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Carry My Heart Backpack

The Carry My Heart Backpack is a free pattern.

The Carry My Heart Backpack is written in the round, so there are no seems – the pattern was inspired by my little girl, who loves backpacks and needs one to match all her outfits, and she just loves it when we have the same bag and are what she calls “matchies”

“Share the art within you with the ones you love…”

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PREAMBLE

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Size: includes pattern for small and large backpack

Skill: easy/experienced beginners

What you will crochet: a backpack (2 sizes)

MATERIALS USED

Large

  • 6 x 100 g balls Dark Denim Vinnis Colours Tori (main colour)Carry My Heart Backpack | MandMCrochetDesigns #CarryMyHeartBackpack #crochetbackpack #crochetbag #freepattern #crochetpattern #VinnisColoursTori
  • 1 x 100 g ball Light Denim Vinnis Colours Tori (contrast colour)
  • 6 mm hook used for single strand
  • 8 mm hook used for double strand
  • Needle for sewing in ends
  • Scissors

Small

  • 4 x 100 g balls Light Denim Vinnis Colours Tori (main colour)
  • 1 x 100 g ball Dark Denim Vinnis Colours (contrast colour)
  • 6 mm hook used for single strand
  • 8 mm hook used for double strand
  • Needle for sewing in ends
  • Scissors

About the yarn

Vinnis Colours Tori 50% Bamboo viscose/50% Cotton, which is colourfast and made in South Africa

Chunky/Bulky – 87 m/100 g – 95 yd/3.5 oz

Recommended hook size: 6 mm

The yarn is hand dyed and balled by women from an economically depressed rural area of South Africa.  The sale of the product has empowered ad brought economic benefits to their community.  Hand dyed yarn gives your garment a unique marbled effect.

You are welcome to make the pattern in any yarn however depending on the yarn and your tension the size of the finished item may vary from mine.

SPECIAL STITCHES

NOTES AND TIPS

  • My pattern uses US terminology
  • I have also included helpful hints along the way, which are in italics
  • Use your stitch marker as often as you can, to help with stitch counting – count your stitches
  • And lastly – have FUN with the pattern

ABBREVIATIONS

  • chain – ch
  • reverse single crochet – rev sc
  • contrast colour – CC
  • main colour – MC
  • single crochet – sc
  • half double crochet – hdc
  • space – sp
  • stitch/s – st/s
  • repeat – rep
  • magic circle – mc (refer to special stitches)
  • needle join – nj (refer to special stitches)

PATTERN

Small Backpack

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Bag

Using an 8 mm hook and TWO strands of MC chain 20

Helpful hint: the backpack is worked in the round so use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds and turn work slightly and work in into the opposite of the chain stitches.

Round 1:              2 sc into 2nd ch, sc into next 17 ch’s, sc 4 into last ch, sc into the other side of the 17 chs, 2 sc into same ch the 1st 2 sc where made (42 sc)

Round 2:              sc into next 42 sts (42 sc)

Round 3:              repeat round 2 (42 sc)

Round 4:              2 sc into next st (increase), sc into next 20 sts, 2 sc into next st (increase), sc into next 20 (44 sc)

Helpful hint: work away the ends from the 1st row now, as it is easier than doing it later.

Round 5:              sc into next 44 sts (44 sc)

Round 6:              repeat round 5 (44 sc)

Round 7:              2 sc into next st (increase), sc into next 21 sts, 2 sc into next st (increase), sc into next 21 (46 sc)

Round 8:              sc into next 46 sts (46 sc)

Round 9:              repeat round 8 (46 sc)

Round 10:            2 sc into next st (increase), sc into next 22 sts, 2 sc into next st (increase), sc into next 22 (48 sc)

Round 11:            sc into next 48 sts (48 sc)

Round 12-20:     repeat round 11 (48 sc)

Round 21:            2 sc into next st (increase), sc into next 23 sts, 2 sc into next st (increase), sc into next 23 (50 sc)

Round 22:            sc into next 50 sts (50 sc)

Round 23:            ss into next st, ch 1, *hdc into same st, ch 1, sk next st* rep *.* 24 more times, ss into 1st hdc (25 ch sp, 25 hdc)

Helpful hint: we are no longer working in the round, but the eyelets for the string tie will “absorb” the slightly skew last round.

Round 24:            ss into next ch 1 sp, ch 1, *2 sc into ch 1 sp, 2 sc into next ch 1 sp, rep *.* 24 more times, ss into 1st sc (50 sc)

Round 25:            ch 1, sc into same st, sc into next 49 sts (50 sc)

Round 26:            ch 1, rev sc into same st, rev sc into next 49 sts (50 rev sc), cut yarn, nj, weave in ends

Strap

Helpful hint: leave a 20 cm tail before you chain 5 – this will be used to stitch this side of the strap to the bag.

Using 6 mm hook and ONE strand of MC ch 5

Row 1:  sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc into 3 ch sts, turn (4 sc)

Row 2:  ch 1, sc into same st, sc into the next 3 sts, turn (4 sc)

Row 3 – 89:         repeat row 2 (4 sc)

Row 90:                ch 1, sc into same st, sc into next 3 sts, cut yarn, leaving 20 cm tail to stitch strap to bag (4 sc)

Tie & Tassel

Using 6 strands of CC and 3 strands of MC, cut 120 cm (47 inches) long strands, tie a tight knot leaving a 7 cm (3 inch) “tassel”, and divide strands into three, plait the strands, make another knot, leaving a 7 cm (3 inch) “tassel”.  I do not do anything else with the tassel, just cut it at the bottom of the loose strands so that it is straight – you can have some fun and add beads to add some bling to your bags.  Like I always say, have fun with my patterns.

