Tuesday, 21 March 2017


free crochet clutch purse pattern


A few days back, while working on my first C2C clutch purse, I found two charts, and decided to use both of them to make purses.  Check out this first C2C as well as many many more bags I've made before, at the end of this blog.

So here I am back again, making something new and different, and I’m glad that you’re here with me as we work on this project together.

Materials used : Indian Polyester cone yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.
This will be superb with our Indian Laura cotton and a 3.5 – 4 mm crochet hook too.

Difficulty level : Intermediate to Advanced skill level.  
The pattern we’re using here is the C-2-C, so if you have done this before.. come along and see how we’re making a square into a rectangle.


How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

Stitches used :

Extended Single Crochet (e-sc) : hk into st, yo (2 lps on hk), pull through one lp, yo (2 lps on hk),pull through both lps.  One e-sc made. (An e-sc is basically an sc on an sc)

The beauty of this pattern is that you could work with either an dc or an e-sc.  I love the e-sc and often have replaced that stitch for the dc, as I love that it gives you the length needed (almost same length as a dc), but is a ‘lighter’ stitch.. well, to *know* what I mean, you just gotta try it too... tee hee.

Before we head off, let’s try to visualize what we’re going to create here today.

This pattern is worked a little like a C-2-C pattern.
The pattern is worked basically side to side, in a straight line, but due to the way we use our stitches, the end result looks complicated and diagonal.
Just to throw in the curve (and difficulty), you can add in a second color, which will not only accentuate the stitch but make it look awesomely complicated.

We may be working different sizes for our pattern, so as always, I’ll give you a general idea and write up and you go off and create your genius product.  Just remember to share my blog (with the full URL or blog link) please when you make your beautiful bag. Thanks.

So let’s get started.

I am going to give you instructions for a change of colour (using 2 colours) BUT you can work the whole pattern in one colour as well.

Our stitch count for this pattern is multiples of 6 + 1

free crochet clutch purse pattern

Start : (using MC) : with a chain of stitches in multiples of 6 + 1.  Turn.

Row 1 : (using MC) : dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
(dc in the next 2 ch ; ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch as the last dc) ;
*sk next 3 ch, dc in the next ch ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

If not changing colours, please just continue with pattern.

If changing colours, please change to your CC yarn now, attaching it at the st you have ended at (which coincidentally is the stitch you started from as well)

There are two ways to continue with our changing of colours.  You can either carry the unused colour yarn along OR you can fasten off and weave in ends when you attach your 2nd colour, and re-attach it again when you are done with your row. 

Please take a look at the many links on how to join yarns when using more than one color at the top of this blog.

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html

Row 2 : (using CC) :  ch 3 ; 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ;
ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch-3 sp ;
*sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch-3 sp*;
rep *to* till last 3 dc ;
sk last 3 dc and dc in the last st .  Turn ( Read *Note )

*Note :  We started this row with a ch-3, so the last st here is this ch-3 sp.  However if I say ch-3 sp, it sounded confusing.  So basically you sk the last 3 dc and work the 3 dc in that ch-3 sp.  Got it?

Row 3 : (using MC) :  ch 3 ; 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ;
ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch-3 sp ;
*sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch-3 sp*;
rep *to* till last 3 dc ;
sk last 3 dc and dc in the last st .  Turn

And this is the basic pattern.  You will continue working Rows 2 and 3 for the pattern.

If you’re only using one colour, you will just repeat Row 2.  Row 2 and Row 3 are the same, but it’s only to remind you to change colours if using two colours.

So let’s visualize this.  As you reach the length of your project, instead of working 6 ch, you will sl-st along the last 3 dc made, till you reach the 1st ch-3 sp, and then you will work your pattern in that ch-3 sp, and continue all the way to the end.

So what happens when you reach the width of your project?
The same thing. …

You will work all the way till the end, and then you will sl-st along the 3 dc’s and work your next set of sts in the ch-3 sp. 

Once again, this is exactly how one works the C-2-C.  It’s just that as far as I know, I have seen the C-2-C worked for afghans and scarves / wraps – which are way larger projects and our purse is a tad smaller !

Our Row 5 then is just for the change of pattern when you have reached the length of your project

Row 5 : sl-st  ch ; Turn and work dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
dc in the next 2 ch ; (sl-st and join with the corner of the last square)
*ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* 2 times , ending with 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn.

Ok now that you have got this far, I am sure you also know how to get the nice diagonal across one side.. all you need to do is work till one 3-dc set at one end, Turn then sl-st past that set and start your pattern for the next row.
Each row you will work till one set from the end.

Of course, you need not get the diagonal finish.. you could well opt for a neat rectangular finish as well.. but there you go , with options and decisions!

Once done, fasten off and weave in ends.

free crochet clutch purse pattern

free crochet clutch purse pattern

For lining , making an I-cord for the bag and zipper ideas, please check the top of this blog.

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