One of the things I love about crochet is the way you can create so many different textures from just a few different stitches. All you have to do is just put them together in different ways.
This lovely soft-textured clutch pattern was inspired by a crochet coach design using the same yarn. I loved its simple structure but wanted something a little bit different. After a day or so of looking at so many different textures and stitch patterns online, I fell in love with this gorgeous wavy pattern that had the misfortune to be named the crunch stitch. The stitch consists of alternating slip stitches and half double crochets and doing the opposite on the way back, so half double goes into slip stitches and vice versa.
This clutch was designed with Moda Vera Elanna yarn in mind, which I think has unfortunately now been discontinued. But I think it would suit a variety of other bulky yarns.
Other yarns that would work as its replacement are Moda Vera Hampton soft chunky cotton blend, Panda soft cotton chunky.
You could even use a thinner t-shirt yarn or ribbon tape.
Soft Textured Clutch Pattern
- 6mm hook
- Moda Vera Elanna yarn, cotton acrylic mix bulky yarn (100 g, 85m) 2 skeins
- large-eyed yarn needle – for sewing the bag together and sewing in the ends
- Smaller needle to sew on the button
- 4cm (1.5 inch) button
- Stitch markers or pins
- measuring tape
- matching thread
- ch – Chain
- st – stitch
slst – slip stitch hdc– Half double crochet
23cm wide x 15 cm tall
- Row 1: Ch 28, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, *1
hdcin next ch, Sl st in next, repeat from * across, turn (27).
- Row 2: ch 1, 1
hdcin first st ,*1 slst in next st, 1 hdcin next, repeat from * across, turn (27).
- Row 3: ch 1, 1
slst in 1st st, *1 hdcin next st, 1 slst in next, repeat from * across, turn (27).
- Rows 4 – 42: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending on a row 2
- Row 43:
slst in 1st st, *1 hdcin next st, 1 slst in next x6, slst in the next st, ch 10 and slst back into the same st. sl st into next st *1 hdcin next st, 1 slst in next, repeat from * to end of row. Cut your yarn, finish off and sew in the ends.
- Laying the piece flat with the loop closure at the top, fold the bottom up approx 13cm for the body of the clutch. Secure the sides together with stitch markers or pins.
- Using the large-eyed yarn needle, sew each side together using a simple whip stitch.
- Position the button on the clutch so that it will stay closed using the loop, and sew it on using the smaller needle and your choice of thread. Hint: Instead of thread, if you used a yarn similar to the Elanna, you can separate a few strands from the thread and use that to sew on your button, making it a perfect colour match.
And that is it! I hope you enjoy making this gorgeous clutch as much as I did.
If you do make it,