New bag for spring! The Skink Clutch
I’m forever losing my pens and pencils in the deep, dark recesses of my backpack, so I made this bag to keep them all in one place. You can easily change the dimensions and use buttons, a zipper, or even a hair tie (pictured after the jump) to keep it closed. It’s an incredibly simple bag, but still looks stylish.
Pattern after the jump…
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The Skink Clutch
This 7.25″ wide x 4″ deep (18x10cm) bag is constructed in two pieces, which are then sewn together. I used a 4.0mm hook and minimal amounts of the following. Because they aren’t the same width, my bag looks.. lumpy. ^.^ But you stick to one kind of yarn like I was unable to do, you won’t have those lumps!
Main Color: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (Charcoal)
Alt1 color: Red Heart Super Saver (Gold)
Alt2 color: vintage Carrousel Wintuk (Col. Blue)
But you can substitute for any size hook/yarn combination. By increasing the number of stitches and rows, you can make a larger bag. Because of the high number of color changes, it would be easiest to crochet over your yarn ends, rather than weave them in afterwards.
Pattern stitch: *sc in chained gap, ch1* repeat to end. If the row ends on a ch, sc in the last stitch instead.
In Main Color:
Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook, sc in each chain to end.
Row 2: *Sc, ch1*, sc.
Row 3: Change to Alt2. Work pattern stitch.
Row 4-5: Change to Main. Work pattern stitch.
Row 6-7: Change to Alt1. Work pattern stitch.
Row 8-9: Change to Main. Work pattern stitch.
Row 10-16: Repeat Rows 3-9.
Row 17: Change to Alt 2. Work pattern stitch.
Row 18: Change to Main. Work pattern stitch.
Row 19: Sc across row, including in chained gap. Pull tail through last stitch.
Make the same as Side A.
If you would like a flap, continue to the next step. If you plan on adding a zipper, you’re done!
Row 1: In Main. Begin crocheting in the third chain of side a or b. Sc across, 34 stitches.
Row 2-5: Work pattern stitch.
Seam the last row of both sides together to create a neat bottom. Finish the rest of the seams and you’re done! (I told you I doodled…)