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Crocheted Lace Clutch

Crochet
September 2011
Habu Dyed Linen XS-55
Lace / 2 ply ?
5.0 mm (H)
300 - 370 yards (274 - 338 m)
This pattern is available for free.

I made this handbag to match my dress for the Emmys, and included the tutorial in my DIY-ing the Emmys article for CRAFT Magazine. I hadn’t made a purse before before, but I thought that a lace clutch would look really nice with the vintage style of the dress. The finished bag is a very simple shell lace, and can be adjusted to any size by chaining in multiples of 7.

To finish the project, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 1 skein lace-weight yarn. I used linen.
  • Crochet hook. I used a 5mm hook so the lace would have an airy look.
  • 1 pair of wooden handles.
  • Fabric for lining. Half a yard should be more than enough, unless you’re making a huge bag.
  • Needle and thread for stitching the lining into the bag.
  • Large hand-sewing needle for attaching the handles with yarn.

Be warned: Working with linen can be tricky, as it’s sticky and likely to tangle.