A classic knitted clutch
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MEASUREMENTS
24x14cm(9½x5½in)

MATERIALS

  • 1 50g ball Rowan Truesilk DK in Hush (333)
  • Pair 3.75mm (UK 9) knitting needles
  • 342 beads, 6mm glass
  • Blunt darning needle
  • 26x28cm(10¼x11in) of lining fabric
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • 4 medium-size black snap fasteners

TENSION
24 sts and 44 rows = 10cm/4in square over chevron patt (from Chart 1) using 3.75mm needles.

ABBREVIATIONS
beg – beginning; k – knit; p – purl; patt – pattern; rep – repeat; RS - right side; st(s) – stitch(es); st-st – stocking stitch (knit RS rows, purl WS rows); WS - wrong side.

NOTES
Purl beaded stitches and knit stitches between, so that the beads sit on the horizontal bars of the purl stitches. To place a bead, bring yarn forward between needles to RS of work, slide bead up to needle, p stitch, take yarn back between needles to WS.
In the pattern, odd numbered Rows are RS rows.

PATTERN
Thread beads onto yarn.
Cast on 59 sts.
Rows 1–2: knit.
Rows 3–7: work in st-st, beg with a k row.
Rows 8–10: knit
Rows 11–15: work in st-st, beg with a k row.
Rows 16–25: work 10 rows of Chart 1, beg with a WS row.
Rows 26–28: work in st-st, beg with a p row.
Rows 29–48: work 20 rows of Chart 2, beg with a RS row.
Rows 49–50: work in st-st, beg with a k row.
Rows 51–60: work 10 rows of Chart 1, beg with a RS row.
Rows 61–65: work in st-st, beg with a k row.
Row 66: knit (bottom fold formed).
Rows 67–71: work in st-st, beg with a k row.
Rows 72–81: work 10 rows of Chart 1 in reverse from Row 10 to Row 1, beg with a WS row.
Rows 82–83: work in st-st, beg with a p row.
Rows 84–103: work 20 rows of Chart 2 in reverse from Row 20 to Row 1, beg with a WS row.
Rows 104–106: work in st-st, beg with a p row.
Rows 107–116: work 10 rows of Chart 1 in reverse from Row 10 to Row 1, beg with a WS row.
Rows 117–121: work in st-st, beg with a k row.
Rows 122–124: knit.
Rows 125–129: work in st-st, beg with a k row.
Rows 130–131: knit.
Cast off.

MAKING UP
Weave in tails. Fold piece in half horizontally and mattress stitch the side seams together very neatly.
Fold top edges of lining fabric over by 1cm(3⁄8in) twice to make a double hem and sew in place. Fold the lining in half horizontally along center, right sides together, and sew side seams with a 1cm(3⁄8in) seam allowance. Push lining inside purse.
Fold garter st edging over edges of lining, then sew down with very small stitches along edge of each lip through all fabrics.
Stitch a snap fastener at each end toward the side seam, and the other evenly in between.

YOURS TIP
Place a locking stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn at either end of Row 66 to  easily find the fold line.

  • Project taken from Knitting Basics by Tracey Lord, published by Cico Books (£14.99)