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How To Crochet A Backpack


Modified: December 28, 2023

by Maria Crow



When it comes to travel, having the right essentials and accessories can make all the difference. From keeping your belongings organized to ensuring your comfort and convenience on the go, these items can greatly enhance your travel experience. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a long-term adventure, having the right travel essentials and accessories at your disposal can make your trip more enjoyable and stress-free.


In this comprehensive guide, we will explore a range of essential travel items and accessories that every traveler should consider packing. From luggage and packing organizers to travel gadgets and safety essentials, we will cover it all. We will also provide tips and insights on how to choose the best products and make the most of them during your travels.


Travel essentials and accessories can be classified into different categories, including luggage, packing organizers, electronics and gadgets, comfort and convenience, safety and security, and travel documentation. Each category plays a crucial role in ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.


Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just starting to explore the world, having the right travel essentials and accessories can make your trip more comfortable, organized, and hassle-free. So let’s dive in and discover the must-have items to pack for your next adventure!


Supplies Needed

In order to crochet a backpack, you will need a few essential supplies. Here’s a list of what you’ll need before getting started:

  • Crochet hooks: You’ll need a set of crochet hooks in various sizes, depending on the thickness of the yarn you’re using. It’s a good idea to have a range of sizes so you can achieve the desired tension and stitch size for your project.
  • Yarn: Choose a yarn that is suitable for making a backpack. Look for a durable and sturdy yarn that can withstand the weight of the items you’ll be carrying. Acrylic or cotton yarn are popular choices for making bags.
  • Tapestry needle: This needle will be used for weaving in ends and sewing any parts of the backpack that need to be joined together.
  • Scissors: A pair of sharp scissors is essential for cutting your yarn and trimming any excess ends.
  • Measuring tape: This will help you keep track of the dimensions of your backpack as you crochet.
  • Stitch markers: These will be useful for marking specific stitches or sections in your pattern.
  • Buttons, zippers, or other closures: Depending on the design of your backpack, you may need some sort of closure mechanism to secure the contents.

Having these supplies on hand will ensure that you’re well-equipped to start crocheting your own backpack. It’s important to choose high-quality materials to ensure the longevity and durability of your finished project. Now that you have your supplies ready, let’s move on to the next steps in the process: choosing the yarn and selecting the crochet hook.


Step 1: Choosing the Yarn

Choosing the right yarn is a crucial step in crocheting a backpack. The type of yarn you select will determine the durability, appearance, and overall quality of your finished project. Here are some factors to consider when choosing yarn:


Fiber: The first decision to make is what type of fiber you want to use. Acrylic, cotton, and wool are popular options for crocheting a backpack. Acrylic yarn is affordable, easy to care for, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Cotton yarn is durable, breathable, and perfect for warmer climates. Wool is known for its warmth and natural insulation properties, making it a good choice for backpacks that may be used in colder climates.


Weight: Yarn weight refers to the thickness of the yarn. The weight of yarn you choose depends on the desired size and structure of your backpack. Thicker yarn, such as bulky or super bulky weight, will create a sturdier and more substantial backpack. On the other hand, thinner yarn, like sport or fingering weight, will result in a lighter and more delicate backpack.


Color: Consider the color palette you want for your backpack. If you prefer a neutral and versatile look, opt for solid colors or subtle variegated yarn. For a more vibrant and eye-catching backpack, choose bold and contrasting colors.


Texture: Yarn comes in various textures, from smooth and soft to textured and fuzzy. Consider what kind of texture you want your backpack to have. A smooth texture can give a polished and refined look, while a textured yarn can add visual interest and dimension.


Once you’ve considered these factors, visit your local yarn store or browse online to find the perfect yarn for your project. It’s a good idea to purchase a few extra skeins to ensure you have enough yarn to complete your backpack. Remember, the yarn you choose will greatly impact the final look and feel of your crochet backpack, so take your time and select something that suits your style and practical needs.


