Aylain Backpack

We are opting to teach this backpack at the shop because there are a couple of tricks up Ruth’s sleeves to make the process loads of fun. We decided not to knit in the flower. Instead we have the flower felted on. Can do this with any shape if your heart desires.

Below is the pattern from which we worked.

Before Felting
Height: 18 inches
Width: 12 inches
Depth: 6.5 inches
Strap Length: 28 inches

After Felting
Height: 13 inches
Width: 10 inches
Depth: 4.5 inches
Strap Length: 21 inches

2 SKEINS – COLOR B1 24-inch US #10.5/6.5mm circular needle
1 set US #10.5/6.5mm double-point needles
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
0.5 yard fabric for lining
Sewing thread
Sewing needle
Sewing machine (for lining — sew by hand if machine is unavailable))
16 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
[Knitty’s list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]
Stripe Pattern
4 rows B
2 rows A
3 rows B
4 rows A
2 rows B
Work remaining rows in A.

Using circular needle and B, CO 48 sts.
K 33 rows.
BO all sts.

Using circular needle and B, CO 148 sts.
Beg with a RS row, work 10 rows in stockinette st.
Next Row
(First row of Stripe Pattern) [RS]: K69, place marker, work Row 1 of Chart, place marker, k to end.
Continue in pattern as set, working through remaining rows of Stripe Pattern and working sts between markers following Chart, until all rows of Chart have been worked.

Continue in stockinette st using A until work measures 16 inches, ending with a WS row.

Eyelet Row: K3, yo, k2tog, [k6, yo, k2tog] twice, k12, yo, k2tog, k4, yo, k2tog, k12, yo, k2tog, [k6, yo, k2tog] 5 times, k12, yo, k2tog, k4, yo, k2tog, k12, yo, k2tog, [k6, yo, k2tog] twice, k3.

Cont in stockinette st until work measures 17.5 inches, ending with a RS row.

K 3 rows. BO all sts.

Using double-point needle and B, CO 4 sts.
Work I-Cord for 57 inches. BO all sts.

Shoulder Straps
(Make 2)

CO 6 sts.

Row 1: [Kfb] 6 times. 12 sts.

Row 2: [K1, sl 1 purlwise with yarn held to front of work] 6 times.

Repeat Row 2 until work measures 30 inches.

Next Row: [K2tog] 6 times. BO rem 6 sts.

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