Red Heart Super Saver Lady Bug Backpack

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by Patsy Harbor, Red Heart

Red Heart Super Saver Lady Bug Backpack

The perfect backpack for carrying their special things!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of 16 sc and 24 rows (4 inch) to crochet a backpack that measures approximately 8-3/4 inch x 9 inch. Save time, check your gauge. If the hook listed under supplies does not work, use the size that allows you to obtain the required gauge. Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere. Special abbreviaton: Sc2tog (Single Crochet decrease) = [draw up a loop in next st] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Note: When changing colors, do not cut, drop first color and work with new color. Pick up first color when directed. Before beginning work, wind a small 20 yd ball of Cherry and set aside.
  • 2
    Front: Row 1 (Right Side): With Cherry, ch 21, sc in the back ridge of each ch across; turn – 20 sc. Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st; turn – 22 sc. Rows 3-8: Repeat Row 2; turn – 34 sc. Rows 9-24: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. Row 25: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts, drop Cherry and change to Black, with Black sc in next 12 sts, drop Black and change to Cherry using the small ball of Cherry, with Cherry sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog; turn – 20 sc in Cherry, 12 sc in Black. Row 26: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, change to Black, sc in next 14 sts, change to Cherry, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog; turn – 16 sc in Cherry, 14 sc in Black. Row 27: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, change to Black, sc in next 16 sts, change to Cherry, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog; turn – 12 sc in Cherry, 16 sc in Black. Row 28: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts, change to Black, sc in next 18 sts, change to Cherry, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog; turn – 8 sc in Cherry, 18 sc in Black. Row 29: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc, change to Black, sc in next 20 sts, change to Cherry, sc, sc2tog; turn – 4 sc in Cherry, 20 sc in Black. Row 30: Ch 1, sc2tog, change to Black, sc in next 20, change to Cherry, sc2tog, change to Black; turn – 2 sc in Cherry, 20 sc in Black. Row 31: Continuing with Black, ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 18 sts, sc2tog; turn – 20 sc in Black. Row 32: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. Row 33: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc across to last 2 sts, sc2tog; turn – 18 sc. Rows 34-36: Repeat Row 33; turn – 12 sc. Row 37: Repeat Row 32; do not turn.
  • 3
    Front Edging: With right side facing, continuing with Black, 2 sc in last st of Row 37, sc evenly spaced in ends of rows to beginning of Cherry, change to Cherry, sc evenly spaced in ends of rows to Row 1, 3 sc in 1st st on Row 1, sc in each st across, 3 sc in last st on Row 1, sc evenly spaced in ends of rows to beginning of Black, change to Black, sc evenly spaced in ends of rows to 1st of Row 37, join with a slip st to first st of Row 37. Fasten off.
  • 4
    Back: Work as for Front through Row 37, turn. Begin Flap: Row 38: Ch 1, sc in front loop only in each st across; turn – 12 sc. Rows 39-42: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. Row 43: Ch 1, sc in back loop only in each st across; turn. Row 44: Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st; turn – 14 sc. Row 45 and 46: Ch 1, repeat Row 44; turn – 18 sc. Row 47: Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, ch 1, skip next st, sc in next 4 sts, ch 1, skip next st, sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in last st; turn – 18 sc and 2 ch-1 button-hole spaces. Row 48: Ch 1, sc in next 7 sts, sc in ch-1 space, sc in next 4 sts, sc in ch-1 space, sc in next 7 sts; turn – 20 sc. Row 49: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog; turn – 18 sc. Rows 50-52: Ch 1, repeat Row 49; turn – 12 sc. Row 53: Ch 1, sc in each st across; do not fasten off.
  • 5
    Back Edging: With right side facing, 2 sc in last st of Row 53, sc evenly spaced in ends of rows to beginning of Cherry, change to Cherry, sc evenly spaced in ends of rows to Row 1, 3 sc in 1st st on Row 1, sc in each st across, 3 sc in last st on Row 1, sc evenly spaced in ends of rows to beginning of Black, change to Black, sc evenly spaced in ends of rows to first of Row 53, join with a slip st to first st of Row 53. Fasten off.
  • 6
    Front Embellishments: With Cherry and right side facing and holding yarn in back of work, insert hook in stitch 10 of Row 1 edging, attach slip knot to hook and pull through to front of work, * skip next row, insert hook from front to back, yarn over and pull up a loop, draw through loop on hook, repeat from * to Black. Fasten off.
  • 7
    Spots (make 6): Round 1: With Black, ch 3, join to first ch with a slip st, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 8 dc in ring, join to 3rd ch of ch-3 with a slip st. Fasten off, leaving an 8 inch tail. Sew spots to Front using yarn needle.
  • 8
    Lower Straps: Right Strap: Row 1: With right side facing and Black, join with a slip st to 3rd st on Row 3 of Back, sc around post of same st, sc around post of next 3 sts; turn – 4 sc. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts; turn. Rows 3-6: Repeat Row 2, turn. Row 7: Ch 6, skip 2 sts, slip st in next st (ch-6 loop made). Fasten off. Left Strap: Row 1: With right side facing and Black, join with a slip st to 19th st on Row 3 of Back, sc around post of same st, sc around post of next 3 sts; turn – 4 sc. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts; turn. Rows 3-6: Repeat Row 2, turn. Row 7: Ch 6, slip st to last st of Row 6. Fasten off.
  • 9
    Upper Straps: Row 1: With right side facing and Black, join with a slip st to 4th st on Row 35 of Back, sc around post of same st, sc around post of next 7 sts; turn – 8 sc. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. Do not fasten off.
  • 10
    Divide for straps: Right strap: Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts; turn – 4 sc. Rows 4-55: Repeat Row 3; turn. Row 56: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, place marker, sc in next 2 sts; turn. Rows 57-68: Repeat Row 3; turn. Row 69: Ch 1, sc in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in last st; turn – 2 sc, 1 ch-2 sp (button-hole made) Row 70: Ch 1, sc in next st, 2 sc in ch-2 space, sc in last st; turn – 4 sc. Rows 71-75: Ch 1, sc across; turn. Row 76: Repeat Row 69; turn. Row 77: Repeat Row 70; turn. Rows 78-82: Ch 1, sc across; turn. Row 83: Ch 1, sc2tog twice; turn – 2 sc. Row 84: Ch 1, sc2tog. Fasten off. Left strap: Row 3: With right side facing, join Black with a slip st in the 5th st of Row 2, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts; turn – 4 sc. Rows 4-84: Ch 1, repeat Rows 4 – 84 as for right strap.
  • 11
    Gusset: Row 1: Ch 5, sc in back ridge of each ch across; turn – 4 sc. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. Rows 3-78: Repeat Row 2. Do not fasten off.
  • 12
    Assembly: With right side facing and Cherry and starting where Cherry begins, slip st gusset and Back together, slip st across gusset edge, slip st gusset and Front together. Fasten off. Sew buttons for eyes to front to match buttonholes on flap. Sew buttons for straps at markers. Thread upper straps through ch-6 loop on edge of lower strap then secure at button. Weave in ends.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Cherry 104212439
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Black 104212432
  • Susan Bates Plastic Crochet Hook Luxite 4 mm G6 US 104236375
  • Yarn Needle
  • Coordinating 7/16 inch Buttons (2)
  • Coordinating 1 inch Buttons (2)
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