I needed a cute purse for a night out, but I didn’t have time to go shopping – enter the Novella Clutch pattern! It works up faster than making a trip to Target or Dillards, and you probably already have the yarn for it in your stash!
The Inspiration & Design
I love anything nautical themed, so I decided to make this bag with a navy base and a jaunty white stripe across the top. I like a neat, compact bag that can hold a phone, some chapstick and a pen – the three things I never leave home without.
I love this yarn. Bernat Beyond is round and smooth and makes crocheting with it a breeze. It also produces a heavy, sturdy feeling fabric when using a dense stitch like moss stitch. The project uses one skein of the Navy, and about a yard of the white to complete! I bought two balls of Navy and one of white, so I may make a smaller, contrasting color version of this clutch to carry during the summer.
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10 rows of 12 stitches of moss stitch = 4”x4”
Abbreviations (US terms):
CH – chain
DC – double crochet
SC – single crochet
SS – slip stitch
SP – Space
SK – skip
Easy – Beginner
The finished project measures approximately 11inches wide by 5.75 inches heigh.
Here is a video on the surface slip stich needed at the end: (VIDEO)
Row 1: SC in the 4th chain from hook, *CH 1, skip next CH, SC in next CH*, repeat from *to* until the end. End on an SC.
Row 2: CH 2, turn, SC in CH 1 space from previous row, *CH 1, SK 1 SC, SC in next CH 1 space, repeat from * to the end. The last SC will be worked into the space between the turning chain and the SC from the previous row.
Row 3-36: Repeat row 2.
Fold into thirds.
Whip stitch up the sides of the bottom to form a pocket.
Finish with surface slip stitch with contrasting color on front of top flap.