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Knitted Bags and Back-to-School Knitting Patterns for Children, Men, and Women

Head back to school in style with these knitted bags, sweaters, and knitted accessories.



Summer is almost over and it's time to think about heading back to school. Whether you're knitting for little ones to head off to kindergarten or you're thinking about knitting a book bag for yourself to head to college, these unique back-to-school knitting patterns for children to young adults are perfect for the first day of school.

From knitted bags sturdy enough for your heavy books to small little bags for your child's lunch, to fun school-related knitting projects for all ages, these back-to-school projects and knitting patterns display a variety of knitting techniques for beginning knitting to more advanced skills. Knitted felt, knitted lace, knit cables, and even colorwork techniques combine for knitting patterns perfect for school days.




Back-to-School Knitted Felt Bag Patterns

Felted knits are a perfect option for back-to-school knitted bags. The dense fabric allows you to carry everything from heavy books to your lunch. Small items or pencil tips can't work their way through the felted fabric, so you can run around campus without losing a thing. Plus, novice knitters don't have to worry about knitting mistakes, the felting process hides your stitch definition so your knitting doesn't have to be perfect.   
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felted daypack   aspen satchel   needle-felted messenger bag   felted fair isel

Felted Daypack ePattern
by Joy Doss 


This felted backpack is knitted in one piece; the inside and outside pockets, short carrier handle, and adjustable backpack straps are all worked separately, then sewn in place. Add a favorite funky button to secure the flap and voila! instant favorite.


Aspen Satchel ePattern
by Erica Schlueter


Knit cables and bobbles take on a blurry bas-relief appearance when worked in pure wool and felted thoroughly in this knit satchel. This knitted bag is a beginning knitting project perfect for novice knitters to try knit cables.


Needle-Felted Messenger Bag
ePattern by Leigh Radford


Needle felting is the art of drawing or sculpting with wool fiber as the medium and a special barbed needle as the applicator. Practice your needle felting skills on this sturdy knit messenger bag perfect for throwing over your shoulder on your way to class.  


Felted Fair Isle Bag
ePattern by Pam Allen


Knit Fair Isle in bright, bold colors with this roomy shoulder bag that will easily accommodate your homework and other necessities. Traditional border motifs in 4-, 6-, and 12-stitch repeats can easily be swapped out and/or re-arranged.

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Back-to-School Knitting Patterns for Kids

The first day of school is always exciting. Prepare your child with these cute, durable, and stylish knitting patterns for kids as he or she embarks on another year of schooling.         
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fair isle hoodie and caridan

  merry maiden dress   little tykes pullovers   schoolgirl pullover

Fair Isle Hoodie and Cardigan
ePatterns by Annie Modesitt


Make your children a matching pair of bright knit Fair Isle sweaters. This ePattern download includes a unisex hoodie and knitted cardigan pattern, both with traditional knit cables and fun Fair Isle colorwork.  


Merry Maiden's Dress
ePattern by Gryphon Perkins


This child's knit dress is modeled after medieval overdresses. Ribbed borders in a solid color coordinate with soft shades in the handpainted yarn used in the body of the dress. The bell-sleeves and swingy skirt are essential for an active princess.   


Little Tykes Pullovers
ePatterns by Michele Rose Orne


These easy-to-knit, machine-washable cotton knitting patterns for children were designed to be knitted in pairs. The necklines are intentionally generous to make getting in and out of the sweaters quick and pain-free for all concerned.   


Schoolgirl Pullover
ePattern by Ann Budd


This simple knitted pullover pattern for kids has rolled edges and cropped length, giving it a fresh, hip look; just right for the schoolgirl with a modern sense of style. Knit this is your child's favorite color for a simple, easy-to-knit school sweater.

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Back-to-School Essentials to Knit

From a small clutch to hold your student ID, a creative knitted book cover, to fun knitted bags for children and adults, these small back-to-school projects are a great way to start off the new school year with unique style. They knit up quickly and easily, and won't break the bank—these knitting patterns are a great way to use yarn you already have in your stash. 
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sketchbook cover   tinker totes   novel sleeve   little green clutch

Sketchbook Cover
ePattern by Veronik Avery


A two-color panel worked in a wavy open-worked stitch pattern forms a decorative overlay for this sketchbook cover. The cover slips over a standard 6" x 8" sketchbook and incorporates a pocket on the inside to house drawing pencils. Twisted cord ties keep the cover in place. 


