Elegant, lovely, beautiful.
These are all words I use to describe my favorite stitch, the seed stitch.
And today, I am going to share with you a gorgeous seed stitch clutch purse pattern using this elegant stitch.
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First, a little background on the seed stitch.
I have seen the seed stitch used interchangeably with the moss stitch and the granite stitch.
So, technically this could be called a moss stitch clutch purse or a granite stitch clutch purse, but, I would never actually do that.
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That’s because there are actually some slight differences among these three stitches, that to me, makes them each unique.
The seed stitch is created by making alternating single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc) stitches.
And it is my absolute favorite of the three. I simply love it!
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How to Crochet a Seed Stitch Clutch Purse
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Note: The seed stitch clutch purse pictured above (black & white) was crocheted by one of my wonderful pattern testers, Kandi Goodwater Peterson of Kandi’s Yarn Closet Creations.
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Okay, so I have told you about a how much I love the seed stitch. Now let me tell you how much I love clutch purses.
They are awesome!
Small, compact, and perfect to just grab and go. When all you need are your cell phone, keys, change purse and lipstick, a clutch purse is the bag to snag!
So, why not combine my favorite crochet stitch with my favorite handbag?
That’s how this seed stitch clutch purse pattern was born!
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The Seed Stitch Clutch Purse is an elegant and classic pattern. Crocheted using the beautiful seed stitch, this bag is easy to make with absolutely lovely results! If you can single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc), then you can master this simple pattern. Dress it up with a pearl button or use ombré yarn for a Bohemian flare. Depending on your choice of hardware and yarn, this purse is perfect for those romantic dates nights or as a classy day to day handbag. The choice is yours!
Difficulty level: Level 1 – Beginner
- Measures about 5.5 -inches (L) X 10 -inches (W)
Gauge: 17 stitches and 16 rows = 4-inches in seed stitch
- Crochet Hook size E/4 – 3.50mm hook (I use a hook made by Nelsonwood)
- 1 Button, your choice of size and style.
- Coordinating thread for sewing on the button (optional)
- 1 skein each Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton – colors A & B.
- Each skein is 3.5 (oz), 186 yards.
~ All yarn in this pattern is worsted-weight (medium 4), mercerized 100% natural fiber yarn.
~ Total yardage for this pattern is 300-410 yards.
These yarn alternatives have been tested with this pattern and have been found to work well.
- Red Heart pink ombré weight 4 for the body and trim.
- Universal Yarn cotton supreme in Magenta lot number 7906 for the body. It comes in 3.5 oz 180-yard hanks.
- Universal Yarn cotton supreme DK weight color Carmine lot number 7549 for the trim. It comes in 3.5 oz 230 yards.
Seed stitch – alternating sc and dc stitches
Crab stitch (Reverse SC) – moving to the RIGHT instead of the LEFT, insert your hook into the front of the first sc, yarn over and pull through – you should have two loops on your hook, yarn over again and pull through both loops on the hook.
- This pattern is worked using the seed stitch. The seed stitch is worked by alternating sc and dc stitches.
This means that every time you work a sc, you should be working it into a dc from the previous round. Every time you work a dc, you should be working it into a sc from the previous round.
Also, every time you work a sc, the next stitch you work should be a dc. Every time you work a dc, the next stitch you work should be a sc.
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With color A: Ch 40.
Row 1: sc in BLO across to end.
Round 1: Ch 1 (counts as your first stitch), turn work, sc across to the 39th ch, then work 2 sc in the last ch. (42 sc)
Instead of making a turning chain like usual, continue to working sc stitches into the front two loops of the foundation chain (the stitch made here counts as your first sc) all the way down to the 39th ch. Then work 2 sc in the last ch. (42sc)
At this point, your project should look like a long oval and have 84 sc stitches all the way around.
Round 2: Ch 1, turn work, sc in the first stitch and place a stitch marker there, *dc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * around to the 84th stitch. This should be the stitch right before the ch 1 turning chain.
You should have worked a dc into the 84th stitch. Now, also work one sc into the 84th stitch. (85 stitches)
Round 3: Remove the stitch marker. Work a dc into the first sc of round 2 and place your stitch marker in this dc. This is your first stitch of round 3. *sc in the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * around. (85 stitches).
Remember: You are working the seed stitch, which is alternating sc and dc stitches.
~Since the 85th stitch on the previous round (round 2) was a sc, you should have worked a dc into the 85th stitch of round 3.
~Since the first stitch of the previous round (round 2) was a dc, you should remove the stitch marker and work a sc into this dc. Then put your stitch marker in this dc to mark the first stitch of round 4.
Rounds 4 – 19: Then continue alternating sc and dc stitches all the way around again — working the seed stitch patterns as noted above until the project measures approximately 4.5-inches in length. All rounds should have 85 stitches.
Round 19: You should have worked a dc into the 85th stitch to end round 19. Next, work a sc into the next stitch, what would be the first stitch of round 20. Then make a slip-stitch in the next stitch, what would be the second stitch of round 20. Mark this slip-stitch with a stitch marker.
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Tips & Important Notes
- If the row you are currently working ends (85th stitch) with a dc, you should be working a sc into it. And the first stitch of the previous round should have been a sc and you will then work a dc into it.
- On the other hand, if the row you are currently working ends (85th stitch) with a sc, you should be working a dc into it. And the first stitch of the previous round should have been a dc and you will then work a sc into it.
- Always mark your first stitch of the next round with a stitch marker so you are sure not to lose your place.
Both the wrong and right sides created by seed stitch are beautiful. So, decide if you want the wrong side or right side to become the visible outside of your clutch purse. You can’t go wrong with what you pick!
Attach Color B with a slip-stitch into the slip-stitch that you just made to close off color A. This is the stitch that should have your stitch marker in it after round 19.
Mark your color change slip-stitch with a stitch marker.
Round 20: Sc around (85 sc), skip over your slip-stitches and slip-stitch into the next stitch, which should be a sc in color B. Place your stitch marker.
Round 21: Ch 1, then moving to the right (in the reverse direction than usual) crab stitch around back to your stitch marker, remove stitch marker and slip-stitch to close the round.
Bind Off and Weave in ends.
Using coordinating thread or clear nylon thread, sew on your button of choice.
- Since the purse is nearly 10-inches in width, placing your button at a width of 4 to 4.5-inches will make it centered.
- The button should also be placed 2-inches from the top of the purse.
With color B, ch 20, leaving long tails on each end of the chain. Weave the long tails into the outside edge of the purse on opposite sides of where you placed your button.
All done. Once you get the seed stitch under your belt this purse just whips right up!
And like I said, the seed stitch clutch purse is so easy to customize. You can dress it up or dress it down depending on your choice of yarn and button.
Casual, elegant, bold & beautiful, bohemian, vintage…
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