Spice of Life Striped Clutch

This beginner friendly clutch makes an excellent hook case for your on-the-go project bag. Serape-inspired stripes create a woven gradient look, while a leather strap, invisible zipper and a double-layered tassel complete this striking boho clutch.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 9” [23 cm] x 5” / [13 cm]

Gauge: 30 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in (sc 1, ch 1) patt

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Lion Brand Mandala (100% Acrylic; 590 yards [540 meters]/150 grams): 214 Centaur (MC, 1 ball), 204 Chimera (CC, 1 ball)

Hook: US size 0 (1.75 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, 9” / [23 cm] invisible zipper, 4.5” / [11.5 cm] leather keychain fob, sewing needle, matching thread

Pattern Notes

Separate each cake of yarn into its individual colors by cutting at the transition points between colors.  From Centaur, select dark purple (MC), dusty red (CC2), peach (CC3), terracotta (CC4), and light yellow (CC5).  From Chimera, select brown (CC1), gold (CC6), orange (CC7), red (CC8), and green (CC9).

Pattern

With MC, ch 73.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (72 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first [sc and ch 1]), sc in 3rd st from hook, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) 34 times, sc in turning ch. (72 sts)

Row 3: Ch 2, sc in first ch-1 sp of previous row, (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp) 34 times, sc in turning ch. (72 sts)

Rows 4-65: Rep Row 3, changing colors to follow Stripe Pattern. (72 sts)

Row 66: With MC, ch 1, sc in each st across. (72 sts)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Stripe Pattern

Rows 1-2: MC

Row 3: CC1

Row 4: MC

Rows 5-6: CC1

Row 7: CC2

Row 8: CC1

Rows 9-10: CC2

Row 11: CC3

Row 12: CC2

Rows 13-14: CC3

Row 15: CC4

Row 16: CC3

Rows 17-18: CC4

Row 19: CC5

Row 20: CC4

Rows 21-22: CC5

Row 23: CC6

Row 24: CC5

Rows 25-26: CC6

Row 27: CC7

Row 28: CC6

Rows 29-30: CC7

Row 31: CC8

Row 32: CC7

Rows 33-34: CC8

Row 35: CC7

Row 36: CC8

Rows 37-38: CC7

Row 39: CC6

Row 40: CC7

Rows 41-42: CC6

Row 43: CC5

Row 44: CC6

Rows 45-46: CC5

Row 47: CC4

Row 48: CC5

Rows 49-50: CC4

Row 51: CC3

Row 52: CC4

Rows 53-54: CC3

Row 55: CC2

Row 56: CC3

Rows 57-58: CC2

Row 59: CC1

Row 60: CC2

Rows 61-62: CC1

Row 63: MC

Row 64: CC1

Rows 65-66: MC

Finishing

Fold work in half, aligning Row 1 with Row 66. With sewing needle and thread, sew invisible zipper along Row 1 and Row 66, forming a tube. With MC and tapestry needle, sew along both sides of clutch using mattress stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

To make the tassel, cut 20 10” / [25 cm] pieces of CC9 and 20 6” / [15 cm] pieces of MC. Cut a 4” / [10 cm] length of MC to use as a tie and place it horizontally on a flat surface. Place the MC pieces vertically on top of the tie, then place the CC9 pieces on top of the MC pieces. Tie the 4” / [10 cm] MC tie around all pieces to fasten. Wrap top of tassel with a 6” / [15 cm] length of MC to secure. Attach tassel to key chain fob with a 6” / [15 cm] length of MC. Trim tassel as desired.

Attach key chain fob to clutch by threading through Rows 3 and 6 as pictured.

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Comments
  • heatherg9

    For those of us new to zippers, a video tutorial would be amazing. Actually, any new skill like that would benefit. Or pictures showing how to stitch in the zipper if a video is too time/cost prohibitive to produce.

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