This colorful crochet clutch is made up of simple stitches, but has a stunning color effect. Mix and match different colors to make your clutch totally unique! This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I get a small commission. Thanks for your support! 

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I’m not going to lie, when I first shared the teaser photo of what we would be making this week, I really thought my Ankle Tie Slippers would be the shining star of the week. However, I am pleased as punch that I got so much positive feedback on this Rica Colorful Crochet Clutch! This clutch is another pattern that is really quite easy.  I really enjoyed digging through my stash and putting pairs of yarn together for the colorful rows. Because it’s worked with two strands, the color combinations are endless, and each time you make it (you know will want to make a few!), it will be unique.  I designed one with a cream color, but  I tried a second one with a  tan color and it really makes the colors pop and it looks a bit more boho/southwestern. 

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I think the reason this colorful crochet clutch turned out so eye catching is because of the two colors worked together. The aqua and orange row turned out stunning.  I need to use that color combination for a project down the line.  I had an Instagram commenter remark that this crochet clutch looks like a piñata, and I loved that! That south-of-the-border color work was exactly what I was going for. 

colorful crochet free crochet pattern

RICA COLORFUL CROCHET CLUTCH  – FREE CROCHET PATTERN 

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What you need: (affiliate links)
7 mm Hook
– Medium Cotton Yarn – mixture of Shine and Comfy    (Main color is Shine Worsted in “Willow”
– Fabric for lining 
Darning Needle
Sew-on Magnetic Clasp 

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
BLO – Back Loops Only 

Gauge:  (not important. Make sure your hook is small enough that your stitches are tight so your finished bag is as sturdy as possible.)


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Colorful clutch:

Using two strands of Willow:
Ch 35
1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each ch, leaving last ch unworked. Work 4 sc in last ch. Working across other side of chain, sc in each ch. Turn. (70 sts)
Join any two colors, one strand of each.
2. (Carry both strand of Willow) Hdc in next 33 sts.  Work 2 hdc in next 4 sts. Hdc in next 33 sts. Turn. (74 sts)
Cut bright colors, use Willow: 
3. Sc in next 33 sts. *Sc in next st. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 33 sts. Turn. (78 sts)
Join any two colors, one strand of each.
4. (Carry both strand of Willow) Hdc in next 33 sts. *Hdc in next 2 sts. Work 2 hdc in next st* work 4 times. Hdc in next 33 sts. Turn. (82 sts)
Cut bright colors, use Willow: 
5. Sc in next 33 sts. *Sc in next 3 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 33 sts. Turn. (86 sts)
Join any two colors, one strand of each.
6.  (Carry both strand of Willow)Hdc in next 33 sts. *Hdc in next 4 sts. Work 2 hdc in next st* work 4 times. Hdc in next 33 sts. Turn. (80 sts)
Cut bright colors, use Willow: 
7. Sc in next 33 sts. *Sc in next 5 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 33 sts. Turn. (94 sts)
Join any two colors, one strand of each.
8.  (Carry both strand of Willow)Hdc in next 33 sts. *Hdc in next 6 sts. Work 2 hdc in next st* work 4 times. Hdc in next 33 sts. Turn. (98 sts)
Cut bright colors, use Willow: 
9. Sc in next 33 sts. *Sc in next 7 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 33 sts. Turn. (102 sts)
Join any two colors, one strand of each.
10.  (Carry both strand of Willow)Hdc in next 33 sts. *Hdc in next 8 sts. Work 2 hdc in next st* work 4 times. Hdc in next 33 sts. Turn. (106 sts)
Cut bright colors, use Willow: 
11. 9. Sc in next 33 sts. *Sc in next 9 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 33 sts. Turn. (110 sts)
Join any two colors, one strand of each.
12.  (Carry both strand of Willow) Hdc in next 33 sts. *Hdc in next 10 sts. Work 2 hdc in next st* work 4 times. Hdc in next 33 sts. Turn. (114 sts)
Cut bright colors, use Willow: 
13. Sc in next 33 sts. *Sc in next 11 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 32 sts. Work 3 sc in last st. Working across the bottom, evenly sc across the raw edge. Work 3 sc in last space. Join with the first st of the round. 
Tie off. 

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Take the time to block your piece! You can see that I didn’t block mine and it looks a bit a bit wonky. Alternating every other row with a HDC will cause it to slant to one side. 

Construction: 

Fold up the bottom flat part up until it almost reaches where the side slants up. 

making crochet clutch free crochet pattern

Starting on the bottom right, sl st going through both layers. Continue slip stitching around the top and down the other side, stitching the side shut. 

slip stitch edging crochet clutch

From here you can add a simple liner (or not). There are several good tutorials out there (this one by Moogly is awesome). I ironed some interfacing onto my fabric to make it even more sturdy. 

