Owl See You at School Backpack

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Your little one will certainly have the cutest back pack in her class! The triangle button adds the perfect touch to this little owl.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished: Base 11” long x 4” wide; Bag: 11” high x 9” wide; Owl Body: 8” high x 7 ¾” wide;

Pocket: 3” high x 5” wide

Gauge: 4 sts and 4 rows = 1” square in sc

Materials

Yarn:

Medium Weight Yarn Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby (100% acrylic; 10 yards [156 meters]/100 grams): #840-157 Duckie (MC), 1 skein.

Medium Weight Yarn Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (100% acrylic; 170 yards [156 meters]/100 grams): #860-149 Silver gray (C1), 1 skein; # 860-100 White (C2), 1 skein; #860-194 Lime (C3), 1 skein; Scrap Black for center of eyes (C4)

Hook: US size H/8 (5 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; sewing needle and thread; triangle orange button; removable stitch markers (optional)

Special Stitch

Crocodile Stitch: 4 dc down next post, ch 1, 4 dc up next post.

Pattern Notes

The bag is made in sections in one piece: base and body. The flap will be made directly onto the top of the bag. The straps, eyes, body, and pocket will be made separately and sewn onto the bag.

When changing colors, complete the last stitch up to the last pull through, yarn over and pull through the next color to finish the stitch. Color change complete.

Button Tip: I could not specifically find an orange triangle button. Instead I found a wooden one and painted it orange.

Pattern

Bag Base

Using MC, ch 36.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each ch across –  35 sts.

Rows 2-15: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 35 sts. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Bag Body

Mark the first stitch of each row with a stitch marker (optional).

Round 1: Using C1, join in the bottom right corner, sc in each stitch, on sides use the ends of rows as stitches, sl st to the first stitch to join – 100 sts.

Round 2: Ch 1, working in the back loop only, sc in each stitch – 100 sts.

Fasten off C1, join C2 (see Notes on color change).

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join.
Round 4: Ch 1, sc in each stitch, do not join.
Rounds 5-9: Working in the round, sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch of the last round to join.

Fasten off C2, join C1.

Rounds 10-11: Ch 1, sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off C1, join C2.

Rounds 12-29: Repeat Rounds 3-11.

Round 30: Ch 1, sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join – 100 sts.
Round 31: Ch 1, *sc 8, sc dec; repeat from * to complete the round, sl st to the first stitch to join – 90 sts.
Round 32: Ch 1, *sc 7, sc dec; repeat from * to complete the round, sl st to the first stitch to join – 80 sts.
Round 33: Ch 1, sc in each stitch – 80 sts.
Round 34: Ch 1, *sc 6, sc dec; repeat from * to complete the round, sl st to the first stitch to join – 70 sts.
Rounds 35-36: Ch 1, sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off C2, join C1.

Rounds 37-38: Ch 1, sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Flap

Row 1: Join C2 at stitch 1 of bag, ch 1, working in the back loop only, sc 30. Mark stitch 15 and 16 with a stitch marker.
Rows 2-10: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch.
Row 11: Turn, sc dec, sc 24, sc dec – 26 sts.
Row 12: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 26 sts.
Row 13: Turn, sc dec, sc 22, sc dec – 24 sts.
Row 14: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 24 sts.
Row 15: Turn, sc dec, sc 20, sc dec – 22 sts.
Row 16: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 22 sts.
Row 17: Turn, sc dec, sc 18, sc dec – 20 sts.
Row 18: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 20 sts.
Row 19: Turn, sc dec, sc 16, sc dec – 18 sts.
Row 20: Turn, sc dec, sc 14, sc dec – 16 sts.
Row 21: Turn, sc dec, sc 12, sc dec – 14 sts.
Row 22: Turn, sc dec, sc 10, sc dec – 12 sts.
Row 23: Turn, sc dec, sc 8, sc dec – 10 sts.
Row 24: Turn, sc dec two times, sc 2, sc dec two times – 6 sts.
Row 25: Turn, sc dec, sc 2, sc dec – 4 sts.
Row 26: Sc dec two times – 2 sts. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Join C1 at stitch 1 of Row 1, working into the ends of the rows, sc down edge to Row 26, sc in first stitch, ch 5, sc in next stitch, working into the ends of rows, sc up edge to Row 1, sl st to Row 1 to join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Owl Body

Place stitch markers on each end of Rows 12 and 25.

