Knit Wool Clutch (Free Knitting Pattern)

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This scrumptious wool clutch knitting pattern features a simple woven cable along the top and deep ruching in the body. Designed by Cirilia Rose, this wool clutch uses a wrist strap to elevate the clutch from cute to functional.
Sizes and Finished Measurements:
Approximately 12" (31 cm) wide × 4.5" (12 cm) tall
Manufacturer J. Knits Charming, 80% lambs wool/10% cashmere/10% angora, 3.5 oz (100 g)/280 yds (256 m), Iowa
US 4 (3.5 mm) straight needles plus 1 extra for bind off or size you need to obtain correct gauge
24 stitches = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch
Other Supplies:
Metal sew-on snaps, cable needle, stitch holder, tapestry needle, two strips of plastic canvas, ¾" (2 cm) × 10" (25 cm)
C4F (cable 4 front) Place next 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in front, K2, K2 from cable needle
C4B (cable 4 back) Place next 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in back, K2, K2 from cable needle
Stitch Patterns:
Woven cable

Source: ,Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences: Judi...

Step 1

Stitch Pattern for Woven Cable:
Row 1 (RS): K2, *C4F; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, K2.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K4, *C4B; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, K4.
Row 4: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1–4 for pattern.

Step 2

Knitting the Sides of the Purse:
First Row: Using a provisional method, cast on 80 stitches. Knit 2 rows. Work rows 1–4 of Woven Cable pattern 3 times. Purl 1 row.
Next row: *K1, kfb; repeat from *. You now have 120 stitches. Work even in stockinette stitch for 4.5" (11.5 cm), ending with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): *K1, K2tog; repeat from *. You now have 80 stitches. Place all stitches on holder. Repeat for other side but leave the stitches live and on the needle.

Step 3

Joining the Sides:
Transfer held stitches from side to a needle. With RS of bag sides together, use the spare needle and the three-needle bind off to join the pieces. This is the bottom of the bag.

Step 4

Knitting the Top Facing:
Undo the provisional cast-on from one side of the bag and place the live stitches on a needle. Knit in stockinette stitch until hem facing measures same depth as woven cable section, approximately 1.5” (4 cm). Bind off. Repeat for other side.
Sew the side seams from the three-needle bind-off to the top bound-off edges. Fold the facing to the inside, tucking a strip of plastic canvas under hem for body.

Step 5

Knitting the Wrist Strap:
Cast on 60 stitches and knit 10 rows. Bind off. Fold strap in half and sew the ends together and along the top-border seamline on one side.

Step 6

Weave in ends. Sew snap to center of hem facing. Embellish the bag with a charm (included with Charming skein) if desired.

Step 7

This wool clutch knitting pattern is excerpted with permission from "Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders" by Judith Durant and published by Storey Publishing.

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  • by mawychick
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    I feel like I must be blind, but how many stitches are you supposed to cast on in the first step?

    • by craftfoxes
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      Heya Mawy Chick, You're going to want to cast on 80 stitches, as that is the length of the side of the purse. You can see that in step two. The way they laid out the pattern is a little awkward since the first part if so that top band on the purse, so you would also cast on 80 stitches since it goes the length of the clutch. Hope this helps!