8 Adorable Crochet Animal Backpacks

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These 8 Adorable Crochet Animal Backpacks will make great gifts! When you find something that you can crochet, that serves both a practical purpose and is also going to be loved by the children on your list, it is a definite win-win situation. These 8 adorable backpacks are perfect for toting around toys or books and cute enough for children to want to pack and carry themselves!

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Animal Backpacks from Leisure Arts Book Review by Oombawka Design Crochet

Title: Animal Backpacks
Kristi Simpson
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4647-7200-9

Animal Backpack Patterns

These 8 Adorable Animal Backpack Patterns were designed by Kristi Simpson, for Leisure Arts. The patterns are listed at an EASY crochet level and each project uses Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook.  Other supplies you will need are small amounts of  Fiberfill, Permanent Fabric Glue, and each backpack requires 2 Hook-and-Loop Fastener Circles (5/8 inch).

The designs feature 8 animals / creatures. There are animals that will work for both boys and girls and the backpacks each measure approximately 11 inches in height, 15 3/8 inches width and 10 inches deep.

The finished backpacks are adorable, sturdy (because they are worked in medium weight yarn and appealing to children and adults too!

8 Animal Backpack Patterns

  • GIRAFFE – Easy – Size: 15 3/8 inches wide X 10 inches deep – Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook
  • LION – Easy – Size: 15 3/8 inches wide X 10 inches deep – Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook
  • ZEBRA – Easy – Size: 15 3/8 inches wide X 10 inches deep – Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook
  • BEE – Easy – Size: 15 3/8 inches wide X 10 inches deep – Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook
  • ALLIGATOR – Easy – Size: 15 3/8 inches wide X 10 inches deep – Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook
  • DINO – Easy – Size: 15 3/8 inches wide X 10 inches deep – Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook
  • PANDA – Easy – Size: 15 3/8 inches wide X 10 inches deep – Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook
  • SOCK MONKEY – Easy – Size: 15 3/8 inches wide X 10 inches deep – Medium Weight Yarn [4] and a 5 mm (H) hook

More images are available here.

Each pattern is in American Crochet Terms.  The instructions are written out in full and the stitch counts are provided. Each pattern includes it’s own specific Stitch Guide for special stitches. Finishing instructions are included in each individual pattern and diagrams are provided to assist with details like creating the manes, the antenna and making a pom-pom.  The eBook is 50-pages in length and each pattern is illustrated with a color images.

General Instructions

Abbreviations, symbols and terms are included on page 45. You will find important information about gauge and crochet terms in this section too. The terms and techniques include written instructions and diagrams (or photographs) to illustrate how to complete the stitches.

Terms and Techniques

  • Markers
  • Joining with a SC and DC
  • Back or Front Loop Only
  • Free Loops
  • Embroidery Stitches: Backstitch, Satin Stitch and Straight Stitch

Yarn Information

The yarns used for the projects shown in the eBook are:

  • Red Heart® With Love® – Giraffe, Zebra, Bee and Panda
  • Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® – Lion, Alligator, Dino and Sock Monkey

My Favorite Design

I really like the Giraffe Backpack! Darla loves the Zebra Backpack and Drew loves the Panda Backpack.

Which one is your favorite?

Would you like to win an eBook copy of Animal Backpacks?

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win!

Animal Backpacks Giveaway at Oombawka Design Crochet ends November 15 1159 pm ET

This Giveaway is open worldwide where allowed by law.

Void in Quebec.

Start Date: November 7, 2019; 11:59 pm ET
End Date: November 15, 2019, 11:59 pm ET

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If you are not the lucky winner of the giveaway and you would like to purchase your own copy of Animal Backpacks,  it is available from Leisure Arts:

Animal Backpacks - 8 Pals to Crochet
Animal Backpacks – 8 Pals to Crochet

from: Leisure Arts, Inc.

Check out my other Leisure Arts Reviews >HERE<

I’d like to thank Leisure Arts, Inc. for providing me with the review copy of Animal Backpacks and for the giveaway copy for my readers!

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  1. These backpacks are adorable! My grandchildren would love for Mimi to make one for them. ♥️

  2. These are so adorable!! I can’t wait to make these…ALL of them. 🙂

  3. I want to make a couple of these for my granddaughters. They would love them and I would enjoy making them.

  4. These backpacks are adorable! Too bad all of my grandkids are too old, they would have enjoyed them when they were littler.

  5. I like that you showed the pictures and told what level they are to make. I would definitely like to get this book to make these for my grandkids.

  6. Love your review of these. Kids would be the envy of their classmates and friends with a backpack like these.

  7. These are so adorable and would love to make them for my great nephews!

  8. They are all so cute, but I really like the alligator backpack. If I win this, I know several grand nieces and grand nephews that would love a backpack 🙂

  9. I love these backpacks and your review of them. Your review and their cuteness want me to make all of them, but I need time!

  10. I absolutely love having grandkids due to designers like yourself and being able to see all and almost(LOL…mind you there will never be enough), of soo many genre’s and styles that I’d never know whats out there than what I see at my local and chain craft stores offer! I learn to like my online searches. The Xmas magazine review for Annie’s Mae me what to tap my fingers right then to purchase it! I’ll not let my grandkids see these ani!all backpacks because I’d have to make 3 of each kind ( 4 counting my youngest who’s wife is pregnant). Keep up with your reviews and thank you for them!!!

  11. What an incredible giveaway! These backpacks are so adorable and would make great gifts for Christmas!

  12. OMGOODNESS the Animal backpacks Crochet book is SOOOOOOOOOOOO adorable.
    I have bought a few of your crochet books and LOVE them all. I look forward to a win but EXCITED for whoever wins!!!