Fabric yarn is so fun to work with! It’s stretchy and thick and offers a different sort of knitting experience than your usual acrylic or natural fibers. Every summer I sit down with some fabric yarn to make at least one special, summery project. When it comes to fabric yarn, you’ve got a couple options: you can buy some, like Lion Brand Yarn’s Fettuccini, or you can DIY some with fabric or old t-shirts.
Fabric yarn doesn’t always make the best clothing due to its heaviness and potential for stretching, so for me, home and fashion accessories are where it’s at when it comes to working with this unusual yarn! Today’s new pattern is a foldover clutch that is perfectly suited to fabric yarn. When you knit with slipped stitches, a dense fabric is created – ideal for a versatile workhorse clutch like this. Beyond creating a sturdy fabric, the herringbone pattern created through slipping stitches is totally chic!
Herringbone Foldover Clutch – The Pattern
2 skeins (55 yds/skein) Lion Brand Fettuccini fabric yarn
size 15 US needles
crochet hook (to weave in ends)
fabric and sewing supplies to make liner (optional)
CO – cast on
rnd – round
sts – stitches
pm – place stitch marker
RS – right side
k – knit
sl – slip
wyif – with yarn in front
rpt – repeat
BO – bind off
3 needle bind off – see this post for a tutorial
CO 46 sts, pm, join into rnd.
rnd 1. (RS) k2, (sl 2 wyif, k2).
rnd 2. k1, (sl 2 wyif, k2), end k1.
rnd 3. sl 2 wyif, (k2, sl 2 wyif).
rnd 4. k3, (sl 2 wyif, k2) end last rep k1.
rnds 5-12. rpt 1-4 twice.
rnd 13. rpt 3.
rnd 14. rpt 2.
rnd 15. rpt 1.
rnd 16. k3, (sl 2 wyif, k2) end last rep k1.
rnds 17-24. rpt 13-16 twice.
Work rnds 1-24 five times (120 total rnds) or until you’re nearly out of yarn. BO by turning your work inside out and working a 3 needle bind off. Weave in all ends. Fold the clutch in half to form its final shape.
Optional but recommended: Sew a liner similar to a pillow case for your clutch to keep all items intact during daily use.