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Tunisian Color Block Backpack

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The Tunisian Color Block Backpack will become your favorite medium sized bag to carry a WIP and your belongings when running errands.

This tunisian crochet backpack uses the tunisian simple stitch, half double crochet and single crochet to create a stylish crochet bag for everyday use.

In being true to my designing style, this bag can be made seamlessly, which means that the only seaming is attaching the zipper, the handle, and the swivel clasps. Who doesn’t want to skip a few seams when making a crochet project?

Crochet in Color

If you’ve been looking for an easy color work project in tunisian crochet, this is a great option.

It can seem like a mystery to create some color changes in crochet, but tunisian crochet offers an easy way to create neat color changes. With the tunisian crochet backpack, you can create a neat color block look that is hard to create in traditional crochet.

I chose gray, teal and a magenta pink to create a statement backpack that will pair well with many outfits all year long.

Yarn

The yarn used in this crochet pattern was provided by We Crochet.

I chose Knitpicks Dishie on a cone for the project so that there was plenty of yarn and few ends to worry about. I have to say that this yarn was an absolute pleasure to work with! The color is rich, there was only one knot in three cones, and it’s soft but sturdy.

You will be surprised by how little yarn was used to make this medius sized bag. This means you can work through your stash, as you only need approximately 145 yards of each color, or add some yarn to your online cart because the stash needs to be fed.

Seamless

As a long time crocheter, I have seamed many projects, especially since I love making garments, but seaming is not my favorite task and most of us don’t like weaving in a lot of ends. I work on creative ways to minimize the seams in a crochet project, and that includes this tunisian crochet backpack.

When you start this project, you start with the main color, and add in the other two colors on the second row, and create the side, the body and the second side. Through some creativity and practice, I figured out a way that this backpack can be made in one piece where the two sides are attached while you create the second body piece.

There is a tiny bit of seaming to create the top for adding the zipper, and attaching the handle.

Handle

The handle for this tunisian crochet backpack is made from single crochet that create a textured, slightly stretchy tube method that I learned watching Annoo Crochet Designs that is perfect for tote bags.

The strap to wear this tunisian crochet backpack is also made from single crochet and the length can be easily customized for a great fit. I had the idea to make it adjustable, but changed my mind when I couldn’t find enough tiny buttons in my stash. LOL Although many single crochet is not the most fun to make, it’s well worth the finished look as a backpack strap.

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Materials
  • Knit Picks Dishie, weight #4 yarn (100% Cotton; 760 yds/ ~ 695m; 14 oz/ 400g skein)
    • Color A: Silver, approx. 75 g, 145 yds
    • Color B: Kenai, approx. 75 g, 145 yds
    • Color C: Begonia,  approx. 75 g, 145 yds
  • US Size K-10.5 (6.50 mm) Tunisian hook with 12 in. cable or hook to meet gauge This is a great set!
  • US size I-9 (5.50 mm)
  • 1 inch D-ring, 2
  • 10 in. knitwear zipper or regular zipper
  • 1 inch Swivel clasp, 2
  • 12 in. X 18 in. stiffened felt
GAUGE

16 Tss = 4 in. [10 cm], 16 rows = 4 in [10 cm]

SIZES

9.25 in. [23.5 cm] wide x 9.25 in. [23.5 cm] tall x 3.5 in [8.9 cm] deep

PATTERN KEY
  • A: Color A 
  • B: Color B
  • C: Color C 
  • BL: back loop
  • Ch: chain
  • FL: front loop 
  • FO: fasten off
  • Fsc: foundation single crochet 
  • FwP: forward pass
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • M: stitch marker 
  • RetP: return pass
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Tss: tunisian simple stitch
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Sk: skip
  • YO: yarn over
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
  • Attach right side during FwP: Fold the side toward you and with 1 loop on the wrong side of the Side, insert hook through next st of the Side, pick up a loop in each vertical bar across
  • Attach right side of RetP: YO, pull through second to last loop, st of the Side and last loop
  • Attach left side during RetP: After pulling up last loop, inserthook in next st of Side, YO, pull through st and 1 loop, continue standard RetP until last loop; follow Attach right side RetP
EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Intermediate

NOTES
  • Pattern is written US terms.
  • Read the entire pattern before beginning.
  • Pattern is written in 6 parts: Body and Sides, Bottom, Second Body, Handle, Strap, Zipper.
  • Each row of Tunisian is written as the forward pass and return pass. These rows are never turned.
  • Any rows of single crochet stitches will be turned, unless otherwise noted.
  • The backpack is made in one piece starting with the Body and Sides, then the Bottom, and then the Second Body.  
  • The Bottom and Second Body pieces are seamed as they are created. Pieces can be made without attaching at the beginning and end of each row, and then sewn after completed.
  • The D-rings are attached while working the Second Body piece.
  • If you would prefer to not make a backpack, skip attaching the D-rings, and skip making the Strap; proceed to making the Handle.
  • The zipper is attached separately.
  • The Straps are created separately and then attached.
  • Pictures are provided at the end of pattern for Special Stitches & Techniques.
  • Here is a helpful video tutorial for making the purse handle. Here’s video that may help. https://youtu.be/bB_mnS6utgg?t=369
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