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Slouchy Stripes Backpack - Free Pattern

Slouchy Stripes Backpack
Free Crochet Pattern
Hello again! A couple days ago I posted a photo of a backpack I made using Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses I got, so I've decided to post the pattern for free! I am also listing a pdf, including a printer-friendly version, for sale here: Ravelry Listing

I can't wait to see what you all make with this pattern! I hope you enjoy it!
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- K Hook
- N Hook (Or hook of similar size for making a large chain)
- Bulky yarn in 2 colors (or more!) (Suggested yarn: Bernat Maker Home Dec, <2 skeins)
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Buttons or beads (Optional, for drawstring)

- Chain 1 at the beginning of round never counts as a stitch.
- Join each round with a slip stitch to the first single crochet of the round. After round 41, work in rows, turning after each row.
- Stitch counts are indicated in parentheses.
- Colors shown are color A (gray) and color B (teal). Feel free to substitute with as many colors as you like!
-This pattern uses only single crochet. Therefore, decreases and increases will always be sc dec and sc inc.
-Gauge is not important, but my gauge is 1” = approx. 3 single crochet stitches and 3 rounds. The bag has a height of about 9" and a bottom diameter of about 9". 

Stitches & Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dec – Single crochet decrease
Inc – Single crochet increase
*…* - Repeat what is between the asterisks
MR – Magic ring

1. In color A using K hook, make a magic ring. Ch 1, sc 8 into MR. (8)
2.  Ch 1. Inc in each sc. (16)
3. Ch 1. *Sc, inc* around. (24)
4. Ch 1. *Sc 2, inc* around. (32)
5. Ch 1. *Sc 3, inc* around. (40)
6. Ch 1. *Sc 4, inc* around. (48)
7. Ch 1. *Sc 5, inc* around. (56)
8. Ch 1. *Sc 6, inc* around. (64)
9. Ch 1. *Sc 7, inc* around. (72)
10. Ch 1. *Sc 8, inc* repeat around. (80)
11. Ch 1. Sc around. (80)
12. Ch 1. *Sc 9, inc* repeat around. (88)
13. Ch 1. Sc around. (88)
14. – 19. In color B: Ch 1. Sc around. (88)
20. – 24. In color A: Ch 1. Sc around. (88)
25. – 30. In color B: Ch 1. Sc around. (88)
31. – 35. In color A: Ch 1. Sc around. (88)
36. Ch 1. In color B: *Sc 9, dec* around. (80)
37. Ch 1. Sc around. (80)
38. Ch 1. *Sc 8, dec* around. (72)
39. Ch 1. Sc around. (72)
40. Ch 1. *Sc 7, dec* around. (64)
41. Ch 1. Sc around. (64)
Cut yarn.

Join yarn color A in 9th stitch to the right of your seam. Work in rows from here, turning after each row.
1. – 13.  Ch 1. Sc 18.  (18)
14. Ch 1. Dec, sc 14, dec. (16)
Cut yarn.
Join yarn to the right of flap. Ch 1 and sc around evenly.

CHAINED STRAPS: Using 4 strands of yarn, use N hook (or similar hook) to chain two long straps. Suggested length is about 35” – 45” long each, but you can make them shorter or longer according to your size or preference. If 35” – 45” seems long, remember that you will need extra length to make your knots. As an alternative, you could braid your straps instead.

Insert one end of the strap between two stitches of round 14, even with the right edge of the flap. Knot the strap around itself. You may want to knot it several times to keep it from slipping through the hole. 

Repeat with the other end of the strap between two stitches of round 39, roughly even with the edge of the flap.
Repeat on the left side of the flap for the other strap.

CROCHETED STRAPS: Using K hook and one strand of yarn, chain 3.
Round 1. Sc in second ch from hook. Ch 1 and turn. (2)
Round 2. Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.  (2)
Repeat round 2 until straps are desired length. (20” – 27” is recommended for an adult)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Repeat for second strap.
Sew (or slip stitch) ends of straps at rounds 14 and 39, one on either side of the flap.

In desired color, cut two (approx.) 24” strands of yarn.
Holding strands together, knot them around themselves a couple inches from the end. If using beads or buttons, slide them onto both strands, making sure they don’t slip over the knot.

Flatten your bag with the front facing you. Center your flap, and insert both strands into round 40, approximately 1 stitch to the right of the center.

Weave your drawstring in and out every 4 or 5 stitches to the right, stopping 3 stitches to the left of your strap. Insert one strand on either side of that last stitch, and holding the strands together, knot them around themselves, leaving enough slack for the bag to be completely open. Trim excess yarn. 

Repeat with left side, starting 2 stitches to the left of first drawstring.

Finish off, weave in all ends, and you’re done! Fill it with balls of yarn, or whatever other goodies you want! Feel free to add project pictures on Ravelry or Instagram (#mandiethemommy), and you can certainly sell your finished projects.


