Today I’ve got a quirky, fun pattern to share with you: the Scrapadoodle Clutch! I designed this delightful little crochet clutch with scrap-busting in mind. So you can use up some of those scraps you have lying around or maybe even dig into some new skeins for this one!

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The Inspiration

One of my favorite styles of bag to carry is a wristlet clutch. Whenever I can get away with leaving all the snacks and diapers at home, I like to feel unburdened. Something about leaving the big purse at home feels like freedom. So I wanted to create something small but fun! And of course, I wanted it to be crochet, so a crochet clutch was a no-brainer.

Another goal with this one was for it to be scrap-buster friendly. So I wanted a stitch combo that allowed for color changes. This one changes colors every two rows! But of course, there’s some options to reduce weaving ends. And like I always say, ends are just an opportunity for fringe!

If you’re looking for more scrap busting projects, check out my XOXO Earwamer or my Crochet Wrap Bracelets!


About the Stitches

This clutch uses some pretty standard stitches. We’ve got chains, single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. Now if you’re not familiar with that last one, that’s ok. If you can do a double crochet stitch, you can do a treble crochet stitch.

To complete a treble crochet stitch (TR): yarn over twice, insert the hook into the next stitch, and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops a total of three times.

You will also be doing a little bit of hand sewing here. But don’t worry, I’ll direct you to a super quick and easy video tutorial to help you out.


Special Stitch Technique

In this pattern, the treble crochet stitch is a little extra quirky. I’m gonna explain it to you here, and don’t worry if it sounds confusing. Once you get to this point in the pattern it will make perfect sense.

So, in your third color change, you will begin working with treble crochet stitches. There will be sets of chain stitches throughout from the two rows previous. The chain stitches need to go behind the treble crochet stitches. To do this, you will start the treble crochet stitch as normal, by yarning over twice and inserting the hook. Then you will twist the hook towards the front of the work before pulling up a loop. Essentially, you are pulling up the first loop in front of the chain stitches.

Don’t worry if it feels awkward at first. After a couple stitches, you’ll be moving right along.


The Yarn & Stuff

I designed this crochet clutch using Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton. This yarn is categorized as a weight 4 yarn, but it works up more like a weight 3. So if you decide to stick with cotton, I recommend using a DK cotton. But I have also added a note on adjusting your foundation chain if you would like to use true worsted weight yarn.

You may have noticed that this crochet clutch is lined! I think this adds a great finishing touch to it. Plus keeps all your goodies securely inside. One of the down sides of a crochet clutch is that little items might except through the holes, but the lining fixes that! I just used a basic quilters cotton to line mine, but you might also consider adding a layer of interfacing if you like a stiffer clutch.


Adding Some Fun to Your Clutch!

This clutch is designed with 3 color changes per repeat. One fun way to mix it up and use your scraps would be to swap in a whole new set of 3 colors in every repeat! Or, on the flip side, you could do the whole thing monochrome color and end up with some crazy, fun texture.

Another way to add a little something extra is with the lining. The lining is a great spot to add a pop of bright color or maybe even a fun print. You know me, if I had any leopard fabric around, that definitely would have gone in there.

The last place to add some personality is the strap. I just did a basic strap, but you could definitely get creative here. Maybe adding a fun piece of fabric or an upcycled bracelet or belt would give your crochet clutch just the right amount of personality. If I were to start over with a new one, I think I’d do an all-black with leopard lining and use a piece of old jewelry to adorn the strap. Fabulous!


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Materials Needed

Stitches Used

Ch – Chain 
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
Mattress Stitch
Invisible Stitch
Whip Stitch

Skill Level

Intermediate

Gauge

18 stitches, 10 rows = 4″

Finished Measurements

11”w x 5.5”h

Notes

  • 24/7 Cotton is a light worsted weight yarn. For a thicker worsted yarn that does not meet gauge, reduce the stitch count of the foundation chain by 4 stitches. 
  • This pattern is worked flat, then folded into thirds and seamed at the end. The recommended seaming technique for this project is the mattress stitch.
  • This pattern is written in increments of 4 stitches + 2.
  • Chains at the beginning of the row do not count as stitches.
  • The color changes are written in sets of 3 colors. If you plan to only work 3 colors, you can carry your colors up the side of your work and reduce the number of ends to weave.
  • When you’re using cotton yarn, a crochet clutch can still retains its shape without a lining. If you’re using acrylic yarn, adding the lining is necessary to help the clutch hold its shape. Adding a lining is recommended for both types of yarn.

Pattern

Body

With Color A, Ch 50.

Row 1: With Color A, Ch 2 and turn. (Foundation row begins in 3rd ch from hook). Dc in each stitch across. (50)
(Note: For a thicker worsted yarn that does not meet gauge, reduce the stitch count of the foundation chain by 4 stitches.)