Step 2: Selecting the Crochet Hook

Selecting the right crochet hook is essential for creating the desired tension and stitch size in your backpack. The size of the hook you choose will depend on the thickness of the yarn and the type of stitches you’ll be using. Here are some tips to help you select the appropriate crochet hook:


Hook Size: The size of the crochet hook is indicated by a letter or number. Hooks range from small (1.00 mm) to large (15.00 mm) sizes. Thicker yarn requires a larger hook, while thinner yarn requires a smaller hook. Check the yarn label for the recommended hook size, or use a crochet hook size chart to find the appropriate match.


Tension: Crocheting with the correct tension is important to ensure that your backpack turns out the right size and shape. Pay attention to your tension as you work. If your stitches are too tight and the fabric feels stiff, switch to a larger hook size. If your stitches are too loose and the fabric is floppy, switch to a smaller hook size.


Comfort: Consider the comfort of the crochet hook. Some hooks have ergonomic handles that provide a more comfortable grip and reduce strain on your hands and wrists. Experiment with different types of hooks to find one that feels comfortable in your hand and allows you to crochet for longer periods without discomfort.


Material: Crochet hooks are made from various materials, including metal, plastic, bamboo, and even wood. Each material has its own advantages. Metal hooks, such as aluminum or stainless steel, are smooth and durable. Plastic hooks are lightweight and inexpensive. Bamboo and wooden hooks have a warm and natural feel. Choose a material that suits your preference and works well with the yarn you’ve chosen.


Take the time to test out different hook sizes and materials to find the one that works best for your project. Remember, the hook you use will impact the tension, drape, and overall appearance of your crochet stitches, so choose wisely. With the right crochet hook in hand, you’re now ready to move on to the next step: making a foundation chain for your backpack.


Step 3: Making a Foundation Chain

The foundation chain is the starting point of any crochet project, including your backpack. It forms the base for the subsequent rows and stitches. Follow these steps to make a solid foundation chain for your backpack:

  1. Make a slip knot by placing the yarn over your crochet hook, crossing it over itself to create a loop. Insert the hook through the loop and pull the yarn through to create a slip knot.
  2. Hold the crochet hook in your dominant hand and the slip knot in your non-dominant hand.
  3. Yarn over by wrapping the yarn around the crochet hook from back to front.
  4. With the yarn still on the hook, pull it through the slip knot loop. This creates the first chain stitch.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make additional chain stitches until you have the desired length for the foundation chain. Remember to count your stitches to ensure accuracy.

The number of stitches in your foundation chain will depend on the width or circumference you want for your backpack. Consult your pattern or measure the desired width to determine the appropriate number of chain stitches. Keep in mind that your foundation chain should be slightly longer than the desired width of your backpack to account for the height of the stitches in the subsequent rows.


Once you have completed your foundation chain, you’re ready to move on to the next step: creating the bottom of the backpack. This is where the shape and structure of your backpack will start to take form. Stay tuned for the next section!


Step 4: Creating the Bottom of the Backpack

Creating the bottom of the backpack is an important step as it provides stability and shape to your crochet project. Here’s how you can create the bottom of your backpack:

  1. Count the number of chain stitches in your foundation chain. This will determine the number of stitches you’ll need to work in the first row.
  2. Insert your crochet hook into the second chain stitch from the hook. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the chain stitch, creating a loop on your hook.
  3. Yarn over again and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. This is called a single crochet stitch. This single crochet stitch marks the first stitch of the first row.
  4. Continue working single crochet stitches into each chain stitch across the row until you reach the end.
  5. At the end of the row, chain one and turn your work.
  6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 for several more rows, depending on the desired height of the bottom of your backpack. This will create a solid base that forms the bottom of your backpack.

As you work, ensure that the tension of your stitches is consistent. Consistent tension will help create an even and balanced fabric. Adjust your tension as needed to maintain the desired stitch size.


