My Favorite Sweater Clutch

Author

by Julie Holetz

Introduction

my favourite sweater clutch

Just as quickly as it arrived, summer has gone. In it’s place are shorter days, crunchy, amber leaves, and a brisk chill in the air. As the weather cools, we find ourselves drifting towards hot cocoa, warm soup, and soft wool yarns. Anyone who lives in a cooler climate has a favorite sweater. It’s soft, cozy, and makes us feel warm. I was inspired to combine my favorite sweater with my love for bags after seeing a recycled sweater dissected then reconstructed into a beautiful wool bag. Have fun with this idea and try playing with different collar structures. How about a cowl or split neck? Add a brooch, small pocket, or even buttons. The simple variation on the basic half double crochet captures the drape and texture of a soft wool sweater perfectly. A simple lining is necessary to contain pointy items like keys.

Materials List

  • Brown Sheep Lambs Pride (85% soft wool, 15% mohair/190 yds), 1 skein each of M23 Fuchsia (MC), M105 RPM Pink (A), M06 Deep Charcoal (B)
  • Size F/3.75mm and size G/4.5mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Remnant of fabric for lining (cotton works best) and matching sewing thread
  • Sewing needle
  • 1/2-inch magnetic clasp with backings (optional)

Finished Size

Body of bag: 11 inches wide x 4.5 inches high; collar adds another 2 inches in height.

Gauge

3.5 sts x 2.5 rows per 1 inch in herringbone hdc

Notes

Hhdc – herringbone half double crochet: yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up loop and pull through one loop on hook, yo and draw through both loops on hook

Hhdc2tog – herringbone half double crochet two together: yo, insert hook into first st, yo, draw up loop and pull through one loop on hook, yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up loop and pull through one loop on hook, yo and draw through all three loops on hook)

The Pattern

Bottom

With smaller hook and color (B), ch 37.

Row 1: Hhdc in 3rd chain from hook. Hhdc into each stitch across to end (a total of 36 hhdc). Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hhdc here and throughout). Hhdc into second stitch from previous row. Hhdc into each stitch across, ending with a hhdc in the turning chain from the previous row. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 2. Hhdc into second stitch from previous row. Hhdc into each stitch across, ending with a hhdc in the turning chain from the previous row. Turn.

Next you will begin to work the pattern in joined rounds for the body of the clutch.

Round 4: Chain 2. Hhdc into second stitch from previous row. Hhdc into each stitch across, ending with a hhdc in the turning chain from the previous row. Do not turn. Hhdc into the end of each row (a total of 3 hhdc). Working across the foundation chain, hhdc into the second chain and into each chain across (a total of 36 hhdc). Hhdc into the end of each row (a total of 3 hhdc). Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss. At the end of round 4 you should have a total of 78 hhdc.

Round 5: Ch 2. Hhdc into second stitch from previous round. Hhdc into each stitch around. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss.

Round 6: Ch 2. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 30 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 5 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 30 sts. Hhdc2tog. Hhdc into each of next 4 sts, changing to (A) with the last hhdc. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss. (total of 74 hhdc)

Round 7: Ch 2. Hhdc into second stitch from previous round. Hhdc into each stitch around. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss.

Round 8: Ch 2. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 28 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 5 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 28 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 4 sts, changing to (MC) with the last hhdc. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss. (total of 70 hhdc)

Round 9: Ch 2. Hhdc into second stitch from previous round. Hhdc into each stitch around. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss.

Round 10: Ch 2. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 26 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 5 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 26 sts. Hhdc2tog. Hhdc into each of next 4 sts. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss. (total of 66 hhdc)

Round 11: Ch 2. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 24 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 5 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 24 sts. Hhdc2tog. Hhdc into each of next 4 sts. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss. (total of 62 hhdc)

Round 12: Ch 2. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into next st. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 16 sts. . Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into next st. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 5 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into the next st. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 16 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into the next st. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 4 sts. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss. (total of 54 hhdc)

Round 13: Ch 2. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of the next 2 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 10 sts. . Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of the next 2 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 5 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of the next 2 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 10 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of the next 2 sts. Hhdc2tog over the next 2 sts. Hhdc into each of next 4 sts. Join to the top of the ch-2 with a ss. (total of 46 hhdc)

Round 14: Ch 2. Hhdc into second stitch from previous round. Hhdc into each stitch around. Join to the top of the ch 2 with a ss. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Collar

Design tip: Adjusting the beginning chain count will change the height of the collar. Adding rows will make the collar wider. Adjusting the hook size changes the tension, of the collar, which affects the drape.

With larger hook and color (MC), chain 16.

Row 1: Sc in second ch and in each ch across (a total of 15 sc). Turn.

Row 2- 50: Ch 1. In blo, sc in first st and in each st across. Turn.

Bring both short ends of collar together and sl st the last row to the first row. Tip: Slip stitching only the outer loops of each row together produces an invisible seam on one side.

Fasten off leaving a very long tail for attaching the collar to the body of the bag.

Assembly

If you plan to line the bag, trace the body of the bag onto the fabric before attaching the collar (see section on Lining, below). Look at both sides of the collar and decide which side you would like to be visible; this side should be on the outside when you attach it to the body of the bag. Turn the body of the bag inside out and whipstitch the row ends of the collar to the last row of the body of the bag. You will have a few more row ends than stitches so you will need to skip a couple of row ends along the way to keep the collar from puckering at the seam. Fasten off and weave in ends. Turn right-side out and fold collar down.

Lining

Fold fabric in half and place the bag on top. Trace around the sides (not including the collar) of the bag, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Cut along trace line. Beginning ¼ inch down from the top, sew around the sides and bottom of the bag leaving 1/4 inch at the top of the other side. Fasten off. Fold down one side of the top 1/4 inch down and tack down. Repeat for the top of the second side. Place and insert magnetic clasp (if using). Insert lining and sew to the inside of the bag.

lining the clutch

The author has licensed this page under a Creative Commons License. Some rights reserved.

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.