Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Backpack Charms! (Pattern + Project)

As we dive into the school year, how about a little upgrade to the backpack this year?  These charms will add a super fun extra..the zipper pull remains intact too, so that you can still zip and unzip with ease.

Because the backpack shown is pink, I chose a matching flower, leaf and two curlicues.  However, you could have a fun explosion of curlicues, or some pretty fall leaves.  Switching charms might be fun to change once in a while for the seasons too!

This is an extremely versatile project, just about any type of yarn you have on hand.  So, using scraps of beautiful yarn is encouraged!  

Note: This project is for both crocheters and knitters.

To make your backpack charms, you'll need:

  • Yarn of your choice (I used scraps of sock yarn on hand)
  • Crochet hook/Knitting Needles (Check the recommended hook/needle size on the yarn label for best results)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

*Knitters start here:

Rosette Instructions:
CO 5 sts 
Row 1: kfb each st (10 sts) 
Row 2: Purl 
Row 3: kfb each st (20 sts) 
Row 4: Purl 
Row 5: kfb each st (40 sts) 

Leaf Instructions:
CO 5 sts
Row 1: k1, kfb, kfb, K2 (7 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2, kfb, kfb, K3 (9sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: skp, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 6: Purl

Curlicue Instructions:
Follow instructions above for the rosette.  Instead of coiling it up, pull it apart to achieve the curlicue shape.

*Crocheters start here:

Below is a step by step photo tutorial on how to crochet a rose.  It includes the leaf and a hanging loop too if desired.

Click here for full photo tutorial...

To add fun crocheted curlicues, click below for a stitch by stitch photo tutorial:

Click here for full curlicue tutorial...


Using the ends before you would normally weave them in, tie right onto the zipper pull and snip off and ends.  If any unwoven ends remain, weave them in.

If you love adding beautiful blooms and festive curlicues to things, here are a few more patterns to get you started (both knitting and crochet):

Cotton Candy Hat (Knitting)

Celebration Scarf (Crochet)

Baby In Bloom Hats (Knitting)

Granny Rosette Garland (Crochet)

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!


  1. Hi Jennifer,your projects are lovely! What a gorgeous idea the beautiful backpack charm, love it!Thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  2. What a clever idea :-) Thanks for sharing another great pattern.
    Blessings :-)

  3. This is so simple and looks lovely and pretty on a backpack :) Thanks for sharing the pattern!

    1. You're welcome! Loved looking at your travel photos too! :)

  4. Love this pretty flower, my little lady would love one of these on her new rucksack when she goes back to school next week. The only problem I know is that all her friends are going to want one too. Thanks for sharing this great idea and for being generous with your patterns Jules xx

    1. Thanks so much! Guess you'll be making them for all her friends too! :)


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