8 Easy to Crochet Rucksack and Backpack Patterns

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Learn new crochet techniques and stitches while you whip up these 8 easy to crochet rucksack and backpack patterns!

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Cover Image Rucksacks & Backpacks from Leisure Arts Book Review by Rhondda Mol

Title: Rucksacks & Backpacks
Author: Kristi Simpson
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2017
Photographer: Jason Masters
ISBN: 978-1-4647-6589-6

8 Crochet Rucksack and Backpack Patterns

These 8 Rucksacks and Backpacks are crocheted with Medium Weight Yarn [4]. When you make these crocheted bags and totes, you will learn new stitches like the split single crochet stitch, linked double crochet stitch and modified single crochet stitch. One backpack even uses the broomstick lace technique.

Each crocheted bag pattern includes its own stitch guide for special stitches. The stitch terms are provided, the abbreviations and the written descriptions. Some stitches also include diagrams to demonstrate how to make the stitches.

Some of the designs use additional supplies, like leather purse straps, large buttons, shank buttons and straight knitting needles (for the broomstick lace technique you work around the 15 mm (Size 19) Knitting needles and you will need 3 of them).

The Patterns

  • Aztec Tote | 27.75 inches circumference X 9 inches high X 4 inches deep | 6 mm (J) hook |includes a Color Chart | worked in rounds
  • Mandala Bag | 22.75 inches circumference X 10.25 inches high X 2.5 inches deep | 5 mm (H) hook | worked in rounds
  • Broomstick Backpack | 38.5 inches circumference X 8.5 inches deep X 9 inches high | 5 mm (H) hook | worked in rounds
  • Chevron Bag | 10.5 inches wide X 13.75 inches high | 5 mm (H) hook | worked in rows
  • Mod Satchel | 12 inches wide X 7.25 inches high X 4.75 inches deep | 5 mm (H) hook| worked in rows
  • Nantucket Creel Backpack | 30.75 inches circumference X 10 inches high X 7.75 inches deep |4.5 mm (7) hook |worked in rounds
  • XOXO Tote | 33.25 inches circumference X 10.5 inches high X 5.5 inches deep | 6 mm (J) hook | includes a Color Chart | worked in rounds
  • Granny Square Sling Tote | 16 inches wide X 17 inches high | 6 mm (J) hook | worked in rounds

More images are available here.

Of the eight included projects, my 2 favorites are the Nantucket Creel Backpack and the Aztec Tote. Which is your favorite?

The General Instructions are included beginning on page 28. You will find common abbreviations used, symbols and terms and the following crochet terms with diagrams and definitions.

Crochet Terms:

  • Gauge
  • Markers
  • Joining with sc
  • Back Ridge
  • Free Loops of a Chain
  • Back or Front Loop Only
  • Working in Space Before a Stitch
  • Reverse Single Crochet
  • Whipstitch
  • Fringe

The Yarn Information is included on page 32.

Yarn Used:

  • Caron® Simply Soft®
  • Premier Yarns® Deborah Norville Everyday® Soft Worsted
  • Premier Yarns® DIY Grandient Yarn
  • Red Heart® Soft®
  • Red Heart® With Love®
  • Lion Brand® Heartland®
  • Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®

These practical and easy to crochet projects will come in handy to store your WIPs (works in progress) and to carry your yarn purchases back from the store!

Would you like to win an eBook copy of Rucksacks and Backpacks?

Rucksacks and Backpacks eBook Giveaway ends Feb 8 2020 1159 pm ET

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  1. I love bags. I am actually working on 2, make that 3 different bags right now! These look just up my alley and appreciate your review.

  2. The Rucksack and Backpack crochet patterns look interesting,I don’t know how difficult they would be to crochet but they are pretty.

  3. Thank you for the overview of this book, I love crocheted bags I would love to get this book.

  4. i would love to win the ebook to make the backpacks. i would love to see a review about the wildlife cables. thank you so much for doing this and for your reviews!!

  5. I’ve been looking for some in style rucksack bags for my young granddaughters and seeing this I’m able to see something that’s perfect. They’re not to childish and not super OLD ( she keeps saying no to stuff I’ve shown her. She says they’re too old looking like me..lol,)

  6. thank you for the helpful review and the chance to win a copy. I love the the one on the cover and would be my first project from it xx

  7. I wish I can win a copy of this e-book from the giveaway.. I just love to crochet bags, backpacks, totes! And hopefully, there will be a giveaway of Amigurumi e-book too! ☺

  8. If you haven’t already done this review, the Yarn Pooling Made Easy would be awesome to have you review.

  9. I have been wanting to crochet some bags and backpacks and this booklet is perfect!! Thank you!

  10. From The giveaway requirements, I would like to see a review of Easy Essential Bags by Leisure Arts