The semi-circle front and full-on fringe of this cute crochet clutch bag is totally trend city! This recycled yarn used in this project comes in 21 shades, so you’ll easily find a shade you love. This crochet clutch bag pattern by Emma Bassey was originally published in issue 78 of Simply Crochet magazine, but it's now one of the many crochet patterns for free that you can find on Gathered!


You will need


12 htr over 8 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in)


Bag measures 26x16cm (101⁄4x61⁄4in)


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.


The Body of the Bag is worked using 2 strands of yarn and the Flap is worked with 1 strand. The sts from Row 24 of the Body will be referred to as sts 1-33; you will be asked to mark the centre st as a reference point.


Free clutch bag crochet pattern



Row 1 (RS) Htr into the third ch from the hook and in each ch to the end, turn. [33 htr]

Row 2 (WS) Ch2, (counts as htr throughout), htr in each st to end, turn.

Rows 3-11 Repeat Row 2.

Row 12 Ch2, htr in fl of each st to end, turn.

Row 13 Ch2, htr in bl of each stitch to end, turn.

Rows 14-23 Repeat Row 2.

Row 24 Repeat Row 12.

Fasten off.


Mark the centre st from Row 24. With RS facing, join yarn with a ss 2 sts to the right of the marker (15th st).

Row 1 (RS) 6tr into marked st, skip next st, ss into next 3 sts, turn. [6 tr]

Row 2 (WS) Ch1 (counts as ch-1 sp), (tr in next st from Row 1, ch1) 6 times, ss into 13th, 12th and 11th st from Row 24 of Body, turn. [6 tr, 7 ch-1 sps]

Row 3 (Tr into ch-1 sp, 2tr into next st) 6 times, tr into last ch-1 sp, ss into 23rd, 24th, and 25th st from Row 24, turn. [19 tr]

Row 4 Ch1, tr in next st (ch2, skip 1 st, tr in next st) 9 times, ch1, ss into st 9th, 8th and 7th st from Row 24, turn. [10 tr]

Row 5 Tr into first ch-1 sp, 2tr into next tr, (2tr in next ch-sp, 2tr in next st) 9 times, tr into last ch-1 sp, ss into 27th,28th, and 29th st from Row 24, turn. [40 tr]

Row 6 Ch2 (counts as ch-2 sp), skip first tr, tr into second tr (ch3, skip 2 sts, tr into next st) 12 times, ch2, ss into 5th, 4th and 3rd st from Row 24, turn. [13 tr]

Row 7 2tr into first ch-sp, (tr in next st, 3tr in next ch-sp) 12 times, tr into next st, 2tr into last ch-sp, ss into 31st, 32nd and 33rd st from Row 24, turn. [53 tr]

Row 8 Ch2 (counts as ch-2 sp), skip 2 tr, tr into next st, (ch3, skip 2 sts, tr in next st) 16 times, ch2, ss into st 1, turn. [17 tr]

Row 9 Ch1, (does not count as st), 2dc in ch-sp, (dc in next st, 3dc in next ch-sp) 16 times, dc in next st, 2dc in last ch-sp. [69 dc]

Fasten off.

To finish

Using the yarn ends, sew the sides of the Bag together, with RS facing out. Rows 12 and 13 will form the base of the Bag.
Weave in any remaining ends.



Cut 69 lengths of yarn, each measuring approx 12cm long. Fold a strand in half, insert your hook into the first dc from Row 9 of the Flap, pull the folded half of the strand through the st, yrh with the ends and pull through the loop secure. Attach 1 tassel to each st from Row 9 in the same way.



Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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