This pattern and all photos are property of Mandie The Mommy Crochet/Amanda Slate Designs.  Please DO NOT copy, repost, redistribute, or claim as your own this pattern or any of the pictures.  Please link back to the Ravelry listing or blog post and credit me as the designer. Feel free to add project pictures on Ravelry or Instagram (#mandiethemommy), and you may certainly sell your finished projects.


  1. I want to make this gorgeous backpack with tshirt yarn, super bulky (6), what size hook you suggest I use? Could it be done in super bulky instead of bulky? Thank you!!

    1. Hi Jessica! Sorry for the delay, but I just wanted to let you know that I'm expecting a shipment of t shirt yarn next week and I will be writing a version of this pattern for it. Thanks for your patience!

    2. I made one with T-Shirt Yarn...specifically Lion Brand's Fast Track Yarn and it came out just great. I even tried it out a few days ago when we went on a quick trip to another nearby state. I had to readjust the backpack straps but that was very easy to do with the way this backpack is designed. Now, I'm making 2 more for my granddaughter and another for my grandson. I love this pattern! It was so easy to make! Thanks Amanda.

    3. Can you please tell me what is the amount of t shirt yarn did you use?!

  2. Can this be done with that t-shirt yarn? I really want to do this but im thinking tshirt yarn might work well as it is washable?

    1. Hello! Sorry for the delay, but I just wanted to let you know that I'm expecting a shipment of t shirt yarn next week and I will be writing a version of this pattern for it. Thanks for your patience! However, Maker Home Dec is also washable. :)

  3. Hi Mandie,

    This is a really cool pattern, so I have linked to it on a pattern round-up post on my blog.

    I hope that's ok!

    Katie - Creating Time

    1. Absolutely, thanks so much for featuring my pattern!

  4. Mandie, until line 10 you've been saying sc7, inc. then on line 10 you say 8sc, inc. do these mean the same thing? I was sure it meant different things if the number was before the sc versus after the sc. Can you tell me if yours is different as well?

    1. I apologize for the confusion! That's a mistake on my part. It should all be the same. Round 10 means "sc in next 8 stitches, inc in next", and so on in the other rows. I will fix this as soon as I can!

  5. So im in love with this pattern but have a question.... I want to make this with tshirt yarn? Is this possible or would tshirt yarn make it too bulky or too.... Something?

    1. I think it is definitely possible. I'm awaiting a shipment of t shirt yarn to rewrite the pattern using t shirt yarn instead. It would require a larger hook, which would change the gauge. I will be trying it very soon and I'll post here to let you know how it goes. :)

  6. STATUS UPDATE.... I started doing this in the tshirt yarn and so far so good. I'm in love with the softness of it and its stretchyness (is that even a word?!) I've been using the N hook which seems to work pretty well so far, I'm not a fan of the K hook but it may work better for someone else. Im hoping to be done with this soon and will post a photo when its all done.
    Have a good if not a GREAT day!!

  7. I thought I commented here previously so forgive me if this is a duplicate. I made the backpack in Tshirt yarn and am about to make 2 more in different colors. It turned out well following the directions as is.

  8. Hello! I was wondering if it's possible for you to do a video tutorial on this one? I seem to be getting lost and confused! I would really like to make one of these but since I'm new to this crocheting it's hard to follow writen instructions! Please and thank you!

  9. Hi I don't have hunky yarn . Can I use 2of 4 medium yarn

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  11. I love this pattern thankyou so much for sharing. . I made it and entered it into my very first craft show and won first prize.💕

  12. Good morning Mandie
    I am in the process of making the backpack. Wonderful pattern. I am using the lion brand cotton fast track. My question is from the notes it looks like you can choose from two different types of straps. Am I reading that correctly?

  13. Wondering what the size of the bag is? Thanks!

    1. Hello! My finished bag was about 9" tall and 9" wide, but it can easily be adjusted to any size by adding or omitting rows. Hope this helps!

  14. i love this backpack so i decided to give it a try, but i am having a little bit of trouble understanding the pattern, round 3 it says to sc in next stitch then increase , am i increasing into the next stitch after i sc or am i increasing in the same stitch i just sc in ?? and also in this instance when i increase i am just doing another sc correct ?? when i reach the rounds i am sc 3 4 5 ....ect when i reach where i am supposed to increase do i increase in the last stitch i just made or the next stitch

    1. Hi! In round 3, the "inc" is a separate stitch. So you are increasing every other stitch.
      It'll go single crochet, increase in the next, single crochet in the next, then increase in the next, and so on. On all rounds, the increase will be in the next stitch. Hope this helps!

  15. Lovely backpack. Thank you for sharing the pattern with me..

  16. Would this backpack need to be lined.

    1. Hi Fran! That is completely your choice. My backpack came out with stitches that were tight enough to not need lining, but if you prefer a lined backpack, go for it! :)

  17. Good work. thank you for such kind of great information. For More


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