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each stitch across. (50)

Row 3: With Color B, Ch 2 and turn. *Dc 2, Ch 2, Sk 2 st.* Repeat from * to * ending the row with Dc 2. (26 DC, 24 CH)

Row 4: Ch 1 and turn. *Sc 2, Ch 2, Sk 2 ch.* Repeat from * to * ending the row with Sc 2. (26 SC, 24 CH)

(Note for Row 5: See Special Stitch Technique…You will be working the treble crochet stitches in front of the ch 2 stitches. When working the treble crochet stitches, insert hook into stitch and then bring hook to front of work in a slight twisting motion before pulling up a loop. This will bring the treble crochet stitches in front of the chain stitches.)

Row 5: With Color C, Ch 1 and turn. *Sc 2, Tr 2 in skipped stitches from Row 3.* Repeat from * to * ending the row with Sc 2. (26 SC, 24 TR)

Row 6: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each stitch across. (50) 

Row 7-54: Repeat Rows 1-6 eight more times. 

Strap Cutout

Right Side

Row 55: With Color A, Ch 2 and turn. Dc 10. (10)

Row 56: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each stitch across. (10)

Row 57: With Color B, Ch 2 and turn. *Dc 2, Ch 2, Sk 2 st.* Repeat from * to * ending the section with Dc 2. (6 DC, 4 CH)

Row 58: Ch 1 and turn. *Sc 2, Ch 2, Sk 2 ch.* Repeat from * to * ending the section with Sc 2. (6 SC, 4 CH)

Move onto Left side of cutout.

Left Side

Count over 10 stitches from left edge of clutch and attach yarn.

Row 55: With Color A, Ch 2. Dc 10. (10)

Row 56: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each stitch across. (10)

Row 57: With Color B, Ch 2 and turn. *Dc 2, Ch 2, Sk 2 st.* Repeat from * to * ending the section with Dc 2. (6 DC, 4 CH)

Row 58: Ch 1 and turn. *Sc 2, Ch 2, Sk 2 ch.* Repeat from * to * ending the section with Sc 2. (6 SC, 4 CH)

Front Flap

Row 59: With Color C, starting on the right side. Ch 1 and turn. *Sc 2, Tr 2 in skipped stitches from Row 57.*  Repeat from * to * a twice ending the Right side cutout section with Sc 2. Ch 25 (or until ch reaches opposite edges without pulling). Working in the Left Side cutout section, *Sc 2, Tr 2 in skipped stitches from Row 34.* Repeat from * to * ending the row with Sc 2. (12 SC, 20 CH, 8 TR)

Row 60: Ch 1 and turn. Sc 10, Sc 30 in the Ch 20 space, Sc 10. (50)

Row 61: With Color A, Ch 2 and turn. Dc in each stitch across. (50)

Row 62: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each stitch across. (50)

Tie off and weave in ends. 

Edging

Attach which color yarn you prefer on the bottom right corner of your piece and Sc around the outside edge of the entire rectangle. Sc 1 in each row that begins with a Sc, Sc 2 in each row that begins with a Dc, and Sc 2 in each corner space. Tie off and weave ends. 

(Note: If you have woven the ends of your clutch instead of carrying yarn, the edging is an optional step.)

Strap

Using whichever color you prefer, make wrist strap.

Row 1: Ch 37. Dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. (35)

Row 2: Ch 2 and turn. Dc in each stitch across. (35)

Row 3: Repeat Row 2. Tie off leaving a tail for seaming. Set aside.

Adding a Lining

  1. Cut out a rectangle from your fabric the same size as your crochet piece. You can either measure and cut, or lay your crochet piece on top of your lining and trace it.
  2. Make a cut in the lining in the center of the strap cutout ending approx 1” from either edge. Then angle the cuts towards each of the four corners.
  3. Fold the outside edges over approx. 1/2” and press in place with an iron. For the cutout, trim the flaps to approx 1/2”,  fold in and press with iron.
  4. Lay your cotton lining onto the back side of the crochet piece and hold in place with pins or quilting clips.
  5. Stitch the lining in place using the invisible stitch. For help with this stitch, check out this video.
  6. Tie off and trim any threads.

Seaming

Body
  1. With lining facing out, line up first Color A block with 8th Color A block. Hold in place with locking stitch markers or quilting clips.
  2. Seam right edge using mattress stitch (or whip stitch). Repeat on left edge.
  3. Tie off and weave ends. Turn right side out.
Strap
  1. Fold top flap down over front of clutch. Using a stitch marker, mark where edges of cutout fall.
  2. With tapestry needle, attach strap approx 1” outside of where the edge of the cutout falls on each side using the whip stitch. Weave in ends. 
Optional Finishing 
  1. Attach a magnetic clasp on front of clutch.

Final Thoughts

I hope you had fun with this making this fun, crochet clutch. I’d love to see some of your scrappy creations. Be sure to tag me on Instagram @craftingforweeks and use the hashtag #scrapadoodleclutch. I always love seeing your creations!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Kelsie

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Kelsie

I'm a stay-at-home mom of 3 little ones that loves to create with yarn. I design crochet patterns, and create tutorials for fun crafts.