And what does all this good weather bring? days out and about.... and not much crocheting in sight! well for me that has been the case and I have taken most of the summer season to relax and enjoy our visitors, travels, day trips and family instead.
And I am thoroughly enjoying the time away from crochet and everything to do with it - blogging, pattern writing, answering emails, FB crochet groups, and the like.... so relaxing and stress free..... absolute bliss!
However, I must admit the odd evenings where I have crocheted away a few hours before bedtime.... so many daylight hours during summer and even after a big day out, there are still daylight hours to fill in the late evening.
This is how my HAPPY rucksack came about.... a need for a pretty little bag for day trips.
I crochet the rucksack, from start to finish over five
I love this bag, so much, I am happy to share and walk you through the simple pattern combinations I used. The simple pattern stitches and the design were decided as I crocheted, nothing planned ahead, just crocheting in the round, changing the stitch, round by round, changing colour, round by round, and working with remnants of my yarn stash. That is why the main colour is orange, I had a good amount of it, and a smaller amount of the purple, green, pink and pale blue.
The yarn used is DMC Petra 5 and I used a steel hook size 2mm.
You can use as many colours as you like, you may want to use just one colour, or just two, or you may want to change colour every row.
It's all good, it's about creating a HAPPY rucksack.
PLEASE NOTE:INSTRUCTIONS for the bag will be in THREE (3) PARTS.
Today I will share with you PART 1, covering the Foundation Row and first nine (9) rounds. Then in a few days times I will come back with PART 2, and we will continue with the following pattern rounds.
After all it is still summer time, and I am still having fun enjoying every moment of this holiday time. So, if you have some free time to crochet this free pattern and would love a colourful rucksack or backpack for the summertime, then do join in, and crochet-a-long.
PATTERN DETAILS:SKILL LEVEL: Easy
YARN: Petra Crochet Cotton 5 by DMC * Thread * 100% Cotton * 437 yards / 100 grams
TOTAL YARDAGE: 568 - 611 yards / 130-140 grams
MEASUREMENTS: Length 15in (38cm) X Width 11in (28cm) - Bag circumference = 22in (56cm)
Bag is crochet in the round, from bottom up. Bottom of bag has a strong foundation row, slightly gathered. Two drawstrings at the top, close the opening of the bag, and also serve as shoulder straps.
You will need to know how to:
- crochet in the round
- colour change
- single crochet
- double crochet
- half double crochet
PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: (PART 1)
Foundation Row: *Ch3, dc in 3rd st from hook, rep from * 14 times (15 loops).
Rnd 1: Ch3, *5dc in loop, 1dc in st between loops, rep from * to end, 11dc in last loop, work opposite side, ** 1dc in st between loops, 5dc in each loop, rep from ** to end, ending with 5dc in last loop, join in ch3. (220sts)
CHANGE TO CC1
Rnd 2: Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.
CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 3: Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.
CHANGE TO CC2
Rnd 4: Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.
CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 5: Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.
Rnd 6: Ch2, hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.
CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 7: Ch3, *skip next st, (1hdc, ch1 in next st), rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.
CHANGE TO CC3
Rnd 8: Ch2, 2hdc in each ch1-sp around, join with sl st in ch2.
CHANGE TO MC
Rnd 9: Ch3, dc around, join with sl st in ch3.
PHOTO BELOW: Bottom of bag and first nine (9) rounds.
|Looking at the bottom of the bag and identifying |
the first nine (9) rounds.
HAPPY Rucksack FREE Crochet Pattern PART 2 - go HERE
Hope you enjoy this FREE PATTERN for my
and hope you all enjoying your summer holidays!