Today is or better to say was my birthday and I thought I would celebrate it with you guys with this amazingly easy and fast and beautiful clutch tutorial.
* DK yarn in 3 colors
* 3mm hook
* 2 wooden beads
The pattern I employed for my clutch is called a side saddle stitch, very easy to crochet and gives an interesting texture to the project.
The finished clutch measures 23 cm in width and 14 cm in length.
Here's the diagram- courtesy of pinterest.
As it says, you work multiples of 4+1, so use this as guidance if you want to make a different size than the one in this tutorial.
Foundation and row 1: For our clutch ch 44 in color 1. Dc3 in the 4th st from hook, skip 3 and sc in the next st. Ch3 and then dc3 in the same stitch. Skip 3 sts, sc in next and dc3. Repeat this pattern to the end. You should end with a sc st in the last st. Ch3 and turn work.
Row 2: You already chained 3, so now dc3 in that same st. Next sc1 in the chain space below, ch3 and dc3 all in that same ch-space. Repeat this pattern across.
Continue working row 2 pattern for 12 more rows (14 rows of color 1) and then at row 15 switch with color 2.
Work the row 2 pattern in color 2 for 5 rows. Cut yarn with a long tail that you'll use to sew the clutch's sides together.
Fold the clutch and turn it sideways - color 2 should be at your right. We are going to make the flap.
Flap Row 1: With face up, start making chains on the second / back fold: Insert color 1 at the color 2's end, ch3 and sc1 in the ch-space. The space is actually the chain of the clusters we've been making. You should make 10 such chains.
Flap Row 2: ch 3 (counts as the 1st dc) and dc2 in the first ch-space. Ch 1 and dc3 in next ch-space. Continue chaining 1 and then crocheting 3dcs for each chain. When you come to the last st. dc2 in that same stitch. Next, chain 3 and turn work.
Flap Row 3+4: dc1 in all sts. (40)
Trim: insert color 3 in 1st st. Ch 7 (3 for the chain, 4 for the bobble), make the bobble in the 4th st from hook, ch3, skip 4 and sc1 in the 5th st. Repeat making this trim to the end. Don't be confused - there will be only 4 stitches for the end instead of 5 for the last bobble.
Sew the sides of the clutch and then sew the beads. I placed them on the third bobble space of each side.
So, what do you think? Do you like it?
It could easily be made into a shoulder bag by attaching a chain at the sides.
Tip: to make it sturdy / strong you can insert a piece of fabric covered cardboard inside that would be the same size as the clutch.