Knit by Bit: Moss Stitch Clutch
Need a last minute clutch bag? Knit one! Merion’s love affair with moss stitch and chunky yarn combines to create a gorgeous clutch to take out for coffee, or to a party…
I remember my first interview here at LoveKnitting – I wanted to wear something handknitted, but I didn’t want to look like I was deliberately wearing something handknitted (know what I mean?) so the night before, I knitted myself a bag.
I love a little knitted clutch bag! It’s important to knit with a robust stitch, and better still, line it for stability: I have used moss stitch, my most favourite stitch of all time, and it really brings out the tones in a variegated yarn as well as creating a fabulous texture.
You will need:
- 100g chunky yarn – I used one skein of Madeinetosh Home in shade Tart (137)
- 6mm needles
- A tapestry needle.
Cast on 30 stitches (I used the cable cast-on method to create a neat internal edge)
Row 1: k1, p1 to end.
Row 2: p1, k1 to end – this forms moss stitch where you “purl the knits and knit the purls” to create alternating little purl bumps.
Repeat until the piece measures 10″ (25cm)
Create the shaped flap as follows:
K2tog, work in moss stitch until the last two stitches and SSK (28)
K2tog, work in moss stitch until the last two stitches and SSK (26)
K2tog, work in moss stitch until the last two stitches and SSK (24)
K2tog, work in moss stitch until the last two stitches and SSK (22)
K2tog, work in moss stitch until the last two stitches and SSK (20)
Fold the bottom third up, and sew the seams together to make an envelope shape, and fold the top third down.
Embellish with a button or a knitted flower!
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Last updated: January 12th, 2016.