My Favorite Sweater Clutch

Dec 15, 2005
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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

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Comments

Smiley wrote
on Nov 20, 2006 9:52 AM

I'm drooling, which is not "a good thing" to do around your keyboard.

Anonymous wrote
on Dec 28, 2006 12:53 PM

I've just started this pattern as a novice crocheter and am uncertain if I'm doing the stitch correctly. Can you recommend any place that outlines how to do this stitch (anything with pictures would REALLY help), I can't seem to find any. Thanks!

Mini wrote
on Feb 2, 2007 8:07 AM
Fractions did not come over correctly in your pattern. Can you clarify the instructions where fractions are used? (See materials list and lining instructions.)

Thanks!

on Feb 2, 2007 10:22 AM

Hi Mini - Thanks for pointing that out. The pattern has been corrected.

- Kim, Ed.

LAS wrote
on Sep 27, 2007 11:55 AM
I have a love/hate relationship with those magnetic clasps... they look great & give a professional finish to your bag, but the ones I've tried are so strong that I have a hard time getting the magnet to let go when I want to open my purse! Does anyone else have this problem or am I just a wimp?

L-A

on Sep 27, 2007 7:37 PM

This is the coolest little bag. I made it last year and gave it as a Christmas gift. It turned out well. Real easy to make!

Patrice Walker

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http://www.PatriceWalker.com

on Sep 27, 2007 7:41 PM

Check out this site for instructions and photos:

http://www.crochetcabana.com/stitches/stitches-Hhdc.htm

Patrice Walker

http://yarnoverpullthrough.typepad.com

http://www.PatriceWalker.com

Tilou wrote
on Oct 3, 2007 11:35 AM

Rojita9,

there are several brands out there; try to find magnetic clasps you can actually try in-store. I find these don't have to be strong, they just need to snap slightly when brought together. Personally I prefer buttons.

*Also everyone, if you live in a large city and have monthly passes for the metro, be aware that these clasps might demagnetize them. It happened to me a lot back in Montreal until I realised my purse clasp was the culprit! :D*

This pattern rocks... I can't wait to try it!

SkaMama wrote
on Oct 9, 2007 1:39 AM

I find that if you slip a piece of cardboard or hard plastic template onto the clasp on the wrong side of the fabric, it will provide enough leverage to open the clasp without stretching the fabric too much. Alternatively you could use a piece of leather or sturdy fabric in place of the board and sew it onto the lining with matching thread for additional security.

Gretchens1 wrote
on Nov 24, 2007 11:42 AM

I LOOOOOVE THIS BAG!!! I JUST found it and made one in similar colors. I attached a cute silver broach to the cuff on top. I'm so in love with this bag! Great for yarn scraps, I plan on making a bunch of them!

Natashalee wrote
on Apr 29, 2008 10:29 AM

I love this bag. Just got done making one. Just one question. My bag doesn't have the ribbed look in the hhdc like yours does. Why is this? The gauge was correct.

Thands wrote
on Jul 26, 2009 8:26 AM

Adorable pattern. I'm gonna have to give this one a try, thanks!