Back-to-School Dog

I know that a bunch of kids have already gone back to school, but not everyone is there yet! And this little guy is ready to go back, too. Judging by the size, I’m pretty sure that changing the strap length would make the backpack work for Barbie, too. The backpack is functional and (with velcro) will stay closed. My daughter is happy to have a “purse” for her little animals.

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This would work with the turtle or duck, again just with a different length on the straps. Also, learn my my assembly issues- the straps are easier to sew on BEFORE sewing the backpack together than after. Just make sure you face them out. 😉

Materials:

  • worsted weight red, black, teal, navy blue
  • G-sized crochet hook
  • stuffing
  • velcro (or other fastening device) and something to attach it with- needle and thread, hot glue gun, fabric glue, etc.

 Head and Body (rounds)
1) ch 2, sc6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)
2) 2 sc in each sc around (12)
3) sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18)
4) sc2, 2 sc in next sc* around (24)
5) sc3, 2 sc in next sc* around (30)
6) sc4, 2 sc in next sc* around (36)
7-11) sc in each sc around (36)
12) sc4, dec over 2 sc* around (30)
13) sc3, dec over 2 sc* around (24)
14) sc2, dec over 2 sc* around (18)
15) sc, dec over 2 sc* around (12)
stuff head
16) 2 sc in each sc around (24)
17) sc3, 2 sc in next sc* around (30)
18-25) sc in each sc (30)
26) sc3, dec over 2 sc* around (24)
27) sc2, dec over 2 sc* around (18)
28) sc, dec over 2 sc* around (12)
stuff
29) dec over 2 sc* around (6)
break yarn, finish off, sew closed, weave in end

Legs (make 2)
stuff as you go
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
3) ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (18)
4) ch 1, in back loops only sc in each sc around, join with sl st (18)
5) ch 1, in both loops, sc in each sc, join with sl st (18)
6) ch 1, *sc4, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (15)
7-8) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (15)
9) ch 1, *sc3, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (12)
10-11) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
12) ch 1, *sc2, dec over 2 sc*, join with sl st (9)
13-14) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (9)
break yarn, finish off

Arms (make 2)
stuff as you go
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
3) ch 1, in back loops only sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
4) ch 1, in both loops *sc2, dec over 2 sc*, join with sl st (9)
5-13) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (9)
break yarn, finish off

Tail (make 2)
1) ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook to end (9)
break yarn, finish off

Muzzle
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
3) ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (18)
4-5) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (18)
break yarn, finish off

Ears (make 2)
1) ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook to end (6)
2) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (6)
3) ch 1, turn, dec over 2 sc, sc2, dec over 2 sc (4)
4) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (4)
5) ch 1, turn, *dec over 2 sc* twice (2)
6) ch 1, turn, dec over 2 sc (1)
break yarn, finish off

Eyes and Nose (make 3)
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
break yarn, finish off

Backpack Base
1) ch 8, sc in 2nd ch to end (7)
2) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (7)
break yarn, finish off

Backpack Front/Back (make 2)
1) ch 8, sc in 2nd ch to end (7)
2-8) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (7)
break yarn, finish off

Backpack Top
1) ch 8, sc in 2nd ch to end (7)
2-5) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (7)
6) ch 1, turn, dec over 2 sc, sc3, dec over 2 sc (5)
break yarn, finish off

Backpack Sides
1) ch 3, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook (2)
2-8) ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (2)
break yarn, finish off

Straps
1) ch 20 or until you reach desired strap length
break yarn, finish off

Assembly
Sew legs to bottom of body. Sew arms to sides of body. Whipstich edges of tails together and sew to back of body. Sew nose to muzzle and embroider mouth, then sew muzzle to head- stuff lightly just before sewing closed. Sew eyes and ears to head. Sew straps to backpack back. Sew bottom of backpack back, front, and sides to backpack bottom. Sew back and front to sides to form back. Sew top to top edge of backpack back. Attach velcro to hold backpack top closed if desired.

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2 responses to “Back-to-School Dog

  1. Back-to-School-Dog is adorable. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  2. Thank you! 😀

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