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Emerald Crochet Clutch

A couple of years ago I made the Art Deco Clutch for my mother. Ever since I wanted to crochet a similar one for myself. I still had some skeins of Knit Picks left in green, but wasn’t sure which stitch pattern I wanted to use. I found it too boring a task, just to repeat myself and make a clutch like my mother’s.

So here is the result: A cute crochet clutch in emerald green :-)

Material

Yarn   2 skeins Knit Picks Shine Worsted in green (shade: Macaw). 50 g, 75 yards – 69 m. 60 % Pima cotton – 40 % Modal.

Hook   4 mm   US: G/6

2 Buttons

Fabric   I used some old silk fabric, but you could also use simple cotton fabric: ½ m = 20 inches. The fabric should be thin, so the clutch doesn’t get too bulky in appearance.

Sewing Needle

Sewing Thread  I used white and green

Pins

Gauge   10 x 10 cm    4 x 4 inches = 21 stitches and 6 rows.

Level  Easy/Beginner. I provided a crochet chart, so beginners can also make this project.

Finished Size       Width: 25 cm – 10 inches. Height: 14 cm – 5½  inches. This would be the size when the bag is closed.




Pattern

Foundation   Chain 49

Row 1   Chain 1, 1 single crochet in last chain of the foundation row. Repeat 8 times: [ Skip 2, 5 double crochets in chain stitch, skip 2, 1 single crochet in chain stitch]. Turn.

Row 2   Chain 5, 1 single crochet into the third double crochet of the 5 double crochet cluster in the previous row, chain 2, 1 double crochet in previous row’s single crochet. Repeat 7 times:[ Chain 2,  1 single crochet into the third  double crochet of the 5 double crochet cluster in the previous row, chain 2, 1 double crochet in previous row’s single crochet.] Turn

Row 3   Chain 1, 1 single crochet in last row’s double crochet. Repeat 8 times:[ Skip 2, 5 double crochets in single crochet, skip 2, 1 single crochet into last row’s double crochet stitch]. Turn

Repeat row 2 and 3 until work measures 30 cm – 12 inches. End with a Row 2.

Last Row  In this row you will make eyelets, so you can close the clutch.

Chain 1, 1 single crochet in last row’s double crochet. Skip 2, 5 double crochets in last row’s single crochet stitch, skip 2, 1 single crochet into last row’s double crochet stitch.  Skip 2, 2 double crochets in last row’s single crochet stitch, chain 5, 3 double crochets in same single crochet stitch, skip 2, 1 single crochet in last row’s double crochet stitch. Repeat 4 times:  [Skip 2, 5 double crochets in previous row’s single crochet stitch , skip 2, 1 single crochet in previous row’s double crochet stitch.] Then you crochet the second eyelet: Skip 2, 3 double crochets in single crochet stitch, chain 5, 2 double crochets in same single crochet stitch, skip 2, 1 single crochet into last row’s double crochet stitch. Skip 2, 5 double crochets in last row’s single crochet stitch , skip 2, 1 single crochet in last row’s double crochet stitch.

Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

Please, see the crochet chart below for guidance. It is so much easier to understand a crochet pattern, when you can follow a crochet diagram!

Are you not familiar with crochet charts? See my Reading Crochet Charts Tutorial and learn how to decipher them. This will help you understand many more published crochet patterns :-)

crochet chart clutch

Your finished piece should look like the image below. With this type of yarn I didn’t use any blocking.

crochet clutch fabric

The buttons are sewn on to the fabric now. Since the crocheted fabric is a little lace-like, we need to stabilize the fabric, if we want to sew buttons on top of it. For this purpose I cut out 4 small, square pieces of fabric 4 x 4 cm = 1½ x 1½ inches.  Put 2 pieces of fabric on top of each other, so you have  2 fabric pieces for each button. This gives sufficient stability for sewing the button on top of the crochet fabric.

fabric for buttons

Sew the buttons on top of the right side of the fabric. Below the back side of the fabric, when the button is sewn.

how to sew buttons to crochet

Front view of the button on top of the fabric.

crochet purse with buttons

For lining I chose a pretty silk fabric. It is lighter in color than the yarn, so the stitch pattern comes out nicely. Cut the lining so it is ½ inch = 1 cm wider on all 4 sides than the clutch fabric. I use a lining, because the clutch will have a tendency to grow without it. It keeps the crochet fabric in place.

lining for crochet clutch

Iron the seam allowance into the center.

lining crochet clutch

Pin the fabric to the back side, so your button squares are covered. Leave a little space at the sides, where you want to sew the clutch sides together.

pinning lining crochet clutch

Sew the lining to the fabric with small stitches.

sew lining into bag

Close the clutch and sew it together at the outer edges of the clutch. On top of this blog post you can see the finished crochet clutch opened and closed.

The guide to the visual crochet chart. (US crochet)

crochet chart explanation

Beneath a close up of the stitch pattern.

crochet stitch guide

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