Crochet

The Summer Crochet Bag

Welcome to my free pattern for this golden colour clutch.

This pattern is the perfect summer accessory.

For the clutch, I used Hobbycraft’s new “Return of the Mac” yarn in Mustard and made one in Ecru. Alternatively you can use any chunky cotton yarn, in particular I also like DMC Natura XL Super Chunky or any Jersey/ T-shirt yarn.

What you’ll need

  • 5.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Approx 300g (or approximately 120m) of chunky cotton yarn
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • 50mm Toggle Button – I got mine here
  • Bag strap – I my material strap here and my brown strap here

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • SS – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single crochet
  • FO – Fasten off

Notes:

Finished dimensions: 7.5 inches (height) x 11 inches (width).

Gauge: 10stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm

Difficulty: Beginner

This pattern uses American crochet terminology

For the purpose of this pattern chain stitches do not count as stitches

When working along the chain in row one, work each stitch into the back ridge loop to create a symmetrical edge.

To create a tight structured bag we are going to use a hook thats two sizes under the recommended hook size for the yarn.

The bag is worked flat and then the sides are stitched together.

The Pattern:

CO 28 stitches:

Row 1: (working in the back ridge loops only) Starting in the 2nd Ch from the hook: SC 27, Ch 1 and turn (27)

Row 2: SC 27, Ch 1 and turn (27)

Repeat row 2 a further 40 times (42 rows total), work the final four rows as follows:

Button row 1: SC 12, Ch 3 and skip the next 3 stitches, SC 12

Button row 2: SC 12, SC 3 in the Ch 3 space, SC 12

Button row 3-4: SC 27

FO.

Sewing up the sides:

You’ll now have a large rectangle shaped piece.

Attach yarn to the two corners on opposite sides.

Pick up and SC along the sides of the rectangle and FO (46 stitches).

Your rectangle should now look something like this:

Fold the rectangle in half with the chain edge and top finishing edge lying flat together, this will be the bag opening. You’ll now be sewing the sides of the bag together to make a pouch!

 Attach yarn to one of the top corners and using the overcast stitch begin sewing down one side together by joining the two middle loops of the stitches you have just created above. FO when you reach the point in which the rectangle fold meets.

Repeat process on the other side.

Weave in all ends.

Attaching the strap:

If you are attaching a cross body strap to your bag, add two loops for the strap to clip on to as follows:

Attach yarn to the corner stitch of the back panel of the bag, Ch 3 tightly,  SS to the corner stitch of the front panel. FO and weave edges in.

Repeat on the other corner.

Button:

Simply sew your toggle button inside the bags back panel on the forth row from the top.

I also added a little tassel accessory to my bag to finish.

If you make your own crochet clutch bag with this pattern, I would love to see them! You can share your photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Twitter (@zocreates) or Instagram (@zoe.creates) and you can use the hashtag #zoecreates.

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Happy Making!

Zoe

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