This is a free crochet pattern and video tutorial showing how to crochet my Remi Clutch, a fun, easy ripple crochet pattern perfect for running errands or a night out on the town, or if you’re like me, holding your crochet supplies!
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A couple weeks ago, I shared the Remi Soap Cozy or Small Gift Bag on my sister blog, EyeLoveKnots. I was inspired by that to work up this Remi Clutch, but I wanted to put a twist on it – I wanted the bottom to mimicked the look of leather bags I’ve seen where the bottom is leather, and the rest is patterned.
I grabbed some WeCrochet Dishie in the Mushroom colorway from my stash, and I got started on the bottom section, which I wanted to be about 2″ tall.
I really wanted the ripple pattern to be in black and white, but knowing how hard black is to photograph, I decided against it. It was actually a little difficult for me to decide on a color to pair with the white. I tried it with Navy, Royal, and Azure before I grabbed this Verdigris colorway, which I should have just started with because brown and mint green are really great together.
I struggled again with the finish. I first worked a couple brown half double crochet rounds, but I wasn’t sold…
Then, I tried a couple white half double crochet rounds, and again, wasn’t sold. I took to Facebook and Instagram with a poll, and funny enough, it was pretty evenly split. I waited a couple days, and then I came back to it.
I tried single crochet rounds of brown, then white, then brown, and nope – that wasn’t it either, but I like the look of more rounds (3 single crochet versus 2 half double crochet) so I went back to my original brown, and finished it off with 3 rounds of single crochet.
Yes, I was a bit more indecisive about my colors for this design, but guys, I could not be more happy with how it turned out! It’s perfect!
My Remi series features fun ripple patterns worked mainly in Double Crochet stitches – there are some other stitches that help form the shape for the ripple pattern. Find wearables and accessories here on Cre8tion Crochet, and home decor projects on EyeLoveKnots.
This Remi Soap Cozy or Small Gift Bag would make for a super cute change purse in the larger clutch!
My top says “Smooth as Tennessee Whiskey, Sweet as Strawberry Wine”. I ordered it on Etsy from AmazedSoftThreads. I love the v-shape neck option – it’s my favorite style! For reference, I have a 41.5″ bust, and I ordered the Medium size. In the beginning, the top fit great everywhere except when it got to my hips (since it’s a little longer), then it was a bit tight, but after washing a couple times, it’s loosened up around there, and become one of my favorite tees to wear. Cute, and comfy.
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What Do I Need to Crochet a Clutch?
- About 195 Yards of Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn – I used WeCrochet Dishie; 45 Yards of Mushroom, 70 Yards of Verdigris and 80 Yards of White
- H8/5mm Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Optional, Jewelry Pliers (I never need for Dishie, but always for Lily Sugar n Cream)
- Optional, Fabric for Lining and Zipper (I used a pre-made bag that I stuck inside and then sewed in place – it measured 10.88″ wide by 9.25″ tall)
- Optional, Sewing Needle & Thread or Sewing Machine & Thread (for lining)
Yarn Alternatives: Lion Brand Re-Up, Lily Sugar n Cream with G6/4.25mm Hook (because it’s a touch thicker)
Other Recommended Yarns (with I9/5.5mm Hook because it’s not as relaxed as cotton): Red Heart’s Super Saver, Caron’s One Pound, Bernat’s Super Value
Weaving in ends of a tough yarn, like cotton yarn, can be hard on the fingers. Sore thumbs and frustration can be a thing of the past by simply using jewelry pliers to [carefully] help pull the tapestry needle through the work.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Clutch?
I had my clutch ready in about two hours.
10.75″ (or 10 3/4″) Wide by 9.25″ (or 9 1/4″) Tall
Round 5 In Pattern: 14 HDC = 3.75″ Wide by 2.13″ (or 2 1/8″) Tall
Abbreviations (US Terms):
- HDC – Half Double Crochet (Photo Tutorial)
- DC – Double Crochet (Photo Tutorial)
- SC – Single Crochet (Photo Tutorial)
- TR – Treble Crochet (sometimes called a Triple Crochet)
- dc3tog – Double Crochet Three Stitches Together (Decrease)
- To dc3tog: Yarn over, insert hook into the first stitch of the decrease, yarn over and pull through (3 loops), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through (4 loops), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through (5 loops), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook.
Beginning chain does not count as a stitch, except in the body of the bag, where it counts as a double crochet.
Join to the beginning chain for all rounds, except the first five rounds (half double crochets) and last three (single crochets), in which you’ll join to the first stitch of the round.
The way I work my color change for a seamless change while carrying up the yarn: I work all the way around up to the join. I insert my hook into the stitch to be joined to, but before completing the slip stitch, I tighten the other color/s tail, then pull it/them up and over my hook so it will be in a better position to switch to, then I complete my slip stitch with my current color. To complete the color change, I pull the new color through the loop on my hook, pull the previous color tight so it disappears and drop it. Now I’m ready to work with my new color.
Alternatively, you can fasten off at the end of each round, work an invisible join for a seamless color change, and join your new color into the first stitch, but this will create many ends to weave in. OR, you could work all of the cozy in a solid color and not have to worry about color changes. Just join to the first stitch at the end of the round, and begin again.
Remi Clutch Video Tutorial:
Remi Clutch Written Pattern:
In Brown, chain 40. 2 HDC into the 2nd chain, HDC into each of the next 37 chains, 3 HDC into the last chain, HDC into each of the next 37 stitches along the opposite side of the foundation chain, HDC into the 1st stitch. Join. (80 HDC)
R2 – 5: Chain 1. HDC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join with White, and fasten off Brown. (80 HDC)
R6: In White, chain 3. TC into the 1st stitch, DC into the next 2 stitches, HDC into the next stitch, SC into each of the next 3 stitches, HDC into the next stitch, DC into the next 2 stitches, (TC into the next stitch, DC into the next 2 stitches, HDC into the next stitch, SC into each of the next 3 stitches, HDC into the next stitch, DC into the next 2 stitches) 7x. Join with Green. (80 stitches)
R7: In Green, chain 2. DC into the 1st 4 stitches, dc3tog, DC into the next 3 stitches, (3 DC into the next stitch, DC into the next 3 stitches, dc3tog, DC into the next 3 stitches) 7x. DC into the 1st stitch. Join with White. (80 DCs)
R8: In White, chain 2. DC into the 1st 4 stitches, dc3tog, DC into the next 3 stitches, (3 DC into the next stitch, DC into the next 3 stitches, dc3tog, DC into the next 3 stitches) 7x. DC into the 1st stitch. Join with Green. (80 DCs)
R9: In Green, chain 2. DC into the 1st 4 stitches, dc3tog, DC into the next 3 stitches, (3 DC into the next stitch, DC into the next 3 stitches, dc3tog, DC into the next 3 stitches) 7x. DC into the 1st stitch. Join with White. (80 DCs)
R10 – 17: Repeat Rounds 8 – 9, then fasten off Green.
R18: In White, chain 1. SC into the 1st 2 stitches, HDC into the next stitch, DC into each of the next 5 stitches, (HDC into the next stitch, SC into each of the next 3 stitches, HDC into the next stitch, DC into each of the next 5 stitches) 7x, SC into the last stitch. Join with Brown, and fasten off White. (80 stitches)
OPTION 1: R19 – 20: Chain 1. HDC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (80 HDC)
OPTION 2: R19 – 21: Chain 1. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (80 SC)
Fasten Off, and weave in ends.
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