How to make an easy crochet clutch bag – Marian Bay Clutch
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Looking for an easy crochet clutch bag pattern? The Marian Bay Clutch is an easy clutch bag pattern featuring lots of texture and multiple sizing options. Read on to find out more about how you can add a touch of textured glamour to your wardrobe with this oversized textured clutch bag pattern.
Marian Bay Clutch Bag inspiration
I LOVE bags. When I designed the Marian Bay Bag, I immediately had other ideas about what I wanted to do with it and this easy crochet clutch bag pattern is one of those ideas. Clutch bags, or purses in the US, are a night out staple in my book. A versatile and necessary addition to any night out wardrobe, like who has pockets in their LBD (little black dress)? Not me.
Easy crochet clutch bag yarn and materials
To make my Marian Bay Clutch, I dug into my stash and used a favourite – the Paintbox Simply range. For this I chose, Simply Aran Cotton from the range. I prefer the DK generally, but I didn’t want to double strand and I wanted a fairly firm fabric from the off. I don’t sew so well, so while I suggest lining this clutch bag pattern, I didn’t want makers to have to line their easy crochet clutch bags.
Paintbox Simply Aran Cotton comes in 50g balls, of 100% cotton. I use the DK weight version far more, and I find the Aran a little more splitty than its DK counterpart but works up equally well. The colours I have used to create my bags are Slate Grey (square), Racing Green and Sailor Blue.
To find out more about this yarn, and the Dk version, check out the review post here.
For my lining I reached into my stash of fat quarters, purchased an age ago from HobbyCraft. If you do line your bag go wild with the fabric as this adds a touch of fun, or maybe a talking point when you are out in the world and open your clutch.
Love Bags? Check out the Houndstooth Clutch Bag or the On the Bias Tote.
Easy crochet clutch bag pattern info & tips
This easy crochet clutch bag is a beginner crochet pattern. The stitches used will be familiar to most if you have made designs from the Marian Bay Collection. The pattern includes instructions for two shapes of clutch bag – rectangle and square. I couldn’t decide and on any given day I might prefer one over the other so why not have both!
Featuring post stitches, this fabric is fairly dense, and may buckle a little when you work it. If it does, do not fret, block it lightly before you start to work the join. Gauge isn’t super important for this pattern as you will be making a regular shape and then joining. What you want is a fairly dense/firm fabric with minimal stretch. There is also limited sewing required to complete this easy crochet clutch bag.
Terms: written in US crochet terms.
Skill level: Beginner
Yarn: 100 – 150g of Paintbox Simply Aran Cotton or any Aran/Worsted or 4 weight yarn. You could also double strand with dk weight or go up to a bulky weight yarn. IF you do either of these, stick to the pattern instructions but maybe adjust the size of your hook by a half size so that you achieve the firm fabric required. The size of your finished bag will be different in both instances.
- Stitches used:
- Single Crochet
- Half Double Crochet
- Double Crochet
- Front Post Double Crochet
- Back Post Double Crochet
- Single Crochet Three Together
- Slip Stitch
Marian Bay Clutch Tester Thanks
Many thanks to Leigh and Christopher for helping me with the test for this bag. Christopher’s is this gorgeous burnt orange shade below.
Quick Christmas Makes Collab
Tis the gifting season again. Getting the right gift made for the right person is always a challenge, luckily, Susanna from Fosbas Designs has put together the Quick Christmas Makes Blog Hop to help you get your make list sorted. Every day from the 24th October to 30th November a new pattern will be available for you to download for free. Today, 28th October is the turn of the Marian Bay Clutch to be featured. Until 8am tomorrow, you can grab a copy of the Clutch pattern for free as part of the event.
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I hope you enjoyed the post and look forward to seeing your Marian Bay Clutches!
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Bye for now,