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Crochet Ridge Clutch - WITH FREE PATTERN (below)
This project has been an indecisive one. I worked on the ridge stitch for my Crochet Squares Blanket and really love how it looks, so I thought why not make a blanket because the stitch works up into a thick and bouncy pattern. However, if I’m being completely honest, I got restless and bored with the repetition. Then I thought, I’ll make it into a cowl, but it wasn't wide enough and I couldn't adjust it to make it bigger without undoing the whole thing. Next I was set on making a hand-muff because I used to love them as a kid and thought it was about time they make a comeback. Unfortunately, I got bored so I decided to make it into a clutch because it was a decent size and all I needed to do was add a flap, which I decided to crochet in another stitch so that I didn't get bored again. Although, I kind of wish I had chosen a simpler, more straightforward one but I love the look of the one I chose, so kept going. To make it up, I folded it in half, from left to right, sewed an inlay in (which my daughter kindly made for me), and then worked UK Double Crochet/dc (US Single Crochet/sc) round the edge to join the seams. I also worked a dc (sc) edge around the flap to neaten it up a bit. I chose the lobster clasp as a fastener purely because it is what I had laying around, but I think it finished the clutch off nicely.
I worked in UK Treble Crochet/tr (US Double Crochet/dc) round front and back posts, for the main part of the bag. Then I worked UK Half Treble Crochet/htr (US Half Double Crochet/hdc) in the back and front “bumps” of the stitch on the previous row. I do not mean the loops on the top of the stitch. If you look at the front or back of your work you will see a horizontal bump just below the top of the stitch and this is where you need to work into, alternating back on one row, front on next row.
The edging was all worked in UK Double Crochet/dc (US Single Crochet/sc).
The finished size is approximately 36 cm (14.2˝) by 22 cm (8.7˝), which is quite big for a clutch but roomy enough to store everything you need.
Paintbox Yarns Simply DK (shade - Champagne White).
2 x 100g (3.5oz/302yds/276m) ball.
Weight category: UK DK/8-ply [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].
Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.
The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].
I would give the Paintbox Yarns a 5 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It was easy to work and worked up quickly;
- There is a large choice of colours available;
- The feel of it was extremely soft;
- The cost of yarn is very reasonable - I paid about £2.25 per 100g ball and you get a lot on a ball;
- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY.
Paintbox Yarns Simply DK 100g - 2 x Champagne White.
4mm Crochet Hook
1 x fastener
NOTES: The instructions are written in UK terms, US terms are in [SQUARE PARENTHESES]. For abbreviations for other countries see “Crochet Conversion Charts”.
Row 1: tr [dc] in 4th ch from hook, tr [dc] in each ch to end, turn;
Row 2-23: ch 2, sk first st, work (1tr/rf [1dc/rf] around next stitch, 1tr/rb [1dc/rb] around next stitch) rep to tch, ending with 1 tr [dc] in top of tch, turn;
Row 24: ch 2, htr [hdc] in 1st st, htr [hdc] in each of next 69 sts, turn;
Row 25: ch 2, htr [hdc] in horizontal bar (bump) on back of 1st st, htr [hdc] in back bump of each st to tch, 2 htr [hdc] in tch, turn;
Row 26: ch 2, htr [hdc] in horizontal bar (bump) on front of 1st st, htr [hdc] in front bump of each st to tch, 2 htr [hdc] in tch, turn;
Row 27-30: rep rows 25 and 26;
Row 31: ch 2, sk 1st bump, htr [hdc] in back bump of each st to tch, htr [hdc] in tch, turn;
Row 32: ch 2, sk 1st bump, htr [hdc] in front bump of each st to tch, htr [hdc] in tch, turn;
Row 33-38: rep rows 31 and 32;
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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