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23 Free Crochet Backpack Patterns

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A crochet backpack is unquestionably one of the most practical things to crochet. It’s versatile and suitable for various occasions. It’s handy, and you can fill it up with your belongings with the weight balanced equally on both shoulders.

We scoured the web to compile a list of free crochet backpack patterns for you. They feature a wide range of features, textures, colors, and yarns. Feel free to modify the patterns to achieve one that suits you best. However, it is best to stick to the recommended yarn to avoid having a saggy backpack after a few uses.

Crochet backpacks are definitely one of the most practical things to crochet. This roundup includes more than 20 crochet backpack free patterns for you to check out.

If you’ve never crocheted a backpack before, we’ve included some simple patterns with step-by-step tutorials to show you how. We also have some adorable crochet backpacks for kids, such as the crochet bear backpack shown below.

Whether you’re making a new crochet backpack for yourself, a family member, a friend, or just for fun, you’ll find one (or more!) free backpack crochet patterns that you’ll love in this roundup.

What do you need for a crochet backpack pattern?

  • Yarn (of course!)

The tutorial patterns you will see in curated lists will have a wide range of yarn weights, so remember to read the pattern and follow the type of yarn used. This is to make sure the sizing won’t go off a lot.

  • Crochet Hook

Always refer to the tutorial for the best results; you can use a hook size up or down to achieve the desired tension gauge.

  • Stitch Markers

These colorful stitch markers are useful for marking stitches in a row, increases or decreases, as well as the first and last stitch in a given pattern.

  • Scissors

This is essential to help you cut off your yarn.

  • Measuring Tape

It is used to measure and check the tension gauge of your test swatch to see if it meets the size mentioned in the pattern.

How to Crochet a Backpack with Drawstrings?

Let’s talk a little about crochet drawstrings since the majority of the backpack patterns here use them as a closure. A drawstring backpack is also called a cinch backpack, and you will see that we use both terms interchangeably.

Crocheting a backpack with drawstrings is simpler than it sounds. Most drawstring crochet backpacks are made by creating even holes at the top. You can choose a drawstring of your choice to add through the holes so you can cinch the bag easily. Commonly used drawstrings include a macramé cord, a crocheted cord, and a crochet tube. For more details, refer to the tutorials in the list down below.

Well, there are more things to think about than just picking the style you like best from the long list below. How your crochet back turns out depends on things like the yarn, stitches, lining, etc.

If you want to learn the basics of crocheting, don’t hesitate to check out this Complete Guide to Crochet for Beginners. It talks about the basics of crocheting, important tools and materials, basic crochet stitches, and essential crochet techniques.


Question What yarn should I use to crochet a backpack?

Answer: You should use the yarn that the pattern tells you to use.
But if you want to learn more about the best yarn to crochet a bag, you can think about how easy it is to care for, how well it holds its color, how well it doesn’t pill, what kind of fiber it is, what color it is, how much it costs, and where you can buy it.

Why is my crochet backpack smaller/bigger than the pattern?

Answer: There are two possible reasons why your finished size doesn’t match the pattern:
1. The weight of the yarn and the size of the crochet hook you use might be different than what the pattern says. 
Solution: Use the yarn and hook that the designer says to use. If you can’t find the exact yarn, you can ask the designer or the yarn shop to suggest a similar one.
2. Crochet tension is either too tight or too loose.
Solution: Use a larger or smaller hook to get the correct tension.

Why does my backpack have bumps and waves in it?

Answer: This is what most crochet projects do right after they are finished but before they are blocked into shape.
Spray the backpack with water or soak it in water at room temperature for a few minutes, then dry it with a towel. Place the damp backpack on a dry towel, adjust the shape, flatten the wave, and let it dry overnight. Watch the video on how to set block your crochet work.
You can use a steam iron to block the backpack, too, if the yarn can handle some heat.
In some instances, a fabric stiffener may be required to create a backpack with adequate structure.

What stitches are best to crochet a backpack?

Answer: Use a stitch that is tight and dense, such as single crochet or half double crochet. If loose stitches are used, holes in the crochet fabric could cause things to fall out.

What’s Next:

  • Start crocheting and share your completed handmade on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us @madefromyarn so that we are able to see them.
  • Pin it to Pinterest for a future To-Crochet List.
  • Share with your crochet groups for a crochet-along event.
  • Browse more free crochet patterns to make, especially the crochet crossbody bag, if you are looking for other crochet patterns.

23 Free Crochet Backpack Patterns

Are you looking for crochet backpack patterns? Look no further! This curated list includes both cute and adorable patterns as well as more sophisticated, everyday-use patterns.

With patterns available in a variety of skill levels, you’re sure to find one (or more) that you can’t wait to get started on.

Are you still not convinced? They’re all free, after all!

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Born into a creative family, Joanne Loh has over 40 years of experience in knitting and crocheting. Well-known for her creative approach to yarn crafts, her creations demonstrate a strong dedication to quality and spreading her enthusiasm among the crafting community.
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