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Cabana Backpack

Knitting
September 2007
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch before felting.
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
6.5 mm (K)
990 yards (905 m)

Pattern description from Bag Style: “While vacationing in the Caribbean, Mags Kandis purchased a souvenir backpack made of palm leaves that was, although beautiful to look at, scratchy to wear. So, she copied the narrow elongated shape in a soft wool yarn in the festive colors of oceanside cabanas and bright beach towels. She worked the body side to side for vertical stripes and placed eyelet holes along the opening edge for a drawstring. She knitted a separate piece for the foldover flap and embellished it with felted crochet circles. Mags shaped the bottom of the bag with sewn gussets and knitted the straps in narrow strips of stockinette stitch that roll in on themselves naturally.”

Finished Size: About 14.75” (37.5 cm) wide, 20” (51 cm) tall, and 4.5” deep before felting; 8.5” (21.5 cm) wide, 18” (45.5 cm) tall, and 3” (7.5 cm) deep after felting.

Notions: Size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle; net laundry bag.

Note from Bag Style: Body of backpack is knitted sideways for ease of color changes.