This clutch pattern borrows elements of traditional Japanese Sashiko embroidery to add a pop of texture and interest to otherwise simple, single crochet. The bag doubles as a fold-over style clutch, or a pouch that’s the perfect size to hold all of your crochet notions.
Skill Level: intermediate
Size: 11” x 9.5”
Gauge: 15 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm]
Yarn: Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek (100% Acrylic; 258 yards [236 meters]/142 grams): 101 Ivory (C1, 1 skein), 710 Mustard (C2, 1 skein), 1 Black (C3, 1 skein)
Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm)
Notions: Sewing needle, tapestry needle, yellow sewing thread, size 3 sew on snaps, 7” zipper (optional), 1/2 yard of linen (optional), fabric cutting shears (optional), pins (optional)
The clutch is made from two flat single crochet panels that are stitched together.
This project is ideal for a crocheter with a little bit of experience with hand sewing and installing a zipper.
Panels (make 2: 1 with C1 and 1 with C2)
Rows 1: Sk first ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (39 sts)
Rows 2-37: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Embroidery (with C3)
Attach a tapestry needle to a long piece of C3. Insert tapestry needle between Rows 3 and 4 and before stitch 3. Insert the needle after Row 4 (see Diagram A). Cont embroidering across the panel (see Diagram B).
Sew Panels Together
Diagram C shows the right sides of the Panels facing up.
Flip the Panels so that the wrong sides are facing up (see Diagram D).
Arrange the Panels so that the right sides are facing each other.
Use a yellow sewing thread to stitch up 3 of the sides (see Diagram E).
Turn the pouch right side facing out.
Optional: Add the lining and zipper.
Add a snap
Stitch on either side of the snap with yellow sewing thread (see Diagram F).