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Rainbow Dragon Backpack

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Backpack Crochet Pattern

Crocodile Stitch in Rounds Video Tutorial

I really like crocodile stitch, though I think it is too thick for most garments. However, this becomes an advantage when making a bag or backpack. In my stash, I happened to have self-striping Kauni yarn featuring long color transitions, and it worked really well for this project. Matching self-striping yarn to a project is often a matter of guesswork, so I feel I got lucky with this one. The bottom, flap and straps were knitted using a solid black yarn to complement the colorful body of the bag. (shop for this yarn here!)

If you don't have a yarn with long color transitions, you can achieve the same effect by using several solid yarns.

Probably the most challenging part of this pattern is crocheting crocodile stitch in rounds. I prepared a video explaining how to do this with the help of my wonderful assistants, and hopefully you find it helpful. If you have experience with crocodile stitch, this should present no problem at all. If you can figure out the crocodile stitch, the rest is actually pretty straightforward.

Size: height - 12 inches (30 cm), diameter - 9 inches (22.5 cm)

Materials:

  • Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn sport weight yarn, 660 yards (604 meters) / 150 gr, color Rainbow - 1 skein (B) (shop for this yarn here!)
  • Kauni Wool 8/2 Solids sport weight yarn, 660 yards (604 meters) /150 gr, color black - 1 skein (A) (shop for this yarn here!)
  • One large button


Hook: E (3.50 mm)

Gauge is not important

Directions

Bottom

With yarn A, ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 3 (count as 1 dc), 11 dc, sl st to to top of ch 3. (12 sts)

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the same st, 2 dc into each dc, sl st to top of ch 3 (24 sts)

Round 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the same st, *1 dc, 2 dc into next dc*, repeat to the end of the round, sl st to top of ch 3 (36 sts)

Round 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the same st, *2 dc, 2 dc into next dc*, repeat to the end of the round, sl st to top of ch 3 (48 sts)

Rounds 5-10: continue to work as round 4 increasing by 12 dc in each round. Round 10 will have 120 sts.

Body

Round 11: ch 2 (counts as 1 bdc), back post dc to the end of the round.

Round 12: with yarn B: ch 3, 1 dc into the same st, *ch 2, skip 2 sts, 1 dc, ch 2, skip 2 sts, 2 dc into the same st, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to the ch 3.

Round 13: *ch 2 (counts as the first st of the "scale", turn your work sideways and work 4 more dc down the first dc (in the case of the first scale of the round it is a ch 3), ch 1, turn your work 180 degrees and work 5 dc up the 2nd dc, ch 1, work 19 more "scales" to the end of the round, sl st, to the ch2.

Round 14: ch 3, 1 dc into the same st, *ch 2, 1 dc into the center of the "scale", ch 2, 2 dc into the space between 2 "scales", inserting the hook under both ch 1 of the previous round and into the 1 dc of round 12 in order to secure the "scale", repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to ch 3.

Round 15: work the same as round 13, working the "scales" in between the " scales" of round 13.

Repeat rounds 12-15 11 more times or to desired height of the backpack. There will be 24 rows of "scales".

Work one round of dc. Tie off.


 

Round Flap

With yarn A, ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc, sl st to to top of ch 3. (12 sts)

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the same st, 2 dc into each dc, sl st to top of ch 3 (24 sts)

Round 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the same st, *1 dc, 2 dc into next dc*, repeat to the end of the round, sl st to top of ch 3 (36 sts)

Round 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the same st, *2 dc, 2 dc into next dc*, repeat to the end of the round, sl st to top of ch 3 (48 sts)

Rounds 5-7: continue to work as round 4 increasing by 12 dc in each round. Round 7 will have 84 sts.

Rounds 8-9: one round of "scales"

Round 8: ch 3, 1 dc into the same st, *ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 dc, ch 2, skip 2 sts, 2 dc into the same st, from * repeat to the end of the round, sl st to the ch 3.

Round 9: *ch 2 (counts as the first st of the "scale", turn your work sideways and work 4 more dc down the first dc (in case of the first scale of the round it is a ch 3), ch 1, turn your work 180 degrees and work 5 dc up the 2nd dc, ch 1, work 19 more "scales" to the end of the round, sl st, to the ch 2. Tie off.

Straps

With yarn A ch 8

Row 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 7 dc. Turn.

Continue to work strap of 8 dc until desired length. Tie off.

Make 2 straps.

Finishing

Secure the straps at the bottom of the backpack and at the top. Sew on the flap at the same place where the straps are attached.

Crochet a chain drawstring and thread into the top row of the backpack.

Crochet a chain loop and attach it to the flap. Sew on the button..

Enjoy!



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Poster: Nelly stitches
June 4, 2014

What this means is that you increase on every 3rd stitch. So do 1DC into stitch one, 1DC into stitch two then 2DC into stitch three and repeat. Hope this helps
Poster: Michele
June 4, 2014

From what I gather from the pattern it is 1 dc in the next 2 stitches, then 2 dc in the next stitch. That seems to make sense to me and should come out to 48 stitches at the end of the round.
Poster: Katie
January 10, 2015

Thank you so much for posting this. I had tried to figure that out and could not get it. This was so helpful.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
July 1, 2014

You can use any solid wool yarn in rainbow colors. It is possible to use just scrap yarn.
Poster: TerryAnn
August 7, 2014

When I joined I sl st to the bottom of the chain 3 not the top and worked up going right to left.... mine were going the wrong way too but this way worked for me... I guess by now you figured it out..Lol
Poster: Sandy
September 23, 2014

I'm struggling with this too, can't figure out for the life of me how to get the scale to point in the right direction. It seems there are several people with the same problem, help please?
Poster: cindy
September 28, 2014

I am also struggling with the crocodile stitch going inside and not pointing outside...need help thank you kindly.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
August 11, 2014

You are to increase for 12 dc in every round. If your backpack bottom becomes wavy, you have to use bigger hook.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
September 3, 2014

You have to make 12 increases. 48+12=60
Poster: Cabilly
October 7, 2014

Yeah, I have encountered this problem before on a previous pattern. It took me a while, but eventually I figured out the it called for exactly what you described here :)
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