Helpful hint: I kept the 3 strands of MC together, and then 2 x 3 strands of CC to use for the 3 separate “strands” which was quite effective.

Stitching the strap to the small bag

Divide the strap in half and attach to the middle of the back of the small bag, below the eyelets, using a slip stitch, then using the long tails on both ends slip stitch to the bottom of the bag, leaving a few rows “loose”, difficult to explain so have a look the photos below for placement.  You can use this technique to stitch the strap to the larger bag, if you would like the large bag to be a back pack too – you would just need to add some more rows to the strap for the larger bag.

Large Backpack

Bag

Using an 8 mm hook and TWO strands of MC ch 30

Carry My Heart Backpack | MandMCrochetDesigns #CarryMyHeartBackpack #crochetbackpack #crochetbag #freepattern #crochetpattern #VinnisColoursToriHelpful hint: the backpack is worked in the round so use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds and turn work slightly and work in into the opposite of the chain stitches.

Round 1:              2 sc into 2nd ch, sc into next 27 ch’s, sc 6 into last ch, sc into the other side of the 27 chs, 4 sc into same ch the 1st 2 sc where made (66 sc)

Round 2:              sc into next 66 sts (66 sc)

Helpful hint: work away the ends from the 1st row now, as it is easier than doing it later.

  

Round 3 – 30:      repeat round 2 (66 sc)

Round 31:            sc2tog, sc into next 64 sts (65 sc)

Round 32:            sc2tog, sc into next 63 sts (64 sc)

Round 33:            sc2tog, sc into next 62 sts (63 sc)

Round 34:            sc2tog, sc into next 61 sts (62 sc)

Round 35:            sc2tog, sc into next 60 sts (61 sc)

Round 36:            sc2tog, sc into next 59 sts, ss into next sc (60 sc)

Helpful hint: we are no longer working in the round, so take note that from now on we are working in rows.

Round 37:            ch 1, hdc into same st, ch 1, *sk 1, hdc into next st, ch 1* rep *.* 28 more times, ss into 1st hdc (30 x hdc, 30 x ch 1 sp)

Round 38:            ch 1, sc 2 sts into ch 1 sp, rep to end, ss into 1st sc (60 sc)

Round 40:            ch 1, sc into same st, sc into next 59 sts, ss into 1st sc (60 sc)

Round 41:            ch 1, rev sc st into same st, rev sc st into next 59 sts, cut yarn, nj and weave in ends (60 rev sc)

Strap

Helpful hint: leave a 20 cm tail before you chain 9 – this will be used to stitch this side of the strap to the bag.

Using 6 mm hook and ONE strand of MC ch 9

Row 1:  sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc into 7 ch sts, turn (8 sc)

Row 2:  ch 1, sc into same st, sc into the next 7 sts, turn (8 sc)

Row 3 – 107:       repeat row 2 (8 sc)

Row 108:              ch 1, sc into same st, sc into next 7 sts, cut yarn, leaving 20 cm tail to stitch strap to bag (8 sc)

Tie & Tassel

Using 6 strands of CC and 3 strands of MC, cut 140 cm (55 inches) long strands, tie a tight knot leaving a 10 cm (4 inch) “tassel”, and divide strands into three, plait the strands, make another knot, leaving a 10 cm (4 inch) “tassel”.  I do not do anything else with the tassel, just cut it at the bottom of the loose strands so that it is straight – you can have some fun and add beads to add some bling to your bags.  Like I always say, have fun with my patterns.

Helpful hint: I kept the 3 strands of MC together, and then 2 x 3 strands of CC to use for the 3 separate “strands” which was quite effective.

Stitching the strap to the large bag

Using the slip stitch technique, stitch the strap to the back of the large bag, using the long tails you left at the beginning and end of the strap. I stitched the one end to the bottom middle of the back of the bag, and to the top middle of the bag, just under the eyelet section of the bag.  See photos for placement suggestion.

Heart

Make two (one for each bag)

Using 6 mm hook and ONE strand of CC, make a mc

Round 1:              ch 3, 3 dc, 3 hdc, ch 1, dc (point of heart), ch 1, 3 hdc, 3 dc, ch 3, ss into mc (2 x ch 3, 6 x hdc, 7 x dc, 2 x ch 1)

Round 2:              ch 3, hdc into 3rd ch from prev rnd, dc into next st, 3 tr into next st, 2 dc into next st, hdc into next 3 sts, hdc into ch 1 sp from prev rnd, dc into dc from prev rnd, hdc into ch 1 sp from prev rnd, hdc into next 3 sts, 2 dc into next st, 3 tr into next st, dc into next st, hdc into 3rd ch from ch 3 from prev rnd, ch 3, ss into 1st ch from ch 3 from prev rnd

Round 3:              ch 3, sc into 3rd ch from ch 3 from prev rnd, 2 sc into next 4 sts, sc into next 7 sts, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc into next 7 sts, 2 sc into next 4 sts, sc into 3rd ch from ch 3 from prev rnd, ch 3, ss into 1st ch from ch 3 from prev rnd, cut yarn, leaving long tail, ss heart onto back pack in suggested place, or wherever you want yours – make a few hearts and place all over your back pack – use your imagination 🙂 let it run wild.

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