You guys. I have so many feelings about this backpack. First, let’s talk design.
From start to finish, it’s easy to see that Stephanie and her husband Ryan put so much thought into the design and into each and every little detail of this pattern. The design focuses on a gorgeous granny square as the central design feature and the rest of the backpack assembles beautifully around that granny square. Each new step of the process incorporates different stitches and techniques, so, as Stephanie mentions on her blog (and as many, many makers can now attest), crocheting this bag never gets boring! As soon as you finish one part, you move on to another, totally different part (my favourite part was the strap! So soothing and repetitive).
After the pattern was released, Stephanie announced that that she would be hosting a CAL and I was so excited to join. I ordered my yarn right away.
Speaking of, let’s talk yarn next; the pattern uses Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton which is such a perfect choice for this project. I had never used 24/7 Cotton before this project and totally fell in love! It’s a dream to work with and I can’t wait to use it for more projects in the future. The mercerized cotton gives it a beautiful sheen and incredible stitch definition. I did find that the yarn was more prone to kinking, which just meant I had to give it a few more tugs than usual while working with it, but it really wasn’t an issue. There was no splitting whatsoever, which you often see with non-mercerized cotton yarns. I made my bag in the colourway Goldenrod (but there are so many gorgeous colourways so if you plan on picking some 24/7 up, have fun with that agony).
Stephanie has the pattern available on her blog for free, along with very detailed step-by-step posts. Alternatively, you can shop the ad-free PDF in her Etsy shop. I’ve been using my bag all summer long and loving it; it’s so convenient and holds everything I need (and more!) on any outing, while keeping my hands conveniently free.
I encourage you to check out the CAL group on Facebook or the #wildrosebackpack hashtag on Instagram to check out all the hundreds of beautiful bags that have been made during the CAL! I promise you’ll find inspiration and get the itch to make one or two (if you haven’t already). I have seen many people line their Wildrose Backpacks with fabric to make them even more durable. (Also, think of the fabric/yarn combo options!)
Photo time! But first, Pin this baby for later.
Here are some progress photos:
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