Summer Backpack

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Summer Backpack Pattern


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Knitting: Summer Backpack
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Pattern Details:

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Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic knitting, flat and in the round

Pattern Description:

I use a cane most of the time so I need a bag that allows me to have my hands free. Cross-body bags tend to get in my way so I prefer backpacks.

This backpack closes with a drawstring, easy to close and easy to open when it is NOT being worn. It is VERY difficult to open while it is being worn - good security!

I used Cotton-Ease as I wanted a backpack to use during the summer rather than having hot wool on my back. Of course, it can easily be made of wool for a winter backpack.

This backpack is knit mostly in the round. The base, a portion of the casings and the pocket are knitted flat. The only sewing needed is to secure the casings to the inside of the top and to attach the pocket and pocket flap.

The stitches used are really simple and add interest to a very easy bag. The drawstring straps are I-cords and are surprisingly comfortable to wear.

If you have never knit and I-cord, don't worry. They are very easy to do. There are a number of tutorials on line, here is a link to one of them:


19 sts / 14 rows = 4" in seed stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approx. 10" wide x 3" deep x 10" tall


  • US6 (4.00mm) needles (straight & dpn's),

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers, tapestry needle, 1 button to fit button hole

Suggested yarn:

600 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Lion Brand Cotton-Ease

About Designer

About Designer

Nan Knits on

My great-aunt taught me to knit when I was a child of about 8 yrs old so I've been knitting "forever". For the past 2 years I've been designing baby sweaters and selling the patterns. After I retired a few years ago, I started knitting for charity. I knit mostly baby sweaters and send them to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD. Selling the patterns I design helps to cover the cost of yarn and ...

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