Tinker Totes ePattern
by Annie Modesitt


When your children have stopped playing with tinker totes and are ready for school, turn their toys into useful dowels on cute, colorful knitted bags. This tote is perfect for holding a school lunch, and lightweight enough for small shoulders.   


Novel Sleeve ePattern
by Kathy Zimmerman


Perfect for an ereader, this knitted lace sleeve is worked in tweedy cotton for durability and successfully protects your device. It can be made to fit larger laptops, too. Knit this lace sleeve in your school's color to show off your school spirit.  


Little Green Clutch
ePattern by Elizabeth Miller


This little green knitted clutch purse is perfect for holding a little "green", your student ID, keys, and more. A simple herringbone knit stitch pattern won't compete with embellished yarn, so this is a perfect stash-busting or one-skein project for special yarn.

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Back-to-School Knitted Accessories for the Whole Family

What better way to start the school year than with sweet handmade knitted accessories? All these knitting patterns knit up quickly for fun, quirky knitted accessories that will keep you cozy while you wait for the bus or attend marching band practice.
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pop quiz mitts   thrummed fleece-stuffed mittens   gansey leg warmers   harvard square cap

Pop Quiz Mitts ePattern
by Amy Polcyn


Be ready for any pop quiz with these easy-to-knit fingerless knitted mitts that get their shape from ribbing along the thumb and fingers. The corrugated ribbing on the wrists adds a splash of color and is a perfect way to practice two-color knitting.


Thrummed Fleece-Stuffed Mittens
ePattern by Jennifer Appleby


The original fleece-stuffed mittens came from Labrador and Newfoundland. Small pieces of unspun sheep's wool were twisted, and then worked in every few stitches to create a fleecy lining. These knit mittens are perfect for cold Friday night high school football games.


Gansey Leg Warmers
ePattern by Courtney Kelley


This quick, beginner knitting legwarmer pattern looks great with a pair of sneakers and a skirt or peeking out of new boots. With gansey inspired diamond and star knitted stitch motifs, these legwarmers are fun to knit for beginners looking for a little challenge (because no heel to turn.)


Harvard Square Cap
ePattern by Sean Riley


Whether you're catching the subway in Harvard Square or NYC, this stylish cap is a great knitted accessory for travel to and from school. Knitting in two tones for contrast, the crown shaping of this knitted hat pattern includes twisted stitches for a swirling design.

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Back-to-School Knitted Sweater and Knitted Vest Patterns for Men and Women

Skip the back-to-school happenings at the mall this year and make something truly unique for your school wardrobe with these cardigan, pullover, and knitted vest patterns for all ages. These classic knitting patterns will look great in the school photographs taken the first week, and can be worn for years and years to come.
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back to school   chevron vest   east hale cardigan   heather hoodie vest

Back to School
ePattern by Norah Gaughan


A unique cotton pullover, sized from small child to extra-large adult, features a flattering asymmetrical textural pattern worked in a combination of stockinette, seed, and garter stitches. This classic knitted pullover pattern is great for your first day of kindergarten or grad school.


Chevron Vest ePattern
by Courtney Kelley


The classic knit and purl stitches get refined and simplified into a striking mirrored motif that adds visual flow to a cropped, boxy knitted cardigan pattern perfect for layering in the fall. This cardigan is easy to throw on over a dress or tank and is age-appropriate for pre-teens to principals.


East Hale Cardigan ePattern
by Alexis Winslow


Knit this simple, classic sweater for school. Strong details elevate a simple men's knitted cardigan pattern. An offset shoulder seam, garter trim, I-cord edging, gentle shawl collar, and top-down sleeves make for knitting interest and subtle style.


Heather Hoodie Vest
ePattern by Debbi O'Neill


Cushy knit cables and a voluminous hood combine with bulky-weight yarn for this hip knitted vest pattern. With minimal seaming, this sweet hoodie is quick on the needles. This vest pattern is also one of our most popular beginner knitting patterns.

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