Author:
Rachelle Rapp

Rachelle is the mompreneur behind Cosier & Cosier, a cozy little accessories and decor shop based out of her home in Perrysburg, OH. She's been crocheting "seriously" for somewhere around eight years and has been selling her makes for almost just as long, but is somewhat new to the world of pattern design. When she isn't hoarding yarn or furiously crocheting, you can find her hanging out with her two daughters who always seem to keep her on her toes.

The Cloud Clutch Crochet Pattern

6/27/2019

Why, hello! My name is Rachelle and I'm the compulsive yarn hoarder behind Cosier & Cosier. I'm drawn to all things cute, colorful, or just plain full of happy vibes, so the pattern I'm about to share with you today absolutely, without-a-doubt had to be and have all of the above! I remember crocheting a little in the past, but didn't really get into it until I found out that I was pregnant with my first child. The first thing that I wanted to make for her was a rainbow bear hat. Well, that one tiny hat led to multiple hats and, in the shortest version possible, now I'm here. It's so funny to think about where I am now because my first job as a teenager was at a JOANN store and I specifically remember LOATHING the yarn aisle, but for some long-forgotten reason. Nowadays, you'll find me making a beeline for it. I'll always find something so extremely mesmerizing and satisfying about making things by hand out of -- quite literally -- string.

I went to Wayne State University in Detroit, MI as a fine art major fresh out of high school, but I ended up quitting a year later. Even though I loved channeling my creative side, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do for a really long time. Long story short, I had always been somewhat of a "quit-a-holic" when I was younger, which was part of an awful cycle that I had to force myself break as an adult; so, six months after I had my first daughter, I enrolled at the University of Toledo, OH and, about five years and a second daughter later, I got my BBA. I've said and will always say that I feel as if the balance of business and creativity that comes with Cosier & Cosier has a lot to do with my calling. I really, truly love being able to do this and one of my main goals is that you'll be able to see that through my work, always.

I'm so inspired by the maker community every single day and I'm so lucky that I'm able to call myself a part of it. To say that I'm so, so excited to be here sharing my Cloud Clutch Crochet Pattern with all of you on The Hook Nook Blog is the understatement of a lifetime!

Sizes

Small: Approx. 7.5" (L) x 5.5" (H)

Standard: Approx. 9" (L) x 7" (H)

Supply List

Approx. 1 skein of medium #4 weight cotton yarn (main color)*

Approx. 1 skein of medium #4 weight cotton yarn (cloud color)*

*I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton! Yarn in Aqua/Dark Denim and White: 3.5 ounces/180 yards per skein

Size US E/3.50mm crochet hook

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Tape Measure

Scissors

7" (9" zipper)

6-10 push pins

Sewing needle

Thread

Optional: Lobster clasp keychain

Key (US Terms)

MC: Main color

CC: Cloud color

CH: Chain

SC: Single crochet

ST(s): Stitch(es)

BLO: Back loop only

SL ST(s): Slip stitch(es)

[ ]: Repeat instructions within brackets as many times as directed

Gauge

18 single crochet stitches and 20 rows = 4"

Notes

I recommend reading thoroughly through this section and familiarizing yourself with the pattern before starting. You're going to be using the tapestry crochet technique, so you must be comfortable working it in two colors. If you don't know how to tapestry crochet, I've included a couple visuals below showing how to change colors; plus, there's an endless amount of wonderful resources out there if you want to learn. I promise it's not as difficult as it looks and I encourage you to give it a try!

Left to Right (Photo 1) On the last stitch before a color change, start to make a single crochet stitch as normal; but stop when you have two loops on your hook. Yarn over with the secondary color and (Photo 2) pull through both loops on the hook to complete the stitch. With a loop of the secondary color now on your hook, you're ready to start crocheting in that color.

This clutch is made in the round. Try to keep stitches as tight as possible, especially during the first few rounds and when working around the sides of the body. The piece might feel a bit awkward when working the initial corners, but the process gets much easier once the body starts to build up. You can minimize color show-through (especially when working with high-contrast colors) if you pull gently on the carried yarn before each color change. Just be sure not to pull so much that the fabric starts to bunch.

Aside from the slip stitch edging, the entire clutch is worked in single crochet stitches and almost all of them will be worked in the back loop; so, when you see "MC" or "CC" in the pattern, it means to make a single crochet stitch in that color for however many times as directed. One square of the graph equals one single crochet stitch and every chart row is to be read from right to left. I suggest carrying the unworked yarn throughout the entire project after the base is completed.

Chains do not count as the first stitch. You’ll be joining rounds so that the clouds line up evenly. Make sure you’re doing so at the top of the first single crochet stitch and not into the chain space or chain stitch by marking the first single crochet stitch of the round with a marker. The first stitch of a new round goes into this same stitch that you joined the end of the previous round to. You do end up with a somewhat visible join, but it’ll be on the side of the clutch.

Rows of the chart will be repeated 7 (8) times each round

Small 7.5” (L) x 5.5” (H)

Starting with the base

With MC, CH 41.

