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Crocheted Clutch Purse Pattern 1940s Style

Long double crochet stitches, worked in skipped stitches, form a pretty stitch patterning on this purse. See a closer look at the stitches below. The bag could be made with a variety of different weights of thread or yarn, for different finished sizes. Choose size of hook used to correspond with weight of thread.

Image by Sandi Marshall
This sample that I crocheted shows a closer look at the stitches in this pattern.

For further explanation and photos showing close looks at the stitches used, see my how-to for: Cross-Over Long Double Crochet

Materials: 1945 instructions called for Jack Frost Cordet - 5 75-yd. tubes, Interchangeable with Soutache, Knitting Worsted or Kordette. Size 5 white crochet hook.
Abbreviations: ch = chain, st = stitch, sts = stitches, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet

Instructions: Starting Chain: Chain 61.
Row 1: Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch. (60 sts) Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: * Skip 1 st. Work 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 dc in the skipped stitch; repeat from * across row (15 patterns). Ch 3, turn.
Rows 3 - 41: Repeat row 2 for 38 rows (when making the purse with worsted weight yarn, this would be about 18 inches after row 41).
Finishing: Work 1 row of sc around 4 sides. Fold up 8 inches and join with 1 row of sc on each side. Turn down remaining 2 inches for flap. Note: The measurements for the folds will vary according to the weight of thread or yarn that you used to make the purse and the resulting finished purse size. Go with the folds that look right to you for your finished purse size. A decorative button, clasp or pin may be added to the front as a "flap weight", if desired.
Lining If desired, line bag with fabric of your choice.

This Clutch Purse pattern was printed in the book Jack Frost Handbags in 1945. Grayscale photo is a crop from a photo in that publication.

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