Crocheted Color-Block Clutch with Tassel
The crocheted texture of this tactile bag is so on trend—ergo, so are you. Crafted in an eco-friendly cotton using the single crochet stitch, you can personalize yours with a swinging tassel.
Photography: Alison Engstrom
Source: Martha Stewart
This project appeared at our Crochet and Rosé Summer Party.
The tension sample is the tension recommended for your project. It is very important to make a tension sample in a 4-by-4-inch area, where you can count the number of rows and stitches in order to ensure that your tension is correct for the project. With this method, your measurements will correspond with the specifications in the pictured schematic. If your sample is smaller than recommended, try to crochet more loosely. If your sample is larger than recommended, try to crochet more tightly.
This project is crocheted in one piece and then seamed. The stitches in crochet are built from the top, that's why when beginning a row you always have to make the number of chains necessary to reach the hight of the stitch you will work. This chain substitutes the rst (right sides together) stitch of the row. Before beginning, it is important that you know how to do the following techniques:
Single crochet: insert the crochet hook into the stitch of the previous row as indicated in the pattern, yarn over. Draw yarn through chain and up onto the working area of the crochet hook. You now have two loops on the hook. Again, yarn over and draw yarn through both loops on the crochet hook. To start a row in single crochet you need to chain 1.
Change colors: to change colors pull up the new color through the loop of the rst color on the hook. Pull the strand of the rst color snugly to hide it, so that you only see the loop of the new color. Make sure to leave a yarn tail long enough to weave in later.
Learn more in our guide on How to Crochet.
With color A, chain 30 chains + 1 chain extra with your crochet hook.
Work rows 1 to 53 in single crochet, keeping in mind the following color changes:
Row 1: Work all chains in single crochet with color A. Keep in mind that the extra chain will replace the rst stitch, so you must make the rst single crochet by inserting the needle into the third chain from your hook.
Rows 2 to 12: Single crochet all stitches with color A.
Rows 13 to 41: Change to color B. Work all stitches in single crochet.
Rows 42 to 53: Change to color A. Work all the stitches in single crochet.
Once you have finished row 53, cut the yarn, leaving a 47-inch tail and pull the yarn out through the last stitch.
To insert the clasp: Fold the crocheted piece in half with the wrong side facing and sew it as follows: Fold over one of the edges around the sixth row, covering one of the sides of the clasp. Using the tapestry needle, sew each stitch from the end to one stitch from the wrong side of the bag. Make a knot and weave in the yarn tail. Repeat with the other edge and the other side of the clasp. Once the closure is sewn in, turn the piece so that the right side is out.
Thread the tapestry needle and sew the side seams of your bag with a zigzag seam. To finish, make a knot and weave in the tail end of yarn about 3 inches, cut off even with the fabric. Weave in any loose ends in the same way.
To make the tassel: Using a 6-inch piece of cardboard, wrap the cardboard with the yarn used in the project. The more yarn you use, the thicker your tassel will be in result.
Thread a length of yarn about 8 inches long onto the tapestry needle and tie a knot around one end of the wrapped yarn. Cut the strands on the opposite end with scissors. Hide the knot by separating the strands and turning them in the opposite direction so that the knot is hidden among the strands of yarn.
Form the ball of the tassel: Using the end of the thread from the previous step, wrap it around the threads once and secure it by making a knot using the tapestry needle.
Wrap the thread around two more times and insert the tapestry needle into the center of the ball, from bottom to top. Pull it out through the top center and make a knot. This remaining length of yarn can be attached to the bag by tying it into the stitches with a tapestry needle.