Amarna Backpack

Picture of Pectoral

Picture of Pectoral

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter will have noticed that the embroidery you mostly see has been supplemented by the occasional piece of crochet over the past few months. I’ve found my crochet projects easier to travel with than embroidery, and it’s a different sort of puzzle to solve.

I’ve done a few shawls or scarves, and a pair of socks, and while I try to work out whether crocheted lacy socks are really “me”, I thought I would try something else that isn’t flat. Issue fifty five of Simply Crochet contained a backpack project designed by Ilaria Caliri. The colours didn’t really appeal to me, but the idea of the structure, and the tapestry crochet band across the middle, definitely did.

Yarn And Pattern

Yarn And Pattern

I started playing around with ideas for colours and designs, and it took me really quite some time to settle on something simple and repetitive enough that it might actually work. The dreadful picture of a picture at the beginning of this post is one of the pictures I took when the EES let me spend a day in their library, and I think that the fact it was so poor really helped me to cut out frills.

The backpack will be navy blue, and the tapestry crochet band is a series of petal shapes in turquoise and lapis, with a background of gold, and bordered with carnelian (approximately!). I had a lovely half hour in SMD Knitting while we found the right shades of acrylic aran-weight yarn, and now all I have to do (all!) is decide whether my petals will be broad end up or broad end down and then get to work…



  1. Lady Fi says:

    I like those colourful yarns!

  2. I’ve been watching your crochet posts with great interest. I might have to get my hooks out again. 🙂

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing how this progresses ……. despite my best intentions, my crochet tends to end up somewhat free form!

  4. Catherine says:

    You’re so clever! Your colours are lovely and compliment each other well. I look forward to watching you create this!

  5. Carolyn Foley says:

    I have fits and starts with crochet. Sometimes I can’t stop. And I am so tempted by that beautiful tile pattern that is trending at the moment. (it is on the link you posted in this piece.)

  6. I used to crochet LONG ago. As I still have the hooks, and some odd balls of yarn, maybe I should give it a try again.
    Nice colours.

  7. Lin says:

    Good colour choice Rachel, looking forward to seeing its progress. xx

  8. jenclair says:

    I have to laugh at the comment of “free form” crochet–my style regardless of efforts. I might look at my yarn stash and get out the hooks, again. Enjoy the process of the backpack!

  9. Alex Hall says:

    What a brilliant idea to base your back pack on the pectoral. Looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

  10. Terrie says:

    Your combination is always so inspiring.

  11. Deepa says:

    I totally agree with your thoughts on Crochet. Isn’t it wonderful that one can create a piece of fabric with just a hook and some yarn?

  12. Susan says:

    I look forward to seeing how this works out. I can’t picture it, because I’m not that great with words to pictures.

  13. Karen says:

    Looking forward to the journey!

  14. Karen says:

    I love the idea of a crochet back pack! Can’t wait to see it….