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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Easy Knit Backpack

By: Caron

Make this Easy Knit Backpack and use it to carry your everyday items, or even as a new knitting bag! The free knitting pattern is easy enough even for beginners.

Materials:

  • Caron Jewel Box™ (64% acrylic, 20% rayon, 16% polyester; 2.5oz/70.9g, 100yds/92m): 2 skeins in #0018 Garnet
  • 5.5mm (US size 9) knitting needles, or size to obtain gauge
  • 4.5mm (US size G/6) crochet hook
  • tapestry needle (tn)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
10” x 11”; 2.5” depth

GAUGE
Using 5.5mm ndls, in St st: 14 sts and 22 rows = 4”/10cm.

STITCHES USED
Stockinette stitch (St st): Knit side = RS

Instructions:

BODY
CO 84 sts; beg St st. Work even until piece meas 12” from beg; BO all sts loosely.

BOTTOM
CO 32 sts; beg St st. Work even until piece meas 3” from beg; BO all sts loosely.

FINISHING
Block pieces to measurements. Join 12" sides of Body to form a tube. [Seam will be at center back.] Fold 1” along top edge to WS; using tn and yarn, sl st in place. Pin Bottom to Body along lower edge. With RS facing, using crochet hook, join Bottom to Body.
Drawstring: Using crochet hook, work a chain 30” long; fasten off.
On top edge, pm at center Back [seam], center Front and mid-point at each side. Fold Backpack in half by bringing the markers of the sides tog, then fold bringing the markers of the Back and Front to the same point, flattening piece; [piece is folded with all 4 markers tog]. With Front of Backpack facing, insert crochet hook from Front to Back, 1” in from the side folds, through all 4 thicknesses; pull one end of the Drawstring through from Back to Front; rep for the other side, so the drawstring will tie at the Front of the Backpack.
Straps (make 2): Using crochet hook, work a chain 32” long; fasten off.
Attach one end of one Strap to the seam at lower edge of Back, [where Bottom and Body are joined], 1” in from the side. On top edge, pm 3” from the center Back seam and another 2” from the center Back seam. Insert the crochet hook at second marker [marker closest to center Back seam], then out at first marker. Pull through rem end of strap. Rep for other strap.
Tie strap ends tog in a bow, or allow to hang.
Weave in ends.

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS
Hand washing and drying: Turn inside out and wash gently in warm water using a mild detergent. Gently rinse well in cold water. Lay flat on a towel and roll in towel to remove excess water. DO NOT WRING, STRETCH OR HANG TO DRY.

HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS
When using Jewel Box, be sure to tie a knot at the beginning of each skein and at both yarn ends when joining. A small amount of shedding can be expected when using this yarn under normal conditions.

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Just right for carrying a hiking lunch. I braided four strands of yarn for the straps they seem sturdy and don't stretch.

This looks so lovely! I'm so glad it turned out so well for you!

if the straps are flimsy why not try knitting an icord,if your not sure how go to any helpline and youll find out how.it comes out like a long tube of knitting and is very easy and interesting to do.

I agree, the straps are flimsy, also not too comfortable on the shoulders. I'd pick up stitches at the connecting points for the straps and knit a strap about 2 or 3 inches wide. Otherwise, this is an easy project that is great for a knitting bag, a work bag, or just a day bag for hands free shopping.

The straps would be rather flimsy for a back pack I would think. And possibly be uncomfortable. Might try crocheting a wider strap out of a more solid/sturdy yarn. Really like the pattern tho.

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