Row 1: SC x1 in second CH from hook and in each ST across. CH 1 and turn (40 SC).

“Row” 2: SC x1 in each ST across. Do not turn (40 SC). Make 2 SC along the side of the piece (2 SC). Now working on the opposite side of the beginning CH, SC x1 in each ST across. Do not turn (40 SC). Make 2 SC along the other side of the piece (2 SC). Join with a SL ST (84 SC total).

In BLO for the remainder of the pattern

Round 1: CH 1. MC x84. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 2: CH 1. MC x3, CC x6, [MC x6, CC x6] x6, MC x3. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 3: CH 1. MC x2, CC x8, [MC x4, CC x8] x6, MC x2. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 4: Repeat Round 2.

Round 5: CH 1. MC x4, CC x3, [MC x9, CC x3] x6, MC x5. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 6: CH 1. MC x84. With CC, join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 7: CH 1. CC x4, MC x4, [CC x8, MC x4] x6, CC x4. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 8: CH 1. CC x5, MC x2, [CC x10, MC x2] x6, CC x5. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 9: Repeat Round 7.

Round 10: CH 1. CC x1, MC x8, [CC x4, MC x8] x6, CC x3. With MC, join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Round 11: CH 1. MC x84. Join with a SL ST (84 SC).

Rounds 12-21: Repeat Rounds 2-11.

If you want to add the wristlet attachment, stop here and continue below to the "Wristlet Attachment" section. If not, continue with Round 22 here to finish.

Round 22: Working through both loops, SL ST in next ST and in each ST around (83 SL STs). Join with a SL ST. Finish off and weave in ends. Scroll down for instructions on how to add the zipper.

Standard 9” (L) x 7” (H)

Starting with the base:

With MC, CH 47.

Row 1: SC x1 in second CH from hook and in each ST across. CH 1 and turn (46 SC).

“Row” 2: SC x1 in each ST across. Do not turn (46 SC). Make 2 SC along the side of the piece (2 SC). Now working on the opposite side of the beginning CH, SC x1 in each ST across. Do not turn (46 SC). Make 2 SC along the other side of the piece (2 SC). Join with a SL ST (96 SC total).

In BLO for the remainder of the pattern

Round 1: CH 1. MC x96. Join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Round 2: CH 1. MC x3, CC x6, [MC x6, CC x6] x7, MC x3. Join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Round 3: CH 1. MC x2, CC x8, [MC x4, CC x8] x7, MC x2. Join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Round 4: Repeat Round 2.

Round 5: CH 1. MC x4, CC x3, [MC x9, CC x3] x7, MC x5. Join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Round 6: CH 1. MC x96. With CC, join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Round 7: CH 1. CC x4, MC x4, [CC x8, MC x4] x7, CC x4. Join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Round 8: CH 1. CC x5, MC x2, [CC x10, MC x2] x7, CC x5. Join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Round 9: Repeat Round 7.

Round 10: CH 1. CC x1, MC x8, [CC x4, MC x8] x7, CC x3. With MC, join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Round 11: CH 1. MC x96. Join with a SL ST (96 SC).

Rounds 12-21: Repeat Rounds 2-11.

Rounds 22-25: Repeats Rounds 2-5.

Round 26: Repeat Round 11.

If you want to add the wristlet attachment, stop here and continue below to the "Wristlet Attachment" section. If not, continue with Round 27 here to finish.

Round 27: Working through both loops, SL ST in next ST and in each ST around (95 SL STs). Join with a SL ST. Finish off and weave in ends. Scroll down for instructions on how to add the zipper.

Wristlet Attachment

Round 22 (27): Working through both loops, SL ST in next ST and in each ST around (83 [95] SL STs). Do not join. CH 5. Join with a SL ST to the first SL ST of the round. Finish off, weave in ends, and continue below.

With new yarn

Row 1: CH 3. SC x1 in second CH from hook and in next ST. CH 1 and turn (2 SC).

Row 2-49: SC x1 in each ST across. CH 1 and turn (2 SC).

Row 50: SC x1 in each ST across (2 SC). Fold the piece in half and SL ST each short end together to form a band (2 SL STs). Finish off, weave in ends, and attach the band to the keyring. Continue below to add the zipper. Once the zipper has been added, attach the lobster clasp to the little loop that you made at the end of the last round of the clutch itself and there you have it!

Adding a Zipper

Unzip the zipper and pin it evenly to the inside of the clutch as shown in the photo below (you may need to shorten your zipper; here are some helpful videos. With a sewing needle and thread, sew the zipper onto the clutch, removing push pins as you go. Finish off. If you’re sewing machine-savvy (unlike me), you could even add a fabric liner!

If you need help with this pattern at any time, please don't ever hesitate to contact me via email, on Etsy, Ravelry, Facebook, or Instagram. I'm always more than happy to help!

Be sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram @cosierandcosier or with #cosierandcosier to show off your cloud clutches because I'd LOVE to see them! Thank you so much to Jessica and The Hook Nook team for creating this amazing platform that gives makers like myself opportunities such as this, thank you to my wonderfully talented testers, and thank YOU for your support!

Enjoy!

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