I’m so excited to share today’s guest post with you. I’ve welcomed the lovely Elisabeth from Desamour Designs to my blog today to share her Petion-Ville Clutch Bag pattern. The cute crochet clutch is inspired by Elisabeth’s Haitian roots. Using a wonderfully textured raffia you can create a beautiful crochet clutch with bags of cultural heritage behind the design.
Elisabeth says, “This past couple of years I’ve been turning back to my motherland’s cultural fashion, history and the influence of other countries on her. The Petion-Ville is named after one of my favourite cities in Port-au-Prince. Petion-Ville was always where the best parties and restaurants were while I was growing up in Haiti.
This clutch back uses raffia yarn reminiscent of the straw bags you will find to this day in all over Haiti’s streets, the colourful homes and especially at markets! The zig zag red ribbon is often used in Haiti traditional outfits and the hems and necklines; usually in blue and red.”
As this is a guest post, Bella Coco Crochet is unable to answer any queries. If you have a question, please contact the designer directly and they will be happy to help you.
MATERIALS & TOOLS
Yarn: Raffia yarn (218 yards) like King Cole Raffia or Ra-Ra Raffia
0.5 yards of Jumbo Ric Rac ribbon 1.5” in crimson or colour or choice
12” of a smaller yarn for closure
The finished Petion-Ville crochet clutch measures 12 inches long by 6.5 inches tall once folded and sewn together.
Petion-Ville is a very adjustable pattern. You can make it as big as you would like. We Haitians love big accessories! You could choose to add a button to close the clutch rather than a ribbon.
This pattern is written in US terms.
TERMS & ABBREVIATIONS
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through.
Single crochet (sc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.
THE PETION-VILLE CROCHET CLUTCH BAG PATTERN
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch1, turn. (28 sc)
Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Ch1, turn. (28 sc)
Row 3- 42: Repeat row 2.
Fold the bottom of your rectangle up to the 8th row of your pattern. Seam down the sides with a darning needle and raffia yarn.
Glue your ric rac ribbon to the edge of the opening of your clutch. Weave smaller ribbon around the 14th and 15th stitch of your clutch and through the cover to use as closure.
Fasten off, weave in all ends, and show off your new Petion-Ville Crochet Clutch Bag!