This Tunisian Crochet Clutch is Going Everywhere This Season

Raffia yarn plus Tunisian crochet may just be our favorite summer combo. This go-to clutch is lightweight (thanks, raffia!), but can also hold all the essentials for a night on the town. Make one to go with every outfit, because of course you should.

Mangrove Clutch

Pattern by Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts
Level: Easy
Size: 10 inches wide x 6-1/4 inches tall

What You Need

Gauge

16 sts x 13 rows = 4 inches square in Tunisian simple stitch

Abbreviations

Pattern Notes

The following instructions are implied throughout pattern:

  • The loop already on the hook at the beginning of the row counts as the first st.
  • Always tss in the last st of the row, being sure to work under both loops of the st.

Pattern rows are your Forward Pass instructions.

Follow the foundation row and each pattern row with a Return Pass in the same color.

  • Return Pass instructions: chain 1, *yarn over, pull through two loops on hook; repeat from * until one loop left on hook.

Instructions

Foundation row: With A and 5mm Tunisian crochet hook, ch 41. Pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (41 tss)

Rows 1-2: Continuing with A, tss across row.
Row 3: With B, tss across row.
Rows 4-42: Repeat Rows 1-3 thirteen times.
Row 43: Continuing with B, tss2tog, tss across row to last 3 sts, tss2tog, tss last st. (39 tss)
Rows 44-57: Repeat Row 43. (11 tss)

Slip stitch bind off loosely . Cut yarn.

Fold the striped portion of the clutch in half, wrong sides together. Whip stitch up both sides with color A, leaving the top open.

Make Wrist Loop

With A and 4mm crochet hook, join with sl st into a corner of clutch, ch 56, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across row, sl st in same st at corner of clutch. Cut yarn leaving a long tail.

Attach the other end of your sc strap with a sl st at the same corner of the clutch. Cut yarn leaving a long tail.

Finishing

Weave in all ends . Use your iron to steam block the entire clutch . Lay the clutch flat and let it dry completely.

With A, apply a single strand of fringe to front flap of the clutch. You'll have 12 strands on each side and 11 strands along the bottom. Trim the fringe to your desired length. If you've never added fringe to something before, check out this stocking project : the process for adding fringe at the end is exactly the same.

Pro Tip

If your fringe is looking a little out of control, hit it with some steam to calm it down.


Find Your Next Project

You've got the Tunisian simple stitch down cold — you're ready for new stitches and new projects!

Get familiar with the full stitch as you start your second project: a chunky cowl. Build your color-changing and seaming skills, and work your cowl to completion.
Crochet that looks like knitting? Yes, it's possible! Master the Tunisian knit and purl stitches as you work your third and final project: a ribbed beanie. No knitting needles required! Afterwards, see how to add a fun pom-pom to finish it off.

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