free pattern boho crochet drawstring backpack

Boho Crochet Drawstring Backpack: FREE PATTERN

For some of us, it may feel like we’re in the dead of winter, but spring is right around the corner. Maybe that’s why I subconsciously whipped up this Boho Crochet Drawstring Backpack pattern—to conjure warmer weather!  If you’re the music festival-going type or you just love the boho chic look that threatens to take over every summer wardrobe, this pattern is perfect for you.

I just love the textures that the different stitch lengths make. The backpack is so versatile and goes with so many different outfits. The finished bag measures 6″/15.25cm across the base and 7″/17.75cm in height. While testing out the final product, I’ve used the bag to carry around my wallet, keys, gloves and even my pyjama pants! Don’t be fooled by the smallness of the bag, this thing has A LOT of space.

Feel free to use this pattern to your heart’s content, but please don’t claim it as your own. I’d also really appreciate appropriate credit. Thanks so much!

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Boho Crochet Drawstring Backpack Pattern:

Difficulty Level: Easy

Yarn Needed: Approx 68 yards/62 metres

Stitches Used:

  • Slip stitch – sl st
  • Single crochet – sc
  • Double Crochet – dc
  • Half double – hdc
  • Chain – ch

If you’re unfamiliar with any of these stitches, click here for quick and easy step-by-step instructions.

Materials needed:

  • Medium weight yarn. I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
    • I’d stick with cotton yarn as it has just the perfect amount of stretch.
  • 5.5 mm (I/9) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Contrasting colour of choice (optional)

Steps:

Chain 4, join with sl st to make a loop.

Row 1: Ch 1. Make 7 sc in loop. Join with sl st (8 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 2. DC in same stitch. *2 DC in next stitch* all the way around. Join with sl st (16 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 1. SC in same stitch. * SC in next stitch. 2 SC in next stitch* to the end, ending with sc in last stitch. Join with sl st. (24 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 2. HDC in same stitch. *HDC in next 2 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch* to the end ending with hdc in last 2 stitches. Join with sl st. (32 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 2. HDC in same stitch. *HDC in next 3 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch* to the end, ending with hdc in last 3 stitches. Join with sl st. (40 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. *Sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* to the end, ending with sc in last 4 stitches. Join with sl st. (48 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. *Sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* to the end, ending with sc in last 5 stitches. Join with sl st. (56 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 2. HDC in same stitch. *HDC in next 6 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch* to the end, ending with hdc in last 6 stitches. Join with sl st. (64 stitches)

Row 9: Ch1. Sc in back loops only to the end. Join with sl st. (64 stitches)

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Row 10–12: Ch 1. Sc to the end. Join with sl st. (64 stitches)

Row 13–16: Ch 2. DC to the end. Join with sl st. (64 stitches)

Row 17-20: Ch 2. HDC to the end. Join with sl st. (64 stitches)

Row 21–24: Ch 1. Sc to the end. Join with sl st. (64 stitches)

Row 25: Ch 2. DC to end (64 stitches)

Row 26: Ch 1. Sc to end. (64 stitches)

Row 27–28: Ch 2. DC to end. (64 stitches)

Cut yarn leaving 6-inch loop. Weave in ends.

Drawstring Instructions:

Make chain about 30″/76cm long.

Ch 1. Sc across.

Cast off and sew in ends. Attach drawstring through DCs in row 25, inserting through back posts of every 5 stitches all the way around. Make the front of the bag opposite side of bag seams.

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Straps Instructions:

Make chain approx 55″/140cm long or desired length.

Row 1: Ch 1. Sc across.

Row 2: Ch 1. Sc across.

Row 3: Ch 1. Sc across.

Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

To attach to backpack:

Turn bag over and lie flat so that the drawstring is facing down directly in the middle. Loop strap through the 2 centremost front posts of the back of bag (see photo). For each end of strap, sew an inch over rows 9–12 on each side of bag, about an inch from front posts.

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For Optional Design:

With contrasting colour of choice, weave through yarn straight across row 20 twice to form an unbroken line of colour. Repeat across row 17. Make diagonal stitches from row 17 to row 20, looping through every 10 stitches. (See below).

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Hope you enjoy!

Side note: Do you have your own handmade business and want to be interviewed (for free) on this website as a Handmade Hero? Contact me. I’d love to meet you!

 

 

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