ChaCha by Paula King


December 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 15 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 15 - 10.0 mm
990 - 1320 yards (905 - 1207 m)
child, teen/adult
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When you just have to have ruffles! Lots of girls love ruffles and can never have enough ruffles. If you want to indulge your inner “ruffle-ista” or pamper that little girlie girl in your life, this backpack is for you. Cool buttons can help you express your sense of style to make this a one of a kind work of art. One two, chachacha!

The ruffles on these bags become quite sculptural once felted. The pack comes in two sizes, child and teen/adult. The straps have two button holes, which if paired with multiple buttons makes it adjustable. Adjustability allows for multiple wearers or one wearer that is growing.


  • Child- Before felting: L 12” x H 12” x W 8” or L 30.5 x H 30.5 x W 20.25 cm (at base) Strap length: 28” / 71 cm

  • Child- After felting: L 9.5” x H 8” x W 5” or L 24 x H 20.5 x W 12.5 cm (at base) Strap length: 22.5”/57.25 cm

  • Teen/Adult- Before felting: L 16” x H 16” x W 10” or L 40.5 x H 30.5 x W 25.5 cm (at base) Strap length: 36 “/ 91.5 cm

  • Teen/Adult- After felting: L 12” x H 10” x 6.5” or L 30.5 x 25.5 x W16.5 cm (at base) Strap length: 29.75”/ 75.5 cm


MC-body Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 220 yards 200 meters/100 grams): Color number 8762(8906) 3(4)

CC-ruffles Noro Kureyon (100% Wool, 110 yards 100 meters/50 grams): Color number 319 (367) 3(4) balls


Size US 15 (10 mm): 32 (40)” circular and dpn(s)


  • Removable markers (3 MCM, 1 CCM)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Large button (1” or larger) for flap closure (samples used Dill buttons (390145/color 22 –pink & 390247/color 16- blue)
  • Smaller shank buttons (6-14) for adjustable straps (samples used Favorite Findings-Blumenthal Lansing Company - # 1149-Butterfly Dreams and Dress It Up-A Jesse James Company -# 4824 –Fab Flops)


10 sts and 15 rows = 4” 10 cm in St st before felting

Pattern notes

  1. The base on this pattern is knitted flat on a circular needle.
  2. This pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up, after picking up stitches around the rectangular base.
  3. This pattern is worked with all yarn double stranded.
  4. The base, body, flap and straps are worked in the solid color (MC) and only the ruffles are knit in the self-striping (CC).
  5. The pattern uses an I-cord bind-off for durability.
  6. The stitches for the ruffles will be picked up vertically down the front of the pack.
  7. There are two buttonholes in each strap to allow them to be adjustable.