Back-to-School Book Bag

Back-to-School Book Bag
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Shopping for back to school supplies can be tiring and daunting. Finding the perfect book bag for school can be exhausting, especially if you want to carry a bag as unique as you are. Show off your personal style and good fashion sense with our knitted Back-to-School Book Bag!

Our free knitting pattern is great for intermediate knitters or even beginners who are looking for a bit of a challenge. The little rosettes add a pretty personal detail to the look. Or leave them off if the bag is for a young man. Knit your book bag in an earthly color or jewel tone and be right on trend for fall.

You or a special student will love knitting and showing off this bag – and it’s just in time for school!


Skill level:  intermediate

Materials:   1100 yards of worsted weight yarn for main color.  Small amount of contrasting color for flowers.

24 inch circular needle size 13

16 inch size 7 needle

Size K crochet hook

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

*Special notes:

Fulling - To full our bag, once it’s completed place the bag into a pillow case or a large zipper bag and into a top loading washing machine. You can add jeans or other items to the load, which will help in the falling process. * Don’t use bath towel unless you pillow case or zipper bag is completely closed. Otherwise you will get lint from the towel onto your bag.  Wash with hot water and small amount of soap.  Check the washing process every few minutes to see if your bag is fulled enough that no stitches can be seen and you have a nice firm fabric.




With size 13 needles and holding 2 strands of yarn together. Cast On 120.

Round 1: join into around being careful not to twist, K in each stitch around.

Round 2: P in each stitch around.

Round 3: K in each stitch around.

Round 4: P in each stitch around.

Round 5: K in each stitch around.

Repeat round 5 until piece measures 18 inches from cast on.

Using the 3 needle bind off, cast off.



With size 13 needles and holding 2 strands cast on 10 stitches.

Row 1: K in each Sts

Repeat row 1 until strap measures 60 inches from cast on.

Putting it all together

Sew strap to the sides of bag and full, see special notes.

Lay out flat to dry. Once the bag it totally dry continue to the next step.



With back side of bag facing you and size 13 needles and crochet hook pick up 55 Sts with two strands of the main color. (If you find it hard to poke the crochet hook through the felted bag you can also use a pair of scissors to poke the hole). (55)

Round 1: K in each stitch across.

Repeat row 1 for 68 rows.

Cast off.

Flap edging

You can stop now and move on to the flowers or you can add a crochet edging.  With the K hook reverse single crochet around all three sides evenly. Cast off and weave in ends.


Flowers (make 1 with two strands of cc color and size 13 needle and 2 with main color and size 7 needle)

Cast on 10 stitches

Row 1: K across.

Row 2: P across.

Row 3: Inc in each stitch across. (20)

Row 4: P across.

Row 5: Inc in each stitch across. (40)

Row 6: K across.

Row 7: K across.

Cast off and sew flowers into place using picture as guide.

Weave in all ends and enjoy!


About The Author

Melanie has more than 25 years experience as a Hands-on fiber artist and fiber arts teacher specializing in crochet, knitting, spinning, weaving and tatting. She has taught classes through various yarn stores, Community Education Programs, fiber fairs; as well as in 4-H programs around Idaho. She has been designing her own unique projects and patterns for numerous year and she has spent several years as a pattern tester for many yarn and design companies. You can usually find her working on something or planning her next project.