Inject some vibrancy into your outfits with these statement clutches. The basic pouch is created using Tunisian crochet which is a technique that combines knitting and crochet. The key difference between Tunisian crochet and normal crochet is that you keep more stitches on your crochet hook, just like you do in knitting. Our pals over at Simply Crochet have a great step by step tutorial on Tunisian crochet, so if you want to practise first head to their guide.
This is a method for making an aida-like grid fabric, ideal for stitching oversized, chunky crosses onto. Make the half-size clutch for your phone and lippie to slip into, or crochet up the fold-over version for a bit of extra space.
The lovely Erin has provided us with this fab Tunisian crochet tutorial and has been knitting and crocheting for over 25 years. She uses her training in design and fine arts to update a traditional craft, creating sculptural yarn art that translates seamlessly into classic and modern settings alike. Her designs can be found at MidKnits and if you have a go at Erin’s Tunisian crochet clutch, be sure to tag her and us in your pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
- Universal Yarn Supreme Cotton, 100% cotton, 100g/165m per ball, one ball in Seafoam (617) (The smaller clutch uses half a ball)
- Small quantities (5m or less) of Universal Yarn Supreme Cotton in Lavender (606), Hot Pink (512), Terracotta (614), Turquoise (611), White (502) and Lime (618) (all used for the embroidery)
- Size 6mm (US J10) Tunisian hook
- Coordinating 25cm (10″) zip
- Yarn needle
- Sewing needle and matching thread
- Crochet chart
yrh yarn round hook
Tension isn’t important for this project but be sure the resulting fabric is dense enough to contain small items within the clutch.
Check out our UK to USA crochet conversion chart if you’re American.
Small pouch clutch approx. 12.5 x 25cm (5 x 10″)
Fold-over clutch approx. 25 x 25cm (10 x 10″)
How to Tunisian crochet
(using simple stitch)
1. ch as many stitches as your pattern calls for to form your foundation ch.
Work on the backside of your foundation ch, starting with the 2nd bump from your hook.
2. Insert your hook under the bump, yrh and pull a loop under the bump and onto your hook (you now have 2 loops on your hook).
3. Keeping all the loops on your hook, working right to left, continue Step 2 for each of the remaining chain bumps across.
4. Do not turn your work; working left to right; yrh and pull through the first loop on your hook.
5. yrh and pull through two loops on your hook.
6. Continue as in Step 5 until only one loop remains on your hook.
Starting with the second vertical bar of the previous row.
7. Do not turn your work; working right to left; insert your hook under the vertical bar of the previous row, yrh.
8. Pull a loop under the vertical bar and onto your hook (you now have 2 loops on your hook).
9. Keeping all the loops on your hook, continue Step 7 and 8 for the remaining vertical bars across. Be careful not to miss the last vertical bar of the row.
10. Work as in Steps 4 through 6 to complete your reverse pass.
11. Repeat a forward and reverse pass (Steps 7 through 10) for each row until your piece is the desired size.
Starting with the 2nd vertical bar from the previous row.
12. Do not turn your work; working right to left, insert your hook under the vertical bar of the previous row, yrh.
13. Pull a loop under the vertical bar and onto your hook, pull the loop through the first loop on your hook (you now have only 1 loop on your hook).
14. Continue as in Step 12 through 13 until you have worked all of the vertical bars in the row. Break yarn and pull through remaining loop.
Crocheting the clutch
The clutch is worked as a single piece of Tunisian crochet. You’ll cross stitch the pattern on the fabric before seaming the sides together in the next step.
Work as described in the previous How To section.
Row 1 work a foundation row (you now have 38 sts on your hook)
Row 2-32 (or Row 2-72 for the fold-over clutch) work in Tunisian simple stitch, including a forward and reverse pass for each row.
15. Cross stitch the geometric design (above) aligned with the cast on edge of your clutch, using the stitches as a grid guide for laying out your design.
16. You can choose to repeat the design along the cast off edge.
17. Seam the sides of your clutch together and sew a zip in the top to finish – you can also add a tassel or other embellishment to your zip. And you’re done! You’ve got yourself a beautiful new clutch and can officially do Tunisian crochet. What a skill set.
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