Saturday, January 3, 2015

Clutch Purse

Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama
Last summer, I finally entered the world of smart phones and got an I-phone. To my dismay, the only clutch I owned did not fit my phone. Thus, I decided to try my hand out at making a clutch of my own.

I got one skein Boutique Sashay Yarn in Tango on sale ($1.99) and bought a basic 7 inch gray zipper and got to work.

gauge: 9 stitches is 4" in stockinette stitch

 Using size 8 double pointed needles (or size for gauge), cast on 36 stitches leaving an ~16 inch tail. Join to knit in the round. Knit around in stockinette stitch until you have finished a round and there is only ~4 feet of yarn remaining. Cast off around until only 2 stitches remain. With the remaining 2 stitches and the yarn, make an I-cord that is ~8-10 inches long. 

I prefered the knobbly side of the stockinette stitch for the exterior of my purse. Therefore, with the opposite side out, use a yarn needle and the tail of the cast on yarn and whip stitch the bottom of the purse closed. Then, with the zipper closed and in the opposite orientation (zipper facing down on the side closest to the strap), sew the zipper to the top of the tube as shown. Then open the zipper and flip the clutch right side out. Attach the strap end to the zipper as shown.

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