Knit by Bit: free cabled clutch knitting pattern
This summer, keep all of your essentials safe from the sand with this cute cabled clutch knitting pattern. It fits an average smartphone, sunglasses, and keys – and of course, chapstick with an SPF of at least 15.
I tend to be more of a forest camping kind of girl, but I still love going to the beach in the summer. I love the feeling of sand between my toes, the sound of the waves on the shore, and the way the sun looks when it sets over the ocean. Still, as a hobbyist photographer, I don’t like to carry more than I need to, because I’m already carrying at least 2 lenses, a tripod, and extra SD cards. When I head to the beach, I tend to just have my phone, some sunglasses, my ID, and my keys. I wanted to make a beachy clutch knitting pattern that would stand up to the sun, the sand, and the surf.
For this pattern, I chose Cascade Rabat yarn. It’s a blend of wool, acrylic, and silk that knits up into an ombre dream, and it’s perfect for cabling. I chose to use an all-over cabled texture to give the clutch strength and stability, and knit it on 5mm (US 8) needles for an extra firm fabric. You will also need a cable needle, a yarn needle, and two medium sized buttons.
Cast on 26 stitches using the long tail cast on.
Rows 1, 3, 7, 9: Knit all stitches.
Rows 2,4,6,8,10,12: Purl all stitches.
Row 5: K1, *C4F, C4B*, repeat between * and * until last stitch, K1.
Row 11: K1, *C4B, C4F*, repeat between * and * until last stitch, K1.
Repeat this 12 row pattern three times, and then repeat rows one – five.
Sew both buttons onto one side of the clutch, one on either end.
The button loops can be created with two sections of i-cord, or with two sections of crochet chain, whichever you prefer. Sew both sides of the section to one side of the clutch to create a loop that will fit over the button on the other side. Repeat on the other end of the bag.
Have fun on the beach, and happy knitting!
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Last updated: August 26th, 2016.