Yarn Inspirations: Knit and Crochet Bags and Backpacks

I’ve been trying to figure out how to spend my birthday money. The list has gotten so long that I now have way more I want to buy than money to spend. The list includes everything from new headphones to a new dictionary to yarn for a big project to a new purse. Suddenly, it hit me. What if I combined two of my wants into one? I could cross two things off my list and save a little money in the process.

I ruled out knitting headphones and went straight for knitting a new bag. Not that I need any, really. I’m a bit of a bag junkie. I’ve got plenty of them lying around and yet I’m always ready to add one more to the collection. I’ve knit some bags before, including the colorful East Meets West Satchel designed by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence. So I know the joy of making my own bags.

East Meets West Satchel made by Kit Dunsmore from a kit; designed by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence.
East Meets West Satchel made by Kit Dunsmore from a kit; designed by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence.

As soon as it occurred to me that I might make my new bag myself, I was online looking for ideas. Here are some of the ones that appealed to me most. (None of them actually look like the bag I think I need, but that’s not that important, right?) Some are projects made by individuals, others are available as patterns or kits from distributors. I’m not endorsing or guaranteeing anything or anyone, just sharing the things I found interesting.

The first project that caught my eye was a wonderful crocheted house bag by The Twisted Yarn. An original design, this bag has lots of lovely detail on the outside plus some good design features (like a lining) that would make it a bag you can actually use. (The pattern is not available yet, but she says it will be soon.)

The Twisted Yarn's crocheted house bag.
The Twisted Yarn’s crocheted house bag.
The Twisted Yarn's house bag is lined, and everything. Sweet!
The Twisted Yarn’s house bag is lined, and everything. Sweet!

While I am theoretically looking for a new purse, I found myself perusing backpacks instead. The patterns were more whimsical and appealing to my “I refuse to be a grown-up” tastes. Morehouse Farm carries a bunch of kits for animal-themed bags and backpacks that are probably intended for kids. My favorite design? The elephants, both the backpack and the little purse.

Elephant Backpack kit by Morehouse Farm
Elephant Backpack kit by Morehouse Farm

A lovely backpack by InfiniKnits uses entrelac knitting in rainbow colors for a cheery effect.

InfiniKnits' knit backpack
InfiniKnits’ knit backpack

Just as colorful is Made By Julianne’s string bag. This knit bag would be very handy on shopping day.

Made By Julianne's knit string bag
Made By Julianne’s knit string bag

Most of the bags I’ve knit myself are simple drawstring bags, so I have to include a few of those, too. Knitwhits’ striped drawstring bag (available both as a pattern and a kit) is knitted and reminds me of my grandmother’s afghans.

Knitwhits' Roma bag; a knit bag with a crocheted afghan look.
Knitwhits’ Roma bag; a knit bag with a crocheted afghan look.

I also found a pattern for a drawstring bag covered with cables. It looks like a great project for someone interested in practicing cables without committing to a sweater.

Cable bag (Sandra Singh)
Cable That Bag! (Gardiner Yarn works)

I still haven’t decided how to spend my birthday money, but at least I had fun looking at all these different projects and sharing them with you.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

2 thoughts on “Yarn Inspirations: Knit and Crochet Bags and Backpacks”

    1. Thank you for letting me share it. I keep hoping to design my own projects, but when I pick up my needles or my crochet hook, I’m usually looking for something mindless and wind up following someone else’s pattern. I think it’s great you are taking the time to make your own designs.


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