Additionally, you may choose to work in a specific stitch pattern or add texture to the bottom of your backpack. Experiment with different stitch patterns, such as the moss stitch or the basketweave stitch, to add visual interest and dimension to your project.


Once you have completed the rows for the bottom of your backpack, you can proceed to the next step: crocheting the sides of the backpack. This is where your backpack will start to take shape and become more recognizable. Stay tuned for the upcoming section!


Step 5: Crocheting the Sides of the Backpack

Now that you have created the bottom of your backpack, it’s time to crochet the sides. This step will bring your backpack to life and give it the desired height and volume. Here’s how to crochet the sides of your backpack:

  1. Start working along one side of the bottom of your backpack.
  2. Insert your crochet hook into the first stitch of the bottom row.
  3. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the stitch, creating a loop on your hook.
  4. Yarn over again and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. This completes a single crochet stitch.
  5. Continue working single crochet stitches along the side of the bottom row, making sure to maintain consistent spacing between stitches.
  6. When you reach the corner of the bottom, make additional stitches if needed to turn the corner smoothly. This will help maintain a square or rectangular shape for your backpack.
  7. Continue working single crochet stitches along the next side, following the same process as before.
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 for each side of the bottom until you have crocheted all the way around the bottom, forming a continuous strip of single crochet stitches.
  9. Once you have completed the first round of single crochet stitches, continue working additional rounds until you reach the desired height of the sides. This will depend on how deep you want your backpack to be.
  10. Remember to count your stitches periodically to ensure that you have the same number of stitches on each round and maintain an even shape.

As you crochet the sides, you can choose to work in a specific stitch pattern or add decorative details. Common stitch patterns for the sides of a backpack include the single crochet stitch, half double crochet stitch, or even a combination of different stitches to create texture and visual interest.


Continue working the sides until your backpack reaches the desired height. Once you’re satisfied with the height, you can move on to the next step: making the straps. The straps are an essential part of the backpack, providing stability and comfort when carrying it. Stay tuned for the upcoming section!


Step 6: Making the Straps

The straps of your crochet backpack play a crucial role in its functionality and comfort. They provide support and allow you to carry the backpack comfortably on your shoulders. Follow these steps to make the straps for your backpack:

  1. Decide on the desired length and width of your straps.
  2. Count the number of stitches along the top edge of your backpack. This will determine the number of stitches you’ll need to work for each strap.
  3. Join your yarn to one corner of the top edge of your backpack.
  4. Insert your crochet hook into the first stitch of the top edge.
  5. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the stitch, creating a loop on your hook.
  6. Yarn over again and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook, completing a single crochet stitch.
  7. Continue working single crochet stitches across the top edge, following the same process as before.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 for the second strap, starting from the opposite corner of the top edge.
  9. Once you have completed the first row of single crochet stitches for both straps, continue working additional rows until each strap reaches the desired width.
  10. Remember to maintain consistent tension and count your stitches to ensure symmetrical straps.

As you work on the straps, you can choose to make them plain or add decorative elements such as textured stitches, ribbing, or a different stitch pattern. This allows you to personalize your backpack and add your own creative flair.


Additionally, you may want to consider the desired length of the straps. Measure the desired length by holding the backpack against your body and adjusting the straps accordingly. If you want adjustable straps, you can incorporate techniques such as button closures or adjustable buckles.


Once you have completed both straps and are satisfied with their length and width, your crochet backpack is almost complete! In the next step, we will explore how to add pockets and embellishments to further customize and enhance your backpack. Keep reading to discover the final touches!


