I am so excited- my daughter loves Care Bears as much as I did when I was her age…. and even loves watching the same movie over and over that I used to torture my older sisters with!
This pattern was inspired by my daughters imagination. About a month ago, she started playing with invisible Care Bears. Every time we would leave the house, she would make sure that my husband and I put all the (pretend) Care Bears in our pockets. If we told her there wasn’t room in our pockets, she would put on her invisible backpack and ask us to help her put the bears in it.
It only took a few days of this to realize we needed to find her some real Care Bears. We searched many stores before I realized the only way I would be able to find them would be to order them online. You can buy them at Amazon if you are searching for them too. 🙂
Ever since the bears arrived at my house, my daughter has been playing with them all day-every day….”You wanna play Care-A-Lot” is the every 5 minute question. But, she still needed a backpack 🙂 So here it is, a free crochet pattern for the Drawstring Backpack to Care-A-Lot. I hope someone you know will get as much enjoyment out of this as my daughter.
2 skeins/colors of medium weight yarn. I used I Love This Yarn (my daughter picked out one skein of Sparkly pink and one skein of blue-green)
Small amount of yarn for the heart pocket. (I used a dark coral color by I Love This Yarn called “Rouge”)
5 mm crochet hook (size H)
6 mm crochet hook (size J)
Starting with the 5 mm crochet hook
Front and back of the bag – Make two
Row 1: CH 36. Skip 1 CH. SC into next CH. Skip 1 CH. ** 3 DC into next CH. Skip 1 CH. SC into next CH. Skip 1 CH. Repeat from ** 7 more times. 2 DC into last CH. CH 1, Turn.
Row 2: SC into same stitch. **Skip 1 stitch. 3 DC into next stitch. Skip 1 stitch. SC into next stitch. Repeat from ** 7 more times. Skip next stitch. 2 DC into last stitch. CH 1, Turn.
Repeat row 2 until you have a total of 28 rows. I used a fun sparkly pink every 4th row.
Weave in your ends and repeat. (If you do not have an easy, clean, and secure technique for weaving in your ends, check out this tutorial by Fiber Flux.
Attaching the front and back pieces
Place the two pieces together. I made it so the front of the pink stripes were both facing in. After you attach the two, you will flip it right side out, and the pretty side of the stripes will be on the outside.
There are lots of ways you can attach the two pieces together. In the past, I have preferred joining pieces with a simple Single Crochet or the slip stitch. This time I chose to use my yarn needle and the blue/green yarn. You will only be joining the sides and bottom of the pieces, leaving the top open.
If you want to use the yarn needle, but have no experience with hand sewing, check out this Hand Sewing Guide by Sewing It Up!
The top of the backpack
After flipping the bag right side out, Join the yarn to a stitch at the top of the backpack.
I used the blue-green yarn.
Row 1: CH 3 (counts as first DC) DC into each stitch around. (70 DC)
Row 2: CH 1, HDC into same stitch and each stitch around. (70 HDC)
I changed to pink yarn now.
Row 3: CH 1, SC into same stitch and each stitch around
Finish off and weave in your ends.
From here on out, use the 6 mm hook.
Drawstring/shoulder straps – Make two
I used the pink yarn
CH 150. Skip one CH. Slip stitch back down the chain. Finish off leaving long tail and repeat.
Starting on one side of the bag, Weave one of the straps all the way around the DC row. I wove mine after every 4 stitches.
Take the other strap and do the same from the other side of the bag.
With your yarn ends, Attach the ends of the straps through the bottom corners of the bag. You will want to use your yarn needle and pull the ends through to the other side, then weave your ends in on the inside of the bag while securing both ends of each strap into the corners.
I used the large free Love Heart pattern designed by PlanetJune. Attached it to the corner of the back pack. Do not attach the top of the heart. If you do not want it to be a pocket, you can attach it the entire way around.