Dragon Scale Drawstring Pack – Free Crochet Pattern

I decided I wanted to make myself a small backpack that I could bring with me on an upcoming trip to the Azores. Since the weather there is pretty variable, I wanted something I could throw my rain jacket in along with a few small items while we explored the sights.

I had looked around and seen a few patterns I liked, but none really spoke to me. I put that idea on the back burner and browsed around for some inspiration for other projects. That’s when I came across the Crocodile Stich. A light bulb turned on in my head and I quickly googled “Crocodile Stitch Backpack”. Such beautiful bags! I knew I was onto something now. Since I had a pretty good idea in my head of what I wanted, I decided to do a bit of freestyle crochet and see if I could make it work.

The first thing to do was to learn the Crocodile Stitch. It’s not difficult in its execution, but it definitely takes a bit of time to wrap your head around it. Once I got the hang of it though, I was flying – and that was thanks to learning it from the lovely Tamara over at Moogly. I regret not learning this stitch sooner! I use her method for this pattern, so definitely go take a peek before you start. Also did I mention, this is a ONE SKEIN WONDER!


1 skein Bernat Maker Home Dec  (317 yards / ball)
6mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Stitch Markers (Optional)
Fabric for lining + sewing supplies to attach (optional)

Stitches Used:
Ch – chain
Crocodile Stitch – Moogly Tutorial 
FDC – Foundation Double Crochet
SC – Single Crochet
SL ST – Slip Stitch

Front panel: 1 crocodile “scale” = 1.5″ x 1.5″
Back panel: 3 stitches, 2 rows = 1″ double crochet

– Finished size is approx: 9″ x 10″
– This is an intermediate level pattern due to the use of the Crocodile stitch
– This pattern is worked back and forth in rows. Not in the round.
– You will need to make 4 pieces; front panel, back panel, and two i-cords.
– The back of the crocodile stitch is a mesh and not a solid crocheted fabric, as such I do recommend lining the bag if it is going to be used for small items.

Front Panel (Crocodile Stitch)

Foundation Chain: Ch 34
Row 1-10: Follow the Moogly tutorial for creating the Crocodile Stitch for 10 rows of “scales”. With a foundation chain of 34, you should be alternating between 6 and 7 scales per row.
Row 11-12: SC across. The number of stitches doesn’t matter, you just don’t want any big gaps between them.
Row 13: SL ST in first st. *Ch 5, skip 1 st, SL ST in next stitch*. Rep from * to * across.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Finished Front Panel Dragon Scale Backpack
Finished Front Panel
Back of Crocodiles Stitch
Back of Crocodiles Stitch

Back Panel

Note: the stitch count used in this panel was determined strictly by the size of the first panel. By using FDC instead of chaining, you can make Row 1 as wide as you need to in order to match your front panel. Total stitch count is not important.

Row 1: 26 FDC
Row 2-16: DC across
Row 13: SL ST in first st. *Ch 5, skip 1 st, SL ST in next stitch*. Rep from * to * across.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Finished Back Panel of Dragon Scale Backpack
Back Panel – missing top loops


Crochet 2 i-cords of equal length. The length is determined by measuring your shoulders to your hips, and then doubling that measurement.


Using a yarn needle, attach front and back panel by sewing together the two sides and the bottom.
To string the bag, take one of the cords and weave the cord in between the loops on the top of both panels. The cord should come out on the same side as it went in. Repeat with the other cord starting on the other side.
To make sure that you’ve strung the bag correctly, pull on the ends of the cords from either side, the bag should close.
Now that you’ve strung the bag, sew the ends of the cords to the bottom corners of the bag.

If you wish to line the bag you can do so now. I did so, with an old tank-top!

Cutting the Bag Lining
Cutting the Bag Lining
Finished lined bag
Finished lined bag

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