Step 7: Adding Pockets and Embellishments

Adding pockets and embellishments to your crochet backpack can elevate its functionality and style. Pockets provide additional storage space, while embellishments can add unique details and personalization. Here’s how you can add pockets and embellishments to your crochet backpack:

  1. Decide on the number, size, and placement of the pockets you want to add to your backpack. Consider the items you’ll be carrying and how you want to organize them.
  2. Choose a stitch pattern or technique for creating the pockets. You can use basic stitches like single crochet or explore more advanced techniques like tapestry crochet or surface crochet.
  3. Start by creating a foundation chain for the pocket. The length of the chain will determine the width of the pocket, so consider the desired size while creating it.
  4. Work rows of stitches into the foundation chain to create the height of the pocket. You can customize the number of rows based on your preferences.
  5. Once the pocket is complete, position it on the backpack and use your tapestry needle to attach it securely. You can sew it directly onto the fabric or use slip stitches to join the edges.
  6. To add embellishments, consider attaching buttons, beads, patches, or even crochet appliqués to enhance the appearance of your backpack. You can sew them on or use a slip stitch technique to incorporate them into your crochet work.
  7. Experiment with different colors and textures to create unique patterns and designs on your backpack. Get creative and let your imagination guide you!

Keep in mind that the placement of pockets and embellishments should be both practical and visually appealing. Consider how you will access the pockets and ensure that they are securely attached to withstand the weight of the items you’ll be carrying.


By adding pockets and embellishments, you can customize your crochet backpack to reflect your personal style and needs. The final step is to add the finishing touches, which will complete your project and make it ready for your next adventure. Let’s explore the final step in the next section!


Step 8: Finishing Touches

The finishing touches are the final details that complete your crochet backpack and give it a polished, professional look. Here are some important steps to consider when applying the finishing touches:

  1. Weave in loose ends: Use a tapestry needle to carefully weave in any loose ends of yarn that may be sticking out from your crochet work. This will give your backpack a neat and tidy appearance.
  2. Block your backpack: Blocking is a technique used to shape and smooth out your crochet project. Depending on the material of your yarn, you can wet block or steam block your backpack to ensure the stitches are even and the shape is maintained.
  3. Add closures: Consider adding closures such as buttons, hooks, or zippers to secure the opening of your backpack. This will help keep your belongings safe and secure while traveling.
  4. Add a lining: If desired, you can sew a fabric lining to the inside of your crochet backpack. This can add extra durability, protect the contents, and give a professional finish to your project.
  5. Attach straps securely: Make sure the straps are securely attached to the backpack by reinforcing the stitching or adding additional stitches. This will ensure that the straps can safely support the weight of your backpack.
  6. Personalize with accessories: Consider adding personal touches to your backpack such as keychains, charms, or tags. These accessories can add a touch of personality and make your backpack truly one-of-a-kind.

Once you have completed these finishing touches, take a moment to admire your finished crochet backpack. You have put time and effort into creating a functional and stylish accessory that is uniquely yours. Now, your backpack is ready to accompany you on your travels!


Remember to care for your crochet backpack by following the recommended cleaning instructions for the yarn you used. Proper care and maintenance will help preserve the integrity and lifespan of your creation.


Enjoy your new crochet backpack and have a fantastic time exploring the world!



Crocheting a backpack can be a rewarding and fulfilling project that allows you to create a functional and unique accessory for your travels. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you have learned how to choose the right yarn and crochet hook, create a solid foundation chain, construct the bottom and sides of the backpack, make the straps, and add pockets and embellishments. The finishing touches bring it all together, giving your backpack a polished and professional finish.


With your newly crocheted backpack, you can confidently embark on your next adventure, knowing that you have a stylish and practical companion by your side. The customizable nature of crocheting allows you to personalize your backpack to reflect your own style, whether it’s through color choices, stitch patterns, or added embellishments.


Remember, as with any craft, practice makes perfect. Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t turn out exactly as planned. Embrace the learning process, experiment with different techniques, and allow your creativity to flourish.


So gather your supplies, choose your favorite yarn and hook, and let your imagination run wild. Crocheting a backpack not only provides you with a useful travel accessory, but also offers a creative outlet to express yourself. Whether you gift your handmade backpack to a loved one or keep it as a cherished memento, the joy and satisfaction of creating something with your own hands is priceless.


Now, it’s time to pick up your crochet hook and start stitching. Happy crocheting and happy travels!