The Holiday Clutch crochet pattern is a great accessory or gift for the holiday season. The holidays call for some sparkle and some class, and this pretty structural clutch fits the bill perfectly. Crocheted in Tunisian Simple Stitch with two sparkly yarn colors and finished with metal hardware, the Holiday Clutch will be the perfect accessory for all your holiday events.
The Holiday Clutch is a beginner Tunisian crochet project. The clutch is crocheted using Tunisian Simple Stitch as a rectangle. The border is then added by single crocheting around the edges. Interfacing and fabric lining are added if desired, the flat fabrics are folded into thirds, and then metal hardware is added to finish the clutch. The finished size is approximately 5 inches tall by 7 inches wide.
Madeline Tosh TML+Copper in Smokestack (Color A) and Winter Wheat (Color B) 1 skein each color
- 420 yards per skein/384 meters
- 90% Superwash Merino wool / 8% Acrylic / 2% Stellina
Size H (4.5mm) Tunisian crochet hook
Gauge: 22 sts x 20 rows = 4×4 inches in Tunisian Simple Stitch
Although gauge is given, it really isn’t too important for this project. Just follow the directions given and you’ll end up with your very own uniquely sized clutch that is approximately the finished dimensions.
Chain = ch
Slip Stitch = sl st
Single Crochet = sc
Tunisian Simple Stitch = tss
You can find a tutorial for working the Tunisian Simple Stitch here.
Locking Stitch Marker
Tissue Paper or Newspaper
Ironing Board or Flat Surface + Towel
Nylon Thread or Thread to match Lining Fabric
Holiday Clutch Pattern
Step 1 Foundation Row: Using Color A, Ch 35. Working into the back bumps of the crochet chain and leaving the last ch loop on the hook, skip the first ch bump and pull up a loop in each bump across.
Foundation Return Row: Yarn over, and using Color B for this whole row, pull Color B through one loop on hook, *yarn over, pull through two loops, repeat from * until you have one loop left on hook.
Step 2 TSS Row 1: Using Color B, skip the first vertical bar directly under the loop on the hook and *insert hook into the next vertical bar and pull up a loop. Repeat from * across.
TSS Return Row 1: Yarn over, and using Color A for this whole row, pull through one loop on hook, *yarn over, pull through two loops, repeat from * until you have one loop left on hook.
Step 3 TSS Row 2: Using Color A, skip the first vertical bar directly under the loop on the hook and *insert hook into the next vertical bar and pull up a loop. Repeat from * across.
TSS Return Row 2: Yarn over, and Color B for this whole row, pull through one loop on hook, *yarn over, pull through two loops, repeat from * until you have one loop left on hook.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have 54 Tunisian rows finished.
To work the edging, you’re going to sc around the edge of the entire Tunisian crochet fabric.
Step 1 Using Color A, single crochet into each Tunisian stitch across, work 3 sc stitches into the corner, then turn the fabric and work a sc into the edge stitches of each row on the first side, work 3 sc into the corner, then turn and work 1 sc into each stitch of the foundation row across, work 3 sc into the corner, then turn the fabric again and work a sc into the edge stitches of each row on the second side, work 3 sc into the corner stitch, slip stitch into the top of the very first sc, then bind off and weave in the ends.
Step 1: Block your Tunisian crochet fabric. I wet-blocked mine but that’s just my preference. To wet-block, soak your fabric in cool water with wool wash or detergent for about 15 minutes. Drain the water and gently squeeze as much water out of the fabric as you can being careful not to twist the yarn. Roll the fabric up into a wet towel to wring out some more fabric, then pin your fabric to a blocking mat or a dry towel using rust-proof pins. Allow to air dry overnight or until completely dry.
Step 2: After your crochet fabric has dried, make a pattern for cutting your interfacing and lining fabric. Lay your blocked crochet fabric on a flat surface. Lay the tissue paper or newspaper on top of the crochet fabric and trace the shape of the clutch onto the tissue or newspaper. Cut out the pattern.
Step 3: Lay the tissue or newspaper pattern on the interfacing and cut out the interfacing.
Step 4: Lay the tissue or newspaper pattern onto the lining fabric and cut out the lining.
Step 5: Lay your cut interfacing fabric glue-side up on an ironing board or on a flat surface covered with a towel. Lay the cut out lining fabric right-side up on top of the interfacing fabric, being sure the edges line up straight. Iron the lining fabric to the interfacing. Trim any edges that aren’t straight.
Step 6: Pin the lining fabric + interfacing right-side up to the inside side of your crocheted fabric.
Step 7: Using a whip stitch, sew the edges of the lining to the edges of the crochet fabric.
Step 1: Fold the clutch into thirds with the inside out. With the clutch laying on a flat surface and the lining side up, fold the bottom up and the top down so that the top flap covers the bottom side of the clutch. You can eyeball this, but generally the clutch bottom will be about 5 inches deep and the top flap will be about 4 inches long.
Step 2: Holding the front and back of the clutch together, join your yarn at the top edge of the clutch pocket and using a sc stitch, crochet the side of the clutch together. In order to create a pretty side seam, just crochet the outer edges of the since crochet stitches together. When you get to the bottom of the side, bind off and cut the yarn. Repeat on the other side.
Step 3: Attach your hardware following manufacturer’s instructions.
This pattern is copyrighted by Regarding Yarn (c) 2021 and may be used for personal use only. This pattern may not be sold and any item made from the pattern may not be sold by anyone other than Regarding Yarn.