Punk Rock Backpack by Heather Barnes

Punk Rock Backpack

September 2004
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch (St st)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
950 - 1140 yards (869 - 1042 m)
9½" wide x 12½" tall x 3½" deep
low vision format available
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Pattern description from Stitch ‘n Bitch: “After a lot of measuring up and unraveling, I came up with this design for a backpack. Except for the intarsia knitting, it’s pretty easy to make-all you’re doing is stitching together knitted squares, then throwing in a zipper and some straps. The bag’s big enough to fit things that wouldn’t usually fit in a purse but small enough and soft enough to take to crowded places. Mine’s even accompanied me to a few mosh pits.”

Size: Finished measurements: 9½“ wide x 12½” tall x 3½“ deep

Skills: Cast on, knit, purl, read chart, intarsia, bind off, sew seam


  • Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool/15% mohair; 4oz/190yds) MONKEY
  • MC: 2 skeins #M120 Limeade
  • A: 1 skein #M13 Sun Yellow
  • B: 1 skein #M175 Bronze Patina
  • C: 1 skien #M05 Onyx
  • D: 1 skein #M34 Victorian Pink BUNNY
  • MC: 2 skeins #M13 Sun Yellow
  • A: 1 skein #M105 RPM Pink
  • B: 1 skein #M05 Onyx
  • C: 1 skien #M52 Spruce BOTH
  • US 6 (4mm) knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 1 yard cotton lining fabric
  • 9” nonseparating zipper
  • Sewing needle and thread

Pattern on pages 174 - 177.

Low Vision: This book is available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled in a digital audio format.