Saturday, 7 February 2015



Yes, I do seem to be caught in the clutches of these bags! Well, I seem to find so many stitches that are just so right for them that I just can’t resist either.  So here we go with yet another absolutely superb stitch called the Herringbone half double crochet stitch for our newest clutch.

I’ve  got a few more beautiful and unusual purse / bag / clutch patterns already written – so let me add a few links here for your easy reference.

So I’ve been inspired by this stitch from the net and then worked my clutch up.  J
A quick look at this link to see what we’re about to do here  at

Stitch detail

Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~ one cone , with a 4 mm crochet hook. 


Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                    sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                             fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             ch : Chain
Hhdc : Herringbone half double crochet

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
So we start our clutch purse at the top and are working along the length of our clutch – i.e the number of stitches you start with will determine the length you want.  We will then work across side to side till we achieve the width (or height) of clutch purse we desire.
The beauty of this stitch is you can use as many sts as you want for your length, without a repeat or pattern count.  The slightly tricky bit is in getting that half stitch off first, before you execute the regular half double crochet.  

I've also changed the pattern very slightly for a different desired effect.  So if you follow this pattern, you get one pattern, and if you follow the video link, you'll get a different one - so yet again, a lovely 2-in-1 set of ideas. Enjoy.

Start with fsc depending on the length of clutch purse you want.

Row 1 : Hhdc in 1st fsc and each fsc till end. Turn.

Row 2 : Sc in 1st Hhdc and sc in each Hhdc till end. Turn.

Row 3 : Hhdc  in 1st sc and each sc till end. Turn.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 till you have a clutch purse of the width you need.

Note : If you do a row of Hhdc in Row 2 as well, (i.e every row has only Hhdc), you will get a new pattern for a clutch.. so go ahead and experiment J

Fasten off then and weave in the ends.

Just for a nice difference, when lining my bag, I've added a few extra sections for holding credit cards - and am really happy with the end result!

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did.. come back right here for more freebie patterns J

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I’d also appreciate it would really make me happy if you could credit this blog for your inspiration and of course, to the wonderful link by New stitch a day too, when you complete your project.

Have a great day and see you soon. J