I had a hard time folding the top fabric under and having to lay nicely on the flap, so I left it raw. Iron-on interfacing keeps the edge from fraying.  Do it your own way!

sewing lining in crochet clutch cactus fabric

Then, you can either machine sew or hand sew the liner in place.  Finish with a simple sew-on magnetic clasp. 

crochet clutch free pattern colorful yarn double yarn

Sewing is not my forte, as I have said so many times before. And you can see that I should have definitely blocked my piece, but I am so happy with how it turned out! The color combinations are so much fun. 

I can’t WAIT to see your version! What colors will you choose? Share it! 
 

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51 Comments

  1. U have tutorial for this clutch . Beautiful.If not please make Vedic for this I can’t understand written pattern.Thank a lot

  2. I am a little confused about the increases…..my one side seems to be curling up a little instead of being straight…there are increases on one side but not the other…that is causing curling…what am I doing wrong

    1. I am having a hard time pictured what you are saying. The shape of the pouch has a round-shaped top where the increases are, but this shouldn’t cause curling on the bottom. Can you explain with more detail so I can help?

  3. Thank you so so much for all your work!! You are awesome!!! I sent this link to my sis….not sure if she is still croceting and quilting with her arthritic hands….knowing her, she probably it!!…..toooomany miles away!!……Happy New Year sweet girl and May you have the rich love of God in your life and in your families lives……Karen

  4. What a fun clutch and simple in design…thank you! And though sewing may not be your forte, you managed a way to get around it that works – bravo!
    I love to see what you come up with so thank you (again) for your wonderful emails.

    1. Not sure what I’m missing but how do you transition from the end of one side to the beginning of the next? I see in the pic that the end is flat/straight but done see anything in the instructions about acheiging thus?! Thx in advance nance

      1. Hi me again!! Thanks for getting back to me so quickly…..It was helpful, I got it!!! Not sure why I’m having so many problems with this project!!! My stitch count is off; don’t know what is wrong. ie row 3..starting with 74 stitches (from the end of row 2)…..sc 33 and 1 more then 2 stitches each in the next 4 stitches then 33 more. That totals up to only 71, the way I am working it?? It should be 78 according to your pattern…..Help!! Thanks again. Nance

        1. Hi Nance! You are working the total sequence 4 times (sc in next st, work 2 sc in next st). It’s a three stitch sequence repeated 4 times. This gives you a total of 12 stitches around the round part and 33 on each side which makes 78 stitches.

      1. No, it’s not. I’m sorry! It can be quite confusing. A 7 hook is a weird hook between the size G and H. A 7mm doesn’t have a letter, it will simply say 7.0mm on it.

  5. Is it for sale? I’m just beginning again after a long time away from crocheting. Yours is so beautiful I’d love to buy it!!

  6. Hi, I noticed that the gauge isn’t listed. I want to see if yarn that I have in my stash would work. Is this the type of pattern where it doesn’t matter?

  7. Hi, I was just checking to see what the gauge should be, or if it matters. When I click on the link, it just goes to your lazy gauge page, but doesn’t actually tell what the gauge is, or what the gauge pattern is. Thanks…looking forward to start this!

    1. The gauge doesn’t matter! You want to use a small enough hook that your stitches are relatively tight so your finished bag will be a sturdy as possible.

      1. Sorry, after I submitted my comment a second time, all of these new comments popped up! Thanks for letting me know.

    1. Carry means you lay the unused yarn behind the stitches and work it inside the stitch. This is so the yarn is where you need it on the next row, instead of cutting and reattaching each time.

  8. Are all the colored rows suppose to be hdc? I did mine in sc like the pattern states, but after looking at your picture, I noticed your colored rows look like hdc.
    Also, why 9 sc in the last row?

  9. I really need to ask you if you could please make notes in black the pinks and light blue just don’t do it for my eye sight. I’m 75 and things of light color just don’t cut it for me. Even this note I’m having a bad time seeing. I’d appreciate your help on this. Thank You

  10. I love this! I’m a new crocheter (I knit) and am wondering about how to “carry the Willow” as in the instructions. I know how to do this in knitting colorwork but am not sure how to accomplish here! Any tips or videos that might help? Thanks for this pretty pattern!

  11. I’m so excited to start working this pattern!! The colors you used are just gorgeous! What did you use for your closure? It almost looks magnetic. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful pattern with us!