Using C1, ch 13.

Row 1: 2 Sc in the second chain from hook, sc 10, 2 sc in last stitch – 14 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 12, 2 sc – 16 sts.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 14, 2 sc – 18 sts.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 18 sts.
Row 5: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 16, 2 sc – 20 sts.
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 20 sts.
Row 7: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 18, 2 sc – 22 sts.
Rows 8-10: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 22 sts.
Row 11: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 20, 2 sc – 24 sts.
Rows 12-20: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 24 sts.
Row 21: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 22, 2 sc – 26 sts.
Row 22: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 26 sts.
Row 23: Turn, ch 1, 2 sc, sc 24, 2 sc – 28 sts.
Rows 24-28: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch – 28 sts.
Row 29: Turn, ch 1, sc, sc dec 2 times, sc 18, sc dec 2 times, sc in last stitch – 24 sts.
Row 30: Turn, ch 1, sc, sc dec 2 times, sc 14, sc dec 2 times, sc in last stitch – 20 sts.
Row 31: Turn, sc dec, sc 16, sc dec – 18 sts.

Row 32: Turn, sc dec, sc 14, sc dec – 16 sts.

Edging

Using the ends of rows as stitches, sc in each stitch, sl st to the first stitch to join. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Right Wing

Join C3 at Body stitch marker on right side on Row 25, ch 1, sl st, ch 1, dc, tr 5, dc 2, hdc, sc 2, sl st to next stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Left Wing

Join C3 at Body stitch marker on left side on Row 12, ch 1, sl st, sc 2, hdc, dc 2, tr 5, dc, ch 1, sl st to next stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2)

Round 1: Using C4, ch 2, 6 sc in first chain, sl st to the first stitch to join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Round 2: Join C2 in any stitch, ch 3, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch, sl st to ch-3 to join – 12 sts. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Round 3: Join C3 in any stitch, ch 3, dc in same stitch, dc in next stitch, *2 dc, dc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete round, sl st to first ch-3 to join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Round 4: Join C1 in any stitch, ch 1, *2 sc, sc 2; repeat from * to complete round, sl st to first stitch to join. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Hanging Loop

Using MC, ch 26.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across – 25 sts. Fasten off.
Row 2: Join C1 in stitch 1 of Row 1, ch 1, sc in each stitch across – 25 sts. Fasten off.
Row 3: Join MC in stitch 1 of Row 1, ch 1, sc in each stitch across – 25 sts. Fasten off.

Straps (make 2)

Using MC, ch 51.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across – 50 sts. Fasten off.
Row 2: Join MC in stitch 1 of Row 1, ch 1, sc in each stitch across – 50 sts. Fasten off.
Row 3: Join C1 in stitch 1 of Row 1, ch 1, sc in each stitch across – 50 sts. Fasten off.

Rows 4-5: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off.

Pocket

Using C1, ch 15.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across – 14 sts.
Rows 2-3: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch across – 14 sts.
Row 4: Turn, ch 3, dc in same stitch, *sk 1 stitch, 2 dc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete row – 14 sts.
Row 5: Turn, ch 3, 3 dc down first post, ch 1, 4 dc up next post, *skip 2 sts, Crocodile Stitch (see Special Stitches); repeat from * to complete row.
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, *2 dc in center of Crocodile Stitch, 2 dc in unworked 2 dc from previous row; repeat from * to last Crocodile Stitch, 2 dc in center of Crocodile Stitch to complete row.
Row 7: Sk first 2 dc, Crocodile stitch, *sk 2 sts, Crocodile Stitch; repeat from * to last 2 dc, sl st to center of 2 dc to complete row.
Row 8: Ch 3, dc in same sp, *2 dc in center of Crocodile Stitch, 2 dc in unworked 2 dc from previous row; repeat from * to complete row.
Row 9: Repeat Row 5. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Finishing

Assembly

Using tapestry needle, sew the Hanging Loop onto center of flap. The stitch markers will show center for placement. Sew the Straps onto the back using under the exposed loops on top and bottom. Sew the Eyes onto the flap and the Body onto the bag.

Using the sewing needle and thread, sew the button nose onto the bag where the flap lands.

Using the tapestry needle, sew the pocket below the button nose.

Cut 3 strands of C1, C2, and C3, about 6” each. Pull through the top flap like fringe and trim for detail.yarn ball

 

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