The Large Adirondack Backpack was on my weaving bucket list for YEARS. It was one of those I'd LOVE to do this but I knew I couldn't get it right. That was until I ran into Janet Greenhoe on a basket tour.
Janet told me, "Jill, if you will take me salmon fishing, I will show you the way of backpacks". Well, since I lived in Talkeetna, AK at the time all I needed was an excuse to go fishing. It was a glorious day and we limited out our catch of silver salmon. I was the one to score big time however as Janet presented me with a hand woven backpack. The biggest gift however was the pattern on how to weave the backpack.
Since then I've woven a LOT of backpacks and taught a LOT of students how to do so too. The secret to weaving an Adirondack backpack is in the tape measure.
We break down the process in these 10 EASY VIDEOS (plus one) so that your next backpack is super easy to weave up.
Twining the base:
Upset the base:
Weaving the sides:
Weaving the corners:
7 rows up on the basket:
9" high on the basket bringing it in:
Put the handle in EARLY:
There you have it! A beautiful, hand crafted, backpack that you'll have to use for forages into the forest and display at the cabin when not in use.