Evening clutch bag, an extra crochet gift

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A delicate silver evening clutch bag joins the projects of Essential Bags magazine. Let’s see now how to work it.

crochet clutch

MATERIALS

  • 2 balls of New Glitter yarn shade no. 8592 silver
  • A 3.00mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle with rounded point
  • White lining fabric
  • A press stud
  • 13 silver beads
  • Sewing needle and matching thread

STITCHES

  • Chain (ch)
  • Double crochet (dc)
  • Treble (tr)

INSTRUCTIONS

Note: work using a double strand of yarn

Panels

Ch63
1st row: 1 tr into 5th ch from hook, 1 tr into each of next ch to end: there are 60 tr; turn.
2nd row: ch3 (= first tr) 1 tr into each of next 59 tr. There are 60 tr. Turn.
from 3rd to 20th row: work as 2nd row.
21st row: 29 tr (NOTE: first tr = ch3 throughout), ch2, miss 2 sts, 29tr.
22nd row: 8 tr, ch2, miss 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, (13 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts) twice, 8 tr.
23rd row: 4 tr, ch2, miss 2 sts, 2 tr, 1 crocodile stitch (= 5 tr into first of next 2 tr of previous row, ch2, 5 tr into 2nd tr), 13 tr, 1 double crocodile stitch (= 5 tr into first of next 2 tr of previous row, then work a crocodile stitch into the two corresponding sts on 20st row, complete motif with 5 tr into 2nd tr of previous row) 13 tr, 1 crocodile stitch, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 4 tr.
Note: in correspondence of crocodile stitches work 2 tr around first tr, 2 tr at centre and 2 tr around 2nd tr.
24th row: 2 tr, ch2, miss 2 sts, 13 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 14 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 13 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 2tr.
25th row: 2 tr, 1 crocodile stitch (worked into the 2 chains of previous row), 1 crocodile stitch, 13 tr, 1 crocodile stitch, 14 tr, 1 crocodile stitch, 13 tr, 1 crocodile stitch (worked into the 2 chains of previous row), 2 tr.
26th and 27th rows: working trebles, work only the 2 tr at centre of first and last crocodile stitch : there are 60 tr.
28th row: 13 tr, ch2, miss 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 22 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 13 tr.
29th row: 13 tr, 1 crocodile stitch, 22 tr, 1 crocodile stitch, 13 tr.
30th row: 6 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 36 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 6 tr.
31st row: 6 tr, 1 crocodile stitch, 36 tr, 1 crocodile stitch, 6 tr.
32nd and 33rd rows: work 60 tr.
34th row: 27 tr, ch2, miss 2 sts, 2 tr, ch2, miss next 2 sts, 27 tr.
35th row: 27 tr, 1 crocodile stitch, 27 tr.
36th and 37th rows: work 60 tr.
At end, fasten off.

Triangle

Join yarn with a dc to 1st treble at beg of work.

1st row: ch2 (= 1st tr), * ch2, miss next 2 sts, 2 tr; rep from * to end (there are 15 filet squares).
2nd row: ch3 (=1st tr), * ch2, miss 2 sts (= either ch or tr) and make 1 tr (= either ch or tr, accordino to the work); rep from * to end: there are 20 squares.
3rd row: work 61 tr.
4th row: 1 double dec (= 3tr joined together), 55 tr, 1 double dec: 57 tr remain.
5th row: 1 double dec, 1 simple dec (= 2tr joined together), 47 tr, 1 double dec, 1 simple dec: 51 tr remain. 
6th row: 1 double dec, 1 simple dec, 41 tr, 1 double dec, 1 simple dec : 45 tr remain.
7th row: 1 double dec, 1 simple dec, 35 tr, 1 double dec, 1 simple dec: 39 tr remain.
8th row: 1 double dec, 1 simple dec, 33 tr, 1 double dec, 1 simple dec: 35 tr remain.
9th row: 1 double dec, 29 tr, 1 double dec: 31 tr remain.
10th row: 1 double dec, 25 tr, 1 double dec: 27 tr remain.
11th row: 1 double dec, 21 tr, 1 double dec: 23 tr remain.
12th row: 1 double dec, 17 tr, 1 double dec: 19 tr remain.
13th row: 1 double dec, 13 tr, 1 double dec: 15 tr remain.
14th row: 1 double dec, 9 tr, 1 double dec: 11 tr remain.
15th row: 1 double dec, 5 tr, 1 double dec: 7 tr remain.
16th row: 1 double dec, 1 tr, 1 double dec: 3 tr remain.
17th row: 3tr joined together. Fasten off.

FINISHING

Sew 1 silver bead at centre of each crocodile stitch and sew 2 silver beads to double crocodile stitch.
Sew fabric lining on wrong side of crochet panel, using worked piece as template, and create 2 small inner pockets. Fold panel to form an envelope, leaving triangle free to create closing piece. Sew base of press stud to centre of envelope front panel on 30th/31st row, then sew upper part of press stud approx 2.5cm from point, in correspondence of its base.

Project made by:
Cristina Bianca Erhman
Cristina B. – crochet designer