?

Yarn My middle child's favorite color is green, and it was his turn for some Mama made goodies, so this Main Street Yarns Shiny + Soft in Grass Green was perfect.  It is a 100% acrylic yarn.  It can be machine washed and dried, a huge plus for a kid's item!  The skein had 356 yards, which was a perfect amount for this project, I had only the tiniest amount of leftover yarn.  The yarn worked up quite easily with nice stitch definition.  It is nice and soft right out of the box.  There's a slight sheen, or shininess, to it.

Hook I used my Clover Amour size 7 crochet hook.  This is a little smaller than the recommended hook size of H/5 mm.  I wanted the body of the bag to be rather densely crocheted, to keep all of my little adventurer's finds from escaping.

The boy is wearing a red shirt.  He is stretching his arms out, along with the green straps of his backpack.

(Free!) Crochet Pattern


Chain 26.

Round 1 IN TOP LOOP ONLY Single crochet (sc) in second chain (ch) from hook, and in each of the next 23 chains (24 sc). Work 3 sc in the last chain.  Work back down foundation chain in opposite loop. (23) 3 sc in  last chain. slip stitch to join.

Round 2 Chain 1. (Working in both loops) 2 sc in the first stitch. Sc in next 23sc. 2 sc in each of the next 3 sc. Sc in next 23 stitches.  2sc in each of the next 2 sc. slip stitch to join.

Round 3 2 sc in first sc from previous round.  Sc in next 25. 2sc in next stitch. 1 sc. 2sc in next stitch (at the "end" of the oval). 1 sc in next stitch. 2 sc in next stitch. 25 sc. 2 sc in same stitch. 1 sc. 2 sc in next stitch ("end" of oval). 1 sc. slip stitch to join.

Round 4 2sc in 1st stitch. 28 sc.  2sc in next stitch. 1 sc. 2sc in next stitch (at the "end"). 1 sc in next stitch. 2 sc in next stitch. 28 sc2 sc in same stitch. 1 sc. 2 sc in next stitch ("end"). 1 sc. slip stitch to join.

Round 5 Chain 1. IN TOP LOOP ONLY sc around. Slip stitch to join.

Rounds 6-44 Chain 1. Sc around. Slip stitch to join. (72 stitches total)

Round 44 Chain 1. Sc 4. 32 in back loop (inside the bag) only.  36 sc. slip stitch to join. (Note: the 32 back loop only should be centered along the back of the bag.  Adjust accordingly if needed.  This is where the flap will be added later.)

Round 45 Chain 2. sc around. (72)

Round 46 Slip stitch around.


Row 1 Single crochet in each of the front loops left from round 44.  (32)

Rows 2-27 Chain 1. Turn. Sc across. (32)


Make two.

Chain 7.

Row 1 Sc in second chain from hook.  Sc across. (6)

Rows 2-72 Chain 1. Turn. Sc across. (6)

Button Flaps

Chain 5.

Row 1 Sc in second chain from hook.  Sc across. (4 sc stitches)

Rows 2-12 Chain 1. Turn. Sc across. (4)

Row 13 Chain 1. Turn. 1 sc 2 ch 1 sc. (This forms the button hole.)

Rows 14 & 15  Chain 1. Turn. Sc across. (4)

Finishing Sc evenly around, with three stitches in each corner.


Whip stitch the straps to the bag, lining up the edge of the strap with the edge of the flap.

SC around all edges other than the opening.

Whip stitch the button flaps onto the bag flap.

Sew buttons.


This is a side view of the little boy in a red shirt with a green backpack.  He is ready for an adventure!


  1. This is amazing! What a beautiful gift--my daughter has been wanting to learn to crochet. This will definitely inspire her! :) Blessings to you and your family!

  2. So very cute, Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

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  4. This little bag is super cute! I am a big fan of that pretty green! At first, I thought with the stitch definition, that this was a cotton yarn. I am surprised to read it is an acrylic yarn. It's been a few months of your "little adventurer" using this bag, how has the yarn held up?

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  5. This bag is cute, but is there maybe a crochet diagram also available for it.

  6. what is the width and height of the back pack? Thank you.

    1. Hi Mary, I counted the number of rows (the pattern states to make) that made an inch and then devided that into the total number of rows. I used tje same process with number of stitches. I prefer to crochet to a measurement whenever possible - rather than count rows. :D I hope this helps

  7. Does top loop mean front or back loop

    1. When working into the chain: basically pick a side of the "braid" and stick to it!

      When building the sides: Back loop.

  8. From the picture, it looks like the flap, straps, and button flaps are done with double crochet, not single. Is that right?

    1. Nope, it's all single crochet! The body of the bag looks different because it's all sc in the same direction, while the others are back and forth rows. Hope that helps!

  9. In round 4 of the bag itself, when it says "28 sc2 sc in same stitch" does that mean 28 increases? Or 28 SC and then an increase at the end?

    1. i guess ill try to do 28 increases ans worst case scenario ill frog that round and restart with 28 sc

    2. Ok never mind it is infact a typo and it is meant to say 28 SC and then an increase. Hopefully other people don't make the same mistake


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